For this annual gala, canines escorted their human companions to the Animal Humane Society’s Whisker Whirl. More than 500 guests filled the Depot in downtown Minneapolis, where complimentary water bowls were placed around the ballroom and meals were available for all the guests, including the two-legged variety. Pooches and their people posed for caricature drawings, perused the silent auction and sniffed, er, mingled with other guests. All funds raised went to help animals in need.