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Bell Tower Shops presents ‘Bulldog Blitz’ football-themed Yappy Hour on Sept. 14

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Not all football mascots are as scary, and Bell Tower Shops is searching for Southwest Florida’s cutest canine mascot at its “Bulldog Blitz” Yappy Hour in September. The bulldog was the first official college mascot and still is among the most popular breeds of dog mascots, but huskies, Saint Bernards, terriers, bloodhounds, great danes, greyhounds and others are seen roaming the sidelines as the high school, college and professional football seasons get underway.

The “Bulldog Blitz” Yappy Hour runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 in the breezeway near World of Beer. For a $5 donation to the Gulf Coast Humane Society, pet owners can enter their dog into a costume contest reflecting the football theme.

Bell Tower Shops, Southwest Florida’s dog-friendly shopping, dining and entertainment destination, holds Yappy Hour on the second Friday of each month. Yappy Hour is the area’s largest pet-friendly social hour, providing an evening of fun for pet lovers and their four-legged friends.

Yappy Hour is weather permitting. Follow Bell Tower Shops on social media for weather updates impacting special events.

DJ Robert McDonald will be providing entertainment for the Sept. 14 Yappy Hour. A bounce house, sidewalk chalk station and lawn games will be available for guests to enjoy. Williams-Sonoma is Yappy Hour’s Merchant of the Month, introducing tips and tricks for presenting the perfect tailgate party, and World of Beer will present beer and wine for the evening, with $1 from every happy hour draft beer and happy hour wine benefiting the Gulf Coast Humane Society. Omaha Steaks will also present a “Doggone Good Deal” – $2 hot dogs and $1 water bottles, with proceeds going to the Gulf Coast Humane Society.

Throughout Yappy Hour, visitors will have an opportunity to stop by dog-friendly sponsor stations and meet adoptable dogs from the Gulf Coast Humane Society.

To learn more about the event, visit www.thebelltowershops.com or www.facebook.com/BellTowerShops/.

About Gulf Coast Humane Society

Gulf Coast Humane Society is a regional organization dedicated to helping companion pets find their forever homes, no matter how long it takes. GCHS provides an adoption center, spay-neuter and veterinary clinic, as well as education and awareness to the public about the welfare of homeless pets.

GCHS’ mission is to care for companion pets in need by offering safe refuge, providing medical care and facilitating adoptions. GCHS promotes the concept the “Adopt, Don’t Shop” and help educate the community about proper and responsible animal care, while providing quality, affordable veterinary care.

About Bell Tower Shops

Bell Tower Shops is a landmark shopping, dining and entertainment destination centrally located in Fort Myers, Florida. The open-air center offers fine retail shops including eclectic boutiques and shopping favorites Williams-Sonoma, Chico’s, White House | Black Market, Victoria’s Secret, Pink and Talbots. Exceptional shopping is complemented by distinctive restaurants: Bistro 41, Cru, DaRuMa Japanese Steak House, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Blue Pointe Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill, Cantina Laredo, Mimi’s Café, T.G.I. Friday’s and Society. In addition to The Fresh Market, Bed Bath & Beyond and a 20-screen Regal Cinema complex, Bell Tower Shops is home to exceptional specialty retailers and restaurants including Society, World of Beer, Francesca’s Collection and Ulta. A community partner and pet-friendly destination, Bell Tower Shops hosts special events throughout the year, including concerts, fundraisers, art fairs and more. Visit www.thebelltowershops.com for more information.

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