Extra, Extra … Howl all about it! Pawsome Tales and Local Trails to Follow.

Is Fido online all the time? You can join in on all the Park Pack howlings and tell your tails of adventure as our “Destin Dog Park” is on Facebook. So bark all about it.

Woof … any Questions? The Dog Park has an E-mail address: destindogpark@gmail.com.

Hunting down the Scoop of the Day: Did you know that the common dog name “Fido” came from the Latin word for “faithful” and “fidelity.” How pawsitively perfect. Who knew?

Daytime Drama? Not at the Dog Park … At 3 p.m. daily, Destin Dog Lovin' Locals gather for some dog-gone, good ole fashioned, mixed-up pooch 'n people fun for everyone.

Date Night with the Dogs? Yip, yap, yup …. Join the “Red Collar Club” and ferget all about costly and uncertain Internet dating. Local pet lovin' singles can Meet and Mingle for free from 5-7 p.m. Saturdays at the Destin Dog Park. You and your Best Furry Friend may find a new BFF to share lots-o-cheek lappin', frisbee fetchin' fun. Don’t worry … be happy, as you can trust that Faithful Fido will do your proper matchmaking. Dogs can sense these things.

(PawScript: Who’s who at the Park? To join the Red Collar Singles Club, just put a red collar on your pooch for Saturday date nights and let your dogs do the talking.)

Make no bones about it … Who ever said “money can’t buy happiness” has never paid a dog adoption fee!

Looking to Adopt a Brainy Canine? The smartest breeds are rated No. 1: border collie, No. 2: the standard poodle, and No. 3: the golden retriever.

Treats for your Funny Bone … How does a French poodle say “good morning?” Bone Jour.

Canine Seating? More local restaurants have opened dining sections for people with pooches. Hammerheads, Fridays, Capt. Dave’s beachside, Harry’s T’s harbor side, Baytowne Wharf sidewalk cafés, O’Quigley’s Sports Bar & Grille and Camille’s at Crystal Beach.

Woof: Camille’s serves breakfast too and has live entertainment on Saturday nights. PS: These posh pet places provide a fresh bowl of water for your 4-legged date and some offer a kibble choice too! Who knew?

A Night Life with Your Best Furry Friend … The Wednesday Night Concert Series at Baytowne Wharf throughout the summer from 7-9 p.m. is a perfect venue for your pup. Bring a blanket!

Pawdi Gras? … Tuesday’s the HarborWalk Village transforms into The Big Easy from 6 to 10 p.m. So you and your BFF can don your Pardi Gras duds to get in on the fun. The Village Brass Band plays, as stilt walkers, jugglers and a Big Easy parade rolls through the Village.

Pooch Friendly Places to Play ... Destin Dog Park, Jolee Island at Baytowne, the Bark Park in Santa Rosa Beach, Baytowne Wharf Bayside Walking Trails, and Eden State Park hiking paths are great for nature lovin' explorers.

Ok … you’ve asked, so Here’s the Scoop: Paper or Plastic? It’s very easy to make monthly donations to support our Dog Park. For paper donations make checks payable to City of Destin/Dog Park 4200 Indian Bayou Trail Destin, FL 32541 (Mail it or place it in a drop box located at the Dog Park). To make plastic donations, go to www.cityofdestin.com and find the site search bar (hint: a magnifying symbol is on the site search bar in the mid center of the page): Type in that space: Destin Dog Park then halfway down the page will appear: To make a donation through PayPal. Click on Pay Pal. Woof Woof … It was a bit of a hunt to find, but once you find the secure credit card PayPal payment page, it’s easy to complete.

Got a People Problem? Pet ownership requires people to manage their pets responsibly. The City of Destin contracts with PAWS for animal control. To report a problem call PAWS at 850-244-0196 weekdays, and for nights and weekends call 850-685-6003.

Happy Trails to you until we meet again at the Dog Park!


P.A. Melle’ a.k.a The Destin Dog Whisperer/Pooch Scoop reporter is a resident of Destin, freelance writer and Red Cross volunteer. Send any upcoming news or events to mustlovedogs@cox.net.

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