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More American than apple pie, nothing really cements a home’s status as resident of our country’s ideals
more than a canine companion. Collected below are our top picks for pooches in need of a new home.
TEX T BY RYAN JARRELL
DASHER A beautiful 1-year-old Black Lab with
stunning social skills, Dasher’s calm and
collected demeanor make him an ideal
starter-dog for any strata of Magic
City family. Enthusiastically attending
obedience training and beloved by his
current foster family, make Dasher’s day
by offering him a loving home; LRROF.org.
JAX A loving rescue from the Miami-Dade
Animal Shelter, it’s truly a wonder this
charismatic canine hasn’t already been
scooped up! A well-socialized Mixed Breed
who likes little more than palling around
with humans and other dogs alike, Jax is an
excellent addition to singles, families and
any household in between; Paws4You.org.
BUDDY An adult Shepherd-Mallinois Mix, Buddy’s
enthusiastic and active nature means he
needs a dedicated and competitive owner
willing to give family expansion a whirl.
Although a loyal friend to fellow pooches,
Buddy’s a traditional dog, and as such
is suspicious of felines. He’s particularly
adept at heeling; MiamiDade.Gov/Animals.
out of the park to enjoy a nice walk instead. Remember, the dog park
is not for you to socialize, it’s for your dog to socialize! You should
always be supervising your pet — this means no texting, being on you
phone or engaging in other distracting activities. Lastly, if your dog
has not yet been spayed or neutered, be considerate of other dogs
who may not appreciate your dog’s hormones. Just because your
unaltered pooch is friendly doesn’t mean that his presence and scent
aren’t disruptive to the flow of the park. A dog’s reproductive status
definitely affects everyone’s mood! And nobody likes a humper!
Dog parks can be a lot of fun, but can also be a recipe for disaster,
depending on what players are in the park and how diligently their
owners are supervising them. As a responsible owner, it’s your job to
ensure your dog is in the mood to play nice with others. He should
be actively engaging in play-bowing behaviors, “tag” invitations to
entice another dog to come run and play, and be enjoying his time
with doggie friends. Inappropriate behaviors include putting a head
over another dog’s shoulders, intense chasing, guarding space or
toys, as well as incessant barking in another dog’s face. If your dog is
more interested in just sniffing around that actively playing, or tends
to stick close to you the entire time at the park, it’s best to take him
48 ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dee Hoult is the CEO of
Applause Your Paws, South
Florida’s largest privately
owned pet dog-training
company, and Miami’s leading
user rated dog-training
company on Yelp.com.