Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Doggy Splash Weekends!

November means fun in the water! Broward County Parks and Recreation Division is hosting the Doggy Splash Weekends!

Gate admission to the park is $1.50 per person (anyone over age 5) and then admission into the water park is $3 per dog! Sessions are 50 minutes long and start at the top of the hour. First session starts at 9 a.m. and last session begins at 4 p.m. No special gear is needed for the dogs to participate!

Dates and locations:
Saturday and Sunday - November 7 & 8, 2009 --
C.B. Smith Park
Saturday and Sunday - November 14 & 15, 2009 -- Central Broward Regional Park
Saturday and Sunday - November 21 & 22, 2009 -- T.Y. Park

Just like last year, volunteers and staff will gladly accept donations of cat and/or dog food (unopened bags of dry or canned), dog cookies or snacks, or cash for the county animal shelters. It’s a great gift for those pets who wish they were being taken by their parents to a special doggy event.

Before you head out the door with your best friend, keep in mind:

  • All dogs must have a current rabies vaccine and license tag
  • Water playground will be closed to humans. Only dogs and lifeguards allowed.
  • Donations will be accepted to benefit homeless animals at Broward County Animal Shelters.
  • Enjoy! Have a good time! Send me your best pictures

For more information call 954-938-0617, or email

Dear South Florida Pets readers: I just want to let you know that is still active; I just have been going through a painful episode.

About three weeks ago; my dear cat Drusilla was diagnosed with a stomach tumor. Surgery was not an option. On Saturday, she was put to sleep and now she is in better place. She is waiting for my husband and I at one end of the rainbow bridge. She was very loved and we miss her.

As a tribute to her and to all dear pets who are not longer with us, I just want to publish the beautiful poem "The Rainbow Bridge" inspired by a Norse legend.

"The Rainbow Bridge"

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,

When their time on earth is over and done.
For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.
They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.
For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.
The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together

Love you, my dear Gorda...

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