Category Archives: Events

Who Let the Chihuahuas Out?

Sometimes you want to meet someone just like you.  At least the Chihuahuas do.  Okay, maybe the Chis don’t really care, but Chi owners do.  I mean really, if dog breed is at all indicative of anything about you, then there should be some similarity among you and other people that own the same breed.  Right?!?!  Ahhh, that’s a question for Wanda.

So I’m guessing that even the most unengaged owner has looked online at least once to learn something about their dog’s breed.  Well that’s what Wanda did.  Eight years later she’s the organizer of the Dade County Chihuahua Meet up Group.  How cool is that?  For the past eight plus years Chihuahua owners have been gathering monthly with their Chis and 300 others to share stories and allow the Chihuahuas to play.

Check out what some people are saying about it:

I think others should join the group because it’s fun to take your dogs to a place where they can socialize with other Chihuahuas.  It’s a good experience.

Good place for your dog to socialize and meet other people who love the same kind of dog you do.  You can make play dates with others.

The more, the merrier I say.  It’s not about the people.  It’s about the dogs.  They all sniff each other and play with each other, you can’t do that for your dog, so see you at the next meet.

 

Cristina Perez Photography

Cristina
Cristina

Twenty years later, my friend is a talented photographer and beautiful person.  She tells me, “everyone is beautiful” and her lifestyle photography captures the beauty of people doing what they love.  When I asked exactly what IS lifestyle photography, she described it as studio sessions incorporating objects used to fulfill the passion or talent of the person she’s photographing.  See for yourself: http://www.cristinaperezphotography.com/

When I was in her studio, I also got to see some of the beautiful landscapes she’s captured.  Dumbfounded and in awe, I sheepishly asked, “but how do you know if what you see, is going to make a good photo”?  She explained that a good photographer has the gift of knowing a good composition when they see one.  “oh”, I replied, “well, are you ever surprised”?  She thought about it for a moment then began to tell me about her Chihuly abstract pieces taken at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.  She said, “I was blown away when I saw them on my monitor and even more so when I printed them”.  So I asked to see, and when I did, I thought one thing followed by a million other things.  First I thought, “this is the kind of work seen in a gallery”.  Then I thought, “I want her to photo me”, “I want her to photo Rocco” and “I want to share her talent with everyone I know”.  But the most brilliant thought I had was, “I want her to join the pack”!  That’s right!  Rocco’s Pack!  We’re cool, hip and groovy.  Aren’t we?  We are ONE cool pack!  She’d love to be part of us!  I told myself this several times and then finally, got the guts to ask if she’d come to Rocco’s Birthday/Holiday Party.  To my surprise, she agreed and I was elated.

Ladies, gents and hounds from near and far, we bring you Cristina.  She’s my friend from seventh grade, she’s talented as heck and she’ll be at Rocco’s Celebration this Sunday.  She’ll be there to capture you and your pooch in your best holiday look.  Don’t miss it!  The best part is, out of pure kindness and generosity, she’s agreed to one complimentary digital image.

Learn more about my fabulous friend at http://www.cristinaperezphotography.com/  and “Like” her page on Facebook where you can learn about and contribute topics for her ongoing photojournalism series https://www.facebook.com/cristinaperezphotography.  But most importantly come out and meet her this Sunday.  Here are the details:

Sunday, December 18, 2011

1:00pm- 3:00pm

Bone Zone at Gwen Margolis Park

17815 North Bay Road

Sunny Isles, FL 33160

Dog Days at Haulover Beach

Rocco's a big supporter of the Dog Days at Haulover Beach

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.

Rocco’s Pack @ Humane Society’s Walk for the Animals

The “pack” went out to the Humane Society’s Annual Walk for the Animals event.  There was tons of great vendors, the music was great and it was a beautiful morning to be out and about with your four legged friend.  Check out the photos and videos.

The pack goes for a walk

Proud Member of the Pet Chamber

Rocco's Core Pack
Rocco, Remo and Kole
Charity Sign
Animal Charity
Number 1 Supporter of the Pack
Number 1 Supporter of the Pack2011 Humane Society Walk for the Animals

Rescue Run

To benefit pets in need.

Rescue Run 5K with a dog: $45.00

Rescue Run 5K without a dog $25.00

Rescue Walk: $15.00

Rescue Run without dog day of race: $30.00

Register on active.com: http://www.active.com/running/sunrise-fl/rescue-run-no-paw-left-behind-2011

Contact nopawleftbehind@gmail.com for any questions.