Professional Pet Sitters Week

dog walkers Miami pet sitting Brickell

Thanks to Our Wonderful Pet Sitters!

March 1, 2015 marks the beginning of Professional Pet Sitters Week, a week designated by Pet Sitters International as a time for appreciation for pet professionals. Pet sitters like us practice home service and become essential members of our clients’ families. We believe that at-home care is the best choice for Miami’s dogs and cats, and are thrilled to be a part of elevating the home services industry with our professionalism, dedication, reliability, and love of pets!

We have had a great year, with hiring four new employees and meeting many new clients, and we could not be more grateful. We began this company in 2011 with a small core of just Flavia and Frankie, and with many people in Miami unaware of what pet sitting even was.

We’ve come a long way! We now have ten employees, all trained under Flavia, all willing to go above and beyond for our clients. They have been available for last-minute pet sits when our clients take ill and need to go to the hospital. They have helped Flavia bake homemade dog treats into the late hours of the night, and they volunteer at events that Equipaws helps sponsor supporting local dog rescues.

Our clients love us because of the quality of our care, and that’s a team effort. It is our mission to be a part of Miami’s pet professional community for as long as we live, and hopefully beyond (no, not as the ghosts of pet sitters, but through our families!). Working with animals is more than a job; it’s a calling for many of us. So if you see one of our pet sitters on the street, walking a pup or just enjoying themselves off duty, please tell them you appreciate them!

And for those who don’t know what a professional pet sitter does, please take a look at our blog posts:

  1. Pet Sitting Services: What to Expect from Equipaws!
  2. What Is a Professional Pet Sitter Anyway?
  3. Our Pet Sitting Policy on Shared Responsibility, and Why We Enforce It
  4. Why Hire a Pet Sitter in Miami

The South Miami Rotary Art Festival Recap

Dog-Friendly South Miami Rotary Art Festival

We were more than happy to volunteer at the dog-friendly South Miami Rotary Art Festival this past weekend! Over 150 artists showed their wonderful work, and thousands of Miamians brought their dogs along for a stroll along Sunset Drive. Equipaws Pet Services offered fresh water and special freeze-dried liver and cod treats at their Doggy Hydration station for the second year in a row. Owner Flavia and her pet sitters Tom, Becca, Sara, Tony, and Frankie were on hand to snuggle pups and bring them out of the sun under the shade of the Equipaws tent, and to trade fun dog stories and tips with pet parents.

We were happy to see many of our pet sitting and dog walking clients make it out to this fantastic event, too! The pups were decked out in their very fashionable leashes and beautiful dog carriages. There were a few newly-adopted rescue dogs, which always warms our hearts. For the most part, pet parents were responsible with their pups this year. Many had their own bottled water and dog poop bags on their persons; if they didn’t, they were on the lookout for watering opportunities for their pups and made beelines for the doggy hydration station. We noticed that no one put a sweater on their pups this year; this is great, considering that last year many people dressed their dogs to the nines in eighty degree weather. Finally, many people were conscious of their dogs’ paws, keeping them to the shade instead of the hot asphalt.

The South Miami Rotary Art Festival has been running for 32 years and is truly a labor of love. As we mentioned in our previous blog post on the art festival, the proceeds from the festival are donated for scholarships and other opportunities for local and international students and service projects.

We hope you enjoy the gallery of cute dogs from the festival, and hope we see you next year!

Dogs of South Miami Rotary Art Festival

5 Last-Minute, Local Pet Valentine’s Day Gifts!

pets miami sitting dog cat loveres

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and we know many of you are scrambling for a last-minute pet Valentine’s Day gift for your loved ones, or worse… completely forgot that your dogs and cats love getting gifts, too! No worry- we have five wonderful, LOCAL gift options for the perfect Valentine’s Day gifts for the furry kids and humans in your life. We love all of these local, small businesses dearly and regularly refer our beloved clients to them for professional pet services, fine food, and pet gifts (and, shameless self-promotion since we’re including ourselves- we think we’re quality, as well!). We think your pets will be very pleased with these, so without further ado, your five local go-to’s for a great Miami Valentine’s Day!

1. A Day at the Spa with My Dog

Is your sweetheart wild about her dog? Give her pup a spa day with a MyDog gift certificate! MyDog is based in Pinecrest and is well-known for their wonderful staff and relaxing atmosphere. Your dog’s grooming experience begins the moment he walks in, so there is no waiting. Each dog is personally fluff dried by their groomer, and given lavish hugs, love, and treats (with parent approval). Our favorite parts? The delicious blueberry facial, which leaves your dog smelling divine, and the beautiful staff. They make pups and parents feel welcome with their hospitality and attention to service! Finally, they offer a pick-up service within a certain area free of charge. Call today: 305.298.5538

2. Cao Chocolates-this one’s for the pet parents!

We cannot recommend Cao Chocolates enough. It is our family’s favorite place for chocolate in Miami- heck, the whole of the United States! This place is a wonderland for humans. Owners Cao and Anelith craft their artisanal chocolate with love daily, creating new combinations to please all palates. Their cacao confections (fair trade, from Venezuela) are made in small batches to order and can be hand-delivered to your beloved. Our favorite are the passion fruit chocolate bonbon and the spiced, salted caramel bonbon. Call today:305.603.9747

3. Training with Applause Your Paws!

A fun Valentine’s Day gift to show your pups some love, buy them fun classes at Applause Your Paws! We are thrilled with Applause Your Paws’ service. Owner Dee recently opened her indoor dog training facility after years of success with positive dog training, and it’s a great place for a pup to be! The center is ann 8,000 square foot dog-training facility right by Tropical Park, perfect for agility training, obedience classes (private or group), play dates, board and train, and more! They always have something new and interesting happening on the weekend, from dog play dates to specialized classes for specific breeds, all with positive reinforcement techniques. We highly recommend them! Call: (786) 529-7833

4. Natural K9’s Delicious Offerings

Located Delicious baked treats are the quickest way to your pet’s heart, especially from Natural K9 Supplies. They are dedicated to high quality, natural ingredients in their dog, cat, and bird food, and sell everything from food, to toys, treats, supplements and biking accessories. We think the DoggyRide Original Dog Bike Trailer is a great gift for active pet parents who want to take their pups along for their bike rides. Best of all, well-behaved dogs are allowed in the store, so take them along to choose their own Valentine’s Day gift!Call toll-free: 1-877-284-0350

And as of this writing, they are offering a BOGO deal for Zuke’s Genuine Jerky Treats. Snap them up for your pups!

5. Gift Certificate from Equipaws Pet Services (a gift for pets and their parents!)

Give your dog the gift of exercise this Valentine’s Day! We offer gift certificates for all of our services. Dog walking is especially popular because so many of our clients can’t make it home midday to let their waiting dogs out. Dogs love us because it’s fun company in the middle of an otherwise boring day. They get to sniff and explore, relieve themselves (you know how uncomfortable holding it for hours is- imagine your poor dog!), and they get snuggles and a pet-approved treat! You can also buy a gift certificate for cat sitting, pet sitting, and our overnight stay services. Call us today to purchase the gift certificate: 305.794.3733.
We hope this helps! Let us know how you spend your Valentine’s Day, below!
pet gifts Valentine's Day