No tricks for these treats: The October edition of the Destin Dog Log

P.A. Melle', Pooch Scoop
Dog Trainer Gilmore Erikson surrounded by a flurry of friends at the Destin Dog Park. Gil is a volunteer at Alaqua Rescue.

Mark this post: Oct. 27 is the Pumpkinpalooza fest for your two-legged and four-legged kids at HarborWalk Village. Registration for the Pooch costume contest opens at noon at the main stage but the contest will be held in the afternoon. Time TBD. Hunt around the HarborWalk Village Facebook page or call 850-496-2370 for more info.

Tucker’s Scoop of the Day: People could learn a thing or two from man’s best friend: “There’s just simply no need to bite … when a simple growl will do.”

Fido has a Weight Problem? If your dog is fat, then YOU are not getting enough exercise. Dogs need three brisk walks a day. A backyard romp is not stimulating enough. He needs to walk and trek with you often to stay calm, well behaved, and remain a balanced companion.

Snooping Around for pooch or people events and city news throughout the year? Just visit The City of Destin website at Click on “Special Events” for the scoop.

Ouch chi-wa-wa: There is a low-cost spay/neuter clinic to assist those needing services for their animals and low cost vaccine shots available too. Call Panhandle Animal Welfare Society, aka PAWS in Fort Walton Beach at 850-243-1525 for fees and vet clinic hours.

Dog Cops: To report abuse, or a loose dog, call Animal Control Services at 850-685-6003.

Chew on this Treat: A low cost vaccine program is at Pet Supermarket, Vet Wellcare, 99 Eglin Parkway in Fort Walton Beach. Call 301-0235. Be there by 2 p.m. to do paperwork. At 2:30 the clinic gives shots until 3:30 on first come, first served basis. The low cost shot program is held on the second Saturday of every month. Rabies shots are only $10 and other low cost shot packages/tests are available; call for info.

See Spot Run at the 5K: Registration forms for the 5K Wags N’ Walk with the Dogs on Nov. 16 at 9 a.m. can be picked up at City Hall, the Destin Community Center, or online by Nov. 15 at Lots of event activities and vendors will be on site until 2 p.m. The race starts and finishes at the Destin Dog Park next to the Destin City Hall Annex. Vendors can call Nancy at 837-3190 to reserve a space at the Wag N’ Walk 5K Pooch Fest.

• Register before Nov. 15.  Fee is $25.

• Registration fee on the day of the race between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. is $30.

• No dog? No problem! Pooch lovin’ folks of all ages are welcome to walk or run w/fee. 

• There will be prizes for the Biggest Dog, Smallest Dog, Best Dog/Owner look alike.

• Dogs must be on a short leash and have a current rabies tag on their collar.

Bring baggies please, because friends don’t make friends scoop anything.

No need to Hunt for the 5K: The Destin Dog Park is located at 4200 Indian Bayou Trail. Email or call 850-837-3190.

The Herding Group: Join the free Red Collar Club and meet furrendly local Pooch Lovin Singles at the Destin Dog Park on Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Be there on Oct. 12 to mix n’ mingle and you could be in the next November issue with your four legged furry friend! Make sure your Pooch wears a red collar or red bandana so we know you’re in the club. It would be pawsitively pawsome if we had a Pooch N’ Pal social director.  Is anyone begging to fill the spot? Just howl or better yet, e-mail:

Working Class: Does your BFF (Best Furry Friend) have a job or perform a service? If so, let me know and it may be featured in the next issue. Photos of your Pooch on the job are welcome. Send your story to

Dogs in Disguise: In honor of the haunted holiday, we’d also like to see how you have tricked out your dog for Halloweens’ past. Email photos to Be sure to include the name of pup and master!

Are Dogs Too Human? It was the great Creator himself that made dogs too human — in fact, so human that sometimes they put humanity to shame — L. Hutton

Happy Tails to you, until we meet 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