Since 2005, the Romp has donated more than $27,000 to Food&Frlends, a metro DC organization that prepares fresh meals that are nutritionally specific for the people who receive them.They also provide groceries to make sure they are able to continue to provide for themselves, if possible. Food & Friends takes care of men, women and children who suffer from life-threatening Illnesses.

Winter 2005: Death of long-term psychotherapy client prompts clinical social worker, Amy Scott, to want to create a way to honor this young man who died much too soon. The two often worked with her doodle, Arlo, present, and after his death, Arlo would sit at the door of their weekly session time, clearly missing and grieving him, too. During the last year of his life, Food&Frlends provided his meals, which "Dan" described as "delicious and healthy".

Amy Lane's Fox Creek Farm, one of the first breeders of Doodles in the U.S., organizes a romp for doodle owners in Columbia, MD.. Arlo and his family attend. Around the same time, they are at the beach in Dewey,where the Greyhounds gather for a yearly event.

Eureka! An event is born. Why not do the Doodle Romp at the beach and make it a "funraiser'' for Food&Friends! It would capture so much of what was important to "Dan". Food&Frlends, dogs and kids ("Dan" was a teacher and a counselor, who had a wonderful gift of bringing out the best in young people).

Amy Lane agreed immediately to help spread the word about this new event. What started with about 10 people on the beach has grown to be a major yearly event that has brought people to Dewey from as far away as Canada, Florida and Minneapolis. Last year, 600 people and at least 300 doodles gathered in Dewey!

We thank the town of Dewey Beach, who has opened their hearts to our doodle families and have allowed our dogs to run leash free on the beach. Local businesses, such as Sharkeys, The Starboard and Grotto Pizza have hosted us for "yappy hours," dinners, or have delivered food to the beach. The Romp thrives because of our volunteer helpers and Doodle owners who attend the Romp and return year after year to help it run smoothly. Crystal, David, Pattie, Terry, Julia, Gabe, Daniel and Lori Bernstein, Bernstein Communications..


If you can't make the romp (which is very sad), but you are a generous soul and you would like to purchase an item or to participate in the raffle for hotels or for the townhouse, just email me. Making a direct donation is easy; Just click on the "Make a Donation" button below.

  Friday, April 28th  
                 Welcome to Dewey! One of the most dog-friendly beaches in the
U.S. “Yappy Hour" at Que Pasa or at The Lighthouse, both on the
bay on Dickinson Street. Starting at 4:00 pm 

Saturday, April 29th
9:30   Head over to the Saulsbury Street entrance to the beach
(off Rte One across from The Starboard). Registration tables will
be set up. Raffle tickets available for purchase, as well as Romp
Merchandise. Coffee and tea also available, as are water bottles. 
10:30 Welcome by Romp committee and by Food&Friends 
11:00 Costume parade. Sign up at the registration table, if you’re interested. 
Noon Pizza delivered to the beach by Grotto Pizza 
Approx 2:00  Raffle winners announced. Raffle items include hotel certificates, two gift baskets, one from Critter Beach, one from Orvis. Bottles of Wine, Fitness Evaluation. Separate Silent Auction for the use of Dewey Beach Town House. A $50/$50 raffle will also be held. Look for a Romp helper with a sign and basket coming around the beach. 
Dinner At either Que Pasa or The Lighthouse, with the dogs in Dewey. 

Sunday, April 30th
8:00  Informal gathering on the beach, as people leave town. Yoga on the beach, with a certified teacher. 
  New This Year 
An info table about Food&Friends 


Where to Stay

Atlantic Oceanside   
2 nights:  $139 per night
3 nights $99 per night
All pet fees waived for the romp.  Up to 4 dogs allowed
New this year:  free continental breakfast, fitness room and onsite coffee shop


Best Western Goldleaf  302.226.1100
1400 Coastal Highway, Dewey
$106.19 per night, plus $25 pet fee per night for up to 2 dogs
Children under 17 are free

 The Sea Esta I 302.227.7666
24 Houston St, Dewey
They will give us a 15% discount off the regular rate for April and waive their pet fee.

 Sea Esta III 302.227.4343
Rooms have a kitchenette and a balcony. The motel is bayside 

Sea Esta IV  302.227.5882
2 nights - $192.24
1 night- $96.12
No water view, balcony or kitchenette 

Homestead B&B, Rehoboth  302.226.7625
Lovely house, dogs okay, no kids 
Sold Out
Hyatt Place Dewey 
No special rates this year; there are two weddings booked for the weekend, so there aren't many rooms available.

Lazy L, Lewes  302.644.7220
Sold Out

Bewitched and Bedazzled, Rehoboth 
65 Lake Ave,
10% discount on regular rates

Registration Instructions

  • The 12th annual Doodle Romp was a huge success. You can register on this site and you will be notified when next years romp takes place.



Doodles in Dewey is great for the whole family.  Kids love it!

Please contact Amy Scott at either or call 301.467.5523.

Yes! Dewey Beach is generous enough to allow our dogs to run free on the beach, but they ask that they are licensed in Dewey. You can get a weekend license for only $5.00. They're also available for the week or for a lifetime. They're currently available by calling town hall at 302.227.6363. Ask for Joyce. They'll also be available at Town Hall on Rodney Street when you come to Dewey.

No, everyone should register separately so we can have an accurate count on-line.  You don't need to bring the registration to the beach.  If you're coming at the last minute, do try and register on-line, or check in at the main table so you and your dog(s) will be counted.

There are several options ~ all offer discounts to Romp participants.  Try the LazyL B&B in Lewes (it has a pool and a secluded, vacation feel). 302.644.7220 or vacation Atlantic Ocenaside motel in Dewey, 302.227.8211, HyattPlace Dewey Beach,, 302.302.864.9100 (it has indoor pool), Bewtched and Dedazzled 302.226.3900 (10%discount, one night $30 dog fee).

It's still off-season in Dewey. No parking permits required. Meters are inactive. You can find parking on all the side streets.

Alcohol is not allowed on the beach. Anything else you want to for a day at the beach is okay. Chairs, a blanket, dog toys, etc. Water will be available for purchase and we'll have Grotto pizza  slices on sale at the beach for lunch.