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Welcome to Racked's first-ever Pet Week! For five days straight, we'll be highlighting what makes Miami so great for our furry (or slimy) friends. Watch out— this content has major bite.
This week we're highlighting the Robins of retail, those adorable store sidekicks that prance around our favorite Miami boutiques and distract us from shopping because they're that damn cute. First up, we have Oliver from MVM Miami, a Miki (pronounced "me-key") with a penchant for bow ties and chicken treats. According Melissa Mosheim, founder of MVM Miami, Oliver has worked in retail longer than any other dog she knows (he has four years under his collar!), but don't let his friendly demeanor fool you. He's diehard protective of Melissa, and will show you his pearly whites if you get too close without his approval. If you happen to pop into this Wynwood hotspot and can't spot him, beware. This little critter has been known to hide inside clothing shelves, being mistakenly taken for a stuffed animal at times.
Speaking of pets, MVM Miami has launched an Instagram contest to benefit Big Hearts for Big Dogs Rescue, a non profit that helps big dogs get adopted. Upload a photo of your dog in his or her most dapper fall attire through Thanksgiving weekend, tag #MVMXBIGHEARTSFORBIGDOGS and @mvm_miami in your post and you'll be in the running to win a $300 MVM store credit and a private shopping sesh with Melissa herself. This Thursday, head over to the Wynwood shop from 6 to 9pm for the boutique's relaunch· a shopping party, where 10 percent of proceeds made will go towards Big Hearts for Big Dogs. Snap a picture and for every 50 likes you get, MVM will donate $10 to the organization.
Like Oliver? Vote for him when the polls open this Friday, November 14 to find Miami's Coolest Store Sidekick, and don't forget to check the site each day this week for more store mascots!
· MVM Miami [Official Site]
· Pet Week 2014 [Racked Miami]