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Doggie Divas and Don Juans were the stars of the 1st Annual Valentine Paws on Parade and Mainstreet at Midtown Block Party on February 11th, which featured all things canine including vendors, costume contests, a pet psychic, puppy portraits, and training demonstrations, plus children’s activities, live music, and more. Over 400 people attended the inaugural event that raised awareness -- and more than $3,500 -- for the Jupiter no-kill shelter, Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary and Hospital. Judges Mo & Sally from KOOL 105.5 FM and Safe Harbor’s CEO Kay Lynette Roca, plus Paula Neier, had a tough time choosing the winners of the coveted canine crowns! The winner in every category received a gift basket full of goodies for both pup and owner. The Best in Show, crowned “Cupid” and “Venus,” also received a $75 gift certificate for any of the diverse, premiere restaurants in Midtown.

The winning parade pooches and their owners are: 

Best Valentine Theme
Layla & Jasmine with their owners, Nanette and Valerie, from Boca Raton.

Best Non-Valentine Theme
Zen and her owner, Selina Gaia, from Knoxville, Tennessee.

Best Dog and Owner Look-a-Like
Megan and her owner, Kaila Jones, from Palm Beach Gardens.

Tucker and his owner, Diane Israel, from Boca Raton. Says Diane, “Tucker is a certified therapy dog. He was ‘Mr. August’ in the 2012 America's Top Dog Model Calendar. His picture is on a VISA credit card. He does lots of tricks for residents when he goes on visits to nursing homes."

Chickie the 13-year old Dachshund and her owner, Kevin Benner, from West Palm Beach.

“We had a great turnout of families, some for the first time, and others are regular customers here at Midtown,” says Mainstreet at Midtown’s Marketing Coordinator, Belle Forino. “We aim to bring the community together in a safe, welcoming, and creative environment during our events. We'll definitely be having the event again next year.”