Miami Dog-Friendly Events in December

Join us for three Miami dog-friendly events in December!

We believe the best month for Miami dog-friendly events is December (and January isn’t bad, either!). The weather is gorgeous, the dogs are happy, and the mosquitoes are gone, so let’s take advantage of it!

Dog-friendly pack walk in South Miami

Join us and other like-minded dog lovers as we go on our monthly pack walk in South Miami. The whole family is welcome to attend. We will be meeting promptly at 9 AM in front of Town Kitchen and Bar!

We’ll walk for an hour into the beautiful adjacent neighborhoods and then return to our starting point where water bowls will be waiting for our doggies. Pack walks are a great opportunity to enjoy the weather, spend time with your dog, and a good way to provide essential exercise. This walk is also appropriate for dogs who are recovered reactive rovers. Town is dog-friendly as long as you eat outdoors- you can choose to stay for a delicious brunch after (we love their avocado toast and we’re not ashamed to say it).

 

When: Sunday, December 2, 2018
Time: 9-10 AM

 

Where: Town Kitchen and Bar- we meet by the manatee across from Town.
7301 SW 57 CT
South Miami, FL 33143

 

Invite your friends to this dog-friendly walk via Facebook.

 


Dog-friendly pack walk in Mary Brickell Village

Are your dogs LOVING this cool weather? Then join us for an on-leash walk session starting and ending at DIRT in Mary Brickell Village. We meet up with fellow dog parents and their pups on a 2-mile guided walk throughout the Brickell area.*

When: Sunday, December 9th, 2018
Time: 9 AM

Where: Meet at DIRT inside Mary Brickell Village, West Courtyard near Elevators
The Shops at Mary Brickell Village
901 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33130

*Coffee provided by DIRT. Water and potty bags for pets provided by Equipaws Pet Services. This is a guided walk with a dog trainer from Applause Your Paws, Inc.
Dogs will be kept separate from each other to keep energy low and ensure an enjoyable experience. Please avoid retractable leashes. Not all dogs are on the same fitness level or expected to complete the full walk.

FREE ADMISSION, but you must sign up for this dog-friendly pack walk through Eventbrite.


Santa Paws pet photos!

Bring your furry good boys and girls and join us for Santa Paws Pet Photos on Thursday, December 6th and meet Santa! In partnership with Equipaws Pet Sitters, Applause Your Paws, and Miami-Dade Animal Services, Santa Paws will feature pet photos with Santa for $5 (proceeds to benefit Magic City K9), a holiday market of pet products, adoptable pets, and more!*

WHERE: Mary Brickell Village, West Courtyard (near elevators)
WHEN: Thursday, December 6th from 6PM-8PM

WHAT: $5 Donation required for Photos with Santa.

Admission is free for the Holiday Market.

*Professional Photographer will be onsite. All images will be provided via Facebook album. Feel free to bring your camera for photos as well.

Register for photos with Santa Paws here.

5 Best Dog Friendly Travel Destinations in Florida

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5 Best Dog Friendly Travel Destinations in Florida 

Summer is here, which means a well-deserved holiday is around the corner! But where to go with your furry family member in tow? Florida offers dog friendly travel destinations by way of beaches and parks, restaurants, activities and tours you can enjoy with the entire gang. If you want to travel north to cooler climates or relax on the southern shore beaches, there is something for every four-legged vacationer. Pack up your pup and hit the road with our list of local pet-friendly Florida hot spots.

Dog Friendly Travel: Miami, FL

If you are looking to taste the flavor of Miami, start your adventure by cruising the Lincoln Road shopping strip. These vibrant stores and restaurants are dog friendly and most provide outdoor patio dining. If you are in the mood for a subdued Miami shopping experience, the shops and restaurants at Bal Harbour, The Village at Merrick Park, and along Brickell are also open to pets. Stay at the Loews Hotel on Miami Beach where dogs receive a welcome gift, have a gourmet room service menu, and are provided with dog-walking routes, pet-sitting or pet-walking services, as well as a list of local pet-friendly restaurants, plus a few extra “home away from home” goodies if requested! To complete your trip, head to Hobie Beach for a fun in the sun beach extravaganza! Hobie is a dog friendly off-leash park, located off of the Rickenbacker Causeway heading to Key Biscayne.

Jacksonville, Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, FL

Seek out the spectacular views and peaceful sounds of the Atlantic Coast. Amelia River Cruises, Charters and Cumberland Ferries offer tours and views of the gorgeous coastline. You and your pet can soak in the ocean air while viewing the wildlife, waterfront, and salt marshes. Get a taste of history when visiting the Jacksonville area. You can visit these memorials and trails with a leashed dog: Fort Caroline National Memorial, the Kingsley Plantation, Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park, or a take a self-guided hike named the Hammock Trail. The beaches in Jacksonville and Fernandina have specific rules and regulations on pups looking to play in the sand. Do your research before packing up the family and setting up camp on any of the local beaches.

Bradenton and Sarasota, FL

The gulf shores of Sarasota, Venice, and Bradenton have a string of beaches that are dog friendly. A must-visit is Sarasota’s own restaurant chain, titled appropriately the Old Salty Dog, where you can chow down on seafood and American bar fare with a dog at your feet, feeling the sea breeze flow through the air. Also look into Woof Gang Bakery and Marina Jacks- both have doggie dining treats and menus.

Be sure to pass by St. Armands Circle Shops, a boutique shopping center off the shores of Lido key, while you are in the neighborhood. Finish your trip by venturing to the outskirts of Bradenton to visit Hunsader U-Pick Farms, a large, breathtaking farm where you can pick your own produce varying on the time of year. Best in early spring, end of summer and fall.  

Florida Keys and Key West, FL

Head to the Florida Keys and turn back the clock to Island Time. You and your pup can put your feet and paws up at the Island Dogs Bar enjoying the open air establishment. As most restaurants are outdoor bars, it is not difficult to find dog friendly dining. The Key West Aquarium, one of the best attractions in the Keys located in Mallory Square, is said to be the only dog-friendly aquarium in the country! Take advantage and stroll the tanks of marine life with man’s best friend by your side. In addition, most charter fishing boats and ferry rides are dog friendly as well. Be sure to check animal protocol before purchasing any tickets. End the day at Mallory Square with picturesque sunset. The street fill with artists such as acrobats, magicians, and musicians to jazz up this nightly celebration for everyone and every pet to enjoy.

St. Augustine, FL

With centuries of history, the small populated town of St. Augustine is one of the most dog-friendly destinations in Florida. Famous for its main attraction, The Fountain of Youth, you can explore the secrets of this historical landmark with your pet. Weave your way in and out of the streets and shops of Old Town side by side with Fido. Most restaurants have patio seating and are pet friendly. Be sure to check out the St. Augustine lighthouse and off leash Paws Dog Park.

All of these dog-friendly travel destinations have hotels or bed and breakfasts that cater to your furry friends. Be sure to research and know the rules for your furry friend before scheduling any trips, as hotels can change policies.  For more information, these websites are quite helpful when looking for pet friendly venues, activities, restaurants and more:

www.dogfriendly.com 

www.bringfido.com

Happy dog-friendly travels!

 

5 Miami Must-Do’s with Your Dog!

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The top five pet-friendly adventures to partake in with your dog in Miami!

Miami is a thriving city with any and every kind of attraction you can imagine; the arts, restaurants, entertainment, outdoor activities, and more.  But what about for the dog lovers out there?  You can’t always leave your hound at home while you have all the fun! Pet sitter Meghan stepped up to help our canine buddies enjoy the Miami scene along with their parents, and found the most popular and dog friendly activities that are a Miami must!

#5  Art Deco Tours with Christine & Company
1021 Collins Ave (Tour Starting Point Varies)
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305)-814-4058
Hours: Tours are available daily. Tour times vary by season. Reservations are required.
Cost: $30 per person and $30 per pet

Feeling in touch with your artistic side or would like see the beauty and history of old Miami brought to life? Art Deco Tours with Christine & Company has been voted one of the top attractions in Miami Beach.   This top notch tour takes you inside the cities Art Deco buildings with a full tutorial on Miami Beach then and now. Don’t worry, Fido can come along for the walk. You bring the collar, leash, and treats and the company will provide the water, bowl, and waste bags! The pets may not come inside, but the company provides a pet companion to keep them company while you explore history indoors.  Make it an event!  Feel free to dress yourself and your pet to the nines while touring the lavish buildings of old Miami Beach.  If you plan to bring your pet book at least two weeks in advance and notify the tour (they may have more details on the rules).

 #4  Grove Isle Hotel & Spa
4 Grove Isle Drive
Miami, FL 33133
(305)-858-8300
Pool Hours 10am – 5pm

Get ready for a luxurious staycation at The Grove Isle Hotel & Spa located on a private 20 acre island overlooking the Biscayne Bay, south of downtown Miami. Your pup will be pampered with their own concierge service and treats upon arrival.  Be prepared to put your feet…or paws up when you and your pup are poolside.  A special menu just for dogs including entrees like “South Beach Canine”, a bowl of veggies and brown rice or the “Sinful Dog”, a hot dog with all the fixing complimented by a side of French fries.  You and your fur baby will feel rejuvenated after a day at the pool and 5-star hotel stay.

#3  Lokal
3190 Commodore Plaza
Miami, FL 33133
(305)-442-3377
Hours:
Sun, M, T 12 -10 pm
W – Sat 12 – 11pm
Cost:  $$ Price point

Lokal is a quirky burger joint located in Coconut Grove, a few blocks away from the Cocowalk scene.  It’s a flip flop and shorts type of scene where you can savor hand-crafted Florida microbrews and sink your teeth into a variety of unique burgers. Yeyo, the French bulldog mascot, may greet you at the door. This local hot spot not only attracts humans, but is quite the hang out for all canines, big and small.  Your pup will be in heaven lounging on the patio enjoying the Marmaduke’s Meatloaf, Yeyo’s Chicken & Rice and washing it down with Bowser beer, a non-alcoholic beer made especially for dogs, served over ice, and made in our very own backyard (well…Tampa, close enough!).  Remember, the dog biscuits and fresh water are always free.  A Miami favorite you and your pup must check off the list!

#2  Doggie Bag Café & Pet Boutique
7310 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(305)-710-7266
Hours: 9am – 6pm
Dinners@DoggieBagCafe.com

Are you looking to pamper your pooch?  At Doggie Bag Café & Pet Boutique, just outside of the Miami Shores neighborhood, you can shower your pup with gifts, treat them to the best biscuit in town, or dress them snout to tail. The boutique offers an incredible selection of gifts and sensational doggie fashions with a wide range of sizes for any occasion.  In addition this company has a pet party planning service complete with gourmet catering, serving freshly cooked or prepared frozen food that can be delivered to your door. Or if you’re looking for a relaxing afternoon, take a seat on their patio and meet other dog lovers while your precious pooch dines on a fantastic meal!

#1 Bark Beach at North Shore
8232 Collins Ave
Miami, FL 33141
(305)-673-7730
Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 3 – 7pm
Cost: $5 Resident/ $25 Non-Resident/ Annual Pass $20 (for residents only) CASH PAYMENT ONLY!
http://web.miamibeachfl.gov/parksandrecreation

Bark Beach at North Shore has been voted the #1 Dog Park Metro Miami.  It’s sits on oceanfront property in the quiet and tropical mid-century neighborhood in North Shore Miami Beach.  It is one of six of the designated Bark Parks provided by the city of Miami Beach parks and recreation.  The park is a dog’s dream where they can roam off leash, use the double fenced dog runs, or drink and play in the water fountains.  Benches and waste collection are provided as well.  Make a night of it by playing Frisbee at the beach, away from the hustle and bustle of south beach and check out the delicious restaurants nearby.  Try Burgers and Shakes on Collins & 74th, the joint is dog friendly and provides treats for your pup.

Insider Note: Always check rules and regulations for any dog park you are planning to attend.  Bark Beach requires your pup to have proof of all recent vaccinations. Also, if you plan to bring your dog to any business call ahead to understand the guidelines.

Looking for more interesting activities to experience with you pet?  The websites below are helpful tools when looking for pet friendly places or activities in any area.

Doggoes.com – A statewide site, servicing all 50 states and several territories.  It provides information on travel, parks and restaurants.  You can become a member of the site and add your own photos and reviews, look at articles, links and pet forums.

Bringfido.com – A worldwide site able to search for dog friendly destinations, lodging, air travel, attractions, restaurants, service’s and events.  Reviews, posts & photos are accepted as well.  The more knowledge you can provide to this website, the better. It passes on valuable information to other dog lovers and helps the website grow!