Faithful Furriendly Stories. These are heartfelt stories honoring the steadfast loyalty of our canine companions. A police officer making his daily rounds was always accompanied by his faithful skye terrier, Bobby. Following the officer’s death, Bobby habitually laid on John Gray’s grave for 14 years. He was fed daily by the people of the town and was given a permanent license by the city officials.



Bobby’s story mirrors the story of Hachi, a faithful Akita who belonged to Professor Ueno. The professor had died suddenly while at work, but his dog Hachi was so loyal to him that he waited patiently at the train station for his master’s return for 12 long years. A statue of Hachi has been placed in his honor at the train station. Do dogs have a loyalty so profound, that until death they do not part?



Bark all about it! A dog’s bark is as unique as its scent. It is unrestrained, unedited, and unabashed. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could bark all about the injustices we face as simply and freely as dogs do, without being told to “be quiet!”



Now Sit and Stay. If a small dog is fearful or aggressive toward people don't pick him up and coddle him, as this will only reinforce the behavior because he will see it as a “reward.”



The Mad Dog Lady of Kelly Street. Bark about some unabashed and unrestrained stories! We have all read her columns in The Destin Log about the struggles facing foreign students, the fiscal cliff dwellers, the joys of parenting, and the realities of life for the down and out in Destiny Hills.



But, what you probably didn’t know is that she is like melted butter when it comes to stray dogs. In fact, stray dogs show up at her home so often, that she has made a permanent sign to display in her yard whenever she hears the pitter patter of little paws arriving on her doorstep. The sign reads, “If you have lost your dog, I have it here!”



Have you guessed who this pooch savin’, lap lovin’, mad dog lady of Kelly Street is yet?



Sniff Here for Some More Clues. After the loss of her beloved beagle Cleopatra of 14 years, she heard about an old Yorkie named Bogie Jones, that also had been grieving over the recent loss of his own master after his long illness. She was told that Bogie had vigilantly stayed by his master’s side until his death, and now had no one left to care for him.



So that was it. Bogie came home with her and now sleeps at the foot of her bed, only on her husband’s side, because somehow Bogie can feel that her husband, much like his former master, is in ill health. She told me that even though Bogie is partially blind and deaf, he can accurately tell time. Just like Hachi waiting for the afternoon train to arrive, Bogie knows exactly when it’s time for their daily walks together.



This dog lovin’ lady also took in a pitiful homeless chihuahua named Chiwee. The pup was not the kind of dog she thought she’d ever want, but the dog was so afraid of everything, that she just had to bring her home. At bedtime, Chiwee likes to curl up on top of Bogie and he doesn't seem to mind the cozy company at all.



When I met up with this wonderful lady with her two dogs and her grand-dog at the Destin Dog Park, she told me, “Dogs are the best people I know.”  I certainly, had to agree.



And that’s the story of how this lovely lady became known as “The Mad Dog Lady of Kelly Street.”



Yip, Yap, Yep. If you haven’t guessed it, it’s our very own Mary Ready of The Destin Log!



Bogie Wants to Walk do You? Don’t forget March 1 ends your opportunity for the “early discount rate” to register for the 14th Annual 5K Run/Walk with the Dogs. Sign up now and get your leash ready, because you and your posh pooch will be expected to make an appearance on March 16 in Destin. One leashed dog per runner and proof of shots is required. Have questions or would like to be a sponsor? Call 850-650-1241.



Send Pawsome News and Upcoming Fido Friendly Events to mustlovedogs@cox.net. Happy Tails to you until we meet again, from your furriendly Pooch Scoop Reporter: Patty.



Real Pawgress and something to Bark about. "The Pooch Scoop News" is growing, as it made the editorial cut in the FIDO Friendly Magazine for popular Destin-nation Travelers.



P.A. Melle’, a.k.a The Destin Dog Whisperer/Pooch Scoop Reporter, is a resident of Destin, freelance writer and American Red Cross volunteer.



 



Lacey Freebush wants to meet her furry furriends at the Mardi Gras Dog Parade in the Village of Baytowne Wharf this Sunday on Feb. 10 at 2 p.m.! Many of her four-legged friends trek from far and wide to participate in this pawsome premier canine event. Registration deadline is: Friday, Feb. 8.  A donation fee of $5 for walkers and $10 for floats will benefit the Alaqua Animal Refuge. This year's theme is Tail-Gates & Touchdowns. Dogs should come dressed in your favorite team's colors and nudge your two-legged friends to dress up too. Call 850-267-8186 or email brittany@baytownewharf.com for registration. (lineup is at noon).