The Pooch Scoop: No ‘May-Da’ here …

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Mark Your Spot on the calendar for May 3 and 4. Pet Smart in Destin is having an Adoption Day from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Shelter dogs, are pet-a-grees that are mixed pedigreed dog lineages that make great loyal furriendly lifelong companions. Pet Smart is at 34940 Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin.

Howl All About It: More than five million lives have been spared since the inception of the May National Adoption Day Pet-a-thon. Remember, read about a breed before you adopt. The most dominant looks and traits of a mixed dog may mirror the behavior patterns of that breed. If it looks like a pure German Shepherd, it may act like a German Shepherd. If it looks like a Jack Russell, it will probably act like a Jack Russell. 

Ouchihuahua: A sudden change in your dog’s normal behavior should indicate a trip to the vet. Is your dog uncomfortable? Is he restless, pacing and whining?  It may mean your dog is ill and he has to relieve himself, or your furry kid could be in PAIN. The pain is coming from somewhere, so check the paws for burrs or cuts and check the body for injuries, puncture marks or lumps. If an ear smells bad or has a reddish color, it may be infected. If you notice any incessant licking in one area, tell your vet.

Tuckers Tales: Professor Pooch wants people to be aware that plastic water bottles take 450 years to disintegrate, disposable diapers 75 years, a cigarette filter 10 years, aluminum cans 80 years, fishing line 600 years, and one beer bottle takes one million years to degrade! Styrofoam cups and containers NEVER biodegrade and often kill our marine life and sea birds. Please keep our beaches clean and remember to scoop up all your trash before you leave. Please recycle.   

Barkerrific Places to Dine: Sniffing around town, I’ve found that many restaurants with outdoor seating sections will gladly allow you to bring along your well behaved four legged kids. Call ahead and ask. Many offer a bowl of water and kibble. Harry T’s at the Harbor Walk Village has a great water front harbor side dining area. 

The Watch Dog: Got a Pooch Poison Emergency? Call The National Pet Poison hotline at 1-800-213-6680 or the ASPCA poison hotline at 1-888-426-4435. 

The Kind Heart Kennel allows women and children seeking shelter to bring along their four legged kids. Dogs comfort children, so having their beloved pet with them often calms a fearful heart. Be a furriend and help Kind Heart by making a donation to Shelter House. They also need dog food, leashes, collars, pet crates and waste bags. Drop off items from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 102 Buck Drive in Fort Walton Beach. Mail a monetary donation to P.O. Box 220 Fort Walton Beach FL 32549. Call 850-243-1201. Tax receipts available.

Sit and Stay Calm: The LAX dog-greeter program marks its first year of keeping fliers calm.

Friends of The Destin Dog Park needs new volunteers.  E-mail

What’s the Equine Scoop? Gulfside Trail Rides offers horseback riding for adults, kids’ camps, boarding, camping and lessons at 613 County Road 393 S. in Santa Rosa Beach. Ask for their LOCALS discount. Call 850-208-3114. Many horses and animals were adopted from Alaqua Animal Refuge. 

For a Howling good time: A free country music event is scheduled from 6:30-9:30 p.m. May 1 at Arnett’s Gulfside Trail Rides. Reverie Lane, Prestley Tucker and other guest artists from Nashville will perform. Food is available for purchase. Beer, wine and soft drinks are offered for no charge, but a donation is appreciated. A silent auction benefitting the Alaqua Animal Refuge will be held. Call 208-3114.

New Business or Events? Don’t roll over. Advertise here for pawsome rates as low as $25 bucks. Call 837-2828.

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.Contact her at