The Fast and the Furry-ous

Maddie Rowley | 315-4353 | @maddiedestinlog |
Archer, a 10-week-old sheltie puppy, is held by his grandfather, Bob Hudgens. Archer is training to become a service dog. [MADDIE ROWLEY/THE LOG]

Despite the unseasonably chilly April weather on Thursday morning, a group of dogs played at the Destin Dog Park while their humans huddled in warm clothes nearby.

Archer, a 10-week-old sheltie puppy, zoomed around and responded to his name when owner Grace Hudgens called him over.

"He's training to be a service dog," said Archer's grandfather, Bob Hudgens. The Hudgens family lives in Fort Walton Beach, and this was their first time visiting the Destin Dog Park.

Other dogs there were Destin Dog Park frequent fliers.

"We come here about four times a week, always in the morning," said Gunner's owner, Charlotte Millican. "You have to beat the afternoon traffic."

Gunner, a Great Pyrenees and Anatolian Shepherd mix, tried to sit still for a photo.

Border Collie puppy Rey, who was named after the "Star Wars" character, didn't pay much attention to other dogs, as was locked in on the tennis ball that her owner threw over and over again. Rey comes to the dog park every day.

Amber Russo and her infant daughter, Lilly, bent down to pet their energetic Border Collie-German Shepherd mix named Cheyenne.

"I'm from upstate New York, so this is the perfect weather for me right now," Russo said.

The group of dogs played and rolled in the grass as more furry friends continued to trickle into the park.