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Mickey-Marked Mascot Prefers St.Pete/Clearwater’s Pet-Friendly Beaches, Paw Playgrounds

Friday, February 20, 2009

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (February 20, 2009) -- A tiny, black-and-white puppy sporting the distinctive brand of that other popular Florida destination caused quite a stir in St. Pete/Clearwater this week. 

Naturally marked with one of the most iconic symbols of all time---Mickey Mouse Ears---the nine-week-old lab orphan has become a mascot for pet-friendly tourism to the St. Pete/Clearwater area.

Both Honeymoon Island State Park and Fort De Soto Park---named the #1 Beach in the US by TripAdvisor---offer dedicated dog beaches, where pups and their owners can relax on America’s Best Beaches and frolic in the surf together. 

And with Gulf-front pet-friendly resorts and dog parks located throughout, the St. Pete/Clearwater area is the perfect getaway for the ultimate pet-friendly vacation. 

It also offers visitors of all stripes the one thing they won’t find in Central Florida: 35-miles of white sand beaches fronted by the sparkling, emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Note: February is Responsible Pet Owners Month. This cute pup is one of thousands that get placed in caring homes every year by Pinellas County Animal Services. For more information, visit

For more information about Visit St. Pete/Clearwater:
Contact: PR Director David Downing:
Phone: 727.464.7213

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