One Pawsome Pastor: Father Tom Guido of the Church of the Resurrection in Miramar Beach can always be found with a golden shadow right by his side, even when serving Mass.

On my very first visit to the church, Father Tom invited the congregation to stay after services for an ice cream social to welcome new members. When asked what was my first impression when walking through those front doors for the very first time, I answered, ďLoved it; itís the first time Iíve ever been licked by a greeter!Ē

Father Tom warmly invites all of you to come for a visit. Sunday services are at 8 and 10:30 a.m. And if you are lucky like me, you too may be personally greeted by his sweet faithful yellow lab, Bridget.                            

Mark your Spot: On Nov. 16 there will be a 5K run/walk with our Destin dogs this fall. Providing a beautiful place for people with pooches to play all day requires ongoing donations. All of the proceeds from this race will benefit our park and help provide lights for evening park-goers. No pooch? No problem. Borrow a friend's dog or come solo. Runners/walkers of all ages are welcome. The requirement is must love dogs, NOT must own dogs.

What shall we name the Pooch 5K? Nancy, aka the Destin Dog, needs ideas for naming the 5K run/walk event for T-shirts. Submit your ideas on Facebook at Destin Dog Park, or call Nancy at SOS Printing during business hours, 837-3190. T-shirts will be for sale.

Saturday in the Park: Nancy is taking reservations now for 15-foot spots vendors can lease for only $25. Vendors do not have to sell dog-related items. Call Nancy at 850-837-3190 to reserve your spot now. A Pet Pawtographer would be great. Can you teach an old dog a new trick? Demonstrators can perform training tips, pet massage, therapy dog certification, etc. Call Nancy if you want to demonstrate at the 5K on Nov. 16.

Nighttime Howlings: Nancy is still getting bids on Dog Park lighting for a nightlife at the park. As soon as all bids come in she will post a sign at the dog park to announce a meeting.

Red Collar Club: Find your new BFF at the Destin Dog Park from 5-7 p.m. Saturday nights when local pet lovin' singles can meet and mingle. Make sure you have a red collar on your dog, so we can find you. 

Ouch chi wow wa: Attention all Destin locals and visitors. People love to walk their dogs on our paved sidewalks and roads but let this be a warning to you: The pavement is very hot mid-day and if you have to wear shoes, then obviously itís too hot for your dog, too! Take the paw test. Place the back of your hand on the pavement for seven seconds and if your hand hurts, then your dogís foot pads may burn and blister. Walk on grass, sand or put booties on your pooch.

Dog Gone It! The 4th of July has the highest number of run-away dogs. Why? Fireworks can be terrifying to dogs. You can desensitize your dogs to fireworks by playing a CD with thunderstorms on it daily. Leave a radio on when you leave home. Keep your best furry friend in a safe room. Ask your vet for meds if needed. Some dogs left alone have broken through windows in panic to escape the fireworks noise.

Chow for Now: See you at the Destin Dog Park!


P.A. Melleí a.k.a The Destin Dog Whisperer/Pooch Scoop reporter, is a resident of Destin, freelance writer and Red Cross volunteer. Send your upcoming pawsome news and/or events, to