We were crushed when we found out our in-person BoardWaddle events had to be cancelled for the 2nd year in a row due to Covid. However, we vowed to “keep calm and waddle on” and pivoted quickly to set up some pretty great virtual BoardWaddle events. And once again, our Tri-State community pivoted with us and pulled off an amazing BoardWaddle! We are in sincere awe of the generous support we have received during such difficult times. Any and every dollar donated matters when it comes to saving hounds in need! In traditional Tri-State fashion, here are our top donors for the 2021 BoardWaddle:

Dell and Linda Cromie $15,000
Donna Testa and Steve Rodia $7,500
Jay and Connie Lieberman $6,980
Dawn VanKeuren and Gaby & Lili $5,446.89
Sally Long Dog $2,530.45
Phil and Angela Villari $2,125
Nancy Ganen-Bond $2,020
Denise Mattia $500
Krista Beck $425
Glen Gibbs, Leigh Meunier and Victor Stango $300 (3-Way Tie)

We would like to thank everyone for their generous contributions. We would not be able to continue to rescue dogs without YOUR support. We can all see the light at the end of the tunnel and are so excited to have in-person events this summer/fall and know that the 2022 BoardWaddle is going to be AMAZING! We will announce the 2022 Grand Marshal at our Howliday Party in December.  

Here is a recap of all the 2021 BoardWaddle virtual events: 


Online Pawction is CLOSED!

March 19 - April 3, 2021

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Online Pawction! Because of your incredible generosity, we reached our fundraising goal for this event!

If you had a winning bid, please pay for your item on the Pawction website. We are calculating shipping costs (for certain items) and will notify winners what that additional cost is and how to pay. 

If you have any questions, please email webmaster@tristatebassets.org.



BoardWaddle T-shirts are SOLD OUT online! But we may have a few available at our upcoming in-person events (limited sizes and colors)

Waddle Shirts are a must-have, and this year's design is FABULOUS! Featuring Gaby and Lili Goldstein Van Keuren, 2021 Grand Marshals, this shirt's classic Ocean City  scene is available in three styles and two colors. (A little something for everyone!) Order yours now before we sell out of popular sizes.  




Basset Hound Olympics Photo/Video Contest is now Closed! 

April 4 - 14, 2021

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2021 BoardWaddle Basset Hound Olympics Photo/Video Contest. We surpassed our fundraising goal thanks to your generosity! Congratulations to the winners:

  • Best Napper - BUBBA
  • Best Treat Beggar - HAMPTON
  • Best Trick - PUDDY
  • Best Athlete - DOLLY
  • Wannabe Basset - TUCKER

The contest has ended. The winners have been notified via email on how to claim their prize. 

Visit the contest site to see all the submissions:




The BoardWaddle is our rescue's largest fundraiser. YOUR pledges and participation in our virtual events matter and help save lives! By giving a personal donation, collecting pledges from your friends, family and co-workers, buying t-shirts, bidding on Pawction items and participating in the Basset Hound Olympics photo/video contest you have enabled us to continue to save more hounds in need.

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Congratulations to our 2021 BoardWaddle Grand Marshals

Gaby and Lili Goldstein Van Keuren

Gaby (4) and Lili (9) were taken in to Tri State in January 2019, both were local surrenders from an owner who bred them. Their new slaves, Dawn and Rich, have been associated with Tri State, in one form or another, for the last 25 years. This years Grand Marshal's spot is very special because 22 years ago it was Dawn who went to the officials in Ocean City and asked for permission for the hounds to participate and become part of the parade. It was a hit from day one and now a yearly tradition. The BoardWaddle has become Tri State's largest fundraiser allowing us to save dogs in our community and beyond. In all of those 22 parade years, Dawn and Rich's dogs have never held the GM title.  This year they made the top pledge list at #3. The top 2 donors had previously held the title making Gaby and Lili next in line. These dogs have been working hard for Tri State and bassets all across the US, following in the footsteps of the beloved hounds Dawn and Rich had before them. Gaby is a photogenetic, outgoing hound who loves to give kisses to everyone he meets. Lili is the reserved one and has a mischievous side to her with a taste for the finer things in life.... couches, beds, hats, gloves and wallets. 

Congratulations Gaby and Lili, our 2021 Grand Marshals for Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue’s 23rd Board Waddle in the 36th annual Doo-Dah Parade.