Pristine paths, parades and Pardi Gras: The August edition of the Dog Log (Photos)

P.A. Melle’
Even this Pooch Scoop writer gets into the Pardi Gras spirit on Tuesdays at HarborWalk Village.

Oh for Barking out Loud: An estimated 1 million dogs in the U.S. were named as a primary beneficiary of their owner’s will. It is possible that the dog may have been the only creature that demanded nothing, loved unconditionally, held no grudges, stayed faithful (even if rich or poor), comforted them during sickness and health, and until death do they part. Wait a pooch lovin’ minute … those are wedding vows. Dogs show us in everything they do that Mother Nature is the best teacher. We may take wedding vows, but dogs live them.  

The Pooch Scoop Lingo is catchy: Hiking down the Spanish moss covered trail at the Village of Baytowne Wharf with my four legged furry friend and my two adventuresome grandkids, I saw a cute sign at the Bark Park. 

Dog Gone It: A duel between your dog and a frog can cause your dog to have foamy saliva and become frighteningly listless from dehydration. Been there, done that, call the vet. Did you know that poisonous plants like begonias, holly, snapdragons and sago palms can cause excessive drooling, nausea, vomiting, coma — and even death?

Don’t go Barking up the wrong tree: Internet dating can be risky, so why not fetch a new BFF at the Destin Dog Park? The Red Collar Club for local singles meets from 5-7 p.m. Saturdays, but be sure your dog wears a red collar so we can find you. See you there on Saturday! P.S.: Lights coming for a pawsome night life at the park. Now Sit and Stay for a while because at 3 p.m. weekdays, seasoned local Destinites Meet N’ Greet other Pooch pampering pals at the Destin Dog Park. The small dog park area seems to have a flurry of furry fun going on.   

Hunting down the Fun: Destinites love a good party and at 7 p.m. Tuesdays through the summer the HarborWalk Village turns into the Big Easy. So grab your pooch, don your Mardi Gras duds and enjoy the parade, bands and good ole fashioned New Orleans entertainment. Stop by Harry T’s for a bite as they have a great doggie dining area harbor side.  Bring your beads and build your own float for the Pardi Gras Parade. To register your float or to walk with your best furry friend in the parade, call Kim Summers at 850-687-0985 for details. Join the Pardi Gras Parade pre-party at 6:30 p.m. at Coyote Ugly. Pardi Gras runs only through Labor Day, Sept 2.  

Be a Guardian: A high five to volunteers who help so many neglected furry friends to find safety and comfort, but volunteers are also needed locally to help neglected and abused children find safety and comfort. If you have a little free time each month and want to make a real difference in a child’s life, please check out the Guardian Ad Litem program. You will receive training and be able to speak on behalf of a child who has no voice in the legal system, so he/she will have a shot at a stable future. For more information and local training locations contact lead recruiter Carita L. Smith, Guardian Ad Litem Program, First Judicial Court, Pensacola, or call 850-595-3746.

And they’re off!  Nov. 16th is the 5K Run/Walk with the Dogs. Proceeds benefit the Destin Dog Park. Woof Woof…Vendors, you can rent spaces for $25 bucks at the event. Call Nancy at SOS Printing at 837-3190.

No tricks just treats: Our Dog Park is self-funded so please donate monthly. Make checks payable to City of Destin/Dog Park, 4200 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin, FL 32541, or use the donation drop box at the Park.

Happy Tails to you … until we again.

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