Read The Pooch Scoop News and howl all about it

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Jim and Deidre Gregoire with Oliver & Sadie at the Destin Dog Park

Yappy Halloweenie … Pumpkinpalooza at HarborWalk Village starts Saturday, Oct. 25, and there is a costume contest for two-legged kids and four-legged furry kids on Oct. 26. Call 850-424-0600 or visit for more details.

Mark Your Spot … The annual 5K Wag N Walk with the Dogs starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. Registration is $25 through Nov. 14 and $30 on race day. Contact to be a sponsor for the 5K event. Furry four-legged kids, two-legged kids, and folks of all ages are welcome to walk or run.

No Hunting required … Register for the 5K walk/run online at or pick up a form at Destin City Hall or the Destin Community Center. Proceeds will benefit the Destin Dog Park for needed night lights.

Best in Show … At the 5K event, there will be prizes for the biggest and smallest dog and best dog/owner look alike. So dress to impress for a chance to win.

Snowbird-Dogs … SnowDogs and their people, the Snowbirds, say “If my dog can’t come, I won’t go.” Resort Quest and Wyndham Vacation Rentals understand that dogs are family members. Hunt for Fido friendly units at Type refined search: Destin, dog friendly or call 888-909-6807. Woof … Ask for Snowbird Promotion and get $50 off a one-month stay or $100 off a two-month stay. Use discount promo code RE143 for a vacation discount. (Some seasonal restrictions may apply w/promo code.)

Lacy’s Licks … Yip, yap, everybody knows that most dogs are friendlier than most people. We won’t judge you or keep any account of wrongs, and are loyal friends to the end. 

Go fetch the Paper … To track down local pooch and people events visit or the City of Destin website at Click on Special Events.

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

Does Fido have a Weight Problem? … Then you are not getting enough daily exercise.

Sit and Stay … Our Destin 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. See the city of Destin website above and click on Dog Park donations. Click the secure Pay Pal option.

Ms. Pawtogenic … Submit photos of your Posh Pooch to The Log at

Does Your Business need a Booster Shot? … Offer a discount coupon under this column for only $25. Fence companies, kennels, carpenters, etc. can post low-cost bone ads. Call 850-654-8485 for details.

Yappy Halloween everybody!

P.A. DeFrenza, 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