Miami Event: Preventing Dog Bites at Applause Your Paws

Preventing dog bites: preparing for life with dog and baby

Preventing Dog Bites: A lecture in child and dog safety

In honor of Dog Bite Prevention Month and families with dogs welcoming new babies, Equipaws Pet Services and Applause Your Paws, Inc. are co-hosting a fun and educational event, “Preparing for Life with Dog & Baby.” Dee Hoult, expert trainer and owner of Applause Your Paws, will give a lecture teaching parents and children how to live and play safely around dogs and prevent dog bites. Children’s author Roxanna Elden will read from her wonderful book “Rudy’s New Human.” Told from the point of view of Rudy, a scrappy schnauzer mix ready to share his life with his new sister, we journey with him through some unexpected experiences on the road to becoming his new human’s friend. Attendees will get to meet Rudy, too!

Families with babies, small children, or even anyone working with children would benefit from joining us for this free event from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on May 19, 2016 at the Applause Your Paws facility, 4423 SW 74th Ave, Miami, FL 33155. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP to or call Frankie Berti at 305.794.3733, ext. 506, for more information.

Approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur yearly in the United States, with many of them being completely preventable according to the Centers for Disease Control. A new baby in the house is a joyful learning experience for both parents and pup. New parents have a lot to teach their human and furry children about each other. A crying, wriggly newborn is a completely alien experience for most dogs, inspiring anywhere from a confused to a very strong response. Setting your dog and child up for success is easy if you have the knowledge. Dee Hoult will teach parents basic, vital knowledge from her popular dog and baby seminars which she’s been giving at South Miami Hospital since 2010. Local children’s author Roxanna Elden will share from her experience as a new mother and what inspired her to write her award-winning book, “Rudy’s New Human.”

5 Miami Must-Do’s with Your Dog!

dog friendly Miami

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. – 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. – 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!


Join Us: Run FUR Fun 5K Benefiting Paws4You Rescue!

Palmetto Bay pet friendly fundraiser for Paws4You

We are absolutely thrilled to be a Top Dog Sponsor for Paws 4 You Rescue‘s first ever RUN FUR FUN! The hard-working team at Paws 4 You has joined with animal lovers in Miami to present a dog-friendly 5K benefiting the lucky dogs they take in from Miami-Dade Animal Services. Not only will this raise money for these precious dogs… participants can also run WITH their pups- which we love! This 5K is less than two weeks away, and we’re going to be there! Will you join us? Let’s save homeless pets together while having fun! REGISTER NOW!

The Details for Paws 4 You Rescue’s Run Fur Fun:

The Run Fur Fun 5K is a rain or shine event! Everyone attending can enjoy pet vendors, delicious food, and meet dogs from Paws 4 You which are ready for their forever homes! While there, you have the option of completing a 5K run or walk, or a 1-mile run or walk on a paved trail.

We’re SO excited because dogs are welcome! Please make sure that they are on lead at all times. They must also be well-socialized and up-to-date on all vaccinations. Picking up doggy “doo” is a must! Don’t have a pup? No worries! Paws 4 You has thought of everything- just visit the “Rent-a-Dog” booth!

Palmetto Bay dog friendly event

Details from the Paws4You website as follows:

9:00am on Saturday, April 5, 2014
Registration begins at 7:00am

Palmetto Bay Village Center
18001 Old Cutler Road
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157

Advance registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 5-12 online ($35 and $25 on the day of).

Registered students will receive 4 service hours (signed letter provided at event).
Each participant will receive a “doggy bag” with a T-shirt and bandanna while supplies last.
Register now:  Students who register will receive 4 service hours. Register now to run or walk and save $10.

EARLY PACKET PICKUP: If you have already registered, you may pick up your packet before the race at the following locations with your payment confirmation. Packets include your bib number, t-shirt, dog bandanna, and doggy bag (goody bag!).

1. Thursday April 3 (11am-8pm)
Your Pet’s Best
8425 SW 132nd Street
Miami, FL 33156

2. Friday April 4 (12pm-6pm)
Sole Runners
11650 N Kendall Drive
Miami, FL 33176

Will we see you there? Pass by our booth to chat with our pet sitters, or visit the many other pawsome vendors and dog caretakers that make up our amazing, animal-loving community, such as Fuji and Friends, Applause Your Paws, MaxNorman Pet Photography, and the Dog Dude Ranch. We can’t wait for the amazing turnout that’s sure to come. This is Miami/Dog history in the making… let’s get out there and run for the dogs- REGISTER TODAY! Contact 305-332-9022 or for more information about participating, getting a booth, and sponsoring.