The Rock’s heartbreak over puppy

The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) cradles his puppy Brutus who had to be put down on Sept 28 after eating mushrooms
The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) cradles his puppy Brutus who had to be put down on Sept 28 after eating mushrooms The Rock/Instagram

Dwayne Johnson lost a family member this week: Little Brutus, his fearless French bulldog, had to be put down Monday night, The Rock announced on Instagram with a picture of his giant arms holding the pooch.

Johnson and girlfriend Lauren Hashian had to rush him to Animal Medical Center at Cooper City, after Brutus, while playing outside, ate a mushroom that “happened to have a lethal toxicity and within hours it was rapidly destroying his liver and immune system to the point of no return.”

The San Andreas star thanked the “caring” staff at the facility. On its Facebook page Wednesday, the center posted a list of five common backyard mushrooms that are dangerous for pets.

“Another reminder we have to live and love as greatly as we can today, because tomorrow is never guaranteed.” wrote Johnson, who had to save Brutus’ life once already when the little guy jumped in the pool over Labor Day weekend and sunk like a stone.

Brutus is survived by his brother Hobbs.


A surprisingly good number of fashion-forward locals braved the floods in Miami Beach — topped by fresh rain — to do a little mingling and shopping Tuesday night.

Ocean Drive magazine threw a party at the new Hyatt Centric Hotel to celebrate the September issue, feting local “influencers” like “It” girl Taylor Abess, luxury real estate agent David Pulley, and debonair Venezuelan designer Oscar Carvallo, who is planning to open a boutique in the Design District next month.

Team members from Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour were on hand to show off designer goodies at a high-end pop-up shop. A big hit was Fendi’s “Karlito” leather and silver fox iPhone case— featuring a likeness of Karl Lagerfeld — for a cool $600.


Bachelor in Paradise star, lawyer Michael Garofola, is on the move again. The onetime Bachelorette season 9 contestant, who got a decent number of roses from Desiree Hartsock, is back home in New York after moving to Houston from Miami two years ago.

“I want to sweat on the subway platform in the summer when I can. I want to pay $12 for a hamburger when I can,” the Long Island native joked in a Facebook post, adding “Miami will always be my second home.”