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Independent News | August 29, 2013 | Volume 14 | Number 36 | | Cover Dog: Max

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winners JEAN COVELL SILVA The longtime Christian educator and Pensacola native is the new executive director of United Ministries. A graduate of Washington High School, Jean received a B.A. in Religion from Davidson College and is a Certified Christian Educator in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Jean has served three congregations as Director of Christian Education including Christ Episcopal Church, and Trinity Presbyterian Church in Pensacola and Grace Presbyterian Church in Panama City. Most recently Jean served as the Associate Executive Presbyter/Head of Staff and Hunger Action Enabler for the Presbytery of Florida. JOHN BARNES The Florida Alcohol and

Drug Abuse Association (FADAA) honored the Lakeview Center therapist as the Clinician of the Year for the Northwest Florida region. Barnes is a licensed mental health counselor and certified addictions professional with Lakeview’s Pathway Program in Shalimar. The honor recognizes Barnes for his “tenacity and commitment” in helping people who struggle with addiction and mental health issues. FADAA credits Barnes with playing a key role in making the Pathway and Okaloosa County Drug Court programs successful.

JOHN B. CLARK The Council on Aging of

West Florida President/CEO John B. Clark was honored as the recipient of the Dr. Carter Osterbind Outstanding Florida Council on Aging 2013 Member Award for his leadership and personal commitment to those served by the organization.


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ting jobs in late July to help boost profits. According to Gannett Blog, a website run by former Gannett reporter Jim Hopkins, the number of jobs cut are estimated to be 360. The Pensacola News Journal lost Publisher Kevin Doyle and Executive Editor Dick Schneider to retirement. Longtime managing editor Ginny Graybiel, controller Tom Hartley, graphic designer Ron Stallcup and columnist Shannon Nickinson were fired. Thank God, DealChicken survived.


Justin Princes Taylor Jr. has been arrested and charged with the murder of Adnan Glelati, the owner of 7 Stars Auto, Inc. The alleged murder was committed while Taylor was incarcerated in the Escambia County Work Release Program. He was supposed to be working for a local auto detailing shop since July 26, but never reported for work. Even an arrest before the murder didn’t get Taylor kicked out of the program. The county said that their only responsibility through the work release facility was to make sure Taylor stayed in overnight and checked in and out on time, but otherwise Taylor was under the supervision of his probation officers through the Department of Corrections. The DOC officials said they can’t follow everyone in the program to their jobs. Little comfort to the family and friends of Glelati. YOUR DEDICATED TEAM

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by Rick Outzen

CARVING UP THE CHAMBER CARCASS The Greater Pensacola Chamber has been wounded by the recent bad publicity surrounding its executive committee’s decision to not rehire CEO Jim Hizer; the missing, and later found, BP gift cards; the state attorney’s finding that the organization needs to operate under Florida Sunshine and open records laws; and a tourism television spot that some locals believe was too expensive. The chamber isn’t quite dead, but the buzzards are circling and waiting to carve off for themselves the millions of tax dollars that the City of Pensacola and Escambia County give the organization for economic development and tourism. Escambia County Destination Marketing Organization, a group of hotel owners who collect for the city and county the tourism tax from guests at their facilities, wants control over those tax dollars. They have lobbied the county commissioners for months, badmouthed the chamber and are seeking to create an “independent” authority to govern the area’s tourism marketing. Why not? The more bed tax dollars that they can spend on marketing, the less they have to spend on advertising, meaning more profits for their businesses. The next piece to be carved out will be economic development. Vision 2015 and the county commission will, I predict, also ask to be independent of the chamber. As long as any economic development authority

accepts tax dollars, it will remain under the Sunshine laws. However, an independent authority can fund more junkets for Commissioner Gene Valentino to France, Germany and Panama. Then we have groups in the AfricanAmerican community seeking tax dollars. The resurrected Gulf Coast African-American Chamber of Commerce and its president, Admiral Leroy, want subsidies to operate and tourism funds to promote tourism to minorities. George Hawthorne, CEO of Diversity Program Advisors, wants funds for his Escambia Small/Minority Business Development Program. Once these areas are sliced away from the Pensacola chamber, it will be left with armed services and membership services. Retention of our military bases, commands and beloved Blue Angels is too important to leave in the hands of a decimated business organization. Military relationships will have to be farmed out to some independent group that keeps a “laser focus”—a phrase coined by the hotel group—on keeping Pensacola a Navy town. Left with only ribbon-cuttings, Gopher breakfasts and Leadership Pensacola, the once great chamber might break up further into a confederacy of small chambers— Downtown Pensacola, Warrington, Molino, Cordova Park, Myrtle Grove, etc. Far-fetched? Not really. {in}

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BLACK FRIDAY On Friday, Aug. 23, the staff of the Pensacola News Journal was notified that their president and publisher Kevin T. Doyle and executive editor Richard A. Schneider were retiring. Marketing Director Becca Boles was named the interim publisher. Kim Thomas, who is currently the deputy managing editor for digital, took over as interim editor. Those announcements came a day after Gannett, owner of the News Journal, fired the paper’s managing editor Ginny Graybiel, columnist Shannon Nickinson and eight other positions. PNJ employees were told, according to our sources, that Gannett wanted to move the newspaper in a more digital direction and the “old print” people weren’t the people to move in that direction. We’ve been told that the meeting was an ugly one. People were upset at Gannett for doing this. They were also told the decision to terminate Graybiel, who had been with the paper for 37 years, was solely Doyle’s. Former USA Today editor and reporter Jim Hopkins keeps track of Gannett with his blog, Gannett Blog. He writes the cuts are part of a massive costing-cutting initiative by the corporation. On the day of the retirement announcements, Hopkins reported an estimated 360 jobs had been eliminated at 57 of about 80 newspapers since the current round of layoffs began July 29. The Pensacola cuts come at a time when the PNJ newsroom is already down four positions. Santa Rosa County is covered by freelance writers. Education reporter Erin Kourkounis has left the paper to cover K-12 Hillsborough County schools for the Tampa Tribune. Matt Foster, who once was a clerk in the sports department, is now covering law enforcement, after Eric Heisig left in July for a job with the Wisconsin Law Journal. Graybiel will be hard to replace. Since she was named managing editor in 2006, Graybiel has worked 60-plus hours a week trying to

fill the newsroom gaps and still produce a quality newspaper seven days a week. She has mentored the revolving door of reporters—Kourkounis, Heisig, Jamie Paige, Kris Wernowsky, Thyrie Bland, Kris Thoma and dozens of others. PNJ employees commented about Graybiel’s dedication on the Gannett Blog. "Heart and soul Managing Editor Ginny Graybiel is sacked in so-called layoff," they wrote. "With 37 years at the PNJ, Graybiel's leadership bringing the powerbrokers and arrogant burghermeisters in this unbelievably corrupt town and county to heel has been legendary and an inspiration to a small but dedicated staff.” "A tireless editor who logged 80 hours a week shepherding a dismantled Gannett property to greatness week to week with ideas, great editing and lots of bloody verve, she's rewarded with a lame sacking." The daily newspaper had come under fire from business leaders for its aggressive reporting on the Greater Pensacola Chamber and its firing of former CEO Jim Hizer. The newspaper had discovered that the chamber’s executive committee had made the decision without notifying the board and had notified Hizer at an evening meeting held at the McGuire’s Irish Politicians Club. Their reporting led to a state attorney’s investigation and a report in July that the chamber needed to operate under Florida’s Sunshine laws. Some inside the PNJ believe the firing of Graybiel was due to protests from chamber leaders. Meanwhile, Gannett reportedly is about to raise print newspaper subscription rates again nationwide in a bid to boost overall revenue when advertising revenue continues to fall. Hopkins wrote on his blog, “That it would take this step so soon after cutting deeper into the marrow of news production is a sign of desperation.” {in}

“That it would take this step so soon after cutting deeper into the marrow of news production is a sign of desperation.” Jim Hopkins

August 29, 2013

Open Letter to Rob Johnson, Military Reporter for the Pensacola News Journal: In regards to your phone voicemail message to John Pritchard on August 14 demanding all the Foundation’s tax records with the threat that if you do not receive them in a timely manner, you will turn us over to the State Attorney. . . Rob, as you are aware, the Foundation decided a long time ago not to respond to you. Please do me a favor and explain to me: what is in a timely manner? Our attorney requested over two months ago that the State Attorney provide us information that falls under the Freedom of Information Act and we still have not received a reply. We will provide to you what we legally must and in the same timely manner that the State Attorney provides to us the information we requested. On a personal note, Rob, I would suggest to you that you spend more time investigating matters that need to be investigated rather than trying to put another nail in our Foundation’s coffin. At the last Foundation meeting at City Hall you mentioned to me how you thought the VFW didn’t have a case against us and the next day emailed John suggesting the VFW had a good case against us. You like to burn the candle at both ends, don’t you, Rob? You knew months ago the City was doing a lousy job of maintaining the Park; so much so you brought it to my attention in May. But until General Rowe brought it up at a Board Meeting and after the meeting I challenged you to do a story on it, you did nothing. Rob, if our Foundation had been the ones to let the Park get into such bad shape and drove trucks over it and left tire marks in the grass in front of the Wall, you would have made a front page story out of it. You do everything to protect the City and everything to twist the truth, make up things, and just lie to destroy our Foundation. It has been suggested to me that is why, even though the News Journal said they would run my viewpoint last December, they didn’t. They said they might run a retraction in regards to your email from American Legion Commander, Chuck Olsen, where you added your own words to his email to make us look bad. They didn’t run a retraction and it was also suggested to me that if they did, it could possibly open them up to a lawsuit. We can’t change the past and we know our Foundation will never recover from the stories you wrote about us. We were an organization that did nothing but good for Veterans and the Pensacola community for twenty years and spent millions of dollars building Veterans Memorial Park into what it is today – one of the greatest Memorial Parks in America. Notice, Rob, I said Veterans Memorial Park, not Pensacola Veterans Memorial Park or Veterans Memorial Park of Pensacola. It is not the organizations or Foundations I think of when I think of the Park. I only think of the Veterans the Park is dedicated for. You should think that way also, Rob, instead of spending so much time trying to destroy our Foundation. Go investigate how the BP money is being spent by the City. Go investigate why there is no transparency by the City as to how the money is being spent. Go investigate why the City has not provided the website that they said all citizens would be able to use to track the BP money. Go investigate who is responsible for making decisions on how to spend the money and ask who made the decision that the first priority would be spending the BP money on lights around the Park to match the lighting around Admiral Mason Park? If the City is using the Grant money the way we wrote the Grant for our Foundation and the way BP agreed to fund the Grant, the first priority should have been replacing the lighting on the Wall. That is what we Veterans felt was the most important priority. Who in the City thought the most important priority for the Park was the lighting that Gulf Power installed? Was that more important than the lighting on the Wall or was that more important than fixing the computer so the names of loved ones could be looked up on the Wall? Was that more important than cutting the grass or getting weeds under control? Was that more important than getting the Purple Heart Monument fixed that is leaning? This is why I have always said, Rob, “Let the Veterans run the Park and the City run the City.” We Veterans would have never made the lighting that Gulf Power installed around the outside of the Park our first priority for spending the BP money. Go investigate how much money the City has received up to the present date. If it is in accordance with the way our Grant was written, the City is entitled to have already received up to $270,000.00. Go investigate how the City plans to spend all the funds by the expiration of the contract by November 30, 2013. Ask the City if they got an extension on the contract date. Yes, Rob, if the City is using the BP Grant the way it was drawn up by our Foundation, the contract ends on November 30, 2013 and the $360,000.00 is supposed to be spent by then. Rob, Go investigate how you have overlooked investigating these most important matters to Veterans Memorial Park and ask the Mayor where is all the transparency for the $360,000.00 BP funds and where is the City website he promised months ago to show how the funds are being spent.

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Confession time—our decision to do the inaugural pet issue last year was pretty selfish. We just wanted an excuse to write about and take (even more) photos of our beloved pets. But we had a feeling you might like it too. Thankfully, we were right. Not only did we get more "Likes" and page views than usual, but we also received more reader submissions and positive feedback than just about anything we've ever done. Seriously, the only thing we've ever had more submissions for is Best of the Coast voting. You guys are as in love with your pets as we are with ours. You have no idea how much we love you for that. So back by popular demand—from you and about 80 percent of the IN Staff—here's this year's Pet Issue. We covered a lot of bases this time around. From more serious topics like why you should adopt a pet and how city ordinances affect where you can walk your dog, to fun yet still equally important stuff like cat aerobics and pet tattoos. We have another batch of reader submitted pet photos—that's actually where we spotted our handsome cover dog Max. Also, to celebrate all things Pet Issue, we're hosting our first ever petfriendly event this Saturday at The Spotted Dog (details on page 19). We'd love to see you and your pet there!

Cover Dog: Max Owner: Randy Maxwell Photo by: Samantha Crooke

August 29, 2013


Pensacola, Pet Friendly? by Jessica Forbes

The Spotted Dog co-owners Sandy and Ashley Dickerson with shop dog Bunny In some ways, Pensacola appears pet friendly enough. Around downtown and parks throughout the city, people often stroll with their leashed dogs and dine with them at pet-friendly restaurants. This spring, however, many pet owners were surprised when signs popped up at Palafox Market notifying patrons that bringing a pet to the market was a violation of City Ordinance 4-2-33 (b). Previously, the market had seemed to be a very pet-friendly environment full of canine companions alongside their owners. The signs’ message, although surprising to many, is accurate: In the City of Pensacola, it is illegal to have your pet at a public gathering, including festivals and fairs. While rarely—if ever—enforced at the Palafox Market, the signs and lack of enforcement have created an air of uncertainty around where and when pets are allowed. “A lot of people were upset about the market,” said Ashley Dickerson, co-owner of The Spotted Dog on Palafox Street. “We’ve had a lot of people say that that was their Saturday thing to do—they could

bring their dog to the market and then maybe go eat lunch downtown somewhere afterward.” Dickerson and her mother Sandy opened The Spotted Dog a little over two years ago. As far as Pensacola’s pet-friendliness, “On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d say [Pensacola’s] probably a 5 or a 6,” said Dickerson, who cites St. Augustine as one of the more pet friendly places she’s been. “It’s amazing. People bring their dogs everywhere— beaches, downtown—it’s no big deal.”


Earlier this year, the IN covered the market shake up and, at the time, city officials indicated a fix might be quick and forthcoming (“No-Dog Day Afternoon,” April 18, 2013). At that time, former City of Pensacola spokesman Derek Cosson said, “The city council could amend the ordinance in question at any time to create an exemption for Palafox Market or otherwise provide for inclusion of dogs in that or any other event.” Councilman Spencer began a dialogue with then City Administrator

Spencer, who currently represents the Bill Reynolds, who was City Council on the DIB, believes the first step terminated in July. to addressing the question of allowing pets at Since then, city counthe Palafox Market would be to conduct a poll cil members have determined that the Downtown to determine the popularity of the idea. “I think it is imperative to conduct a Improvement Board poll of the market vendors who are paying (DIB), which administers for their rights and their spaces to sell the Palafox Market, would product,” said Spencer, who believes canneed to be included in the vasing attendees would be helpful as well. discussion as well. “Let’s use that opportunity to invite them “I’m unaware of any to participate in the dialogue. I can’t help progress at staff level,” but think some of them will offer solutions said Brian Spencer, city that we may not have thought of.” council member for Spencer suggested that perhaps the District 6, who believes Special Events Committee of the DIB may the way forward, “involves looking at a city ordinance be a suitable venue to begin discussions, and maybe even enlist a consultant who as well as DIB’s role as could develop a non-biased questionnaire. a steward of the Palafox “Great cities seem to be embracing a Market.” growing population of dog, pet lovers,” SpenLikewise, Charles Bare, cer stated. “I think we need to be creative in the at-large city council our solutions, which might include opening member for District B, is up the streets abutting the actual median.” unaware of any proposHealth and safety standards should be als to change the pet considered when devising any changes, acordinance, but notes that cording to both Spencer and Bare. enforcement of the law is “I think identification of a city as petalmost unheard of. friendly is positive, but it must be balanced “The ordinance with public safety,” Bare believes. provides that “There is an ever-evolving animals recipe for maintaining a shall be impounded, community that probut I have not heard vides opportunities of any animals befor current and ing taken during future residents… the Palafox I believe petMarket,” exfriendliness may plained Bare. be part of this “I have even recipe, but we seen city are always one employees dog bite away violating the from crossing ordinance.” BRIAN SPENCER that line.” Spencer, within whose district the MOVING market is located, FORWARD speaks proudly of the The Spotted Dog market’s success and the has had a booth at the Palafox regional, even national attenMarket for several months, and many of tion it is receiving. their fellow vendors support changing the “The challenge is the success has ordinance, according to Dickerson. “There resulted in a high concentration of many atare probably a handful of vendors at the tendees. That isn’t necessarily conducive for market that don’t want [dogs] there, but the sharing of a tight space with animals. But most of them do because they know it that doesn’t necessarily mean that the simple brings more people, customers.” solution is to prohibit animals,” Spencer said.

“Great cities seem to be embracing a growing population of dog, pet lovers.”

In the U.S., 62 percent of households own a pet, which equates to 72.9 million homes. 88

In Bare’s opinion the best steps for the public to take would be contacting council members, the DIB, and/or the mayor, “who ultimately enforces the ordinances.” “I would ask residents to contact me with their comments, positive or negative,” said Bare. As far as broader pet-friendly issues, Dickerson believes other downtown businesses “are open to the idea of making it more pet friendly. And I do know a lot of people, especially residents of the downtown area, who would love a dog park down here.” Small changes could help the petfriendly mission, Dickerson believes, “What we need are poop bag dispensers downtown. There aren’t any anywhere.

You can walk your dog downtown, there’s nothing against that, so maybe if we took certain efforts to keep it clean, then the people who are opposed wouldn’t have anything to argue about.” While looking to progressive urban examples like San Francisco and New York may make local conditions seem discouraging, it seems Dickerson’s experience in St. Augustine may indicate a change moving through Florida, a state with cities that rarely rank among the country’s most dog-friendly. Spencer mentioned a city planning expert who spoke at a state wide conference recently held in Pensacola who encourages communities to support dog friendly

events and legislation. “His reasoning was that dogs on the street with their owners tended to break down the socio-economic barriers,” Spencer stated. “A dog was the perfect door-opener for strangers getting to know one another.” Having personally experienced the power of pets to unite people and build community, Spencer stated, “I want to promote more dog-related activities downtown.” As for the market, Spencer says the way forward will require consideration. “We look at it as a venue, a space and the physical limitations, and see if there are some modifications that should be made to optimize the introduction of dogs and to give this enhancement a fair chance.” {in}

Bark Parks Thankfully not every park in town has confusing ordinances about pets. There are several dog parks and beaches located throughout the area that provide the prime opportunity for you and your pup to relax and socialize together within an entirely pet-friendly zone, and maybe even make some new friends while you're at it.

Escambia County:

City of Pensacola:

3151 Fenceline Road

In the city, pooches are welcome to explore all city parks when on a leash. Dogs are allowed off leash at dog parks within Bayview Park and Roger Scott Athletic Complex. Dog Park hours are dawn until dusk daily.


2130 Summit Blvd. Dog Park located between the pool and the tennis center


Mallory and 20th Avenue Dog Park and beach located on the south/20th Avenue side of the park by the Bayview Recreation Center

City of Gulf Breeze:

Situated on the Sound, the only sanctioned bark park in Gulf Breeze is located not far from the convergence of Pensacola Beach Parkway and Gulf Breeze Parkway.


Located across from the Gulf Breeze Recreation Center, 800 Shoreline Drive August 29, 2013

If you live or are looking to try a park outside of the city, the county maintains several. All county dog parks are open from sunrise to sunset.



900 S. Old Corry Field Road


Pensacola Beach/ Perdido Key:

As of March this year, the county and Santa Rosa Island Authority began allowing dogs on the beach on a trial basis at four locations. Things evidently went well at three of the parks. On Aug. 8, the Escambia County Commission voted to extend Dog Park hours to sunset to sunrise from Nov. 1 through Apr. 30 and 7 a.m. to sunset from May 1 through

Oct. 31. The new schedule will go into effect on Sept. 3, the Tuesday after Labor Day. While Perdido Key Beach Access Three will close permanently on Sept. 3, Perdido’s River Road Park will remain open and will also go to the extended schedule. Unlike other parks, dogs are required to be on a leash at the Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key parks. Until off-lease advocates can convince commissioners to vote for an off the leash policy, be sure to pack a lease for your canine friend(s) along with water, and maybe some doggie sunscreen for those pup noses.


Located at the first parking lot past Portofino


Located at the first parking lot past the last condos on the Gulf



How Deep Is Your Pet Love? by Sarah McCartan



Erika Eskildsen's leg tattoos of her late pets Gigi and Dodger / photo by Samantha Crooke

“These two animals were the first cat and dog that I ever owned, so I wanted something long lasting to remember them by.” ERIKA ESKILDSEN

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Nothing visually signifies a pooch quite like the graphic of a bone. And it’s such a recognizable graphic it doesn’t have to be large in size, or brightly concentrated with color to carry a lot of weight and serve as an undeniable tribute to your pup.


To permanently inscribe your pet’s initials in a more graphically-based fashion, consider a dog or cat tag with their initials in place. And maybe even yours too, depending on your level of closeness to your pet. If you are looking to fill up a larger space on your

body, you can always go for the entire collar the tag is affixed to.


This may get a bit trickier, but if your pet just so happens to be a fellow foodie— meaning they love to eat so much that they just live for dinner time, you can always capture their favorite time of day if you so choose—food dish, pet treats, you name it. While we certainly realize Hula Moon isn’t the only place in town to get a pet tattoo, Shauncey, Famous Gabe, and the rest of the all-star team, come highly recommended for all of your tattoo desires. Plus, many of them have pet friends of their own. {in}

Hula Moon will be offering a festive, and pet-friendly tattoo special on Friday Sept. 13. In celebration of their thirteenth birthday, they will be doing commemorative Friday the thirteenth tattoos for just $13. This special runs all day and all proceeds go to benefit animals in need at The Humane Society of Pensacola.


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Catercise by Jessica Forbes

“Obesity is a problem with indoor cats,” said Dr. Laura Tonetti Hall of Pensacola’s East Hill Animal Hospital. “Normal, healthy cats will sleep 18 hours a day anyway. If they’re inside, they’re going to be less stimulated and probably going to sleep more than that.” Just as with humans, finding higher quality food with less filler is “Obesity is an important first step for managing a problem with a pet’s weight. “All Buddha / courtesy photo food is not created indoor cats.” equal,” said Hall, Thanks to an Internetwho recommends DR. LAURA celebrity cat named Buddha, veterinary prescripTONETTI fat cats no longer have to suftion diets as indoor HALL fer in silence. Buddha is leading cats are prone to steady the movement for overweight cats snacking. “It’s the difeverywhere to get off the couch and feel ference between eating a big, the burn. huge salad and being filled up versus eating Buddha was dropped off at a Nashville, French fries. It’s just a lot more food they Tenn. shelter in early August weighing in at can eat for the calories.” 32 pounds. If you don’t know anything about For indoor cats, owner-initiated activcats, well, that’s pretty big. A local pet store ity is especially important, and there is a is currently fostering Buddha and workrange of products out there aimed at geting with an animal clinic to get his weight ting felines to break a sweat. If you don’t down. Now on a regimen of cat food and have a water treadmill handy or room for exercise—Buddha works out on a veterinary a cat-sized hamster wheel in your place, water treadmill—the feline is slowly shedding there are easier ways to get a cat in motion. those extra lbs. and serving as an example of “Those laser light pointers are awewhat's possible when a cat's diet and fitness some,” said Hall, mentioning the main goal are improved. Yes, you read that right—a cat is to burn calories. on a treadmill. If you’re looking to save some cash, Although Buddha’s case is a bit extreme— batting around an old water or milk bottle he’d been eating human food only—anyone caps or tying together pieces of ribbon with an indoor cat knows it’s easy for them to from gifts or clothing tags is a good, onstart putting on the pounds. hand source of endless cat entertainment. August 29, 2013

“Feather toys, climbing things… anything to stimulate them and encourage them to get up and get moving,” added Hall. While there’s no rule of thumb for how long cats should exercise, “It really depends on the cat. Whatever they’re doing, just step it up gradually.” Hall says it’s important to keep an eye on the cat’s breathing—if it gets heavy, know it’s time to give them a rest. Also, keeping a cat’s food and water bowls in separate areas or even separate floors if possible is a good way to guarantee your cat will have to migrate to eat. “Some cats, it’s just really hard to motivate. You can do different enrichment things like they do at the zoo,” said Hall, including moving their bowls around in between feedings to keep them stalking their meals. And like Buddha, with enough activity and time, your husky cat will shed some weight and totally rock that teeny little bikini by next summer. For updates on Buddha’s progress, check out {in}

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Beyond the Bowl by Sarah McCartan

better, his energy was better. He was a better, healthier dog,” said Bruster. Inspired to provide access to health-conscious pet food and products, Bruster opened Your Dog’s Business just over a year ago, stocking food, treats and accessories for both dogs and cats. While quality remains key, Your Dog’s Business prides itself on offering prices comparable to larger commercial chains. Bruster stocks Assorted treats from Your Dog's Business / photo by Samantha Crooke U.S. companies producing pet We’ve all heard the phrase, “you are foods that don’t have any whole corn or bywhat you eat.” Well, the same goes for aniproducts and are rated well by independent mals. Allergies. Sensitivities. Weight issues. sources. Bruster also recommends the “raw” Even the potential to contract a foodborne option, for optimal pet health. illness, such as salmonella. These aren’t just “For pets that have health issues, human issues. These are issues that can pose whether diabetes or any underlying skin very real health threats to your pets. problems, a raw diet lends itself well because “Quality food makes the difference,” said you know what they’re eating,” said Bruster. Reggie Bruster, owner of local holistic pet “We recommend these quite a bit.” food store, Your Dog’s Business. For those who don’t have the time to From his years of experience training and dedicate, or who may not like the idea of working closely with dogs, including police handling raw ingredients, Bruster recomcanines, Bruster has seen firsthand how mends brands such as Primal Pet Food nutrition plays into a dog’s overall health and and Blue Ridge Beef that come in patty or performance. When his dog battled a yeast alnugget form; along with brands like Sojos lergy and was prescribed medicine, it was the and Grandma Lucy’s that offer freeze-dried food that made the difference. products, all of which are available at Your “I changed to a food without corn or Dog’s Business. byproducts and as a result, his skin was

While there is always the option of makRESEARCH THE RECALLS ing your own food, it is something that should A little research goes a long way. The be well planned. FDA’s website is a good first stop, not only to “There are a number of books on the understand what regulations do and don’t exmarket. It’s not as simple as cooking chicken ist for your pet’s food, but also to keep up with and rice. There are a lot of vitamins that dogs recalls and review buying, prepping and storget through their food. If you want to feed age tips to cut-down on the risk of foodborne cooked food to your pet, you should make illness. Visit sure your dog (or cat) is getting all nutriJust because a pet food ents needed,” said Bruster. isn’t on the recall list, Speaking of nutrients, there yet, doesn’t mean are a plethora of vitamins out you are out of the “I changed to a there too. Bruster recomclear. Before mends Pet Kelp’s all serving up a food without corn natural supplements for full plate of or byproducts and as a dogs and cats. These dinner to kelp-based vitamins your pet, or result, his skin was come in multiple variswitching eties, including a basic better, his energy was to a new wellness formula—a food, it’s better. He was a better, daily supplement conimportant taining 70 vitamins vital healthier dog.” to do a little to your pet’s health. investigating. If When it comes to REGGIE BRUSTER you have a regutreats, Bruster encourages lar vet, they can be that much like with humans, a primary resource. So a little cookie splurge never hurt can the source itself. Call anyone; however, ice cream everyday or email the company to see if may not be the best thing. The same goes they have conducted a food trial on real pets. for dogs, and cats. In addition to the boxed If the company is serving food to your lifelong and bagged treats they stock, Your Dog’s companion, they can at least throw down the Business bakes freshly made treats for their bones it takes to do a trial. monthly Saturday “Yappy Hour” event, and is Additional secondary resources worth looking to stock these in the store over time. consulting:


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Reader Pet Pics For the second year in a row, we asked you, our trusted and loyal readers, to send us photos of your pets. And you certainly didn't disappoint. We honestly were a little worried. I mean, what if we got the same photos and pets all over again? Boy, were we wrong. Not only did we receive almost triple the amount of photos as last year, but we had pretty much an entire new crop of photogenic pets to pick from. Proof yet again that we aren't the only obsessive pet owners in town. We even got some added variety this year—including a few chickens (thanks to that backyard chicken ordinance we assume) and reptiles. Of course, some of you went a little overboard, sending us dozens of photos of your pet in various outfits and locations. While we love and can totally relate to that level of enthusiasm, we had to edit them down and limit it to one photo per pet. You understand, right? If you sent in a photo and don't see it, it's probably because something was a little off with the photo quality (too small, too blurry, too dark, too much blanket, not enough puppy...). So if your pet didn't make the cut, just brush up on your photography skills, turn the light on, step out of the photo, and try again next year. Thanks again to everyone who took the time to email us. Believe us when we say, our second annual Pet Issue wouldn't have happened without you and your submissions. Check out this photo of our cover dog Max as a puppy. Cute, right? We know his owner Randy Maxwell agrees.

Amber Jim Summers

Amber Grace Maureen Mccartan

Angelina Dylan & Edward Pate

Annabell Shawndy Moulton

Atlas Geoff & Jennifer Peck

August Christina Cusack-Curbelo and Jon "Dixie" Clark

Baby Chicks Lindsay Myers & Sarah Humlie

Bambi Suzanne Sawyer & Luke

Behr Paula Finley

Bella James Dupre

Bunny Lebowski Fury Shauncey Fury

Catty Chip Chism

Chewbacca Lindsey & Matt Shook

Chloe The Burris Family

Bogart Jim Homyak & Pamela Woodiwiss

Coconut & Guinness April King & Lane Poole

Basco & Boudin Sarah Cook

Dixie & Munchkin Ileana Ortiz & Jennifer Rogerson

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Ellie & ZoĂŤ Emily Dobrenchuk

Ellie Chip Chism

Emo Alexa Reed

Fiona Beej Davis & Matthew Hoffman

Friend Sarah Humlie & Lindsay Myers

Gadsden Lindsey & Matt Shook

Gumbo Phil Woolley

Gus Laura & Eli Sullivan

Gypsy Rose Nikki & Chris Mayo

Henry Donna Alexander

Junior Misty Anguiano Spanberger

Kona Jeneane Skelton

Leo Shelby, Ed, & Kelly Carson

Lestat Jamille Ellingson

Liam Neeson Matt & Margaret Roberts

Lucy May Adam & Robbie Schrock

Lucy Jenny Diamond

Lulu Laura Buchinger

Maggie & Jackson Karen & Tod Sindel

Maggie Donna Kirby

Miles Giovanni Lugo

Ponyboy & Millie Loryn Bartnikowski

Momo & CoCo Julie Bonifay & Kobe Pascual; Lorie Roebuck

Mona & Molly Bonnie Edwards

Ms. Molly Lorie Roebuck & Julie Bonifay

Natsumi Terresa Jackson

Pickes T. Cat Asa J. Lyvers

Pinkerton Amy Gokey

Princess Aurora Ponder, RIP Nicole Ponder

Rummy Tricia & Tom Coady

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RZA Lacey Berry & Jared Burris

Sam Mac Baird

Sasha Valerie Pennock

Smudge Quinton Williams

Sophie David, Sherry, & Jason Hartman

Sushie John & Mary Armentrout

Tempe Joey Amspacher & Lauren Smith

The Beast Dahlonega Calhoun

Tobias Showbizz Mixon Jennifer Knisbell & Emily Mixon

Toto Sam Nettles

Tubby John & Mary Armentrout

Wallace Roosevelt Reilly Summer Reilly

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August 29, 2013


Homeward Bound by Sarah McCartan

When looking at the number of adoptions for a single month, during July 2013, the shelter adopted out 266 animals, compared to 249 in July 2012, and 181 in July 2011. Along with DELFI MESSINGER utilizing signs and volunteer advocates Delfi Messinger with shelter cat Prompt (available for adoption at the time the photo was taken - AID# 250215) / photos by Samantha Crooke to get the word out, Messinger cited multiple “If you don’t have a lot of money, a out there—ones that don’t simply allow you When it comes to welcoming a pet into adoption events conducted onshelter pet is economical,” encouraged Delfi site at the shelter that have helped to raise to provide an animal a warm bed to sleep your life, there are quite a few options Messinger, Shelter Manager. “If you get a in—but that allow you to truly save a life. out there—options that don’t necessarcommunity awareness and have contributed free puppy from a neighbor or from CraigIn addition to the increased number ily involve bee-lining it to the nearest to spikes in the number of pets adopted. slist, it really is a costly endeavor because of breed-specific rescue groups that have commercial pet store, spending hours “There have been successful camyou’ll need to get it spayed or neutered.” risen up in recent years, one avenue that scouring Craigslist for giveaways, or paigns by organizations and groups both What has in the past been commonly shouldn’t go overlooked is the Escamsnagging a newborn puppy or kitten locally and nationally promoting adopting referred to as the “pound” continues to bia County Animal Shelter. In fact—if from your neighbor down the street. shelter pets,” said Messinger. “I think that gradually shift its presence and perception While we aren’t knocking these options, you haven’t considered it—consider this the word is getting out. More and more in the community, becoming more visible economical and humane option as the first at least not totally, what we are definitely people are getting the message, and it’s a as a go-to adoption center. stop in your pet search. suggesting is, there are other opportunities really positive thing.”

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Although some individuals begin the Such events include “April Showers of adoption process with a particular breed Love Adopt-a-Thon,” and the inaugural “Just or type of animal in mind, for others, the One Day” event that occurred earlier this animal picks them—which Messinger notes summer on June 11, 2013. During the “Just as the most important element of considerOne Day” event, the shelter saw the greatest ation when it comes to adoption number of animals adopted out pairings. She encourages on a single day, totaling at 43. that looks should be Hosts of “Just One Day,” an aside—that it’s all the Animal Services "There was just in the personality Advisory Committee and the animal’s (ASACS), reported something about her response to you. approximately demeanor that made “When you 90 more animals [get in the kenwere adopted out me get in the cage with nel and] hug the throughout the her. When I knelt down to animal, does it remainder of the respond back week, keeping the say hello to her, she came to you?” asked momentum going. right up to me.” Messinger. Although this was For Melissa “Just One Day,” at MELISSA WOLTER Wolter, the answer least for now, future was an overwhelming, events are in the plan“Yes.” Wolter adopted ning stages. her dog Britt, an English While certain breeds of pointer mix from the shelter nearly animals that come into the shelter seven years ago. At the time of adoption, are adopted out at warp speed, sometimes Britt was around two years in age. even within an hour, there are those ani“Initially when I saw her I wasn't too mals who have called the shelter home for keen on her. I always wanted a longer haired a couple of months, and even those extra dog,” said Wolter. “But then there was just special animals the shelter staff has grown something about her demeanor that made especially attached to who will remain at me get in the cage with her. When I knelt the shelter indefinitely. Be it an animal who down to say hello to her, she came right up is just a little bit older, or an animal whose to me and was really sweet.” owners have passed away, Messinger adFor Wolter, that’s all it took. And the mits, “We have special animals.” rest is history. “We kind of have a thing here that’s “I remember I was sitting there in the really about our personal feelings about animals that we get attached to. For certain cage with her trying to decide, when a guy came up to the cage and asked me if I animals that there’s nothing wrong with, was going to get her. He said if I wasn't, he who are adoptable and who there’s enough was. That pretty much sealed it for me—I room for—we will keep them until adoptwasn't about to lose her,” she said. ed,” she said. Nearly seven years later, Britt remains Messinger encourages the volunteers Wolter’s tried and true companion. to communicate the stories of these special “I think the cutest thing about her other animals with prospective pet owners—highthan her demeanor are her brown spotted lighting the positive attributes in efforts to ears. And I really like the fact that she’s find a suitable match. For example, a cat or a kisser and doesn’t drool,” said Wolter. older dog who maybe fancies lying around “She's very loving. She's not quite the lap and watching television could be more fitting dog but she shows you love in other ways.” for and appealing to an elderly person, opposed to a rambunctious puppy who is going to need active care and constant attention. FULL HOUSE “When I came here, the shelter had At certain points in time, the shelter is a certain idea about what is adoptable— home primarily to larger dogs like Britt. At healthy, young active stereotypes,” said other times, they remain filled to the brim Messinger. “In fact, we have adopted with smaller dogs. 11-year-old dogs out, three legged dogs “Sometimes it seems like we are full out, and animals with [disclosed] medical of big dogs. Right now we have small and issues out.” medium dogs,” said Messinger. “It kind of It’s all about the story. just depends.” “You just have to be honest with people The animal shelter’s website is home to and you’d be amazed how many people get a full listing of animals available for adopcaught up with the story,” she said. tion, and although it’s quite a cumbersome

undertaking, the staff works quickly to keep it updated with photos and descriptions. “It’s pretty up to date, but it’s a huge challenge,” said Messinger. In addition to the list of adoptable animals, the website is home to adoption rates and other pertinent information relating to the adoption process. As far as capacity goes, there is some flexibility. “We do have flexibility and sometimes when animals are compatible we house them together,” said Messinger, “or when litters of puppies are brought in together.” Recently, the shelter retooled their climate controlled cat room so that it is able to be used for multiple small dogs, such as Chihuahuas, which also assists with capacity concerns. While the shelter would love to be able to adopt out every animal that comes through Melissa Wolter and her dog Britt / photo by Samantha Crooke their doors, because they do reach their they first get an identifying neckband. limits, and sometimes face a full house, “If you have ten little brown dogs it’s hard thankfully there are other groups in town to know which one is which,” said Messinger. they regularly communicate with that are Here they are color-coded blue or red, willing and able to house animals from the for male or female, treated for fleas, and shelter anytime they can—The Humane given a basic de-wormer. Society and Hotel for Dogs and Cats. Intake ranges anywhere from three ani“We know the kinds of animals they mals to 35 animals at a given time—with varylook for and we give them a call when those ing ratios of cats versus dogs. Although the animals come in,” said Messinger. numbers are currently tapering off a bit for fall, It’s much like an ebb and flow relation“Over the summer there is a high peak of cats ship, which is why it’s just as important to because of kitten season,” said Messinger. consider adopting an animal from these In the last couple of years, the numbers of facilities as it is the shelter, as freeing up a animals taken in at the shelter has been hovspace at one of these no-kill facilities, means ering between 10,000 and 11,000 annually. opening up more room for shelter animals to Where are all these animals coming from? move a step closer to their forever homes. Of the animals that are coming into the shelter, the vast majority are being brought in to be surrendered by private citizens. STRAYING IN “Most animals are brought in by private One of the most daunting operations of citizens who are surrendering animals to us, the shelter is the intake process. “Intake is and usually for situational reasons: They a public area. You could come and spend a are moving, a child becomes allergic, they few hours in intake. It’s like a triage center in can’t afford it anymore or the neighbora busy hospital and our staff is doing a bunch hood they are moving to doesn’t allow of different things at once,” said Messinger. them to have pets,” said Messinger. When the animals go through intake,

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The other big category the shelter sees are strays—animals that are roaming neighborhoods, who are brought in by individuals seeking to be good citizens. Because the Escambia County Animal Shelter is the only area facility that takes in strays, the separate “stray” area within the shelter fills up fast. “We keep it physically separated and it remains pretty full. Since right now in the summertime it’s a busier season—our stray area is totally full,” said Messinger. The moment the stray is brought in they are given what is described as a “basic looksee” and vaccinated before going to the kennels. The shelter follows the state recommendation of holding stray animals for three business days, not counting the day the animal is brought in, days it is closed, and holidays. At this point the animal can be considered adoptable. “The most important information to get out there [about strays] is that we take photographs of strays and post to a national website and people can go to the computer and look at all the strays.”, the online database Messinger is referring to, allows individuals to enter in a zip code, or city and browse through listings of the many stray pets that have been brought into the shelter.


Why so many strays? Most of us have heard the crazy number of offspring a single, female cat has the potential of being responsible for in

Hotel for Dogs & Cats

Rescues & Adoptions 4110 Creighton Road 857-0222 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday (closed Wednesdays) 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday Situated on Creighton Road, while not exactly an exotic get-away, the Hotel for Dogs & Cats comes pretty close. This hotel is exactly what it sounds like—an intermediary place for dogs and cats to stay until they are adopted out into their forever home. The Hotel for Dogs & Cats rescue and adoption services are run solely by donations and it is a no-kill operation. In addition to welcoming monetary donations, Hotel for Dogs & Cats keeps a

programs available to the County. Since the her lifetime. Depending on where you are Escambia County Spay/Neuter Program sourcing numbers from, this is said to be began four years ago, the euthanasia rate at more than 400,000 cats in just a seventhe animal shelter has dropped 35 percent. year period. The Low-cost program is currently availHoly moly that’s a lot of cats. And able to those residents of Escambia County sadly, many of these cats end up homeless. who meet the household income That said, it should come as requirement of $35,000 no surprise that the first of less. And thanks to question uttered by the a $25,000 grant the staff at the shelter Humane Society was during the intake recently awarded by process, especially the Florida Animal when an indi"Spaying and neutering Friend Spay/Neuvidual is bringing is a huge issue and we ter License Plate in an entire Program, services litter of kittens know that people are are currently is, “Where’s slow to change." being offered the Mother?” entirely for free to Followed up MESSINGER those who fit the immediately with, requirements. “Is she spayed?” Additionally, the “[When it comes new surgical wing that to kittens], a lot of was recently unveiled at times and sadly enough, the shelter will enable them when mama cats are stressed to expand the program to be able being outdoors, most of those to increase the number of procedures perkittens are sick,” said Messinger. “There are formed for those in the community. It will too many and even if we could find homes also reduce costs, be more efficient for opfor them all, they’d have to be treated and erations, and be healthier for the animals. taken care of. Many times they have contaThe hope is that over time, both ingious issues that can infect other cats.” creased services and educational programs “Spaying and neutering is a huge issue and will help to control the current widespread we know that people are slow to change and it issue of overpopulation in the County. may take a generation like in other parts of the Still, a question that tends to get left country,” she said. “We try and educate the lingering on the tips of tongues, but not one people who are making the mistakes.” everyone is comfortable with voicing is—what The shelter also educates individudoes it take to truly be a “no kill” shelter? als about the spaying and neutering

full listing of items that are vital to the everyday stay of the pets. These targeted items include cleaning supplies, supplies for cages, food and miscellaneous care items. Before supplying donations it is best to review the specific list to be sure that you are providing a usable item. To view the animals currently available for adoption at Hotel for Dogs & Cats, along with a list of supplies in demand, visit

The Humane Society of Pensacola

5 N. Q St. 432-4250 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday

The Humane Society of Pensacola (HSOP) is a no-kill shelter and adoption center dedicated to both dogs and cats. HSOP operations are sustained through private donations and fundraising activities, without the assistance of city, state or federal government funding. Animals call HSOP home as long as it takes to find their forever homes. Routinely on Saturdays, staff and volunteers can be found around town hosting community adoption events at locations such as PetSmart, Pet Co., and Bob Tyler Toyota. While HSOP encourages you to come meet, walk, play, or simply spend time with one of the many pets up for adoption, even if you aren’t ready to adopt just yet, there are other ways you can help. In addition to monetary donations, like Hotel for Dogs & Cats, HSOP accepts items that directly

“That’s a good question,” said Messinger. “It will take a long time and it will take commitment. It is possible just like other places in the country. But there needs to be a commitment from the community at large to change the behavior.” “I’ve looked at other places where they have worked on this,” she continued. “They all say overpopulation, but the issues is that it’s a human problem. To try and resolve a human problem you have to become good at deciphering the human element and talking to the right people and educating the right people to make the change happen.” “Be the change you want to see.” To learn more about the shelter and view current adoptable animals, visit The Escambia County Animal Shelter is currently accepting online donations to help offset the care and feeding of animals under their care. {in}

Escambia County Animal Shelter

200 W. Fairfield Drive   595-3075 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday

benefit the animals currently being housed on location. Due to small staffing, the organization relies heavily on a dedicated network of volunteers, especially when it comes to the day-to-day walking of, and interacting with dogs. Even if your time is limited, a brief volunteer orientation enables you to then return and walk dogs at any point you have a few minutes of free time throughout your day and are able. If you are more of a cat person, acting as a volunteer also allows you to spend ample time loving on the felines in the cat room. Additionally, the Humane Society offers fostering opportunities to those who may not be able to take a pet permanently. To learn more or view current animals up for adoption at HSOP, visit

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Maddie, My Love by Joani Delezen

Picture This

Add to that Theron's ability to make even the most mundane settings and objects appear perfectly saturated and beautiful, and you've got a recipe for some great photos. The book, published in March by Chronicle books, is a collection of Maddie's best balancing moments, put in geographic order based on their journey. I'm excited about Theron's next project too, even though it means not seeing There are few things I love more in this Maddie as much in my feed. It's called world than seeing a new photo of “Mad"Why We Rescue" and it's "a yearlong die on Things” appear in my story-telling documentary that Instagram feed. So when is traversing across all 50 I heard that my favorite states highlighting how photogenic coonhound pets transform our lives Maddie is really was going to be the for the better." He's star of a book, I got good at standing on about half-way done excited. Maybe a and you can listen to little too excited. things and her owner, stories and see the If you aren't Theron Humphrey, is photos as the project familiar with Madrolls on. die yet, here's what really good at taking "Maddie on you need to know— photos. Things: A Super Serious Maddie is really good Project about Dogs and at standing on things Physics" is out now via and her owner, Theron Chronicle Books: Humphrey, is really good at {in} taking photos. So when they set out together on a year long, cross-country road trip, puppy photo magic happened. Signs, rocks, tires, cans of soup, even people—Maddie can balance on just about anything. I know it sounds kind of strange, but you just have to see it to get it. There's something very captivating about seeing a long dog gracefully balancing on things.

Follow Maddie and Theron on their adventures:

Do you love our photobooth photos? Do you wish someone had invited you so you could show off your pet? Well, you're in luck! The IN is teaming up with Limelight Photobooth and The Spotted Dog to bring together an owner and pooch (or cat or bird or lizard...) photo op Saturday. Don't have a pet? That's ok too. Just bring a donation and husband/wife/significant other/ kid/friend and join in on the fun. We'll have plenty of props on hand, and you can maybe even check off your Christmas card photo early this year. {in}


WHEN: 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 WHERE: The Spotted Dog, 124 S. Palafox COST: Monetary or pet item donation. All proceeds benefit a local animal non-profit.

It’s a myth that dogs only see in black and white. August 29, 2013


Behold, the Power of Fruff by Sarah McCartan


Fruff co-founders Chris Abbott and Terry Abbott with their dogs Bell (L) and Parker (R) / photos by Samantha Crooke No one wants to think about, much less talk about, the possibility of their pet getting lost. But since it is possible, and because it can happen to even the most dedicated of pet owners in a matter of mere seconds, it’s encouraging to know that within the local community, there are those who have stepped out to build a supportive virtual network—a network that will alert the community if your pet does manage to detach from his or her leash, and dart out of sight. That network is called Fruff—the lost pet alert chain that is all about reuniting lost pets with their owners. Although still in the early stages of operations, this thriving online beta community and free application that was both born and developed locally, is currently being used by approximately 300 users in the surrounding area, and already growing beyond. “Fruff is a nationwide network—but the power of Fruff is that it is communitybased,” said Chris Abbott, managing partner of Abbott Apps, and one of the masterminds behind Fruff. “The more users

efforts, 14 months later, with the help of local in your area that connect through Fruff, the developers at Hail Studio, Fruff was born. more powerful it becomes.” The idea for what goes by the official name of “Fruff ” came about when HOW IT WORKS Chris’ uncle, Terry Abbott, “We store your contact owner of local bar the information and your pet’s Wisteria, lost his dog information; and in the Monty, who sneakily event your pet becomes made his way out lost, we create an "Fruff is a nationof the backyard alert and send it out and went missacross our network wide network—but the ing. Like most and other social meowners who lose power of Fruff is that dia,” explained Chris a pet, Abbott iniAbbott. “We even it is community-based." tially was stricken send you a lost pet with panic, then flyer with all of this CHRIS ABBOTT immediately went information on it, so on the hunt. you can spend less time Thankfully, this in Photoshop and more particular story has a time looking for your pet.” happy ending. One that inFruff utilizes what Abbott spired Terry along with Chris, to describes as a “sophisticated proximdevelop a free software product to help ity system”—one that notifies all Fruff users reunite lost pets with their owners. And so, within the area where your pet was lost. after tireless collaboration and fully-involved

Although Fruff exists as a virtual pet community, there is a key, visible component that can prove to be vital in reuniting pets with their owners—FruffTAGs. “Fruff TAGs are an added layer of protection that we offer as an upgrade,” said Abbott. This tag has a unique six-digit number that can either be scanned by a QR code reader or entered manually at fruff. com, which immediately takes you to the corresponding pet’s profile. Each profile contains the pet’s information, including name and medical details, plus the owner’s contact information that is readily available to anyone who might find your pet. Currently, there are two types of FruffTAGS. Plastic sample tags for promotional purposes are available locally at the Spotted Dog, located on Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola. These plastic tags last a couple of months. Then there are the more durable aluminum tags with a longer shelf life. “The aluminum FruffTAGs are available for purchase through our website and our mobile app for $14.99 and will last around one year,” said Abbott. As an added bonus, each purchase of an aluminum tag earns you a freebie sample FruffTAG to pass along to a friend. Abbott is clear to distinguish that Fruff TAGS, and the network as a whole, are not intended to be substitutes for anyone interested in microchipping their pets—but rather a complementary, more visible tracking system. In case you are less familiar with microchipping, this simple procedure administered by many veterinarians and shelters inserts a radio-frequency identification (RFID) implant just below your pet’s skin, to serve as a permanent identification tool. “We encourage using both a microchip and a FruffTAG,” said Abbott. “In fact, we are currently working on an update that will allow users to store their pet’s microchip RFID number within their Fruff account, adding yet another layer of protection.”


Not only is Fruff a lost pet alert system, it’s a means of connecting area pet owners and enthusiasts with one another. Those who don’t have pets of their own are strongly encouraged to sign up, and get involved.

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“It’s a community, and we are here to help each other out,” said Abbott. “With Fruff, each user becomes an important link in an ever-expanding safety net and we can use all the help we can get. All you have to do is care about a lost pet being found.” Signing up for Fruff is as simple as going to, or downloading the application and clicking on “Create an Account.” Much like a Social Media platform, Fruff allows users to “friend” other users, to ensure that those connected are notified accordingly when a pet goes missing. Additional Fruff features include an interactive map that Abbott has plans of gradually building upon, plotting everything from vets and kennels, to locations of dog parks. Although a bit trickier to quantify, over time Abbott looks to even include things like pet-friendly establishments. While Fruff remains in its beta testing phase, Abbott welcomes and encourages user response via the feedback tab on the




The Fruff network remains totally free. And the priceless reinforcement that a Fruff TAG provides to you and your pet is worth the small cost. The Fruff TAG pays for itself the moment you sign up and place the tag on your pet’s collar.


Fruff makes it quick and easy to sign up and get started. Simply go to fruff. com or download the mobile application via the iTunes store. Or even better—do both! That way you can take Fruff with you wherever you go.


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Fruff website and app. “You always think you've thought of everything—and then there’s something else,” said Abbott. The official Fruff launch will take place at this year’s Barktoberfest event, held in Seville Square on October 5. Fruff will have a booth set up where Abbott will be offering tutorials showcasing how Fruff Works, plus giveaways including chew toys, and sample Fruff TAGs. Still, it’s best to go ahead and get on board now so you can brag later when every dog and cat in town is sporting a Fruff TAG.

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The mobile application is currently available for download for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on the App Store at Expansion to Android remains in the works. To learn more and sign up, visit fruff. com. {in}

fashion. Fruff gives you the opportunity to perform the good deed that is helping reunite a scared pet with grateful owners. It doesn’t get much more honorable than that.


Fruff offers you added peace of mind that there’s a supportive community out there if you ever were to lose your own pet. Now you, and your pet, can curl up together at night and go to sleep feeling even more secure.


Fruff is a relationship building tool between pet owners and pet lovers. Not to mention the interactive map allows you to discover new pet-friendly go-tos in your neighborhood that you might not have realized were in existence. 21


Dogs, Ears, Pages Prichard specializes in training dogs and their handlers to become certified Pet Therapy teams, and utilizes trained volunteers for several programs at children’s hospitals, Ronald McDonald House, assisted living homes, and as R.E.A.D.® animals. “The kids are pretty serious about sitting down and reading, they like to read to the dogs,” said Prichard, who sees children’s enthusiasm increase with their abilities. Many even show the dogs illustrations as they go, to make sure they’re following the story. “The blanket—where the dog is—is a place of non-judgment so the children can feel secure to sit down and read to the dog, because the dog is not going to make fun of them,” Prichard explained. Teachers report that a child’s increased confidence in their reading skills Reading Education Assistance Dog, Ruby / photo also results in confidence overall, with by Karen Prichard greater participation in other activities and Anyone who has spent time around dogs increased attendance. knows that “Man’s Best Friend,” get their As for the dogs, “They really enjoy worknickname honestly. Aside from companing with these kids,” reports Prichard. “For ionship, however, dogs are proving through them, I think their reward is the interaction.” working therapy projects that they have the Through Cherry Point, Prichard and her power to help improve children’s husband, Tim, offer obedience reading skills, among other actraining and private lessons complishments. for the public. Prichard is For kids learning to also developing a proread, having a friendly “It is really gram for dogs to volaudience in the form unteer with children wonderful to see of a dog has proven who need to testify to be an effective in court and for the the children blossom way to increase mental health with a Reading Dog as reading comprehenprogram at West sion and confidence. Florida Hospital. their mentor.” “It is really Prichard said wonderful to see the their program curKAREN PRICHARD children blossom with rently has around 20 or a Reading Dog as their more R.E.A.D.® Volunmentor,” said Karen Prichard, teers but are in need of more the owner of Cherry Point Dog handler-dog teams willing to Training Center. Prichard coordinates the participate. While many of the activities local Reading Education Assistance Dogs are held in schools, at present six libraries (R.E.A.D.®) Program, which currently operin Pensacola, Navarre, Pace, Fort Walton ates in schools, after-school programs, and Beach, and Foley host monthly R.E.A.D.® public libraries. events, which are free. {in} “The R.E.A.D.® program is fairly new to the area in the last few years,” Prichard said. R.E.A.D.® originated in Salt Lake City with a program of Intermountain Therapy Animals. While it sounds simple enough—the dogs sit and listen—both dog and handler must 748-1503 go through two phases of training to be a certified R.E.A.D.® team.


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The (Pet) Social Network Whether a person has lost or found an animal, they are able to message the moderators, who will post user-supplied pictures and information. “We have five steady admins on this page right now, but countless people that volunteer their time in all kinds of ways to support this effort,” explained Walmer. “We always welcome more help, but try to tell people from the beginning how much work it can be.” Understandably, receiving reports and comforting owners of lost pets takes an emotional toll on the volunteers. “We see sad, terrible, tragic stories every day,” said Walmer. “We deal with people that are in very desperate places, people that are at their worst because they have lost one of their family members.” Conversely, every reunion of Eddie T. Forbes / photo by Jessica Forbes pet and owner bolsters the admins and fans. “I love every success For quite some time, social media has story and every post we get about a reunifibeen a prime venue for proud pet owncation or happy adoption,” said Walmer. ers to show off their furry friends. But it As one of the first posts in the page’s turns out Facebook can actually be useful “Happy Tails” photo album, Walmer for pet owners with more serious ranks the case of Lulu among situations than debating how to her most favorite of the crop their profile photo in a page-driven successes. flattering way. “We posted something The Lost and “We are so about Lulu almost evFound Pets of Penery day and through sacola & Surroundgrateful to have such all of the community ing Areas Facebook a large network to help effort and [owner] page operates Sarah’s diligence, solely through these animals.” Lulu was found and social media. The returned home,” page was founded in CHRISTINA remembers Walmer. January 2013 and has WALMER As the page garsince built over 4,800 ners more likes and atfollowers and posts an tention, its role is evolving estimated 20 to 30 notices with more visitors turning to a day. It seems like everybody them for general information. “We in Pensacola knows at least one get lots of people seeking advice about person who "likes" the page, if not more, so animals that they believe to be mistreated, if you’re on Facebook at all you've probably or animals that have unexplained sickseen at least one re-post from their page. nesses,” said Walmer. “We are becom“We are so grateful to have such a ing a forum for all issues animal related, large network to help these animals,” which I think is great. And I anticipate that said Christina Walmer, a volunteer who number growing as we get more followers has helped coordinate the page since on our page.” March. “We all have such a heart for these Visit … it is this passion that really PetsofPensacola. {in} commits us to this cause.”

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Every third Saturday of the month, Your Dog’s Business hosts an in-store Yappy Hour. This all-day event is held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Your pet is invited to come indulge in some frozen ice cream cones, smoothies, cupcakes and more. Plus take advantage of additional specials and discounted store items. Although this month’s event has passed, mark your calendars for Saturday, Sept. 21.Your Dog’s Business, 4771 Bayou Blvd. Unit 15, 466-3057,


Not only do they have a booth set up most Saturdays at the Palafox Market with homemade treats, the Spotted Dog Pet Boutique and Bakery is also host to a regular in-store “Yappy Hour” event, held every last Thursday of the month beginning at 6 p.m. Yep, that means, tonight, Aug. 29 is the night. The monthly event includes snacks, drinks and specials galore. They also have guest speakers, and free treat samples. The Spotted Dog, 124 Palafox Place, 438-2008,

HUMANE SOCIETY OF PENSACOLA FUNDRAISING EVENTS Barktoberfest / photo courtesy of Humane Society of Pensacola dogs currently available for adoption.


6:45 p.m. Tuesdays Enjoy active, social time alongside your own pup, plus many others. Every Tuesday night at 6:45 p.m. join fellow dog owners for a 45-minute leisurely stroll in East Hill. Dogs in attendance must be leashed and well-behaved. Owners should come prepared to pick up after their pets. Meet at the entrance of Bayview Park, 20th Avenue and East Mallory Street 291-7658.


On Saturdays, both the Humane Society of Pensacola (HSOP) and Jr. Humane Society regularly host community adoption events at area pet stores, where they bring


HSOP Saturday adoption events are held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at rotating locations including PetSmart and Petco. HSOP’s next adoption event is Saturday, Aug. 31, at PetSmart. 6251 N. Davis Hwy. For more information on upcoming events, call 432-4250.


The Jr. Humane Society Hosts adoption events every first and third Saturday of the month at PetSmart, and every second and fourth Saturday of the month at Petco. These adoption events are held from 12 to 4 p.m. For more information on upcoming events, visit


6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13 In the spirit of celebrating its 20th year of celebrating the unique artistic spirit of Pensacola, and showcasing the edgier side of art, Artel Gallery is teaming up with The Humane Society of Pensacola for a mutually beneficial fundraising event. This night of fun seeks to raise awareness for both Artel, and the Humane Society of Pensacola who is in the business of saving four legged friends, with a mission that speaks to the core heart of humanity. Not only does this event allow you to support the arts; and animal protection and welfare in our community, attendees are provided the opportunity to bid on one of a kind art pieces created by over 40 local artists and celebrities. And taste fabulous food with spirits to wash it down. Tickets are $40 per individual, or $75 for couple. To purchase tickets and RSVP

call 791-8070, or visit Artel Gallery, 223 Palafox Place.

9.21 & 10.19 FALL BATHE-INS

9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21 and Oct. 19 All you need to bring is a towel—and your pet of course—and the Humane Society of Pensacola (HSOP) staff and volunteers will do the rest! All proceeds go straight to help care for the pets currently housed at HSOP. Bath and dip prices range from $7 - $10 depending on the size of your pet. Nail clipping and grooming services are also available for additional charges. The Humane Society of Pensacola, 5 N. Q St., 432-4250,


9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5 Barktoberfest is back! What better excuse to dress up your pet and head downtown to Seville Square. This signature fundraiser event includes contests, dog demonstrations, vendors, food and fun for the whole family. All proceeds benefit HSOP. For more information call 432-4250 or visit


TBD, Friday, Oct. 25 Join HSOP at Jaco’s Waterfront Bar and Grill for a waterfront walk, Costumes encouraged for dogs and humans! All to benefit our furry friends at HSOP! 997 S. Palafox St. For more information call 4324250 or visit


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trip for all those pooches who love a longer car ride with the windows rolled (halfway) down 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 Dog Daze is a celebration of dogs and the families who love them. A full day of events, including contests, dog related vendors, pet adoptions, and all things canine. This year’s event will include the ribbon cutting on the new Fort Walton Beach Dog Park. Admission is $3 per dog. For more information, call 244-819. Liza Jackson Park, 318 Miracle Strip Pkwy., SW, Fort Walton Beach. {in}

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Specialty food items will be available for sale including a specialty drink made just for the event. The drink, Deliverance Tea, is made with Jim Beam Honey and tea. Sparks had only one thing to say about it— “It’s awesome!” The event will be outdoors so event-goers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to relax in while listening to good music, sipping a good drink and celebrating the end of summer. {in}

“With our event, we have national touring artists performing, so the music was a high priority to us.” Casey Sparks

The Grascals / press photo It started with a question: What’s something new that can be brought to Pensacola? “This region has no shortage of festivals and live entertainment, but there seemed to be a lack of Bluegrass music in the area,” said Casey Sparks, assistant general manager and director of marketing and sales of the Pensacola Bay Center. From there, Sparks and her team developed Bourbon, Bluegrass, and Brews. Presented by Jim Beam, the event promises an evening of music listenin', bourbon tastin' and beer sippin'. Though there will be plenty of bourbon and brews, Sparks believes that the team’s commitment to bringing bluegrass music to the area sets this event apart from other local “tastings.” “Most ‘tasting’ events are focused primarily on the spirits first and the music is second,” said Sparks. “With our event, we have national touring artists performing, so the music was a high priority to us.” The Grammy nominated band the Grascals will be supplying the “bluegrass” for the event. The Grascals, one of the most acclaimed bands on today’s blue-

grass scene, have garnered many awards including the Society of the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America’s Bluegrass Band of the Year award in 2010 and Instrumental Group of the Year in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Performing with the Grascals are 25 year bluegrass music veterans, the Blue Dogs and North Carolina’s The Honeycutters. Local bluegrass fans were also able to vote for one of three local bluegrass bands—Mill Town South, Highway Home Bluegrass, and TruGrass—to play at the event. Even though the music is the focus of the event, there will be plenty of bourbon and brews. Event goers will be able to sample 20 craft bourbons including Knob Creek Single Barrel, Basil Hayden’s, Jim Beam and Jacob’s Ghost. There will also be tastings of 20 craft beers including brews from locals Pensacola Bay Brewery and McGuire’s Brewing Company and beers from Blue Point Brewery, Good Island Brewery and Redhook Brewery.


PENSACOLA BAY BREWERY DeSoto Raspberry Berliner Weiss Lil Napoleon IPA DeLuna German Style Kolsch Riptide Amber BLUE POINT BREWERY Blue Point Toasted Lager Blue Point Hoptical Illusion IPA GOOSE ISLAND BREWERY Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale Goose Island Honkers ESB WOODCHUCK CIDERS Woodchuck Fall Woodchuck Private Reserve Belgian White KONA BREWING COMPANY Kona Big Wave Golden Ale Kona Pipeline Porter or available seasonal REDHOOK BREWERY Audible Ale Widmer Brewery Alchemy Ale MCGUIRE’S BREWING COMPANY Irish Red VICTORY BREWING COMPANY Victory Fest Bier Victory Golden Monkey Trippel BACK FORTY BREWING COMPANY Truck Stop Honey Brown Naked Pig Pale Ale


BOURBON, BLUEGRASS, AND BREWS WHAT: Live music by The Honeycutters, Blue Dogs and Grammy nominated artist The Grascals and sampling of 20 craft bourbons and 20 microbrews. WHEN: 5:30 – 11 p.m., Tasting 6 – 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 WHERE: Pensacola Bay Center, Ninth Ave. Parking Lot COST: $40 tasting ticket or $20 general admission, non-tasting ticket DETAILS:

Jim Beam Jim Beam Black Devils Cut Knob Creek Knob Creek Single Barrel Basil Hayden’s Baker’s Bourbon Booker’s Bourbon Old Crow Reserve Old Grand Dad Old Grand Dad 114 Makers Mark Makers 46 Jim Beam Rye Knob Creek Rye Ri1 Jim Beam Honey Red Stag Black Cherry Red Stag Spiced Jacob’s Ghost *Exact spirits are subject to change

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Ears & Fingers by Jason Leger

Earl Sweatshirt – ‘DORIS’ Love them or hate them, Odd Future have grown into somewhat of a phenomenon in the arena of indie hip-hop. In some ways, especially considering their show “Loiter Squad” on Adult Swim, they come across as little more than a Jackassstyle troupe who are crass, pull pranks, offend people, and also happen to rap. However, one would be remiss to view the group solely this way. Let me take that further, one would be remiss to view the strength of the group as collective instead of individual. Frank Ocean came from this enclave, as well as their crude but undeni-


RUNNING: SIX AT SIX 6 a.m. Running Wild, 3012 E Cervantes St. 435-9222 or VIVA FLORIDA 500 ‘ARTIFACTS’ 9 a.m. The exhibition celebrates 500 years of Florida’s history – its people, places and cultural achievements. Exhibit on display through Sept. 28. First City Art Center Studios and Gallery, 1060 N. Guillemard St. 429-1222 or MESS HALL 10 a.m. The Pensacola MESS Hall

ably talented leader, Tyler, The Creator. Last week saw the release of “Doris” by Earl Sweatshirt, the already critically acclaimed baby of the group. This kid is setting the bar for the rest of them. Just 19-yearsold, Sweatshirt already has an interesting story. At 16, he released his debut, “Earl,” to pretty widespread positivity. Pitchfork called the album “mesmerizing,” which you don’t hear often enough in reference to hip-hop albums. However, Sweatshirt’s mother intervened when she noticed the way he was living. She forced him to back away from Odd Future and sent him to a boarding school in Samoa. At 18, he earned his way home, and got right back to work with Odd Future and on his sophomore album. A little over a year later, “Doris” is fi nally here and it really deserves attention. Most of the songs are slow burners dripping with wordplay, which is a style of hip-hop that appeals to me. It’s also very introspective, which is understandable considering the last few years of Sweatshirt’s life. We get appearances from a bevy of Odd Future members, including Ocean and Tyler, as well as a brief glimpse of the RZA on the hook of “Molasses.” In the end, Earl Sweatshirt is a kid trying to fi nd his own way, in life and in the hip-hop game. He has a leg up because of the attention he’s already caught, and “Doris” is only going to propel him further. “Doris” is out now via Tan Cressida/Columbia Records.

(Math, Engineering, Science & Stuff) offers weekly themes, special activities and workshops that captivate curious minds of all ages and inspire a lifetime of discovery. 116 N. Tarragona St. 877-937-6377 or QUAYSIDE ART GALLERY 10 a.m. “Interpretations: Florida's Forgotten Coast” exhibit features artists Connie Boussom, Lynn Parker and Nikki Strahota. Exhibit on display through Oct. 7. 17 E. Zaragoza St, 438-2363 or BLUE MORNING GALLERY 10 a.m. The Blue



Normally, when bands release albums of new material within consecutive years, it makes me cringe. I always remember how quickly the quality of Ryan Adams’ releases fell as he was seemingly discharging music about every four months for a couple of years. Since 2009, the band Crocodiles have released four studio albums, only keeping quiet over the span of 2011. I jumped on board with 2010’s “Sleep Forever,” I was hooked by the psychedelic hooks and hazy lo-fi production. Last year saw the release of “Endless Flowers,” which wasn’t a huge jump stylistically for Crocodiles, but brought about a line-up change and a boost in band morale. When I heard of the impending release of “Crimes of Passion,” I’ll be honest, I got a little tense, because I really love Crocodiles and I’m still riding a bit of a high wave from “Endless Flowers.” When I sat down for my first listen, my fears were quickly subdued and I was embraced in the fuzz rock, psychedelic revival that is “Crimes of Passion.” The album is joyous, effervescent, and effortlessly captivating, while maintaining a drugged out, hypnotic overtone throughout. Lead single, “Cockroach,” is the archetypal example of what makes “Crimes of Passion,”

Morning Gallery's Spotlight on Art focuses on the third of the Visiting Artist shows, "August Ash," the work of well-known potter and instructor Larry Manning. Exhibit through Aug. 31. 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or DRAGONFLY GALLERY 10 a.m. The gallery’s feature room is a favorite site for artists from throughout Santa Rosa County. 5188 Escambia St., Milton. 981-1100 or ARTEL GALLERY 10 a.m. 223 Palafox, Old County Courthouse. 432-3080 or

let alone the band, so great, as it bleeds the “sex, drugs, rock and roll” ethos Crocodiles embody. Highlights include the bright over, dark under “She Splits Me Up,” sassy—that word literally came to mind—“Gimme Some Annihilation,” and movement inducing opener “I Like It In The Dark.” So after two albums over the course of two years, I’m still just as in love with Crocodiles as I was when I first heard “Sleep Forever,” and for the first time ever, I feel that if they were to release another album in 2014, I would greet it with positivity. “Crimes of Passion” is out now via French Kiss Records. {in}

‘LANDSCAPES’ 10 a.m. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or WINE TASTING AT AWM 5 p.m. Aragon Wine Market, 27 S. Ninth Ave. 433-9463 or WINE & GLIDE SEGWAY TOUR 5:30-7:30 p.m. This one-hour Segway tour includes a stop at Seville Quarter or Aragon Wine Market for a wine tasting. Emerald Coast Tours, 701 S. Palafox. $45. 417-9292 or

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THE DAVENPORTS 6 p.m. The Leisure Club, 126 S. Palafox. 912-4229 or JAMES AND FRIENDS 7 p.m. Hub Stacey's Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 469-1001 or DUELLING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’ Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or KRAZY GEORGE KARAOKE 8:30 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or COLLEGE DANCE NIGHT: MR. LAO 9 p.m. Phineas Phogg's at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or TIMBERHAWK 9 p.m. End O’ the Alley at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or


WINE TASTING AT SEVILLE QUARTER 5 p.m. Palace Café at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or WINE TASTING AT CITY GROCERY 5:15 p.m. City Grocery, 2050 N. 12th Ave. 469-8100. WINE TASTING AT EAST HILL MARKET 5:30 p.m. 1216 N. Ninth Ave. WINE & GLIDE SEGWAY TOUR 5:30-7:30 p.m. This one-hour Segway tour includes a stop at Seville Quarter or Aragon Wine Market for a wine tasting. Emerald Coast Tours, 701 S. Palafox. $45. 417-9292 or GROUP RUN AT PLAY 5:30 p.m. All abilities welcome. A casual run with fun partner exercises. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100 466-3080 or

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DUELLING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’ Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or CIVILIZED NATIVES 8:30 p.m. The Tin Cow, 102 South Palafox, 466-2103 or THE BLENDERS 8:30 p.m. Hub Stacey's Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 469-1001 or DJ MR. LAO 8 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or SCHOFIELD 9 p.m. Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or THE MUMBLES 9:30 p.m. Hopjacks, 10 South Palafox, 497-6076 or


PALAFOX MARKET 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, N. Palafox St. VIVA FLORIDA 500 ‘ARTIFACTS’ 9 a.m. Exhibit on display through Sept. 28. First City Art Center Studios and Gallery, 1060 N. Guillemard St. 429-1222 or MESS HALL 10 a.m. 116 N. Tarragona St. 877937-6377 or QUAYSIDE ART GALLERY 10 a.m. 17 E. Zaragoza St, 438-2363 or BLUE MORNING GALLERY 10 a.m. 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or DRAGONFLY GALLERY 10 a.m. 5188 Escambia St., Milton. 981-1100 or ARTEL GALLERY 10 a.m. 223 Palafox, Old County Courthouse. 432-3080 or BAYOU TEXAR TORCHLIGHT TOUR 7 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 26. Pensacola Paddle Sport Rentals offers an evening of exploring the waters of Bayou Texar guided by torch, under the light of the moon. Tour leaves from

the beach next to the fishing pier at Bayview Park, 2001 E. Lloyd St. $10 for single kayaks, $15 for tandem kayaks. 255-5423 or SAENGER CLASSIC MOVIE SERIES – THE AFRICAN QUEEN 7 p.m. Saenger Theatre, 118 South Palafox. $5 General Admission. 595-3880 or

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DJ MR. LAO 8 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or DUELLING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’ Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or VINYL MUSIC HALL PRESENTS – THE MAD VIOLINIST AND THE SYMPHONY CRACK ORCHESTRA 8 p.m. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox, $7 - $10. 435-9849 or JAMES ADKINS 8:30 p.m. The Tin Cow, 102 South Palafox, 466-2103 or KRAZY GEORGE KARAOKE 9 p.m. Hub Stacey’s Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 4691001 or SCHOFIELD 9 p.m. Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or RAISING KARMA 9:30 p.m. Hopjacks, 10 South Palafox, 497-6076 or


BUBBLES & BRUNCH 9 a.m. Enjoy Gourmet Brunch Trios for $ pick the three delicious items to build your perfect brunch. Bottomless Champagne & Mimosas for $5. The Leisure Club, 126 S. Palafox. 912-4229 or THE FISH HOUSE BRUNCH 10:30 a.m. Delicious Sunday brunch on the Pensacola Bay. The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or SEVILLE QUARTER SUNDAY BRUNCH 11 a.m. Whether it’s a special occasion, an opportunity for friends to catch up, or a pleasant start to a lazy Sunday, brunch at Seville Quarter’s is a great way to treat your family every Sunday. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or END OF THE LINE BRUNCH 11 a.m. This vegan café offers its unique brunch every Sunday. 610 E. Wright St. $12. 429-0336 or MESS HALL 1 p.m. 116 N. Tarragona St. 877-9376377 or

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VINYL MUSIC HALL PRESENTS – THE MAD VIOLINIST AND THE SYMPHONY CRACK ORCHESTRA 8 p.m. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox, $7 - $10. 435-9849 or KRAZY GEORGE KARAOKE 8:30 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or BROOKS HUBBERT 9 p.m. McGuire's Irish Pub, 600 E. Gregory St. 433-2849 or


VIVA FLORIDA 500 ‘ARTIFACTS’ 9 a.m. First City Art Center Studios and Gallery, 1060 N. Guillemard St. 429-1222 or MESS HALL 10 a.m. 116 N. Tarragona St. 877937-6377 or QUAYSIDE ART GALLERY 10 a.m. 17 E. Zaragoza St, 438-2363 or DRAGONFLY GALLERY 10 a.m. 5188 Escambia St., Milton. 981-1100 or

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news of the weird QUEEN OF THE NIGHT The conflicted double life of Israeli Orthodox Jew Shadar Hadar, 34, might be as formidable to manage as that of an international spy. Though deeply and defiantly religious, he typically around midnight "trades his knitted white yarmulke" for a "wavy blond wig and pink velvet dress" and takes the stage as a nascent drag queen, according to an August Associated Press dispatch from Jerusalem. His gayness has alienated his ex-wife (who bars him from seeing their daughter, now 11) and is only grudgingly accepted by his parents. As a bridge of sorts in his life, he has rejected the usual raunchy drag queen personas and adopted instead that of a female rabbinic adviser, musing from the stage on optimistic teachings of Breslov Hasidic ultra-Orthodox Judaism. GOVERNMENT IN ACTION Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium, whose construction was financed in 1964 by borrowing $25 million (and untold more as part of a subway expansion to service the stadium), was demolished in 2004 and is but a memory to the city's sports fans. However, nine years later, the city is still paying for it (though next year will retire the $25 million bond and nine years from now, the city hopes, will retire the stadium/subway bond). The city's deputy controller told in June, profoundly, "When issuing a bond to build a facility, the debt payment on that bond should not outlast the facility." • Inexplicable: The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety's solution to its legendary long lines at driver's license stations was to create "In Line Online" registration, which it introduced recently. Online registrants were beside themselves, however, when they arrived on time across the state, only to learn that In Line Online merely entitled them to a reserved place in the line for making future appointments to take their driver's test. A spokesman acknowledged that In Line Online might have some kinks and thus would be closed temporarily. • Toronto is facing such a crippling backlog of challenges to parking tickets, reported the Toronto Star in August, that more than 73,000 citations from last year were still unresolved and that many cases were proceeding even less hurriedly. Mahmood-Reza Arab, a computer programmer who was ticketed for parking too close to a hydrant in 2005 and who has dutifully met all deadlines for making a proper challenge, was recently scheduled (again) for trial before a judge—this month (September 2013). A spokesman said the "normal" wait time for a court date is "only" 18 months. • "Rules Are for the Benefit of Us All": Adhering to "federal regulations," the Denver Housing Authority ordered the immediate ejection of the family of Sandra Roskilly (her mother and autistic son)—

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because Roskilly had been shot dead in a random homicide in August. The mother, who shared the apartment with Roskilly for 10 years, said she was told that once the head of household is no longer present (no matter the reason), the apartment must be forfeited. Said Roskilly's astonished brother, "(T)here was no question in my mind that my mother would at least be able to finish out the lease." PERSPECTIVE America's military veterans, whom the country supposedly champions wholeheartedly and insists should be properly compensated for their service and the disruption to their lives, must navigate as many as 613 government forms from 18 different agencies to receive what they are due by law, according to a July study released by the American Action Forum. The principal agency, the Department of Veterans Affairs, purports to have been making great progress over the last few years, but earlier this year acknowledged that, still, about 70 percent of claims (covering 600,000 veterans) have been waiting longer than 125 days for yes-orno decisions. FETISHES ON PARADE Finding an aberrant sexual behavior not previously mentioned in News of the Weird is an exhausting task, but British psychologist Mark Griffiths, of Nottingham Trent University, has succeeded: the eproctophile (a person sexually aroused by the passing of gas). Griffiths told in July that he plans to study other rare "paraphilic disorders," including "fire fetish, a blindness fetish and dacryphilia, or arousal by tears, weeping or sobbing." LEAST COMPETENT CRIMINALS A computer virus called "Ransomware" has been freezing computers since 2012, the FBI acknowledged, making much work for tech support, but likely never causing the victim to be arrested until Jay Matthew Riley, 21, of Woodbridge, Va., came along. The virus tricks people into thinking the FBI has discovered that they had inadvertently viewed child pornography and locks their computer, but since the viewing was probably accidental, "allows" them to avoid arrest by paying a $300 fine to unfreeze the computer. Riley apparently did have child porn (inadvertently gathered or not) on his computer and, frightened by the virus, gratuitously inquired at a local police station whether there were warrants for his arrest. No, they said, but in the course of conversation, he consented to a search and was arrested. {in} From Universal Press Syndicate Chuck Shepherd’s News Of The Weird © 2013 Chuck Shepherd

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