People & Their Pets VI

Three South Florida animal lovers talk to SocialMiami about their pets

Dave Barry

Dave Barry, who resides in Miami, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author and columnist, who wrote a nationally syndicated humor column for The Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005. He has also written numerous books of humor and pardoy, as well as comedic novels. Dave has had dogs named Earnest, Zippy, and now Lucy. All are mentioned regularly in Barry’s columns.

Pictured: Dave Barry with Lucy (John Bouma Photography)

Cara Balogh

Cara is married with two teenagers and enjoys spending time with the family. Her 18 year old son, Andrew, is about to graduate from high school and her daughter, Alex, is a high school junior. “I love being active – biking, hiking, skiing and working out. In fact, right now we are all in Colorado hiking with the dogs”.

Pictured: Cara Balogh with Kobe & Kuma

Tony and Cathy Blank

Cathy and Tony Blank are both native Miamians. They have grown up in the Magic City, all along attending school, pursuing their careers and living in Miami. Cathy is a proud mother and real estate executive. Tony is an involved father and business investor. Together they are active philanthropists and at the same time they are “hands on” involved in a number of organizations including Honey Shine Mentoring Program, United Cystic Fibrosis and Florida Poodle Rescue to mention a few. “We love spending time with our dogs as they give us alot of happiness”.

Pictured: Tony & Cathy Blank with Frosty, Gumbo & Chester

March Pet Events

March 25 – Strut your stuff at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind’s 5th Annual Walk, Waggle and Stroll beginning at 9 a.m. Led by County Commissioner Sally Heyman and WPLG Local 10’s Sasha Andrade, you’ll begin with a Bagles and Bones Breakfast, take a stroll and compete for prizes in an array of fun doggy contests. It takes place at The Shops of MidTown, and parking is free in the PetSmart garage. $20 per walker; waived for visually impaired walkers. 786-362-7515.

March 30 – A Mega Match-a-Thon for pets gets underway at 11:59 p.m. and runs through 11:59 p.m. the next night. Three community rescue groups – the Humane Socity of Greater Miami, Miami-Dade Animal Services and The Cat Network – will join forces to host a 24-hour marathon event where you are sure to find a loving and needy dog or cat to add to your family. Adoptions start at $30. It’s happening at Tropical Park where admission and parking are free. Bring the whole family for kids activities, refreshments and entertainment! 305-749-1825.

About Paws 4 You Rescue

Paws 4 You Rescue is a Miami-based non-profit 501(c)3, all volunteer, donor-subsidized animal rescue organization. Its top priority is to save animals from euthanasia at Miami-Dade Animal Services.

Rescued animals vary from being sick, injured, homeless and surrendered to simply lost. All animals are sterilized, vaccinated and ID micro-chipped to prevent future loss. Some require major surgery from a specialist to repair broken limbs while others may need additional rehabilitation time and specific medical care – ranging from respiratory illnesses and skin infections to cherry eyes and heartworm treatments.

Paws 4 You offers programs for adoption, fostering and senior citizens. Paws 4 You supports its mission by hosting numerous fundraising events throughout the year and through community donations.

Please visit for current information and additional details.

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