Join Us: Run FUR Fun 5K Benefiting Paws4You Rescue!

Palmetto Bay pet friendly fundraiser for Paws4You

We are absolutely thrilled to be a Top Dog Sponsor for Paws 4 You Rescue‘s first ever RUN FUR FUN! The hard-working team at Paws 4 You has joined with animal lovers in Miami to present a dog-friendly 5K benefiting the lucky dogs they take in from Miami-Dade Animal Services. Not only will this raise money for these precious dogs… participants can also run WITH their pups- which we love! This 5K is less than two weeks away, and we’re going to be there! Will you join us? Let’s save homeless pets together while having fun! REGISTER NOW!

The Details for Paws 4 You Rescue’s Run Fur Fun:

The Run Fur Fun 5K is a rain or shine event! Everyone attending can enjoy pet vendors, delicious food, and meet dogs from Paws 4 You which are ready for their forever homes! While there, you have the option of completing a 5K run or walk, or a 1-mile run or walk on a paved trail.

We’re SO excited because dogs are welcome! Please make sure that they are on lead at all times. They must also be well-socialized and up-to-date on all vaccinations. Picking up doggy “doo” is a must! Don’t have a pup? No worries! Paws 4 You has thought of everything- just visit the “Rent-a-Dog” booth!

Palmetto Bay dog friendly event

Details from the Paws4You website as follows:

9:00am on Saturday, April 5, 2014
Registration begins at 7:00am

Palmetto Bay Village Center
18001 Old Cutler Road
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157

Advance registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 5-12 online ($35 and $25 on the day of).

Registered students will receive 4 service hours (signed letter provided at event).
Each participant will receive a “doggy bag” with a T-shirt and bandanna while supplies last.
Register now:  Students who register will receive 4 service hours. Register now to run or walk and save $10.

EARLY PACKET PICKUP: If you have already registered, you may pick up your packet before the race at the following locations with your payment confirmation. Packets include your bib number, t-shirt, dog bandanna, and doggy bag (goody bag!).

1. Thursday April 3 (11am-8pm)
Your Pet’s Best
8425 SW 132nd Street
Miami, FL 33156

2. Friday April 4 (12pm-6pm)
Sole Runners
11650 N Kendall Drive
Miami, FL 33176

Will we see you there? Pass by our booth to chat with our pet sitters, or visit the many other pawsome vendors and dog caretakers that make up our amazing, animal-loving community, such as Fuji and Friends, Applause Your Paws, MaxNorman Pet Photography, and the Dog Dude Ranch. We can’t wait for the amazing turnout that’s sure to come. This is Miami/Dog history in the making… let’s get out there and run for the dogs- REGISTER TODAY! Contact 305-332-9022 or for more information about participating, getting a booth, and sponsoring.


Dog Adoption Event in Downtown Dadeland

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There are tons of fun, dog-friendly events throughout Miami in April, and we have our paws in lots of them! We’re happy that West Elm Dadeland approached us to put on a pet-friendly event at their Dadeland store on April 13, 2014. The Downtown Dadeland area is very pet-friendly; the condos allow cats and dogs, and the store encourages paw traffic. Add that all up and it equals the perfect spot for a dog-friendly mixer!

Together, we are putting on a Doggy Adoption Fair to find forever homes for a few lucky dogs from Friends Forever Rescue. So, whether you would like to adopt and rescue a dog, or bring you own furry friend along, join West Elm Dadeland for their very first Doggy Adoption Fair in their store:

Where: 8805 Dadeland Boulevard, Miami, FL 33156

When: April 13, 2014, 12-4 pm!

It will be the perfect place for those living in the South Miami, Pinecrest, and Falls area to meet local, pet-centric vendors to fulfill all your pets’ needs.

Doggy Adoption Fair Roll Call:

FriendsForever Rescue: one of the many deserving, non-profit animal shelters in Miami-Dade, Friends Forever Rescue tirelessly cares for dogs and re-homes those in need. From their website:

Friends Forever Humane Society, Inc. is a Florida Not for Profit 501 (c)(3) organization. Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome homeless and unwanted Labrador Retrievers and other dogs in need of help.

We rely on volunteers to foster and transport our dogs. Our dogs are featured on Each Saturday, we bring our dogs to Petsmart in the Falls (US 1 and SW 136th Street) from 10am to 4pm.

Prospective families are encouraged to come to Petsmart to meet and interact with the dogs.

All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

MaxNorman Pet Photography: Enjoy a moment with John Bouma, animal lover and professional photographer who donates his services at Miami-Dade Animal Services. John will be available to chat about pet portraits, volunteering at Miami-Dade Animal Services, and showing his beautiful work.

Fuji and Friends Accessories: Super cool vintage-inspired t-shirts with a snazzy canine twist? Yes, please! These shirts are beautiful, designed by local animal lovers who not only adopt dogs in need, but also work closely with another great dog rescue, Paws 4 You Rescue. The best part? They donate a portion of the proceeds to Paws 4 You! Check out their beautiful t-shirts in their online store.

Applause Your Paws, Inc. Training: When you need a quality dog trainer in Miami, you want to meet them! We are very happy to have them at the event, as we believe dogs deserve and need an education as much as humans do. We can’t wait for you to see the benefits of positive reinforcement training!

South Miami Animal Clinic: We’re very happy that Dr. Maria Oliveira, our pack’s veterinarian, will be available to meet you and talk to you about your pet’s health! Learn more about preventive care with her!

Equipaws Pet Services: And us! We will be there to meet anyone with dog walking and pet sitting needs. One of our pet sitters, Frankie Berti, is also a Pet Tech Pet CPR & First Aid instructor. She will be giving demonstrations and talking about Pet CPR and First Aid courses!

Parking will be validated, and there are plenty of tasty restaurants in the area. We hope to see you there!

Bringing the Yellow Dog Project to Miami

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Dog Walkers Helping Dogs in Need of Space in Miami

Did you know that some dogs are DINOS?  As fun as that sounds, DINOS is actually an acronym for Dogs In Need Of Space.  Like people, dogs have unique personalities that are shaped by their experiences as well as medical and mental health conditions.  As such, not all dogs are happy to be approached by charging puppies or inquisitive sniffers, not to mention overly confident and affectionate children or adults. That’s where the Yellow Dog Project comes in, and where our dog walkers hope to make a difference in Miami.

The 411 on the Yellow Dog Project

Some dogs take some time to warm up to others, and other dogs just prefer less interaction in general, but these pups still need a walk just like any other. The Yellow Dog Project came to life in order to help these dogs. Do you want to participate? Simply tie a yellow ribbon to your dog’s leash or collar where it is visible to others.

A yellow ribbon doesn’t necessarily mean that a dog is anxious or aggressive, either.  It could also mean that the dog is either:

  1. in training,
  2. new to their owner/walker,
  3. a foster,
  4. or the dog is recently out of a shelter and acclimating to his or her new life.

There are many reasons dogs may need space. A yellow ribbon is not meant to be off-putting.  Perhaps the owner or walker would welcome a soft and slow approach to get the dog used to other people and dogs.  The yellow ribbon just means “approach with caution.”

How to Approach a Yellow Ribbon Dog:

It is best to call out to the owner/walker and ask if it is OK to approach slowly.  They will know how to handle the situation best.  It is possible that they will ask you to offer a treat to help with their socializing. It’s important to not take it personally when a dog walker or owner prefers you stay away from the pet. It’s about the dog, after all!

Equipaws’ Dog Walkers: Part of the Yellow Dog Project

Equipaws Pet Services is proud to promote the Yellow Dog Project in Miami! Our walkers and runners will now be equipped with yellow ribbons or handkerchiefs for our clients with special dogs. If you feel that it is best for your dog to be walked or run with a yellow ribbon, please let us know! We are happy to help your pets. Regardless of a DINOS’ needs, it is important to share the idea of the Yellow Dog Project and get the word out so that the yellow ribbon becomes a universally understood sign.

Spread the Word!  Let’s Give DINOS their Space!

The Yellow Dog Project Facebook page has many wonderful articles and resources, and it is so easy to click “Share” and educate the friends and family on your feed about the yellow ribbon and what it means.  You can also find them on Twitter @YellowDogProj and on Instagram @yellowdogproject as well.

Projects like these can only succeed through education, so it is important that the Yellow Dog Project be shared widely so that people will recognize what the yellow ribbon means. Do you have a DINO? Share your experiences with us in the comments section, below!

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