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
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
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
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
Hours: 9am – 6pm

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
Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 3 – 7pm
Cost: $5 Resident/ $25 Non-Resident/ Annual Pass $20 (for residents only) CASH PAYMENT ONLY!

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!


The Most Thoughtful Gift for Dog Dads

Happy father's Day!

Father’s Day and Your Furry Sibling

Affection and family time with your pups are not only precious but also the best gift you can offer your dad on Father’s Day. Your father has a dog, but did you know that the bond between him and his furry friend might be just as strong as the one between you and him? According to The Telegraph, scientific studies show that when owners and dogs gaze into each other’s eyes it triggers a rapid increase of the hormone oxytocin in both humans and pets. The same happens when children and parents look into each other’s eyes or hug, which suggests that “humans may feel affection for their companion dogs similar to that felt toward human family members,” says Dr. Miho Nagasawa, from the Department of Animal Science at Azabu University in Sagamihara, Japan, in the aforementioned newspaper.

So why not make this Father’s Day an all-inclusive event by taking your father and his furry child out to a pet event or walk in the park followed by a dinner at a pet friendly restaurant? If you’re not sure where to begin, Equipaws is always here to help!

Celebrate Father’s Day at a Pet-Friendly Restaurant in Miami

If your father has an iguana, she might just blend in on the tropical terrace of any of the outdoor dining places of Miami. If he has a dog, even better. He will be surely welcome at the many pet-friendly restaurants in the Magic City. From GreenStreet Café and Scotty’s Landing in the Grove, to Deli Lane in South Miami, to Lokal in Coconut Grove and  Brickell’s Doggie Restaurant Paradise that we wrote about before, your father’s four-pawed friend  will delight in sipping his fresh water and chewing on his fancy treats while socializing with his other canine fellows.  Some restaurants will go out of their way and provide a menu for your father’s dog. Shake Shack on Lincoln Road has a play area for dogs and offers them ShackBurger biscuits and dessert, while the Burger & Beer Joint takes care of them with complimentary rice and chopped burger.

Make Father’s Day a Walk in the Park

Christmas or Hanukah, Father’s Day or 4th of July, your father’s dog needs his daily walks. Why not make them extra fun by visiting a top rated dog park such as West Kendall Dog Park, Barkham Dog Park at Markham Park, or Tropical Park?

And since we live in Miami, the best dog parks are at the beach. The Dog Beach of Hollywood is very popular with dog parents, and so are Haulover Beach, Hobie Beach – also known as Windsurfer Beach – and the  Bark Beach at North Shore Open Space Park. They may be farther from where you live, but well worth the drive. Make sure to check the schedule and the beach’s pet sitting policies before going. Miami Beach also has a beautiful Dog Friendly Promenade which gives you easy access to the dog friendly Lincoln Road, the famous restaurant filled outdoor mall of South Beach.

A Dog Photo Speaks a Thousand Words

While you are out and about and have put on your best attire and behavior, what a wonderful opportunity to book a convenient Pet Portrait Session with MaxNorman Photography who has now partnered with Equipaws to help you capture those lovely expressions on your pooch’s face.

You can also enjoy a great photo session with your family and the furry kids at the Doggy Studio & Boutique in South Miami, where not only can you capture the beauty of that binding moment, but you can also buy adorable accessories and delicious treats for your doggies.

And of course, if you feel that the doggie’s style needs a little tweaking before the photo shoot, our team at Equipaws is happy to help you by taking your father’s pooch to the groomer ahead of time so that he would be ready for the big day.

Chances are that your father’s furry companion has also been your companion for years now and you understand oh, so well, the research that attests to the fact that his puppy eyes can melt your heart. All the more reason to express your gratitude and unconditional love for your dad on Father’s Day by sharing in the joy of bonding with all your family members, be they furry or not.

Contributed by pet sitter Manuela Nelersa.

Dog-Friendly Brickell Restaurants

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Dog-Friendly Brickell Restaurants make Brickell Doggie Paradise!

Your scoop on dog-friendly Brickell Restaurants: we’re dog walkers serving the Brickell area, and we can definitely say that it seems like EVERYONE in Brickell has a dog! The rise of the pooch’s popularity with Brickell residents has prompted many of Brickell’s businesses to get with the times. It is not too much of a stretch for many places, since most smaller bars and restaurants in the Brickell area tend to have a terrace area with outdoor seating. From corner stores to restaurants, the pooch’s presence is, if not openly welcome, at least conveniently overlooked. Our job here, however, is to be official. So here are some places you can expect Fido to feel welcome, straight from your friendly Brickell dog walker:

 Indulge in these Six Dog-Friendly Brickell Restaurants

1. Balans: The Brickell location is no exception from the Lincoln Road or Upper East Side locations – a nice outdoor seating area will accommodate Fido happily so that he doesn’t have to stay cooped up in the condo while you enjoy happy hour or an extended brunch with your pals!

2. OTC: Pairing lovely craft brews with your food is very of-the-now. OTC is all for this. Always carrying a lovely selection of brews and offering small plates to share, this is a fun and indulgent consumption experience! We recommend the truffle mac and cheese, and if you read those words properly, we need say no more! Outdoor seating is great for people and pooch watching, which your pooch enjoys just as much as you do.

3. L’Entrecote de Paris: Boasting a great selection of champagne and wines, a good steak, a raved-about “secret sauce”, lovely desserts, and plenty of Edith Piaf for your ears, this French Bistro is sure to satisfy that “Summer in Paris” nostalgic longing – even if you never spent a Summer in Paris. Bring Fifi – she told us she loves Edith Piaf (and some bits of your steak).

4. Lippi Restaurant: A “New American” restaurant that keeps your plates small and organic. Not unlike OTC, sharing Tapas-style is encouraged. Great cocktails accompany your food. A bit pricey, but by all accounts, the food, service, and ambiance are well worth it. Outdoor seating accommodates your pup.

5. Carol’s Cucina & Vino: This sweet and cozy little place is just lovely, and so is the food and wine selection. An Italian and Brazilian fusion that keeps things simple and tasty, Carol’s is sure to have something to entice your taste buds. All your food will be fresh and delicious, and your dog won’t judge you if you have that extra glass of Malbec, so go ahead.

6. Chophouse 305: Part Steakhouse/Part Sushi Bar, Chophouse reviewers have come to a consensus that the drinks are great and that the Happy Hour boasts delicious specials. Verdict is out on the food, with some folks loving what they order and others, not so much. However, the environment is nice and Fido-friendly outside, so perhaps you might want to try to weigh in on the debate.

Taking Your Dog for a Walk in Brickell?

There are many more dog-friendly Brickell restaurants, and we will have a few more blogs dedicated to more restaurants who are pals of the pooch soon! Our next Brickell blog will be focused on dog-friendly condos & apartment buildings (many of which we service!), so stay tuned!

Want us to take your dog out to enjoy the day while you’re at work? Our dog walkers in Brickell will be happy to show your pups a good time. Call us at 305-934-3217, or enter your information, below, to start a conversation!

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