Crisp morning air, rust colored leaves underfoot…autumn is officially here and it’s full of fun activities for dog lovers! From baking to costume parades, below is a sample of ideas to help inspire you and your four legged friends this season!
The aroma of freshly baked pie might be one of the best ways to kick start the season. Though rare, it is possible to find dog friendly pick your own fruit farms in the New England area. Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, Ma is a good example. Nashoba welcomes well behaved leashed dogs in their scenic orchard and picnic area. As if that’s not enough, dog moms/dads can also enjoy some handcrafted wine samples. This venue is well worth the 45 minute drive from Boston!
Bake Doggie Treats
Now what to do with all those apples? A quick google or Pinterest search will give you plenty of recipe ideas. As you might expect homemade dog treat recipes are plentiful this time of year. They often don’t require more than a handful of ingredients, many of which can be found in any kitchen. This recipe found at http://fakeginger.com/pumpkin-apple-dog-treats/ , is a favorite in our household. It’s easy to prepare and consistently passes the taste test with my picky pup. Shape your treats into bones, dog paws or even maple leaves. These treats can be bagged up and make excellent gifts as well!
Take a Hike
The mild temperatures and beautiful foliage make this season optimal for hiking adventures. It’s no longer so hot you’ll worry about your furbaby overheating but is still warm enough to skip the extra layers yourself. Happily, in the Boston area we can find so many great places to explore. Just 20 minutes outside Boston, the Blue Hills Reservation of Milton offers trails for every skill level. Pack some of those homemade snacks for your hiking companion and make a day of it. The Middlesex Fells Reservation is another great spot with trails starting in several towns including Medford and Stoneham. In addition to the cute pup photo ops at Wright’s tower and the Panther Cave, The Sheepfold area of the Fells includes an off leash dog park. For a much lighter hike, Cat Rock Park found in Weston is a unique off leash Dog Park with mostly level trails leading to a pond. Dogs of all sizes are sure to get a good workout chasing, fetching and swimming the day away!
Make It a Beach Day
Beaches are closed for the season and that means it is open season for canines at many Massachusetts beaches. Watching dogs chase waves and dig in the sand can provide much comic relief. Plus that sea air is so good for everyone! On September 15th, Castle Island in Boston entered off season and north of Boston, Crane Beach of Ipswich will welcome dogs on October 1st. Just be sure to check out the beach websites before heading over as there may be restrictions in certain areas.
Does your dog love dressing up for Halloween? Maybe not but that’s no reason to miss the Annual Halloween Pet Parade held at Faneuil Hall in Boston on October 27th! You can register ahead of time at Eventbrite if you wish to have your pet considered for the costume contest. Of course for the true Halloween enthusiasts, no fall season is complete without a trip to Salem. Among the lengthy list of Salem’s October activities is the Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade on October 13th. Check out hauntedhappenings.org for more details. Both parades include various prizes and additional dog friendly activities.
Have a fun and safe season!