Today, we volunteered with Miami-Dade Animal Services at Howl-O-Ween, a themed event all for the love of dogs! The all-day event featured dog demonstrations and lectures, agility courses, dog caricature drawings, Doga (dog yoga) by Green Monkey, adoptable puppies, lots of retail booths, and a Halloween dog costume contest with prizes from Dog Bar, a cute doggy store in Miami.
The best part about the event was the location. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has winding paths with lush gardens and streams, sprawling lawns with huge trees and thousands of tropical plants. The setting is unlike any other; we saw African trees, Chocolate plants, and flowers in every shape and color. The Halloween decorations were just as incredible. My favorite were the gigantic palm fronds painted white with ghost faces, suspended and blowing in the wind.
Animal Services brought 5 puppies and a 2-year old dog to the event to promote awareness and hopefully find them homes. The adult dog, Pam, is one of the most unusual Pit mixes I’ve ever seen (I’m kicking myself for not getting a picture). She looks like a miniature 30-35 pound Pit Bull with a French Bulldog face. She’s so loving and full of energy. A few people were really interested but ultimately, no one took her home today. One man is returning to the shelter with his family tomorrow to visit her so I’m keeping my fingers crossed! The puppies are 8 weeks old; three are Rottweiler/Lab mixes and two are German Shepherd/Terrier mixes. Kids held them all day long, begging their parents to adopt them. Sadly, none have found homes yet. Let’s pray they find homes soon because they are just too cute!
The costume contest had over 40 contestants with their owners, many of whom were costume coordinated with their pooch. There were a surprising number of handmade, original costumes with great detail. Most dogs loved their duds however a few refused to walk across the stage and had to be carried. The top three costumes won gift certificates compliments of Dog Bar. Third place went to a flamenco dancer; second place to a Brownie and Girl Scout and first place to Ariel, who came with her entire family dressed as Little Mermaid characters.
A few other Howl-O-Ween Costumes…
Howl-O-Ween was such a fun event all around, we plan to bring Harley and Scarlett next year if we’re not volunteering. We had a great time promoting awareness and encouraging dog adoption even though none were adopted today. There were a few Miami-Dade Animal Service “alumni” dogs who came to visit us…it’s always heartwarming to see families with their adopted four-legged family members and the majority of the dogs at Howl-O-Ween were 🙂
—–> If you’d like to see puppies, dogs and cats available for adoption, including the puppies at the top, visit Miami-Dade Animal Service’s pet locator service here.