December 16, 2019

Seventh Annual “Dogs On The Dock” Scheduled For October 9 in Essex

Dock jumping and best costume are just two of the canine competitions to be held at Dogs on the Dock at the Connecticut River Museum on Sunday, October 9 at 2 pm. Photos taken by Pamela Setchell .

Essex, CT — On Sunday, October 9, the waterfront lawn of the Connecticut River Museum will be “going to the dogs” with the commencement of the Seventh Annual “Dogs On The Dock” parade and competition.  Dog owners and dog lovers alike are invited to attend rain or shine.  Last year more than 50 dogs and a few hundred fans turned out for this uniquely Essex experience.  Dog participant registration starts at 1 pm followed by a lawn parade at 2:00 pm and then individual canine competitions in categories such as best costume, best nautical costume, best owner look-alike, best trick and best dock jumping.  Dock jumping dogs must wear a harness to participate.

The event is sponsored by the Connecticut River Museum and the Essex Board of Trade.  Registration is $10 per dog and $5 for each additional dog with net proceeds being donated to local animal rescue shelters.  All dogs must have a 2011 license and rabies tag to participate.  For more information, call 860-767-8269 or visit or