To Scoop Poop or not to Scoop, That Is the Question!

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To Scoop Poop or not to Scoop, That Is the Question! This parody of a famous Shakespearean line of the play Hamlet makes us think: why did Shakespeare never write about… poop… the way he wrote about roses?

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet…” (Romeo and Juliet)

Well, obviously, when we think of things aesthetically pleasing, dog poop does not make the list. No wonder that some dog owners are not particularly fond of scooping it up. But isn’t pet waste also biodegradable and a natural fertilizer? Not necessarily…

What Are The Risks of Not Scooping Dog Poop?

We don’t live in an agricultural society anymore. Our dogs are not out there herding the sheep home or watching the cattle, roaming freely on large areas of green land. We live in big cities like Miami where green areas are smaller and they are often a public property to be enjoyed by pet owners and people with no pets, alike.

We walk our dogs in parks where people also bring their children, sometimes toddlers, to play in the grass and enjoy the fresh air. Toddlers don’t know the difference between dirt and poop, they just see it as yet another thing that they can stick their fingers into and taste. Some dogs do the same: for reasons unknown, they attempt to eat everything they are sniffing, which could be the doo-doo of a sick dog. That way, both humans and dogs are exposed to a higher risk of disease.

Dog poop is a pervasive way of contaminating water: it can be easily washed off into storm drains or nearby water streams, thus polluting it with harmful organisms such as Giardia, Salmonella and E. coli. Decomposing pet waste depletes water of oxygen and can release ammonia, which affects the well-being of fish and other water creatures. Yes, it’s that serious. And did I mention that stepping in doo-doo and possibly carrying it into a house, a car, or a shopping place is a tremendously unpleasant and embarrassing experience?

What Is Equipaws Doing to Help?

Why take a chance? With Equipaws, you will never worry that your doggie’s waste affects the environment in any of these ways. Our pet sitters are proudly equipped with biodegradable poop bags that are properly disposed of during or after the walk.  When we sponsor events such as the yearly 5K Run Fur Fun to benefit Paws 4 You Rescue for the adoption of homeless dogs in Miami, we offer the same biodegradable poop bags to the dog owners participating. And we constantly contribute to educating the public on this topic, either through articles such as this, or through talks, conversations and promotional materials. We are environmentally conscious and we would love to help you be the same.

What Can Dog Owners Do to Help?

We all enjoy strolling in a safe and aesthetically pleasing environment. All of us pet owners can easily help create and maintain it by cleaning up after our dogs. It may not be our favorite part of the walk, but it is so important for our community’s well-being. We want to treat our pets and fellow human beings with the same dignity and respect that we treat ourselves with and our private environment. That creates better relationships and it sets an example for others who are still learning or new to pet ownership.

The Pooper-Scooper Law

In most cities and states of the U.S. the law says that dog owners must clean up after their dogs, with fines ranging from $20 to $10,000 if they fail to do that. The Pooper-Scooper Law of Miami-Dade County provides that dog owners be fined $50 for public nuisance, should they fail to clean up their dog’s waste and dispose of it properly.

Bottom line, our beloved doggie’s doo-doo may never make the rhyme of a beautiful world famous poem, but a gorgeous, litter-free park might just be the inspiration for one. Let us all be partners in creating and maintaining an attractive natural environment that nourishes lifelong memories for children and grown-ups alike, and that can inspire a Shakespeare of our modern days.

Contributed by pet sitter Manuela Nelersa.



5 Memorial Day Weekend Plans in Miami

Memorial Day 2015Memorial Day weekend is a time to be grateful for our troops’ sacrifices; we can’t think of a better way to commemorate their sacrifices than time spent with family and friends.  Have you, like many Miamians, procrastinated with planning your Memorial Day weekend getaways? We’re happy to share five local, alternative, and family-friendly outings that will bring you closer to friends and family.

  1. Chocolate rules in our family- and there is nothing better than Cao Chocolate’s freshly-made artisanal chocolates. So, join us at Cao Chocolates’ Friday Night Social today, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.! Owners Cao Trillos and Anelith Ortega welcome all chocolate lovers every month to enjoy their divine chocolate, cheeses, and wine in this family-friendly event. Parking in the back. Address: 9800 SW 77 Ave. Miami, FL 33156
  1. SwingLAB Wynwood at Lab Miami. Swing’s the thing in the heart of Wynwood on Saturday, May 23, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. There will be a one hour introduction to swing lesson, and then current and vintage music from DJ Babs, and three hours of dancing for $15. Parking, alas, is not free, but is available for $1.50 an hour.Address: 400 NW 26 St. Miami, FL 33127
  1. The Play’s the Thing! Catch “The Book Club” at the Actor’s Playhouse! This play is close to our hearts as book people. Members of a book club let a documentary filmmaker record their meetings, which completely changes their dynamic… especially when a controversial new member joins. One critic compared this play to “Lord of the Flies with wine and dip.” We’re sold! The play runs through June 7, 2015. Address: 280 Miracle Mile Coral Gables, FL 33134
  1. Flying Trapeze School! You’re welcome. No, really- this actually exists within driving distance of most of you! Professional flying trapeze artists will help you feel free while you fly on the trapeze- upper body strength not required, and children as young as 6 can join. All classes must be reserved beforehand. Call 786.239.8775 to reserve your space. You can pay with your credit card over the phone, PayPal, or cash. Address: Bayfront Park 301 N. Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132
  1. Do you already have plans for the weekend, but nothing planned for Monday? Take a Coral Gables Waterway Canal Tour! The tour heads out from Riviera Drive down to the Bay. Catch wildlife (manatees, egrets, and alligators, oh my!), natural landscape, and historic architecture from water level. This historic canal was built by George Merrick, who would row guests from the Biltmore Hotel down to Tahiti Beach. It’s an easy paddle for adults and children 9 and up; this is not recommended for children under 5 years of age. Remember to take water, sunblock, a hat, and sun glasses. Close-toed shoes are required. The tour lasts from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., so keep that in mind when deciding on whether to take your little ones or not! Reserve your spot on, or call 305.365.3018. The adventure will run you $35.00. Address: 3401 SW 72 Avenue Miami, FL 33155

We hope you enjoy your weekend!

Thanks for Voting Us Best Pet Sitters in Miami!

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Thank you for choosing Equipaws Pet Services as the best pet sitters in Miami! It’s an honor to win the Florida Villager’s Best of the Best Reader’s Choice Award in our category. We are humbled and honored that so many of you took the time to enter us in this contest. Because we take care of your family members, we know how busy you are, so this is doubly special for us.

This accolade renews our dedication to this path. Caring for animals is not simply a business venture for us. It originates in the love and need to serve animals. We are incredibly lucky to do what we love for a living, and we know we owe it all to you. We will continue to do our best in taking care of your pets and being your resource for recommendations for similar services.

We are always conscious that we could not do this without you. So, thank you, again, for trusting us with your beloved family members, and for the votes! In return, we leave you with a few beautiful quotes about our favorite animals from cherished authors. Enjoy!

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.”
― Milan Kundera

“You can say any fool thing to a dog and the dog will just give you this look that says, ‘My GOSH, you’re RIGHT! I NEVER would’ve thought of that!”
― Dave Barry

“In ancient times cats were worshiped as gods; they have not forgotten this.”
― Terry Pratchett

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.”
― Sigmund Freud

Please call us about your pet care needs at 305.794.3733 or contact us here. We look forward to caring for your pet family for years to come!