Dog Adoption Event in Downtown Dadeland

dog friendly events Miami Downtown Dadeland

There are tons of fun, dog-friendly events throughout Miami in April, and we have our paws in lots of them! We’re happy that West Elm Dadeland approached us to put on a pet-friendly event at their Dadeland store on April 13, 2014. The Downtown Dadeland area is very pet-friendly; the condos allow cats and dogs, and the store encourages paw traffic. Add that all up and it equals the perfect spot for a dog-friendly mixer!

Together, we are putting on a Doggy Adoption Fair to find forever homes for a few lucky dogs from Friends Forever Rescue. So, whether you would like to adopt and rescue a dog, or bring you own furry friend along, join West Elm Dadeland for their very first Doggy Adoption Fair in their store:

Where: 8805 Dadeland Boulevard, Miami, FL 33156

When: April 13, 2014, 12-4 pm!

It will be the perfect place for those living in the South Miami, Pinecrest, and Falls area to meet local, pet-centric vendors to fulfill all your pets’ needs.

Doggy Adoption Fair Roll Call:

FriendsForever Rescue: one of the many deserving, non-profit animal shelters in Miami-Dade, Friends Forever Rescue tirelessly cares for dogs and re-homes those in need. From their website:

Friends Forever Humane Society, Inc. is a Florida Not for Profit 501 (c)(3) organization. Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome homeless and unwanted Labrador Retrievers and other dogs in need of help.

We rely on volunteers to foster and transport our dogs. Our dogs are featured on Each Saturday, we bring our dogs to Petsmart in the Falls (US 1 and SW 136th Street) from 10am to 4pm.

Prospective families are encouraged to come to Petsmart to meet and interact with the dogs.

All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

MaxNorman Pet Photography: Enjoy a moment with John Bouma, animal lover and professional photographer who donates his services at Miami-Dade Animal Services. John will be available to chat about pet portraits, volunteering at Miami-Dade Animal Services, and showing his beautiful work.

Fuji and Friends Accessories: Super cool vintage-inspired t-shirts with a snazzy canine twist? Yes, please! These shirts are beautiful, designed by local animal lovers who not only adopt dogs in need, but also work closely with another great dog rescue, Paws 4 You Rescue. The best part? They donate a portion of the proceeds to Paws 4 You! Check out their beautiful t-shirts in their online store.

Applause Your Paws, Inc. Training: When you need a quality dog trainer in Miami, you want to meet them! We are very happy to have them at the event, as we believe dogs deserve and need an education as much as humans do. We can’t wait for you to see the benefits of positive reinforcement training!

South Miami Animal Clinic: We’re very happy that Dr. Maria Oliveira, our pack’s veterinarian, will be available to meet you and talk to you about your pet’s health! Learn more about preventive care with her!

Equipaws Pet Services: And us! We will be there to meet anyone with dog walking and pet sitting needs. One of our pet sitters, Frankie Berti, is also a Pet Tech Pet CPR & First Aid instructor. She will be giving demonstrations and talking about Pet CPR and First Aid courses!

Parking will be validated, and there are plenty of tasty restaurants in the area. We hope to see you there!

Was Your Dog Poisoned by a Bufo Toad?

Bufo Toad Cane Toad poisonous to dogs and cats

Was Your Dog Poisoned by a Bufo Toad? Tips for Prevention.

Bufo toads are toxic, and even deadly, to our dogs and cats. Bufo toads come out to play when it’s warm and rainy, which is almost year-round in Miami.  Also known as Cane toads, we’ve caught these fat amphibians lurking under bushes during dog walks, or creeping toward dog bowls full of water and dog or cat food on our late night pet sits. Just last week, one of our regular pet sitting clients called us frantically because her beloved (and very adventurous) pup, Ginger, had gotten to one. Fortunately, our client knew how to help her pup… do you?

What Is a Bufo Toad and Why Is It Dangerous?

Many toads have venom, but the most toxic species in the United States is the Bufo marinus, a non-native species that not only competes with our native Southern Toads, but also secrets a highly toxic substance from behind their eyes and sometimes from warts. Mortality rates for untreated cases run from 20-100%, depending on each toad’s venom potency. Curious dogs and cats may play with them, hunt them, or bite them, which causes the Bufo toads to use their poison as a defense mechanism.

Recognizing Symptoms of Bufo Toad Poisoning:

Some symptoms of Bufo Toad poisoning include:

  • Profuse salivation, sometimes frothy
  • Head shaking
  • Pawing at the mouth (the venom is irritating)
  • Vocalizing
  • Vomiting
  • Brick red or blue gums
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Seizures (advanced stages)

Action Steps To Take When Your Dog Bites a Bufo Toad:

If you have seen your dog get a hold of a toad, the first thing to do is hose his mouth out with water HORIZONTALLY. Do not push water back into your dog’s throat; you are sending more venom into the system and may drown your pet. Do make sure you clean out inside the flaps of the mouth, by the teeth. You may need to rub the venom away as it is sticky and can stick to mucus. Please don’t use milk; it is not a cure all!

Washing out your dog’s mouth can mean the difference between life and death. We recommend you take your pet to your vet or an after hours emergency clinic just to be sure; especially puppies and small dogs, who get more poison per pound, and senior dogs with frail systems. Since there is no antidote, your veterinarian will treat the after effects.

Your Best Defense Against Bufo Toad Poisoning

is prevention by directly supervising your dogs during outside time, especially during warm weather (which is year round for us, right?). We know it’s tough; there is a tendency to let dogs out to pee and play by themselves while their families make dinner or do chores.

But we want you to think of your dogs as three year-olds who happen to be furry. Would you ever dare to leave your little one outside by herself? Of course not. It takes a split second for a dog to find a “fun” toy that hops. And then his or her agony and panic starts… as does yours!

Bufo Toads can be found everywhere, but they are especially drawn to lights at night and pet food left out in bowls. Keep your pet bowls empty at night, or use this tendency against them to trap the little buggers. We’ll be sharing more about how to trap these guys in our next post.

We want you all to be extremely careful with your dogs, especially, since they tend to get into toads much more than cats. Please follow our tips for your dog’s safety and happiness.

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South Florida Hurricane Season is almost here!

We had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend in Miami. We feel blessed  to have had fun days BBQ-ing in the Florida sun with our regulars, and very blessed to be pet sitters for a new pack that includes a Cockatoo, an African Grey, and an energetic brother/sister dog duo (they’re adorable!). Life as a pet sitter is so great that we almost can’t bear to say it, but we must. June 1 is this Friday, and officially the start to hurricane season.

We’ve asked some of our pet sitting clients about their emergency pet plans, and more than half of them don’t have one in place- which set off idea alarms. We cannot prevent emergencies from happening, but as your pet sitters we can and will be prepared for them. We want to help you prepare for them as much as you can be to lessen the impact of these emergencies. We’ll be writing about hurricane preparedness in our next few blog posts, following the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery, and just sharing as much knowledge as we can.

We’ll be making a list of pet-friendly hotels, showing you what’s in our Pet First Aid Kit, and helping you create your own emergency pet plan in the coming weeks. We love living in our little corner of Pinecrest, and we know all of you love your homes. We just happen to have to deal with hurricanes and tropical storms once in a while. No biggie. We’ll have you covered so you can enjoy the good things that happen during hurricane seasonlike weekends at the beach, beautiful sunshine, mangoes, avocados, lychees… the list goes on!