Miami Local Holiday Gift Guide for Dogs and Cats

Christmas presents for dogs and cats

Miami’s Best Holiday Gift Guide for Pets: Include your dogs and cats in the holiday fun this year!

We’ve asked our dog walkers and cat sitters to contribute their ideas of a perfect holiday present for your dogs and cats this holiday. There are many options online, of course, but we’re partial to supporting fellow local, small businesses making it happen in Miami. Miami has plenty of great companies ready to supply the perfect gift for your pet. Read on for our fab finds!

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1. Pooch Perks- dog treats and toys in Miami: is a monthly treat and toy box for pups based in South Florida. The company seems to source the items in the USA, and the owners test each treat and toy on their 7 dogs. It’s very popular, up and coming, and a very cool gift for the nice (ok, and even naughty) dogs in your life.  The treats are made in the United States and are mostly Natural, Organic, Non-GMO, and Gluten Free (even the pups have jumped on that bandwagon!). The treats are so natural and healthy that they’re safe for human consumption, according to the company website. We love that they do their best to source their treats from socially-aware companies. The toys are another great perk, as all toys are tested for fun, safety, and durability by the owner’s five large dogs and are held to the same standards of safety as children’s toys. You can purchase the subscription online at:

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2. Pet’s Best: If you’re located closer to the south of Miami, Pet’s Best is the boutique for you. Owner Billy and his employees specialize in personalized service and great insight into your pups’ and kitties’ needs. A veterinarian friend of ours once told us ” you can pay more for food now or more in vet bills later.” The impending New Year is the perfect time to invest in great, quality food and your pets’ health. Lucky for you, Pet’s Best is running a Christmas sale on treats, supplements, and food the whole month of December, including quality treats from Fromm and Primal, and Weruva dog food. Kitties are included in the action with specials on Nature’s Logic and Raw2.

dog spa Pinecrest

3. MyDog: Our pups love bath time at MyDog! The friendly staff and delicious suds (ask for the blueberry face mask) are a huge part of the appeal. Located in Pinecrest, MyDog offers pick ups for those within a certain area, as well as cute custom-made dog beds, chic collars and leashes, and an assortment of spa products for your pampered pooch. Gift cards are available!

Miami doggie menu

4. Date night with your pooch at Lokal Burgers and Beer! Recently voted as the top restaurant in Coconut Grove, Lokal offers a delicious dog-friendly menu in addition to putting out fresh doggy biscuits and water for doggie passersby, as well as non-alcoholic beer so your pooch can join you in toasting to life, love, and health! We love that this restaurant provides tasty meals for our four-legged compadres and comadres, and are also thrilled with their dedication to sourcing food locally and to sustainable energy use. Try them out and let us know what you think!

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5. Donating to a dog or cat rescue: Does your pet have everything s/he needs? Many people take the holidays as a time to give to those less fortunate than they are. Maybe your dog and cat want you to support a local rescue this year! There are so many animals in need in Miami, and many deserving animal rescues. We’ve included a list of local rescues that would greatly appreciate donations!

Bring Your Dog to a SoMi Pack Walk!

pack walk in South Miami pet sitterTails will wag on a walk with Equipaws Pet Services and Medifast!

Is your dog overweight? Could he or she use new dog friends and fun? Then join us on our first pack walk of the year on April 26, bright and early at 8:00 a.m. Let’s soak up a little vitamin D and then get our exercise in safely under the shady trees in South Miami!

As professional dog walkers, we believe exercise is incredibly important for your dogs’ health and ours, and that it can and should be fun. So why not be sociable while getting in shape? That’s why we joined with Medifast in Suniland to promote health and wellness for both dogs and dog parents.

Presenting Monthly Dog Pack Walks in Miami

Our South Miami pack walk will start out at South Miami Animal Clinic, conveniently located on US1 by Sunset Place. We’ll have a weigh-in for your pups at Dr. Maria Oliveira’s office, as well as a tent with our sign-in sheets, waivers, refreshments, and treats for both pets and pet parents. Well-behaved, socialized dogs are welcome!

*Dogs must be up to date with all of their vaccines and shots and present rabies tags.*

The purpose of the weigh-in and the walk is to get a baseline reading of your pup’s fitness level and to start you and your furkids on an exercise program. We will be hosting these pack walks monthly, and of course, will always be available to continue the walks for you during the week if you see your dog loves the exercise (and most of them do).

Enter Our Raffle for Great Prizes: Not only will you benefit from the exercise, you could also win several prizes from our raffle. The lucky winners will come away with either:

  • a 1 month membership to Equinox
  • a 1 week weight loss trial of Medifast
  • a gift card for pet sitting services with Equipaws Pet Services

South Miami Pack Walk Details: We will have refreshments available for you and your dogs, as well as goody bags with dog treats donated by local pet store Pet’s Best (which offers excellent organic dog and cat food). Make sure to bring your dog on a short lead; no retractable leashes, please! They are a danger to your dog, yourself, and your pack walk buddies. We will have biodegradable doggy poop bags, but feel free to bring your own!

Basic Rules:
– Rabies tags & current vaccines a must.
– No retractable leashes!
– 5-6 ft. leashes, please!
– One dog per handler!

Equipaws Pet Services’ First Dog Walk:

When: April 26, 2014 (Saturday), 8:00 a.m.

Where:  South Miami Animal Clinic, 6100 S Dixie Hwy, South Miami, FL 33143

Contact: Flavia Berti 305.794.3733

Being fit healthy and happy is important for our pups, and for humans, as well. We hope to see you there!