Established in 1911, Shenandoah is one of the oldest communities in Miami. Homes here are a blend of small to medium single-family homes and multifamily apartment complexes. This community has the highest percentage of South American and Cuban residents in the country and the predominant language is Spanish. Shenandoah is a very safe and dog-friendly community that despite, or perhaps because of the fact it is densely packed, enjoys great community spirit. There are numerous restaurants in the community, most on the outer areas for you to check, serving an amazing array of Cuban and South American dishes. There are also pet stores within driving distance.
The climate is very conducive to going on walks with Ralph virtually any day of the year. The coldest month is January with temperatures in the 60s, but summer can be a bit on the hot side with temperatures in the mid-80s to the mid-90s and plenty of rain.
The terrain here is mostly flat and heavily built-up, leaving very little for you and Ralph to walk on but sidewalks and roads. Fortunately, the majority of the streets do have sidewalks with grass berms. You might not think it at first, but those narrow strips of grass are going to become very important to Ralph as the temperature outside starts to heat up.
According to expert chefs, you can fry an egg on any surface that measures 120°F. When the outside temperature hits 90°F, this same pavement can be anywhere from 135 to 145°. If you can fry an egg at 120°F, imagine what temperatures as high as 145°F can do to the pads on Ralph's paws in just a few minutes! Have a heart and take your walks during the hottest months of the year in the early morning hours, long before the sun has had time to turn the sidewalks into something akin to molten lava.
Shenandoah is a densely built-up community with very little in the way of green spaces. The one area of green is Shenandoah Park at 1800 SW 21st Ave. This park offers baseball fields, a public swimming pool, tennis courts, and a lot of grass for you and Fido to run around on.
For any other parks or places to take Fido for a little more exciting fun, you'll have to hop in the car and take a nice long drive over to the Coconut Grove Dog Park on the shores of Biscayne Bay. The dog park is part of the David T. Kennedy Park and both parks are separated by a broad copse of trees, but there is a looping trail that runs through both. The dog park itself is fenced in and split into two separate sections. One is for larger dogs and one is for smaller ones to help keep any kind of trouble to a minimum.