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June 14, 2012



July 22 fundraising cruise boasts photo contest, puppy buffet and champagne brunch

When Hornblower Cruises & Events holds its eighth annual Dog Day on the Bay this July 22, pups and their people will board the San Francisco Belle for a two-hour cruise complete with a champagne brunch and canine amenities – and it all benefits the San Francisco SPCA’s Puppy Dog Tales (PDT) Reading Program.

Guests can win two free tickets to this year’s Dog Day on the Bay by participating in Hornblower’s photo contest. To enter, simply email a photo of your dog looking his or her best to

Dog Day on the Bay is the one time each year that dogs cruise free with their owners, and it’s a tail-waggin’ good time for all. Owners are treated to a gourmet brunch buffet and free-flowing sparkling wine, along with live entertainment and spectacular views of the San Francisco shoreline. Guests can also register for a selection of raffle prizes. Furry first mates can fill up on natural, house-made snacks at the bow-wow buffet and wash it all down at special canine water stations. A sod-covered outdoor deck accommodates doggie bathroom breaks, as well.

The San Francisco SPCA’s Puppy Dog Tales reading program, which promotes basic literacy skills for local children, will benefit from this year’s Dog Day on the Bay. The program works with youngsters who require a little extra attention to overcome reading hurdles – whether English is their second language or they live with a learning disability, anxiety or shyness that keeps them from reading aloud with confidence. PDT participants learn to love books by reading out loud to SPCA therapy dogs, which removes the pressure of classmates or adults, and they also work with supportive volunteers on vocabulary, grammar and other challenges. Since it started as a pilot program at the San Francisco Public Library’s Chinatown branch in 2007, PDT has expanded into San Francisco Unified schools, other local libraries and additional locations citywide. Information on the San Francisco SPCA is available at

Special thanks goes out to this year’s Dog Day on the Bay sponsors, Sloat Garden Center, Mutt Lynch Winery, KSFO-AM and San Francisco Magazine.

Event boarding begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 22, at Hornblower Landing (Pier 3 on San Francisco’s Embarcadero). Cruising follows from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Canine guests cruise for free with their owners; tickets are $108.99 for adults, $93.59 for seniors, $52.60 for children ages 4-12, and free for ages 3 and under. For information and reservations, visit or call 415-788-7020. To learn more about Hornblower’s dining, special event and private charter cruises, go to

Well-behaved hounds of all sizes and breeds are welcome to board the Belle for Dog Day on the Bay. Dogs must be kept on a leash throughout the cruise. To ensure pet safety, San Francisco SPCA veterinarians and volunteers will cruise with the group, and special netting on the ship’s rails protects pups big and small. Remember, a few simple rules will make this event fun for everyone:

1) One dog per adult is welcome. The event is not open to dogs under six months of age.

2) Waiver forms (provided upon ticket purchase) must be completed prior to boarding.

3) Dogs must wear current rabies vaccination and identification tags to board.

4) All dogs MUST be on a leash at all times.

5) Owners must clean up after their dogs.

6) No dogs in heat are allowed.

7) The cruise is not recommended for dogs that are sensitive to movement or prone to motion sickness.

8) This event is not appropriate for dogs that are unpredictable in crowds or dislike strangers or other dogs.

9) This event is for dogs and people only. Please do not bring other pets.


Hornblower Cruises & Events has been the leading charter yacht and public dining cruise company in California for over 30 years. The company operates 32 vessels, including the 3 largest dining yachts on the West Coast, in San Francisco, Berkeley, Sacramento, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Marina del Rey and San Diego. Two Hornblower subsidiary businesses, Alcatraz Cruises and Statue Cruises, are National Park Service ferry concessioners to Alcatraz Island and the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, respectively. For more information visit: