Several months ago, I got an email from an old friend who isn’t even a dog person, and when I say she isn’t a dog person, I mean, she really isn’t a dog person. Nonetheless, you know you have a supportive friend when she makes it a point to forward dog related stuff to you, even when it’s sometimes easier to mass select and delete. Turns out that Reg was not just forwarding any dog related event; Miami-Dade County was kicking off a pilot program where dogs would be allowed on Haulover Beach, the stretch of unincorporated Dade County beach in between Bal Harbour and Sunny Isles. HOLY! WHAT? Did she know how long I had been talking about how it’s no fair that Broward County has TWO dog beaches and how Broward County is so much more dog-friendly and how when Rocco was a puppy and needed more exercise than I could keep up with, I’d have to sneak into the beach down the street before sunset. Yes. That’s right, SNEAK into the beach before SUNSET! All this, so we could steal 15 minutes of beach time and my swimmer, runner, fetcher and candidate for all active things would get his exercise and spend his days happy.
I was so excited, I sent happy-grams to Commissioner Sally Heyman and we attended the doggie beach as much as we could, setting up facebook and meetup events to try to get as many people out there as possible. After all, since this was a pilot program, I felt that we needed to get as many dogs out there to show the county that people really like this idea and to have a positive influence on the probably that it would become a permanent thing.
End of the summer came and although, the beach continues to be open to dogs every Wednesday, from 3pm-6pm, I recently received notice from Miami Dade County Parks and Recreation Department informing me that the dog beach would be permanently open to dogs!! YEEHAW!!! How awesome is that?!? So the official press release is out and I’m happy to announce that October 30th at 10:00AM Miami Dade County Parks and Recreation Department will have the official kick-off, ribbon cutting, history making event for Miami Dade County’s first official dog beach. It’s going to be a big deal! Be sure to stop by Tower 3 in the beautiful Haulover Beach for the start of what promises to be a wonderful outlet for all responsible dog owners and well behaved doggies that enjoy the beach, swimming or otherwise eating sand. Also stay tuned to our meetup.com site http://www.meetup.com/Roccos-Pack-Out-n-About-Meetup-Group/ and our facebook page www.facebook.com/roccospack for scheduled pack outings to the beach and other fun events.
For this week’s weekly review Rocco’s Pack is at the Waterways Dog Park. Beautifully maintained by the city of Aventura, this dog park definitely gets two “paws up” from Rocco’s Pack. There’s a lovely walking path around the perimeter of the park, so you can go there and actually get some exercise too. There’s tons of shaded areas, benches and picnic tables with the center of the park being under a big canopy. There’s two water stations for the pooches and a hose, so if the doggies get too hot, you can hose them off. The people are friendly and attentive to their dogs. The best thing about this park, unlike other nearby dog parks is that the city does a great job with maintenance. So there’s no muddy areas and it’s regularly re-sodded whenever it’s needed. Also various times during the day you’ll find park staff around willing to help or answer any questions you may have. Kudos to the city of Aventura!!
A VID (very important dog) and frequent visitor of the Aventura Park