Thanks to Miami Small Businesses!

We had a wonderful time at our Howliday Party at West Elm Dadeland this weekend! Our doggie clients had a chance to meet their pet sitters at this dog-friendly event to raise funds for Paws 4 You Rescue, but they also got to meet other local, dog-related small businesses. These local businesses were a huge part of the gathering’s success. We’d like to tell you a little bit about these Miami based, pet-centric companies, and please be sure to visit their websites to learn more about them!

Miami FLFirst, we must thank West Elm Dadeland for hosting our holiday party and fundraiser for Paws 4 You this Sunday! West Elm has been incredibly generous with dog rescue organizations this year, and with the community in general.Their doors are always open to working with local artists, vendors, and organizations to create a sense of community, and their furniture and home decor is beautiful, too (we always want to buy everything, but especially their dog and cat-themed decorations- so cute!!!). Dogs are always welcome at West Elm, too! Remember to pass by with your pooch for a Santa Paws photo, delicious treats for humans and pups, shopping with Fuji & Friends, dog adoptions, arts and crafts, and more!

Our friends from Cao Chocolates donated a little something sweet for our (human) goody bags for the Holiday Party and also gifted a tray of delicious brownies as they couldn’t be there with us.

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Cao Chocolates is our favorite place to buy local, artisanal chocolate truffles and fine chocolates of amazing quality. If you need a special gift for your friends, family, business, or yourself- make sure you choose Cao. Visit Caochocolates.com for information on their location (right here in Pinecrest!) and how to order for the holidays. Make sure to pass by their cozy store to meet Cao and Anelith- they are wonderful, welcoming people happy to talk about their passion- chocolate!

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Fuji and Friends Apparel Co., Miami’s coolest dog-themed vintage apparel company, not only co-hosted our Howliday Party benefiting Paws 4 You Rescue with us… they also be sold their beautiful shirts!

The Equipaws pack loves the design and the fact that they donate a portion of their proceeds to benefit Paws 4 You and K9 Field Kits Working Dog Fund. Visit their website for more info: http://www.fujiandfriends.com/, and like their Facebook page at Fuji and Friends!

R & R bake shop Miami FLWe’re happy to share that A Little R & R Bakery added their sweet touch to the party, including goodies like:

*Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies with a twist.
*Cloud Cookies– a Saint Louis speciality! Traditionally called Gooey Butter Cookies, these are cake-like cookies that have a surprisingly light and airy texture.
*Reddies– red velvet cupcakes have received a makeover into a bright red brownie with a cream cheese wave running through the center.
*Almond Blondie-Bows– almond flavored blondies with rainbow sprinkles (usually a crowd favorite!)
*Cookies ‘n Hold the Creams– dairy free Oreo cookies that are light and airy
*Vegan Brownies– dark chocolate vegan brownies made with only 8 ingredients!
*Vanilla Bean Ice Cream– a perfect complement to your baked treats! (don’t worry, calories don’t count on Sunday!).

They will also had peanut-butter pumpkin dog treats available for the furry best friends!

We love their story, as told by owner Lauren Redondo:

“The company is run by both myself and my husband, Marcos. I have been baking since I was a young girl– taught by my mother and grandmothers. My maternal grandmother was the one who taught me the precise science behind baking, while my paternal grandmother was the one who taught me that to cook is to show someone how much you love them.

I began wanting to own my own bakery midway through high school, but it wasn’t until after I married my husband this June that we really decided to begin the bakery. Since I am originally from Saint Louis, many of our recipes have a midwestern origin which we believe is a niche that can be filled in Miami. Marcos is my sous-chef, head-sampler, and packaging professional. He is also currently organizing the financial aspect of our small company.

Some of our favorite ingredients to work with are butter, brown sugar…and butter. But we also have dairy free, sugar free, and vegan items for those who have special dietary needs.”

Dog leashes MiamiWagletWorks Adventure Dog Gear: We were so happy to have Barb bring her hands-free dog gear to the holiday party. She is such a great support to the local rescue community and has an innovative hands-free complete system that helps dog parents spend time with their pooches without stress. The WagletWorks system includes a sturdy and cool leash, poo bags, water bottle holder, water bowl, personal tote, and more. Check out their website and let us know what you think!

Miami FL totes gift bagsThe Sheep Sac joined us this Sunday! They create custom, reusable gift bags for all occasions. We love the product, as we strive to be “green” and responsible in everything we do. Their totes are beautiful and we love that you can choose the theme. Get your holiday reusable totes now! Visit the Sheep Sac’s Facebook page for orders.

Dog Adoption Event in Downtown Dadeland

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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 Petfinder.com. 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!