Gold: Smooch a Pooch for Charity & More

Dog Day AfternoonThe Southside Village Smooch-a-Pooch Stroll, now in its fourth year, is an annual opportunity for Belinda Coffrin, owner of ­Coffrin Jewelers in Sarasota, Fla., to raise money for the Humane Society of Sarasota County. The outdoor festival, organized by the Southside Village Business Association, takes place around Feb. 14. “We tried having it in March and April, but it was just too warm for the animals,” she says. “Plus, the name, Smooch-a-Pooch, just fits Valentine’s Day.”Local businesses set up booths touting their wares, and the Humane Society drives in a van full of dogs, cats, and the occasional turtle, llama, or miniature horse—all of which are available for adoption. While funds are raised through raffles (Coffrin donated a sterling dog-bone bracelet this year) and a Smooch-a-Pooch booth—dog lovers pay $1 for sloppy puppy kisses—extra efforts fro

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