Spend day with your pooch at Village of Merrick Park

By Jenna Ebbink….

Take your pooch along on your shopping spree.

Village of Merrick Park knows it’s a dog’s world out there and what better way to enjoy summer, than with the third annual Doggy Days of Summer event. The event will take place on Sunday, July 31, with a Pooch-A-Palooza of doggy centric action including a dog parade in The Garden.

Proud dog owners will be able to show off their beloved furry friends and three winners will be selected to receive various prizes based on the categories of Best Attire, Best Personality and Most Appropriate Name.

Dog owners will be able to participate in the parade with a $5 donation to the Humane Society of Greater Miami. Every dog that is signed up to participate in the parade will receive a doggy bandana to wear. The event also will feature an Adopt-a-Thon, where guests will be able to meet, greet and adopt dogs brought in by the Humane Society of Greater Miami. Representatives from the Humane Society will be on hand to help facilitate adoptions.

Guests who donate new items from the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Wish List will receive a complimentary Village of Merrick Park parking voucher. Items from the wish list include doggy bowls, beds, leashes, durable toys, grooming supplies and more.

Additionally, dog owners are invited to have their pooches strike a pose for a take-home framed photo with any purchase of $25 or more within the center. Guests will enjoy special treats and in-store promotions from participating restaurants and shops. Patrons are invited dine al fresco at one of Village of Merrick Park’s many dog-friendly restaurants.

Event hours are 2 to 6 p.m. and the parade will begin promptly at 3 p.m.

Village of Merrick Park is located at 358 San Lorenzo Ave. in Coral Gables; call 305-529-0200.

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