Join Us at the Dog-Friendly RUN FUR FUN 5K!

dog friendly Miami Equipaws Pet ServicesWondering how you can raise money for homeless dogs in Miami while having fun with your pup? Wonder no more! You can join us for the second annual Paws 4 You Run Fur Fun 5K on  April 26! This is a great rain-or-shine fundraiser in which you can walk/run one mile with your dog for fun, or take part in an officially-timed race on a certified course. For those who wish they had a dog but don’t, there will be plenty of willing doggy volunteers from the Rent-a-Dog Booth! We’re excited to be a Top Dog Sponsor for the second year in a row, and hope you visit our booth before and after your run! Each participant will receive food, refreshments, a drawstring backpack with a T-shirt and bandanna, and a medal while supplies last, so be sure to register early online!

How to Enjoy the RUN FUR FUN:
There is of course the run or walk, starting at 4 p.m., but there are also many pet-friendly vendors, food trucks, and adoptable dogs about, as well! We are thrilled that Paws 4 You alum, Lucy, convinced her dad, Dave Barry, to MC the event. We take care of this special pup and know first-hand what a huge heart and giving spirit she has. Thanks for pulling through, Lucy and Dave! Who else is joining? Lots of pet care professionals, like our friends at Applause Your Paws, Fuji and Friends, Smiley Pet Stop, and Pet’s Best! We’re looking forward to Kona Ice Food Truck and and Mr. PB&J food truck.

Last year’s 5k was a lot of fun! The pups all cooled down in big plastic kiddie pools, treats were dispensed, new friends were made, and pups found new homes.  It’s a great event for family and friends, for building community, and for raising awareness for the strays in Miami-Dade County! We’ll see you there!

WHEN:
When: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Registration begins at 2:00pm
5K timed run/walk begins at 4:00pm
1-mile fun run/walk begins at 4:15pm
Celebration to follow!

WHERE
Killian Greens Golf Club
9980 SW 104th Street
Miami, FL 33176

REGISTER: Advance registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 3 to 12 ($35/$25 on-site). Each participant will receive a drawstring backpack with a T-shirt and bandana while supplies last.

SPONSOR:
Would you like to sponsor the RUN FUR FUN? Sponsoring saves lives while promoting your business! There are sponsorship levels for every budget. Please visit Paws 4 You for more information on sponsoring, rules for dogs, and stroller use (yes, you may run with your stroller!) and other details.  See you soon!
Watch last year’s festivities:

Dog Friendly South Miami Rotary Art Festival

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Dog Friendly South Miami Rotary Art Festival

Save the date for the 32nd annual dog friendly South Miami Rotary Art Festival from February 21-22, 2015! As a member of the South Miami Rotary Club, owner Flavia has enlisted her Equipaws pet sitters to volunteer for the second year in a row at the Art Festival’s “Doggie Hydration Station.” As always, South Miami is very welcoming to well-behaved dogs. Please bring your pups out on leashes to experience one of the best art festivals in South Florida. We will have grain-free treats and fresh, cool water available for them on both Saturday and Sunday!

Dog Friendly Art Festival in Miami

Our pet sitters volunteered at the 31st art festival last year and can confidently say it is a great dog-friendly event. The dogs we met last year were well-behaved, social, and had a fun time hanging out not only with their families, but also meeting other sociable doggies. The street offers covered sidewalks to keep pets’ sensitive paws safe, and there are complimentary doggy-doo bags in addition to cool water and treats that we provide. Wondering if a crowded art festival is the right place for your pup? Keep these in mind:

  • If your dog is nervous around crowds of people or other dogs, you should definitely keep them home.
  • Senior dogs and puppies can tire more easily; plan around your pet’s endurance levels.
  • Is your female pup in heat? Please keep her comfortable at home.
  • Brachycephalic dogs need to be carefully monitored for heat exhaustion (pugs, shih tzus, etc.)
  • Is your dog unruly on a leash? Go over training with him before bringing him out to an exciting event like this. Set him or her up for success instead of failure! (And please, for the love of your dog, yourself, and those around you, don’t use a retractable leash).

South Miami Rotary Art Festival Details

The South Miami Rotary Art Festival brings over 150 artists to downtown South Miami every year, closing Sunset Drive (SW 72nd Street) from US1 to Red Road (SW 57 Avenue), parallel to The Shops at Sunset Place. The Berti girls grew up going to the art festival and enjoying the area; it’s full of restaurants, great boutique shopping, and historic buildings). This small strip lends itself to a cozy experience for the family-friendly festival. Chances are you have driven by it but not actually walked in; there is always something for everyone, from princess tutus to face painting, fine art to a fine dining food court, beer garden, and live jazz.

We admire that the festival is produced completely by our fellow Rotarians of the Rotary Club of South Miami and its Rotary Foundation. They invite artists from all over North America. It is also a boon to the local economy, bringing 25,000 people for that weekend. Even better, proceeds from the festival go to fund college scholarships for South Miami students, and other service projects, both locally and internationally.

Admission is free for patrons with parking in garages and the street.

Where: 5750 SW 72 St., South Miami, FL 33143

When: February 21-22, 2015, Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Saturday night there will be live jazz onstage until 8:00 PM in the beer garden at 58th Avenue and Sunset).

For more information: Email info@southmiamiartfest.org or call 305-769-5977, or visit Southmiamiartfest.org.

Thanks to Miami Small Businesses!

We had a wonderful time at our Howliday Party at West Elm Dadeland this weekend! Our doggie clients had a chance to meet their pet sitters at this dog-friendly event to raise funds for Paws 4 You Rescue, but they also got to meet other local, dog-related small businesses. These local businesses were a huge part of the gathering’s success. We’d like to tell you a little bit about these Miami based, pet-centric companies, and please be sure to visit their websites to learn more about them!

Miami FLFirst, we must thank West Elm Dadeland for hosting our holiday party and fundraiser for Paws 4 You this Sunday! West Elm has been incredibly generous with dog rescue organizations this year, and with the community in general.Their doors are always open to working with local artists, vendors, and organizations to create a sense of community, and their furniture and home decor is beautiful, too (we always want to buy everything, but especially their dog and cat-themed decorations- so cute!!!). Dogs are always welcome at West Elm, too! Remember to pass by with your pooch for a Santa Paws photo, delicious treats for humans and pups, shopping with Fuji & Friends, dog adoptions, arts and crafts, and more!

Our friends from Cao Chocolates donated a little something sweet for our (human) goody bags for the Holiday Party and also gifted a tray of delicious brownies as they couldn’t be there with us.

artisanal chocolate Miami FL Pinecrest

Cao Chocolates is our favorite place to buy local, artisanal chocolate truffles and fine chocolates of amazing quality. If you need a special gift for your friends, family, business, or yourself- make sure you choose Cao. Visit Caochocolates.com for information on their location (right here in Pinecrest!) and how to order for the holidays. Make sure to pass by their cozy store to meet Cao and Anelith- they are wonderful, welcoming people happy to talk about their passion- chocolate!

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Fuji and Friends Apparel Co., Miami’s coolest dog-themed vintage apparel company, not only co-hosted our Howliday Party benefiting Paws 4 You Rescue with us… they also be sold their beautiful shirts!

The Equipaws pack loves the design and the fact that they donate a portion of their proceeds to benefit Paws 4 You and K9 Field Kits Working Dog Fund. Visit their website for more info: http://www.fujiandfriends.com/, and like their Facebook page at Fuji and Friends!

R & R bake shop Miami FLWe’re happy to share that A Little R & R Bakery added their sweet touch to the party, including goodies like:

*Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies with a twist.
*Cloud Cookies– a Saint Louis speciality! Traditionally called Gooey Butter Cookies, these are cake-like cookies that have a surprisingly light and airy texture.
*Reddies– red velvet cupcakes have received a makeover into a bright red brownie with a cream cheese wave running through the center.
*Almond Blondie-Bows– almond flavored blondies with rainbow sprinkles (usually a crowd favorite!)
*Cookies ‘n Hold the Creams– dairy free Oreo cookies that are light and airy
*Vegan Brownies– dark chocolate vegan brownies made with only 8 ingredients!
*Vanilla Bean Ice Cream– a perfect complement to your baked treats! (don’t worry, calories don’t count on Sunday!).

They will also had peanut-butter pumpkin dog treats available for the furry best friends!

We love their story, as told by owner Lauren Redondo:

“The company is run by both myself and my husband, Marcos. I have been baking since I was a young girl– taught by my mother and grandmothers. My maternal grandmother was the one who taught me the precise science behind baking, while my paternal grandmother was the one who taught me that to cook is to show someone how much you love them.

I began wanting to own my own bakery midway through high school, but it wasn’t until after I married my husband this June that we really decided to begin the bakery. Since I am originally from Saint Louis, many of our recipes have a midwestern origin which we believe is a niche that can be filled in Miami. Marcos is my sous-chef, head-sampler, and packaging professional. He is also currently organizing the financial aspect of our small company.

Some of our favorite ingredients to work with are butter, brown sugar…and butter. But we also have dairy free, sugar free, and vegan items for those who have special dietary needs.”

Dog leashes MiamiWagletWorks Adventure Dog Gear: We were so happy to have Barb bring her hands-free dog gear to the holiday party. She is such a great support to the local rescue community and has an innovative hands-free complete system that helps dog parents spend time with their pooches without stress. The WagletWorks system includes a sturdy and cool leash, poo bags, water bottle holder, water bowl, personal tote, and more. Check out their website and let us know what you think!

Miami FL totes gift bagsThe Sheep Sac joined us this Sunday! They create custom, reusable gift bags for all occasions. We love the product, as we strive to be “green” and responsible in everything we do. Their totes are beautiful and we love that you can choose the theme. Get your holiday reusable totes now! Visit the Sheep Sac’s Facebook page for orders.