Pets

Dogs and babies growing together

Dogs and babies growing together

Bringing a new little one home from the hospital is an exciting time for parents but for the dogs in your house it can be overwhelming. New sights, sounds, smells and movements can make for a confused and even frightened dog. But there are things parents can do to set the stage for a lifelong […]

Keep up with your cat’s happiness

Keep up with your cat’s happiness

Did you see the picture of the cat in the article about cat health last week? That feline looks scared to death – and I do too when I go to the vet. I don’t know where the thermometer is going to go next and I sure don’t like where they take my temperature. That’s […]

Pet Nation’s new resident highlights benefits of rescue

Pet Nation’s new resident highlights benefits of rescue

There is a new kitty in charge at Pet Nation, and his name is Salvador Dali. The rambunctious black-and-white kitten made his home at the shop after being rescued from the streets by shop owner Holly Elassaad last month. “We were having those funky storms that were coming in in the afternoon. Out of the […]

Trap/neuter/release: An alternative to euthanasia

Trap/neuter/release: An alternative to euthanasia

Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter euthanized 4,058 of the 6,096 animals brought into the shelter in 2017. Hundreds of them were put to death not because of disease or behavior issues, but simply because there was no space to house them. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to […]

Rescue dogs get new purpose in life

Rescue dogs get new purpose in life

Dozens of nonprofit groups throughout Florida are dedicated to pulling animals out of shelters where they may be euthanized and instead finding them loving homes. Some focus on cats or dogs or a certain breed. In Navarre, one of these groups is focused not just on rescuing dogs but putting them to work. Read the […]

Saving with Soul rescues hundreds

Saving with Soul rescues hundreds

Saturday was a special day for 11 dogs and cats in Navarre as they found forever homes during the first Saving with Soul Pet Rescue Adoption Event at Pet Nation. Pet Nation owner Holly Elassaad said they have wanted to get involved in pet adoption events at the store but did not due to concerns […]

Greyson meets a girl, watches Wahoos beat Mississippi

Greyson meets a girl, watches Wahoos beat Mississippi

For those who haven’t met me, my name is Greyson, a 7-month old lovable, sometimes crazy, chocolate lab. I’m here to tell you about my adventure at Bark in the Park at Blue Wahoos Stadium in Pensacola last Wednesday night. Read the full article in the May 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Dear cats: Don’t come here!

Dear cats: Don’t come here!

It was another wonderful afternoon – just laying around in Dickie’s window, minding my business (and by business I mean napping). I love that window. Read the full article in the April 12 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for 30 […]

Cat’s death prompts golf cart scrutiny

Cat’s death prompts golf cart scrutiny

Growing community outrage about a deceased cat found on a residential street in the City of Gulf Breeze last week has revived efforts to regulate the golf carts that zip about town on roads and sidewalks. “My daughters are crying their eyes out tonight because someone in a golf cart hit and killed a family […]

Local group provides low-cost spay/neuter service for pets

Local group provides low-cost spay/neuter service for pets

Brandi Winkleman used to work at the animal shelter in Santa Rosa County. She’s seen just how overpopulated it is. “The shelter takes in over 6,000 animals a year, and about 4,000 end up being euthanized,” Winkleman said. Read the full article in the Mar. 29 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Federal Drug Administration pet food and treats recalls

Federal Drug Administration pet food and treats recalls

TruPet, LLC of Milford, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight, 2.5oz Pet treats because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recall includes only the product listed below. Read the full article in the Mar. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Happy Mardi Grrr!

Happy Mardi Grrr!

Local pups dressed out in green, purple and gold this fat Tuesday at the first ever Mardi Grrr at Pet Nation in Navarre. The event was on of the several dress ups that the store puts on each year. Read the full article in the Feb. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Why spay your cat?

Why spay your cat?

Almost a million cats a year are euthanized, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  They are either born feral or run away and eventually end up in a local shelter. And shelters are filled to capacity which leaves them little choice but to euthanize the “excess.” A non-spayed female […]

Service dog or support animal?

Service dog or support animal?

Much has been made recently about the rules and recognitions belonging to the different service classes of dogs and other animals. We break down the differences here: Service dog: (U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section) Only dogs are recognized as service animals under titles II and III of the American With […]

Stocking stuffers for pets

Stocking stuffers for pets

Outside of her normal business approach, Pet Nation owner Holly Elassaad put on some big sales for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday this year in the hopes of capturing a specific kind of Christmas shopper: pet lovers. The pet products industry will generate more than $69 billion for items geared to the 312 million […]

Helping your pet manage the cold

Helping your pet manage the cold

The low temperatures and cold snaps have finally made their way to Navarre and while it is likely it will warm up during the day, the temperatures may remain lower at night. How do you help your pet in the cold temperatures? Colder even freezing temperatures put pets at risk. Dora Thomason, kennel supervisor at […]

Keeping your pet safe during Halloween

Keeping your pet safe during Halloween

Halloween has its own hazards and risks for pets and can make them anxious and even frightened. The chaos of Halloween means a flurry of activity, a constantly ringing doorbell and excited children running through neighborhoods. “It’s so easy for pet parents to forget or overlook how vulnerable our beloved animals really are in the […]

Exotic pets get second chance with amnesty program

Exotic pets get second chance with amnesty program

They may seem cute, exciting and manageable when they are young, but exotic pets such as reptiles and birds can mean a big commitment. They can grow to unexpected sizes, live for long periods and require more room and specialized care over time. For that reason some of these species have been released into the […]

Disaster preparedness for your pets

Disaster preparedness for your pets

Santa Rosa County was spared from the devastation of Hurricane Irma this week, but the practice session of preparing for a major hurricane provided some insight into areas of readiness we are lacking in. One of the topics that leaves many residents with questions is preparing to evacuate or shelter in place with pets. One […]

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