Have a Yappy New Year! The Destin Dog Log’s January edition

Pooch Scoop

Destin resident Beverly Myrick with her boxer Gibbs having fun at the Destin Dog Park.

Special to The Log
Published: Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 03:39 PM.

Staying on the trail: After the holidays, have a few extra pounds made there way to your waistline? Your best furry friend can help you whittle off those calories in no time!  For an easy, breezy walk, just park on old 98 near the Whale’s Tail, as there are nice paved sidewalks to trek along. The fresh air and ocean views are worth the trip. Dogs are not allowed on any beach in Okaloosa County. Walton County residents can purchase annual permits to take their two legged furry kids to Walton County beaches only, and during specific time periods. Large fines are issued to owners/dogs without a permit.

New Trick:Maybe Okaloosa could designate a Dog furriendly section of beach along 98 between the Destin bridge and Fort Walton Beach. The $50 permit fees could generate a lot of funds!  

Now sit and stay: Many local restaurants welcome our pooches with lots of smooches!  If you’re thirsty after your long walk, the Whale’s Tail lower level beachside lounge allows your dog to accompany you in for refreshments. And they have water for Fido.

No begging required: Your posh pooch is also welcomed to join you at Capt. Dave’s beachside, Harry’s T’s harbor side, the Village of Baytowne Wharf sidewalk cafés, O’Quigleys outdoor area, the Harbor Grand Village and Camille’s at Crystal Beach.   

Pooch friendly places to play: The Destin Dog Park is a no leash park. There are separate small and large pooch play areas. A donation box is at the dog park, so please donate often. Jolee Island in Sandestin is also great fun. There are also winding bayside trails at The Village of Baytowne Wharf, which also has a fenced pooch play area with multiple watering stations. A  Bark Park is also located in Santa Rosa Beach. And a day spent at the gorgeous Eden State Park is great fun for the entire family. Dogs must be leashed and vaccine tags must be visible. 

Here’s your barking-orders: Before visiting any of these pawsome destinations, please walk your dog prior to leaving home so that its tank will be empty. We don’t want to wear out our welcome. Parks will issue fines to owners who leave behind any pet landmines.

Pointing out dangers: Oleanders are very toxic to dogs and kids. Sago palms are also highly poisonous. Xylitol, a sugar substitute in some candy, can cause liver failure in dogs.

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