Dogs that are angels to kids in crisis will be visibly honored at Gilbert’s new dog park with bricks donated by an East Valley real estate agency.
Keller Williams Legacy One Realty donated 78 bricks for all the dogs of Gabriel’s Angels. The Mesa-based organization sends certified pet therapy teams to Valley organizations that help children in need. It’s named after the group’s first pet therapy dog, Gabriel, a Weimaraner.
Gabriel and others will have their names engraved on bricks along with the words "Gabriel’s Angels."
"Those bricks, people will see those every time they go to that dog park," said Pam Gaber, the founder of Gabriel’s Angels. "It’s not like a one-time ad or something; to me it’s this permanent accolade to Gabriel’s Angels in the community."
The bricks are among more than 1,000 that will be used to form a plaza entry to a future Gilbert dog park, named Cosmo Park after the town police department’s first K-9. The rest of the bricks were purchased by residents in honor of their pets. The park is scheduled to open next year near Loop 202 and Ray Road.
Keller Williams has had a special relationship with Gabriel’s Angels for a few years, supporting the organization’s events and donating proceeds from a raffle held at a monthly meeting, said owner Linda Bechtel.
Bechtel said donating the bricks to honor the therapy dogs was another way to give back.
"We really believe to make an impact is to do it with children, to get them early," Bechtel said. "I believe animals are powerful."
Gaber said she and her Rhodesian ridgeback, Noah — another therapy dog — are always welcome at the Keller Williams meetings.
"I always tease everybody that Noah’s been to enough real estate seminars that he’s going to get his license," Gaber said.