09:51 PM, Wednesday, May 09
Hornblower’s popular, pup-friendly Pet Day on San Diego Bay promises a tail-wagging good time during its 12th annual presentation on Saturday, May 12, 2012. The only event of its kind in southern California, this is the one time each year that Hornblower invites dogs to cruise for free with their owners. A portion of the proceeds from the event benefits orphaned animals at Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) in Rancho Santa Fe and guests are also encouraged to contribute a gently used blanket or towel to donate to the Center. 

Well-behaved dogs of all sizes and breeds are welcome for Hornblower’s Pet Day cruises. Each adult ticket ($23 price) includes an invitation to bring one dog as a FREE guest! (Canines must be kept on a leash throughout the cruise.) Headlining the event will be special guest Mark Carlson, author of “Confessions of a Guide Dog: The Blonde Leading the Blind,” and his famous guide dog, Musket. Carlson and Musket will greet guests during the cruise, and Carlson will also be signing copies of his book, which chronicles the lives and heart-warming work of dedicated guide dogs. 

Guests can board without dogs, as well, or simply stop by the ticket booth between 9:30am and 3pm to drop off blankets, towels or financial donations for HWAC.

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Each cruise departs from the Hornblower ticket booth at 1060 North Harbor Drive, San Diego 92101.

WHEN: Three one-hour cruises are scheduled for this year’s event, setting off at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. on May 12, 2012.

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