Dog Friendly Events: South Miami Rotary Art Festival

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The 31st Annual South Miami Rotary Art Festival is Dog Friendly!

We’re excited to announce our participation in a very cool, dog-friendly art festival in South Miami. Our friends from the Rotary Club of South Miami are proud presenters of the 31st annual art festival this Saturday and Sunday, February 22-23! We will be providing doggy valet services for the art festival all weekend, from 10 AM to 6 PM. Bring your well-behaved dogs over on their cutest leashes to our Doggy Valet Tent, and we’ll care for them Equipaws Pets-style! They’ll cool down under our tent, refresh themselves with ice-cold water, enjoy a treat or two (with your permission, of course!), and have cuddles, TLC, and plenty of socializing with other pups until you pick them up.

South Miami Rotary Art Festival: Dog Friendly and Fun!

We love South Miami for its small-town feel, yet cosmopolitan flair (there are great little restaurants and boutiques to suit every taste). The South Miami Rotary Art Festival is taking place in the downtown area of South Miami, on Sunset Drive (or SW 72 street), closing off the beautiful street from US 1 to Red Road (SW 57 Ave).

Our pet sitters Flavia and Frankie grew up around South Miami (they went to Epiphany School and Lourdes Academy), and are very excited to volunteer as the Doggy Valet! The area is filled with historic buildings, restaurants and unique shops. South Miami is  three miles south of Miami’s Coconut Grove, and borders the University of Miami and the beautiful neighborhoods of Coral Gables and Pinecrest (where you will find many of our dog sitters and runners, coincidentally!).

Admission is free, with parking on the street and in the Shops at Sunset Place garage. You can look forward to over 150 artists, a food court, live music, and a beer garden (no beer for the pups, though!).

For online or GPS directions search for 5750 SW 72 St., South Miami, FL 33143. You can reach them at or by telephone at 305-769-5977. Please be advised that volunteers periodically check messages and reply or return calls.

Read more details about the festival on the Rotary Club of South Miami’s website. Image from the Rotary Club of South Miami’s festival website.

Will we see you there?

Visit Five Dog Friendly Restaurants in Coconut Grove

Dog Friendly Restaurants in Coconut Grove, Part I

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If you’re hungry or thirsty and want the first-rate company of your dog In Coconut Grove, you are in for a huge treat. Coconut Grove seems to have the highest concentration of dog-friendly restaurants in all of Miami-Dade County; so many, in fact, that we had to make this a two-part series for our blog! Beccie, one of our dog sitters, lives there, and shared the inside scoop.


1. LoKal Burgers & Beer: Dog-Friendly with a Twist!

As we’ve written about before, if showing your pooch a nice night on the town is high on your priority list, LoKal is your go-to for dog friendly restaurants in Coconut Grove. There will normally be a bit of a crowd, so while you reserve your place with the hostess, make sure your pup finds the bowls of free upscale treats and complimentary water just outside the door. Don’t let her/him fill up on treats, though! LoKal’s menu has three items especially made for dogs!

But first, for you! LoKal offers incredible appetizers, burgers, veggie options, and yummy desserts (pack-member Beccie is not crazy about Key Lime Pie usually, but she swears by LoKal’s!), all of which are locally sourced. If you’re thirsty, LoKal offers an arsenal of craft beer (again, most selections local) that even the most discerning beer snob would be happy with!

On the Doggy Menu are Marmaduke’s Meatlof and Yeyo’s Chicken & Rice, which are sure to make for an appreciative and loving pup. Wishing you could share that delicious frosty craft beer with Fido? It’s not the best idea, as alcohol is poisonous to pooches, but if you were wondering what that third item on the pup menu was – it’s Bowser Beer! A non-alcoholic beer brewed in Tampa especially for dogs, served over ice and offered up for thirsty pup visitors. Every restaurant should have a doggy menu like LoKal’s, as far as we’re concerned!

Scotty's Landing dog friendly restaurants Coconut Grove

2. Scotty’s Landing:

Feeling like a salty dog? Perhaps Fido will enjoy some of that salty bay air himself! Hit Scotty’s for great drink/beer specials, seafood (in season – particularly stone crab season – you’ll find some choice picks but only if you come early because they will sell out FAST!), bar fare, and live music (at a reasonable volume). Your furry friend will surely make some new pals in this laid-back local’s haven. There is a nice, grassy area just outside where they can catch a break and socialize! Support Scotty’s for the beautiful view, decent prices, and laid-back communal environment as, sadly, the rumor is it won’t last too long.

3. Green Street Cafe:

*Thee* Coconut Grove staple, Green Street Cafe is where to go to see and be seen. This restaurant/bar has been around for 24 years, is open all year round, and is never empty. They have daily specials, a fantastic brunch (with seasonal specialty pancakes!), and are open late hours. Their outdoor seating is ample, so you can bring your Fidos and Fluffies along with you and never worry that you won’t be seated in a reasonable time-frame with your furry companion. Some evenings can be more crowded than others due to weekly drink specials, and a Green Street brunch is always an event, so a wait of half an hour or more should be expected. Once seated, there are lots of people and pups to entertain both people and pups alike!

4. Dog-friendly Lulu:

Across from Green Street and brought to you by the same owner, Lulu also boasts ample outdoor, pet-friendly seating, and also some killer Fried Green Tomatoes! Vegetarians rejoice – you will find some nice options here. If you are coming for brunch, let us recommend the omelettes – ALL OF THEM.


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5. George’s in the Grove:

You know how sometimes you get that craving for French flair in your food and an over-the-top atmosphere? When that mood strikes, there is only one place in Miami that can satisfy! Leash up your Frenchy and stroll on over to George’s in the Grove! With daily food and drink specials on top of their self-proclaimed “often mysterious” menu, you’ll surely find something to satisfy you. Although having a Frenchy by your side should be satisfying enough, we think ( I mean… just look at him!).

Check back for more dog-friendly restaurants in Coconut Grove. There are quite a few more up the Grove’s sleeve!

Coconut Grove Image by Marc Averette

Adorable French Bull Dog by David Offf, under a Creative Commons License.


BlogPaws Wordless Wednesdays: Adopt Slinky the Dachshund in Miami, FL

Adopt a Dachshund in Miami!

Love this DoxieMeet Slinky, our foster Dachshund.

Pet Sitters Flavia and Frankie have been fostering Slinky for the Dachshund Rescue of South Florida for six months. He his a fantastic, standard Dachshund who lives to play and run… and get belly rubs!Dachshund Miami

Don’t you just want to love him?!

Slinky was originally rescued in 2010 and adopted two months later, but returned to the DRSF in 2013 after his family fell on hard times. His mom dropped him off at our home in tears.

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That face…

Slinky is a 6-year-old lean standard Doxie weighing 18 lbs (you can see those muscles rippling- he’s a gorgeous dog!). He can be a little nervous around strangers (men especially) and sometimes lunges at them. But, he is very sweet and great with people he trusts, including kids. He lived with three children in his former home and never had a problem with them.

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He refused to leave without his bowtie.

Dachshunds are very independent and headstrong. Slinky is headstrong, but all he wants to do, all day, is be by your side. We do recommend him to a home with experienced dog owners (meaning, those who spoil their pooches, but have a firm, fair hand in disciplining their furry family members).



As you can see, he also gets along well with other dogs, and is an active, playful little dude. He even helps bring certain shy dogs out of their shells. In the right family, Slinky will shine (and keep your lap warm- he is the definition of a snuggly lap dog, despite his lean look). If you’re active, Slinky is your dog, too! He loves to go for walks and will hunt lizards all day.

If you’re interested in meeting or adopting Slinky, please fill out an application at E-mail any questions to

Very special thanks to John of Max Norman Pet Photography for the great shots of Slinky in his blue leash (the others are courtesy Frankie, one of our dog sitters). If you’d like stunning shots of your pets, visit John is amazing with the dogs and also volunteers at local shelters- an all around great person.