Spring is almost here and that means it's time for Mardi Gras and Carnaval season. Pet Supermarket and Miami-Dade Parks are bringing Carnaval to the dogs when it hosts Canine Carnaval, a spring festival for dogs, on Saturday, March 12 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Tropical Dog Park, 7900 SW 40 Street, in Miami.
The free event will feature lots of great activities for dogs and their owners, as well as food vendors and informational and pet supply booths. Activities include a contest for the best dressed dog -- special attention will be given if the outfit has a Mardi Gras or Carnaval theme; a dog agility contest using the park's agility equipment; obedience training demonstrations by Canine Counselors; photo opportunities with your dog; and lots of free gifts and raffle prizes by Pet Supermarket, the official Premier Partner of Miami-Dade Dog Parks. Contest winners will also receive great prizes such as a $100 gift card and gift basket from Pet Supermarket.
The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade will also be selling commemorative 13" x 13" tiles in the shape of a Paw Print which patrons can personalize with a message or with their dog's name. (visit the Parkstore for details on the number of characters allowed). The tiles will then be placed in a strategic location within Tropical Dog Park, or can be taken home to place in your personal garden. Cost to purchase a tile is $125 and can be pre-purchased through the Parkstore at http://parkstore.miamidade.gov for pick-up at the event. Tiles can also be purchased at the event for pick-up at the park office within four weeks from the date of purchase. By purchasing a tile, patrons will not only have the opportunity to commemorate their dog, but proceeds will benefit the Parks Foundation and the maintenance of Tropical Dog Park.
Pet Supermarket became the Premier Partner of Miami-Dade Dog Parks in December of 2010 and will be hosting several events at all five County dog parks. Their partnership will help enhance and maintain Miami-Dade Dog Parks.
Tropical Dog Park is located at 7900 SW 40 Street and is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to sunset. The two-acre dog park is divided into two areas - one for larger dogs weighing over 35 pounds and one for smaller dogs weighing less than 35 pounds. Both areas feature play equipment, such as a tire jump, window jump, king-of-the-hill ramp, dog walk and others. The dog park also features dog comfort stations with doggy drinking fountains and water sprays, pooper scoopers to keep the areas clean, and a shade structure that overlaps both sides. To access the dog park, patrons are encouraged to enter the park through the Miller Drive entrance near the hill on the north side of the lake.
About Pet Supermarket
Pet Supermarket is headquartered in Sunrise, Florida. Each one of their more than 100 conveniently located stores offers more than 8,000 pet products at competitive prices, and online, PetSupermarket.com offers more than 3,000 products. In the stores, Pet Supermarket employees pride themselves on customer service, knowledge and concern for pets. Their company motto is: "At Pet Supermarket you can have a healthier and happier pet for less!" Pet Supermarket continues to grow and expand, adding stores and markets on an ongoing basis.
About Miami-Dade Park and Recreation
Miami-Dade Parks, the nationally accredited, three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award and 2009 winner of the Florida Governor's Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, is the third largest county park system in the United States consisting of 263 parks and more than 12,848 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.
About The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade
The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade Park & Recreation Department's effort to further develop Miami-Dade County's world-class parks system for residents and visitors. Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities.