Pooches & Peeps


South Florida Family Life | February 2022

Our four-legged friends can’t speak, but if they could, they might bark orders to attend the Fur the Love Pet Fest on Sunday, Feb. 20.

The second annual event, taking place this year at Las Olas Oceanside Park in Fort Lauderdale, celebrates the community’s love of pups with an entire fun-filled day dedicated to dogs. Activities include an all-day agility course, a 30-minute DOGA (dog yoga) experience, a police K9 demonstration, vendors, live music, a pet adoption tent and a fashion show.

Coinciding with “National Love Your Pet Day,” the event is hosted by the dog mom/pup duo behind the award-winning Instagram @TourwithTeddy and blog “Living A Fairytail.” The two, Ana Elvir and her adorable Maltese, travel the state of Florida capturing photographable moments and highlighting pet-friendly places to visit. Elvir is eager to bring local pet-loving people together.

“Teddy and I are excited to once again host the Fur the Love Pet Fest,” says Elvir. “We have activities for the whole family, and we can’t wait for you to experience a fun day with your pets.”

This year’s theme “Pupchella” gives a nod to the music festival Coachella. Guests are encouraged to dress with flower crowns, tie-dye and boho accessories. There will also be canine fashion and goods for sale at the People and Pets Marketplace where more than 30 vendors will sell products ranging from pet services and food to clothing and accessories.

There will also be plenty of places to take photos to mark the occasion, including the Road-Tripping Rover VW Bus photo station and a Smooch a Pooch Kissing Booth.

Fur the Love Pet Fest takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20 at Las Olas Oceanside Park (The LOOP), 3000 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets range from $10-$40. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free. 100% of Ticket Sales and Event Profits benefit 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida, a non-profit organization established to end animal neglect and abuse. For more information visit www.FTLPetFest.com.