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Autumn Pet Activities
 
Autumn, and the month of October, bring to mind hot apple cider, campfires and pumpkins. Yep, this is the perfect month to bond with your pets with both indoor and outdoor activities. 

Picking apples is an essential fall activity to add to the list, and the best thing is that it’s pet friendly. Many orchards allow dogs, but just in case, call your local orchard to make sure that dogs are allowed. Another good thing about apple picking is that apples are a food that dogs can eat, so there’s nothing to worry about in case they grab one or two. In fact, it can be a treat for them. Another activity to do outside is to go to a pumpkin patch. Just like an apple orchard, many pumpkin patches will allow pets, but always call to make sure. Pumpkin everything is around this time of year, so it’s the perfect time to make a pumpkin pie and use some of the pumpkin puree to a pet’s diet as a treat. Pumpkin is great for pet’s digestion, but a little goes a long way. 
 
With the changing leaves, it’s a beautiful time to go out for a hike in nature. Pets won’t be able to appreciate the colors as much as you, but they will certainly enjoy all the new smells that they will be able to smell. In a big city it’s harder to wander around in nature, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things to do. Best Friend Animal Society’s Strut Your Mutt, is a series of charity dog walks taking place around the nation to raise money and save lives of homeless pets. There’s still time to fundraise and when you do, you can choose where your support goes: to Best Friends Animal Society, or to your favorite participating local animal welfare organization. If your areas Strut Your Mutt event has already happened, Halloween parades for pets are becoming more popular every year, with both dogs and cats vying to take home the prize with their costumes. 

You don’t have to go farther than your backyard for some fall fun. While yard work is not always enjoyable, bringing the pet out to run into a pile of leaves or chase a couple leaves that are blowing in the mind always makes for adorable photos and videos.