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 1 PM to 4 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 a nail trimming. Adults and kids alike can also participate in dog-care activities. Kids may 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.
Dogs will vie for the title of Best Kisser, Best Trick, Best Smile and other fun categories. It costs $10 to register each dog for the many dozens of contest titles. You can register at the event or online by clicking here. There is also a special contest category for kids — Best Junior Handler.
Judging is begins at 1 PM and continues until 2:15 PM. A trio of judges will walk around during the event to pick winners for all contest categories. Awards will be given out at 2:30 PM.
All proceeds from the Social 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 forever.