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 http://www.dachshundrescuesouthflorida.com/DRSF_Application.html. E-mail any questions to info@dachshundrescuesouthflorida.com.

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 http://maxnorman.com/. John is amazing with the dogs and also volunteers at local shelters- an all around great person.

 

Photography with a Soul: MaxNorman Pet Photography

John Bouma MaxNorman studio pet photography Miami homeless dogs

Dog walker Flavia was recently a part of a group of volunteers that helped photographer John Bouma from MaxNorman Pet Photography take photos of the homeless dogs and cats at Miami-Dade Animal Services (MDAS). It was such an amazing, inspiring experience to help these animals look great for their portraits. Without John’s help, and the help of other photographers who volunteer their time, the public likely won’t see these dogs and cats, which makes it much less likely that they will be adopted.

The volunteers helped John take pictures of the kittens because while kittens get adopted quickly, the photos on the MDAS website didn’t do them justice. They also helped him take the larger dogs out of the kennels and into the sunlight for amazing shots. Big dogs are harder to adopt; most people who walk into animal services want a smaller dog. More than one person grew teary-eyed seeing all of those dogs and knowing that of all the beautiful pups that they met, 20 percent don’t make it.

The Dogs Were So Happy to Have Human Contact

The dogs at MDAS don’t get a lot of playtime unless a volunteer takes them out, so when they finally do get out, it’s awesome to see them zip around and have fun. The pet lover community is trying to do so much for the dogs. And while we’re sure that Miami-Dade Animal Services is trying to do its best for the animals, we feel that there is so much potential for improvement there.

MDAS Needs Your Help!

For example, the appliances need to be updated. The building does not have central air conditioning- instead, they use industrial fans. The dogs all live in outside kennels. Unfortunately, most people don’t even know where the big dog area is. And when we were on our way to the park/area to take photos, we had to walk by the sick dogs, which is not ideal for sanitary purposes. We’re sure they wouldn’t mind donations.

How to Volunteer at Miami-Dade County Animal Services:

There are so many animals that need homes at in Miami. MDAS needs volunteers to help walk the dogs, clean them, play with them, and feed them. Your best option is to ask the staff what kind of volunteers they need. This position would be great for filling community service hours for kids in high school. You can learn more about volunteering or even fostering a dog or cat on their website.

In our experience: When you volunteer at MDAS, you have to walk into the main building and speak with the volunteer coordinator. He or she will sign you up as a volunteer, make you sign a waiver or release form, and then give you a brief tour and a t-shirt.

We encourage you to take a moment to bring love and cheer to these poor pups’ and cats’ lives. We especially believe in volunteering with John because his images help fuel adoptions. Please head over to the MDAS website today to adopt a beautiful dog or cat today!

The Sweetest Human Award Goes to MaxNorman Photography

We were thrilled to meet John because he is clearly a huge animal lover and a brilliant photographer. What we love the most is that John donates $25 from each pet portrait session to local animal rescues.  

John’s “Pet Portrait Sessions” are an hour long, and can take place at your house or a scenic location nearby. His photo package is $150, and includes high resolution, retouched digital copies of all photos selected from the session on a CD, with around 25-30 images. You also receive a $25 print credit toward the purchase of prints and merchandise in the online store. We have already recommended him to our dog walking clients and they have been thrilled with the photos… and we’ve signed up for ours, as well. Let us know what you think of him if you do have your photos taken!

Image: MaxNorman Pet Photography

Help Miami’s Dogs and Cats! Join Us for the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Mega Match-A-Thon

Humane Society of Greater Miami's adopt-a-thon.

Join Pet Sitter Flavia Berti at Dog and Cat Mega Match-A-Thon!

We are are always happy to help dogs and cats in need in Miami! That’s why pet sitter Flavia Berti (owner of Equipaws Pet Services) will be supporting the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Mega Match-a-thon this Saturday, October 19, from 9:00 am til 9:00 pm. The event is taking place in beautiful Tropical Park, at 7900 Bird Road in Miami. Adoptions start at $30 and parking is free!

This nationwide event is sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and will hopefully result in the adoption of hundreds of cats and dogs! This is the perfect time for anyone in your life to find the new family member they’ve been wanting. Over 500 cats and dogs of all breeds, colors, personalities, and sizes will be ready to meet their new parents. There will be a puppy and kitten adoption kick-off at 9:00 am (imagine the cute overload!).

The Mega Match-a-thon is a labor of love. We are so excited to be a part of helping these deserving, but homeless, fur babies find their new homes. The ASPCA has granted nearly $270,000 to support these large-scale adoption events. Thirty-seven communities nationwide will be holding their own huge adoptathons on the same day.

Take your family with you! There will be a Kid’s Arena with fun games for children. Local Miami businesses will be volunteering, and there will be food, refreshments, an entertainment program, DJ’s, and live bands. The ASPCA and Humane Society of Greater Miami are pulling out all the stops for this great cause.

To get involved or for more information about the ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon™ event, please call 305-749-1818 or visit the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s website.