Canines enjoy a day in the park

By Richard Yager….

Gina and Alex Mendoza help Roxy and Dulce try out agility ramp.

Dogs had their day at West Kendall Dog Park’s “Bark-a- Palooza” on Nov. 5.

“I think the park is great,” said Shari Betancourt of Palmetto Bay, nesting a mixed-breed puppy as a potential adoptee.

“That’s my dog, if my parents say its okay.” declared 11-year-old Guillermo Aquilera.

“We have six dogs at our Palmetto Bay home,” laughed Tony Peliate, accompanying Shari, a Pet Supermarket partner who helped Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation put on the four-hour event.

For Gina and Alex Mendoza, visiting the new 6.5-acre park with areas for both small and large canines has become almost a weekly trip from their Eureka Drive area home.

“It’s nice to have a place where both dogs can run free in their own sizes,” Gina said, as Roxy, a 2-year-old boxer and rottweiler mix, and his pomeranian mix pal, Dulce, eagerly jumped on a triangular ramp that served for competing agility dogs.

Others competed for $100 prizes offered by Pet Supermarket, along with counseling to provide advice to the newest owners, like Guillermo who added, “He’s so cute; who could turn him down?”

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