POOCH SCOOP: The Legend of Zelda and Pet Adoption Days (PHOTOS)

P.A. Melle’, The Pooch Scoop
Zelda, whose owners are Larry and Patty Falk, enjoys the Destin Dog Park.

Here’s the Scoop of the Day. It’s National Adoption Month so Pet Adoption Days in Destin are on Nov. 2, 3, and 4 at PetSmart. Contact them at 650-3145 for hours. On Dec. 1 and 2, you can get a pic with your fur-riend and Santa Paws! (Proceeds to benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge)

“After years of rescuing animals in need, I am not always prepared for what the next case will bring. Often times we are there for the animals, but end up helping the people involved in the situation as a result.” — Laurie Hood, founder of Alaqua Animal Refuge

Dig around your house and donate items no longer needed to the Paws Yard Sale fundraiser, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 7 a m. to 1 p.m. at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, 1958 Lewis Turner Blvd. Admission is $2 or donate a bag of dog food. Call PAWS for information on pick up/drop off services at 850-243-1525. Adoptive Pets will be ready for you and will be on site too. (Get ready to fill your life with lots-a-luv).

Friends walking friends. To volunteer at Paws email

Yip Yap where’s the shots? Visit the Paws Yard Sale on Nov. 17 and you can get low cost rabies vaccine shots for only $ 5 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and microchips for only $15.

Speaking of shots, “Yappy Hour” for dogs? Yes my furry friends, you can socialize and enjoy a night out with live music at Tijuana Flats, but all “owners” must be well behaved. 10 percent of proceeds are donated to PAWS.

Cops 4 Canines? Contact Animal Control Officers if you need to report animal neglect or abuse at 850-243-1525 or email

Stay and Obey. A shelter sign read, “kids left unattended will be sent home with a puppy.”

Unleashed at the Destin Dog Park. I arrived and was greeted by a furricaine of old and new four legged fur-riends. The ole timers with their graying muzzles slowly snooped on by to see if there were any good “treats” involved with this flurry of activity. Athletes were doing tricks and the younger pups stopped by to say hi for a split second, then romped off to play.

I relaxed on a bench and Zelda jumped up next to me. As I pet her head, her dad Larry, told me her story. In honor of this being National Pet Adoption month, I thought I’d share her story of survival and the blessings of second chances with you.

Zelda Marie Falk, as she’s now been named, came to live with Larry and Patty Falk in 2009. They were in Detroit visiting family when they heard about a person named Chris who rescues dogs. Patty went to see a female Cockapoo, who had spent her entire life in a puppy mill where she had been bred over and over, until she could produce no more. This dog never felt grass under her paws nor played with other dogs.

She was severely underweight at 13 pounds and her teeth were damaged by starvation. Her chances for adoption in this condition, and already being between six and eight years old, were slim to none. She was slated for euthanasia, until Chris rescued her. Patty and Larry decided that this little lady deserved a loving forever home with them. Larry and Patty told me that, “Zelda is not considered a mere pet, but rather a sweet, happy, loving member of our family.”

(FYI: Zelda, named after a warrior princess, is friendly, healthy, happy and very lucky.)

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. Send your upcoming pawsome news and/or events, to