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POOCH SCOOP: Many Destin businesses are dog-friendly

P.A. DeFrenza
Destin resident Mary Mallar and her dog Misha meet new furry friends at the Destin Dog Park.

Lacy’s Licks — If you don’t want to leave your pooch at home, just take him along!

Snoop around the emeraldgrande.com website and see the monthly activities. Fat Tuesday Parades 7 to 9 p.m. begins June 7 and your furry four-legged kids are always welcome.

When visiting the harbor, please walk your dog before going there so you have no land mines to scoop. Grrrrrr ... nothing will wear out our welcome faster than a dog relieving itself on the boardwalk.

Woof: Many restaurants at the harbor welcome your well behaved furriendly pooches.

Dog Friendly Destin Dining — Restaurants around town that have outdoor cafés or patio seating will usually welcome your leashed well behaved dog. Call ahead and ask. Harry T’s on the harbor has a waterfront doggie dining section. Order a Pooch Hooch cocktail as proceeds benefit animal shelters.

Barkriffic 4 Paws-Up Dining — Kenny D’s (on Scenic 98), The Whales Tail lower lounge, Harry T’s, and Cuvee Destin. Don’t forget to visit the Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin. The Village has a meandering nature trail along the bay, watering spots and outdoor cafés to eat, drink and be merry.

Tuckers Tales — Professor Pooch wants to train residents and visitors to protect our seafaring friends.

It takes little effort to collect your trash and toss it in a garbage can provided on the beach. DYI: Plastic water bottles take 450 years to disintegrate, disposable diapers 75 years, a cigarette filter is 10 years, aluminum cans 80 years, fishing line 600 years, and one beer bottle takes 1 million years to degrade.

Grrrrr ... Woof: Styrofoam food containers never biodegrade and harm marine life. Bottle caps, plastic food and grocery bags and diapers have blocked the airway of sea mammals (dolphins and whales) that have perished. Plastic six-pack can holders harm our seabirds. So keep our beaches clean and leave no litter behind. Dogs are not allowed on any Destin beaches and violators will be fined.

Destin Dog Park — Dogs are not allowed on the beaches, but friends and visitors can enjoy the Destin Dog Park.

It is fenced and its free! It has a small pooch section and a bigger doggy section. There is water and even park lights for evening fun for everyone.

Please locate the Dalmatian statute when entering the park and make a donation in the box. The park is funded by your donations, so to keep it beautiful and please donate often.

Woof: Don’t forget to scoop and toss any packages your pooch leaves while visiting.

The TDC — Should open a small fenced beach pooch playground on Okaloosa Island with a visitor tag to purchase at any fishing permit store for $20 and a $35 annual permit should be available for Okaloosa County residents.

Walton County has this tag program for dogs, so Okaloosa should follow.

Local Pack Gathers — Want to meet, mix and mingle with pooch lovin' pals? Locals gather between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. to play at the Destin Dog Park.

Just bring a lawn chair and relax. The big Dog Park gets busy around 5 to 7 p.m.

See “Friends of The Destin Dog Park” on Facebook for upcoming park news and events.

Chow for now,

Lots of pooch smooches to everyone.

PA DeFrenza, Destin resident, freelance writer, and The Pooch Scoop News reporter. Send your upcoming pawsome news and/or events to PADEFRENZA@gmail.com.