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For Immediate Release:
October 31, 2011

Media Contact:
Edith Torres


Celebrate your love for dogs at Miami-Dade Parks' Bark-A-Pawlooza sponsored by Pet Supermarket

Free Event Features Best Dressed Contest, Agility Contest, Best Tricks Contest, Obedience Training Demos, Photo Opportunities with your Dog, Pet Adoptions by Miami-Dade Animal Services, and much more

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Dog lovers are invited to come out and celebrate our four-legged friends at Pet Supermarket and Miami-Dade Parks' Bark-A-Pawlooza, Saturday, November 5, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., at West Kendall District Dog Park, 11255 SW 157 Avenue, in Miami.  The first 50 guests will receive a gift bag, courtesy of Pet Supermarket.

The free event will feature lots of great activities for dogs and their owners.  Activities include a "Best Dressed" contest for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from Pet Supermarket beginning at 10:30 a.m.; a "Best Tricks" contest at 11:30 a.m. and an "Agility" contest at 12:30 p.m., conducted by recognized dog training experts Canine Counselors, each for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from Canine Counselors.  Canine Counselors will also provide obedience training demonstrations for pet owners who want to learn how best to communicate with their dog.

Photo opportunities for dogs and their owners by professional Miami photographer Robert Sullivan will be available at a discount for beautiful portraits just in time for the holidays.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the photos will benefit the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade. The family friendly event will also feature a bounce house for kids, food trucks, and pet supplies and information booths. 

Don't own a dog and would like one? The Miami-Dade Animal Services Department will be on-site with several adorable pooches available for pet adoptions.  The Office of the Chair of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners Joe A. Martinez will also be in attendance to answer questions and address constituent concerns.

"Miami-Dade is full of pet owners looking for great activities to bring their dogs, me included," said Chairman Martinez. "This event is an ideal way for pet lovers to get into the spirit of the season. Who knows, you might even go home with a new furry companion!"

Pet Supermarket is the department's Premier Partner of Miami-Dade Dog Parks and has hosted several events throughout the year at all five county dog parks, providing dog and park patrons an enhanced Dog Park experience.

The 6.5-acre West Kendall District 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 dog play equipment for fun and exercise, such as tire jumps, a paws table, and others. There are dog comfort stations with doggy drinking fountains and water sprays, and pooper scoopers to keep the areas clean, and a fabric shade canopy. Also at this site is an information kiosk, park benches, picnic areas, a public restroom facility and parking. A walkway connects all areas of the dog park and makes it ADA accessible.

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, 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.


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