pets

Who spends more on pets for Christmas?

Who spends more on pets for Christmas?

When it comes to the holidays, many Americans will not leave out their pets in the gift giving, amounting to a significant portion of the billions spent on pets each year. But looking at the data, one group stands out in this spending trend: millennials. Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue of […]

Pets blessed at St. Sylvester

Pets blessed at St. Sylvester

Dogs, cats, birds and even a dragon got their blessings last week at St. Sylvester Catholic Church’s tenth annual Blessing of the Pets. Dozens of dogs and several other critters were invited inside the sanctuary and filled the pews for the blessing ceremony. Read the full article in the Nov. 1 issue of Navarre Press. […]

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. Read the full article in the Oct. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hog hunting season about to begin

Hog hunting season about to begin

Wild hogs have been in Florida for more than 500 years, brought over by Spanish explorers, and they live in all 67 of the state’s counties. But because of their destructive behavior to habitats, hunts are a necessity, and the spring/summer hunts are scheduled to take place starting next month. Read the full article in […]

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 […]

Lost and found dogs and cats

Lost and found dogs and cats

In the past week, Navarre Press has reunited lost pets with their owners/families. First, a beautiful cat graced our porch looking for some reassurance that his story would have a happy ending. And it did. This cat (we now know his name is Mittens) did all the right things after he went missing. He got […]

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 […]

Flea Barket

If you love pets and shopping, you will want to check out the Flea Barket at Pet Nation on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be over 20 unique local vendors selling everything under the sun including pet supplies, jewelry, family recipe BBQ sauce, soy candles and more. Some independent […]

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 […]

Pets take bite out of millennial wallets

Pets take bite out of millennial wallets

Americans own more pets than ever before – and that means they are spending more on their animals. The number of American households with a pet rose to 84.6 million this year, up from 79.7 million animal-owning households in 2015. In 2017, pet expenditures nationwide are expected to reach an estimated $69 billion, according to […]

Eclipse brings bizarre animal behavior

Eclipse brings bizarre animal behavior

Through the centuries, little research has been done on animal behavior during solar eclipses, but what little data and anecdotal information is out there paints a weird picture. From destroying their homes to hiding in fear to freezing in place, species of all kinds appear to be effected by the temporary loss of sunlight. So […]

Creatures from the plastic lagoon

Creatures from the plastic lagoon

Reptile enthusiasts of a certain age likely remember the tiny turtles sold in lagoon containers, swimming in the nonexistent shade of a thumb-sized plastic palm tree. They lived short lives at the hands of the children who pined for them. But the times – and regulations — have changed. Housing a pet turtle, especially an […]

Animal Services takes aim at pet homelessness

Animal Services takes aim at pet homelessness

Americans who wish to bring home a furry friend are faced with a multitude of choices. Fluffy the Norwegian forest cat might come from a close friend burdened by debt. Teddy the poodle may be found at a recommended breeder, and Fido the mutt just might jump into your arms from the pens at a […]

Rabies alert issued for Navarre

Rabies alert issued for Navarre

The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County reminds residents that a rabies alert is currently in effect for the Navarre area after another report of possible rabies in a kitten.  The kitten died after developing neurological symptoms; however, rabies could not be confirmed because the brain was not suitable for testing.  As a […]

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