Love Your Dog Social celebrate's your best friend - Tucson News Now

Love Your Dog Social celebrate's your best friend

Source: Gabriel's Angels Source: Gabriel's Angels

The Love Your Dog Valentine Social is a family- and pet-friendly event that benefits Gabriel's Angels, which is a non-profit certified pet therapy group founded in Arizona. 

The Social will take place on Sunday from noon to 3 PM at Main Gate Square, which is on University Boulevard between Park and Euclid Avenues.  (Just west of the University of Arizona.)

Free parking is available at the Tyndall Avenue Garage. 

Families can enter their dogs in contests, get them a massage, a microchip check and nail trimming, and have professional photos taken of the dogs with their families. 

Adults and kids alike can participate in dog-care activities and mural painting, make a Ben's Bells Kindness tag for their dogs, and spin a prize wheel.

Kids will especially should enjoy balloon art, dog toy making, face painting and creating Valentines for their dogs.

KOLD News 13 Meteorologist and animal lover Erin Jordan will MC the event.

Contest registration starts at 12:30 p.m.

Dogs will vie for the title of Best Kisser, Best Trick, Best Smile and other fun categories.

The contest also includes a special category for kids — Best Junior Handler.

Judging is ongoing throughout the day until 2 pm.

Prizes will be awarded after the Dog Parade at 2:15 p.m.

Contest prizes are courtesy of Main Gate Square merchants.

Attendance is free.

There is a $10 fee for dog massages, Valentine photographs and for contest

Proceeds will benefit the Gabriel's Angels Southern Arizona program.

Gabriel's Angels is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to deliver healing pet therapy to
at-risk children, nurturing their emotional development and enhancing the quality of their lives

Therapy teams are owners and their dogs that visit facilities serving at-risk children.

These visits provide children with unconditional love and teach children compassion,
nurturance and trust.

The Therapy Dogs lift children's spirits, give them hope, and provide safe and unconditional acceptance.

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