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"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight—it's the size of the fight in the dog." Dwight D. Eisenhower

A Sample of The Best Dog Treats in Town Anybody who reads the IN knows we're advocates of staying local whenever possible. So, of course, we had to figure out how to shop local when it comes to treating our beloved pups, too. It was actually much easier than we anticipated. One trip to Palafox Market on a Saturday morning offered up not one, but two homemade treat options. Plus our office is conveniently located just a block away from The Spotted Dog Pet Boutique and Bakery— which is like puppy shopping heaven right on Palafox Street. Fresh baked treats, toys, grooming supplies—you name it and think your pup needs it, they've got it. Buying local when it comes to dog treats

1 Variety of fresh baked

treats from Bunny's Bakery at The Spotted Dog Pet Boutique and Bakery including Fido's Sweet Tooth, Healthy Fish Hearts, Ginger Snap Brownies, Sniffer Doodle, Healthy Fish Heart, Twisty Cheese Stick They also take special orders pet friendly cakes, birthday bones and specialty treats. 124 S. Palafox, 438-2008 or

2 Pup Cakes from Oh

Snap! Cupcakes 707 E. Cervantes St., 466-3363 or


Snaps and variety treat bag from Tessie Ringer purchased at Palafox Market.

4 Grandma Lucy's Lamb

Blend Trail Mix, Peanut Butter Flavor Buddy Biscuits, Happy Howie's Turkey Sausage and Woof Stix from Your Dog's Business They offer tons of healthy, holistic and grain free pet food and treat options, plus obedience training. 4771 Bayou Blvd. Unit 15, 466-3057 or

5 Fresh baked treats from 3 Dogs & a Chick in Ft. Walton Beach

Stop by The Spotted Dog, located at 124 S. Palafox and visit friendly dogs and puppies in need of a permanent, loving home. For more information, call 438-2008 or visit



Tickets are $20 per person. Groups of four to six compete for a trophy and $100 gift certificate for a team dinner. Other August 23, 2012

isn't just a feel good thing for you as an owner either. Most of the local treat options we found are actually better for your dog, too. According to Ashley Dickerson from The Spotted Dog "there are no added preservatives, flavors, or colorings and we only use sugar and salt free ingredients. Because these treats are natural and free of artificial preservatives, they are healthier for the dog than processed treats from the store." The Spotted Dog also makes sure and lists all ingredients clearly “so you can pick and choose which treats would be best for your dog. So whether your dog has a wheat allergy or egg allergy, you can choose the treats without those ingredients.” Good luck finding that kind of quality and information down at the average grocery store dog food aisle. Here's a sample of the best of what we found. And just in case you're wondering— they were all taste tested by the IN staff pups and passed with flying colors.

3 Homemade Ginger



The Local Treat Treatment

*We know this is a little bit out of the IN's usual coverage area, but two of our staffers actually live in the Ft. Walton Beach/ Navarre area and take their pups here for treats from time to time.

130 Miracle Strip Pkwy. (850) 243-7297 or

6 Variety treat bag

including peanut butter buddy bones, bacon balls, savory turkey meatballs, parmesan pleasures and bacon bursts from Diggin' It Treat Bakery purchased at Palafox Market More information and online ordering options at

activities include door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, a team costume contest and a bake sale table. Mulligans, Buy a Strike, Buy a Gutter Ball and Protection Cards will be available for purchase at the event. For details and information about sponsorships or entry forms visit or email



Pet friendly smoothies available at Your Dog’s Business, located at 4771 Bayou Blvd., Unit 15 from 12 to 3 p.m. Call 466-

3057 or email for more information.



One-hundred percent of proceeds from the fundraiser benefit Shelter House and Alaqua Animal Refuge. The music fest will take place from 12 to 10 p.m. in Gulf Place on the corner of 30A and Highway 393. Tickets are $25 general admission, $10 for children under 12 and $125 for a VIP pass, which includes lounge seating, complimen-

tary food and beverages and musician meet and greets. For more information, go to or call 243-1201.



Humane Society of Pensacola’s premier fundraising event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Seville Square and Fountain Park. There will be raffles, contests, bake sale table, t-shirts for sale and of course, dogs. For more information call the Humane Society at 432-4250 or visit HSOP’s web site at 17

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