It almost sounds too good to be true: hundreds of chubby basset hounds waddling down the boardwalk to kick off the beach season and raise money for basset rescue.

It was the 18th Annual BoardWaddle parade on Saturday, as Ocean City, New Jersey was flooded with colorful characters and floats participating in the boardwalk celebration that brought 500 basset hounds to town in order to raise money for the Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue.

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The long-eared pups with longing eyes also competed in the Basset Hound Olympics and won awards for best costume, best trick, best float, and best look-a-like.

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Grand Marshall of the Parade – Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue Facebook page

Those participating in the BoardWaddle collect pledges from friends, family, and strangers so they can contribute to the rescue of the droopy dogs in New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, and lower New York. Sue and Craig MacFarlane of Lakehurst topped the list of most money raised with a $9,002 pledged, out of the total $25,000 collected for the event.

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The rescue organization had homeless dogs on hand for adoption and hoped to top their previous record of 372 hounds that found forever homes at last year’s celebration.

New Jersey is not the only state with a parade for basset hounds. Watch the video below from Michigan where serious hound lovers dress up in costumes with their pooches, this time with a Flintstones cartoon theme, all to raise money to help the hounds…

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