People & Their Pets III
Mariana Cruz Mariana Cruz with Sugarcane
(John Bouma Photography)
Mariana Cruz is the Chairperson for Catalyst Miami Prosperity Event 2011, which assists low income families and individuals. In addition, she contributes to the Natural Resources Defense Council in order to support the NRDC efforts to protect the gray wolves that are being killed, and the ASPCA.
How did you come up with your pet’s name? My husband was born in Cuba and his family owned a sugarcane plantation. Our dog is named Sugarcane in remembrance of that time.
Share with us where you rescued your dog and cat? What was he/she like, and what made you decide to bring him/her home? Currently I have two dogs and a cat. I rescued our cat, Montana, on my way to a birthday party in a rainstorm. I saw this little kitten in a drain pipe so I climbed through the rising water in my heels and dress and pulled her into my arms.
We’ve had Sugarcane since he was 6 weeks old; He’s just happy. Emmy, the other dog, is an interesting story. Recently her owner was in a serious accident and hospitalized. During a conversation, I asked, “Who’s taking care of the dog”? No one answered, so I rushed to their home to check on the dog. I found her hungry, weak, covered in ticks and barking (protecting the house). I got my dog leash, climbed over the fence and took her home. I fed her and took her to the vet that evening. We’ve been caring for Emmy the last three months while her owner is recovering. Emmy will only be part of our family until she can return home.
What activities does Sugarcane like? What commands does Sugarcane understand? My dog is trained in French, so he is bi-lingual… like most residents of Miami Beach. He’s spoiled and brings a very happy energy to our family. He is sweet and gentle, especially with the children. Once when he was a puppy, the twins pretended to drown and he jumped into the pool to save them and I had to jump in to save him. He couldn’t swim. So now we focus on walking. I found that the dog-harness is much more enjoyable and kinder to the dog than the neck collar that chokes.