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The Coziest, Tastiest Fall Recipes to Make Your Furry Best Friend

When sweater weather arrives, nothing hits quite like cozy, fall recipes to warm your body and soul. But while you’re in the kitchen cooking up something tasty and toasty for yourself, you may just feel your pet watching your every move in the hopes of getting a little lick.

The good news (and there’s only good news in this case!) is that fall means plenty of yummy seasonal fruits and veggies that are veterinarian-approved for dogs and cats, from apples to sweet potatoes.

So, this fall, treat your pet to their literal dream come true: a delicious, homemade fall meal they can call their own. From a savory stew and pumpkin spice “latte” to dog-safe game-day treats, here are our favorite pet-friendly fall recipes. Oh, and the best part? We’ve even included a printable fall grocery list full of pet-safe seasonal ingredients.

A Cozy Instant Pot Stew for Dogs

No roundup of fall recipes is complete without a warm, savory stew. And to make this recipe even better, it’s super easy—and fast—to whip up any day of the week with the help of a handy Instant Pot.

“There are a variety of fall fruits and vegetables that are safe for your pet to consume such as sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, cucumbers, canned green beans and canned pumpkin, apples, strawberries and bananas,” says Dr. Gavin Casper, DVM, CVA, CVC, managing director of general practice at Hometown Animal Hospital in Weston, Florida.

Get the recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • Beef stew meat
  • Baby golden potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • All-purpose flour
  • Frozen peas
  • Beef broth

Turkey Triangles for Cats

This is one of our favorite fall recipes for cats because it’s packed with protein for carnivorous kitties.

It also makes a ton of bite-sized treats, so your cat will have leftovers for days.

Get the recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • Ground turkey
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Egg
  • Olive oil

Football Jersey DIY Dog Treats for Dogs

Half the fun of watching football throughout the fall and winter months is the snacks, right?

Get your dog involved in all the game-day action with these special dog biscuits made with a football jersey-shaped cookie cutter.

And if you really want to score big points with your furry friend, decorate them with some yummy dog-safe frosting.

Get the recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • Peanut butter
  • Flour
  • Egg
  • Greek yogurt
  • Tapioca starch
  • Milk
  • Natural blue food dye

Pumpkin Spice Latte for Dogs

It’s that time of year again: pumpkin spice season!

While you’re sipping your cup of fall-flavored joe, consider making your pooch a coffee-free version of this seasonal treat.

Get the recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • Pure canned pumpkin
  • Chicken broth
  • Plain yogurt
  • Cinnamon

DIY Pumpkin Mini Muffins for Cats

Your cat will feel oh-so-posh eating one of these pumpkin mini muffins that look like they came straight from a fancy bakery.

That’s because they even have that crumbly top, which is obviously the best part of any muffin.

Get the recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • Rolled oats
  • Baking powder
  • Maple syrup
  • Lactose-free milk
  • Coconut oil
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cooked pumpkin

Turkey-Cranberry Meatballs for Dogs

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These turkey-cranberry meatballs make the perfect Thanksgiving treat for your pup.

All you need is ground turkey, an egg, unsweetened dried cranberries, and a little panko breadcrumbs to hold it all together—and voilà! A delicious feast your dog will be thankful for.

Get the recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • Ground turkey
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Egg
  • Dried cranberries

Strawberry Ghosts Treats for Dogs

When spooky season rolls around, pet parents can feel good about giving their pooch these Halloween treats made with pet-safe ingredients, like carob chips. (There are a lot of Halloween treats considered poisonous to dogs, but these aren’t!)

Get the recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • Strawberries
  • Greek yogurt
  • Peanut butter
  • Carob chips

Faux Red Velvet Truffles for Dogs

This Halloween, serve up these red-hued treats to doggies donning their best costumes.

Because chocolate can be toxic to dogs, we swapped it for pet-safe carob chips and fall-friendly pureed beets. And with a hidden training treat in each truffle, this no-bake recipe is sure to be a hit with any dog.

Get the recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • Beet
  • Coconut flour
  • Shredded coconut
  • Dog treats
  • Carob chips
  • Peanut butter

Mini Peanut Butter ‘Mousse’ Pies for Dogs

This Thanksgiving, don’t forget the pups when it comes time for dessert.

Alongside your pumpkin pie, serve up this dog-friendly “mousse” pie made with American Journey Oven Baked Peanut Butter Dog Treats and all-natural peanut butter. It’s one of our top recipes for dogs who can’t resist the power of PB.

Get the recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • Peanut butter dog treats
  • Oats
  • Egg
  • Greek yogurt
  • Olive oil
  • Peanut butter

Apple-Shaped Treats for Dogs

Did you know dogs can eat apples? Yep, they’re a low-calorie treat packed with vitamin A and a common ingredient in fall dog treat recipes. Because what says “fall” more than a crisp apple?

Get the recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • Flour
  • Peanut butter
  • Apple
  • Beet juice
  • Cinnamon

Cinnamon & Sweet Potato Pup Cups

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Break out the frother—because this “pup cup” recipe is anything but just whipped cream in a cup.

For these pumpkin puppuccinos, you’ll need sweet potato, peanut butter, and a sprinkling of cinnamon. Pinkies up!

Get the recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • Sweet potato
  • Peanut butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Egg whites

The Ultimate Fall Foods Shopping List

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During your next trip to the grocery store, why not pick up a few pet-friendly fall fruits, veggies and other seasonal ingredients?

Just don’t forget this one important rule before serving any of these foods to your pets: “Make sure to wash all fruits and veggies before giving to your pets, and don’t forget to never feed your pet onions or garlic—which tend to be popular ingredients in fall recipes,” Dr. Casper says.

Apples

Baby golden potatoes

Bananas

Beef broth that contains no salt, onions or garlic

Beets

Canned pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

Carrots

Celery stalks

Cinnamon (dogs only)

Cucumbers

Dried cranberries, unsweetened

Ginger

Green beans

Ground turkey

Peas

Pure maple syrup

Sweet potatoes
Download the printable version of this list and take it with you!

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New Survey Show Just How Much Pets Influence Life Choices


Have you considered getting a pet FOR your pet? If so, you are not alone!

Many of us (we’re pet parents too…we get it!) have increasingly factored our pets in our everyday and larger decisions about how we live. It’s a fact there is pretty much nothing we won’t do to ensure  our creature companions’ bliss. So when we read the results of a poll of pet parents conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Chewy  to uncover the degree to which pet parents prioritize their pets’ happiness when making major life decisions and planning their daily activities, the result that 62% of respondents have gotten another pet for their pet seems about right. (Let that sink in. Nearly 2/3 of pet parents polled have adopted a second or third pet FOR their pet.)

“Pets have become our whole world, so it’s no surprise to see them claim their rightful place of prominence in the household,” said Dr. Katy Nelson, senior veterinarian at Chewy. “This reflects the larger trend of ‘pet prioritization,’ or placing our pets’ needs above our own when considering major life decisions or planning our social calendars and daily behaviors.”

What made them bring home a new live-in pal? Most commonly, it was to keep their pet from getting lonely (66%), but 51% did so to give their current pet more exercise. (Is this the right decision for you and your pets? See related stories below for guidance.)

So, what else did this interesting new poll uncover? (And does all of this sound familiar?)

  • 78% agree that seeing their pet when they come home is the best part of their day.
  • 71% said they regularly put their pet’s needs before their own.
  • 40% report that pets influence what trips they take.
  • More than half (62%) wish they could bring their pets with them when they leave either “all of the time” or “most of the time.”

But when it comes to the new wave of pet parenting, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.


Pets Own Us (and we’re not mad about it)

Pet’s are in control when it comes to many of the major decisions we make. According to respondents in this new poll of pet parents, pets influence where they live (37%) and with whom they hang out (35%). (We are solidly in the “love me, love my dog camp!)

Pets also play a significant role in all aspects of day-to-day activities. Nearly half of respondents (49%) admitted they plan their free time around being with their pet. More?

  • More than two in five (43%) would change plans so their pet could be included.
  • 39% would rather cancel to spend more time with their pet.
  • More than 1 in 3 enjoy watching TV or a movie together with their pets.

To bolster their pet’s well-being and happiness, 23% have cooked them a homemade meal (pet-safe recipes here) and 21% let them choose where they’d like to sleep in bed first.

When it comes to money matters, there seems to be no ceiling to spending on our pets.

  • Almost half (46%) of pet parents have spent more on their pet’s medical needs than their own.
  • One-third (36%) said their pet even impacts how they spend money.

Note: Financial experts recommend creating a rainy day fund exclusively for your pets so there is no unexpected strain on your budget. And pet insurance is another good option to explore.

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Pets Change Us (for the better)

Are these life changes are well-beyond worth it? Well, since getting a pet, respondents in this poll of pet parents say their lives have become sweeter in ways they couldn’t have imagined.

  • 40% say they’ve become more responsible and 32% are more empathetic.
  • Almost three in 10 (28%) even feel more prepared to have kids.
  • About half (51%) of respondents say they’re equally in tune with both their and their pet’s emotions, and two in five (20%) say they’re more in touch with their pet’s emotions than their own.

This essential bond has allowed pet owners to pick up on their pet’s love language:

  • More than half (55%) said their furry friend has a love language.
  • 36% of them believe it to be physical touch in the form of petting, kissing and hugs.
  • Another 24% believe quality time is the way to their pet’s heart.

“The deep understanding of our pets’ emotions and personalities increases our attentiveness to their needs and the desire to provide them with premium care and comfort,” said Nelson. “Although this can sometimes lead to high costs, affordable options like wellness and insurance offerings and online vet visits through Connect with a Vet can empower pet parents to keep their pets as happy as possible.”

Nothing can really prepare you for the way your heart grows 10X when you bring a pet into your life, but as the surveys says, you’re in good company.

Did You Know?

35%

Admit to turn on the TV for their pets when leaving for the day.

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32%

Report being “supervised” by pets in the bathroom.

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With so many of us bringing home new pets, it’s important (for their health and your sanity) to have the right gear, goods, foods and supplies at the ready. Chewy’s New Pet Shop has checklists and guides and is a great place to start. Did you find the information in this poll of pet parents useful? If so, please use the share buttons to spread the news.

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The Essential Guide to Cleaning Your Freshwater Fish Tank

When it comes to cleaning, your fish tank is a lot like your kitchen sink: It’s best to stay ahead of the mess. Poor conditions (think: algae overgrowth) will lead to stressed animals who are more susceptible to disease. Regular maintenance and small water changes, on the other hand, will help your fishies live a happy, healthy life.

So, how do you clean a fish tank? We’re breaking down how to clean your freshwater aquarium and make sure the critters in your tank are living their best lives.

Supplies for Cleaning Your Freshwater Fish Tank

Before you start scrubbing, here’s a list of the supplies you’ll need for a proper fish tank cleaning:

How to Clean a Freshwater Fish Tank: Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s the good news: There’s no need to remove your fish from the tank during the cleaning process. In fact, it’s better to leave them in, because moving them will stress them out at best and could even injure them at worst. Just move gently and carefully around them as you clean.

Here’s how to clean a fish tank, step by step:

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1Prepare to Clean

Throw on that oversized T-shirt and gather all your supplies in one accessible place. Then, wash your hands and forearms well. “Scrubbing in,” as doctors often call it, helps to avoid the introduction of potentially harmful substances into your aquarium water. Make sure to wash soap off thoroughly.
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2Turn Off Your Filter and Unplug Your Heater

As you clean your aquarium, debris will be circulated around the tank, and it’s much easier to remove if it’s allowed to settle on the bottom instead of being sucked into the filter. So go ahead and switch that filter off while you clean.

Why unplug the heater? Removing it from water, which you’ll do during water changes and to scrub the heater, will expose it to air—and if you do that while it’s hot, it can burn out the machine. Best to unplug it and let it cool while you move on to the next steps.

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3Clean the Inside Walls

You’ll want to start working on the inside walls of the aquarium first. There are many products you can use to scrub or scrape your aquarium walls: scrubber pads, razors and more. The most important thing to remember is to choose a tool that works with the material of your tank. If you have a glass tank, you can use harder and sharper tools to get the job done. If your tank is acrylic, however, using a tool like a razor blade can leave scrapes on your tank—not exactly the aesthetic you’re going for.

Pro Tip: If you’re not sure what material your tank is, choose tools made for acrylic tanks, which will be gentler on any surface they touch. Some tools, like the Aqueon ProScraper Blade, come with both razor and plastic attachments to suit any tank.

An algae pad, like Lifeguard’s Aquarium Algae Pad, is a good tool to start with. Remember to purchase cleaning pads for aquariums specifically; other types of cleaning pads or sponges may contain soaps or chemicals that will harm your fish. Again, choose a pad made for glass or acrylic tanks, depending on what type you have. Your old toothbrush can also do the trick in a pinch!

Depending on how established your algae is, a scrub with an algae pad may not be enough. If after scrubbing there is still stubborn algae left over, you can use a blade (an aquarium razor blade for glass tanks; or a plastic blade for acrylic aquariums), to carefully scrape off the rest.

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4Clean the Décor

Now, it’s time to deal with the decor. Remove artificial plants, decorations and large rocks that have significant algae growth and scrub them off. You can do this in the sink or in your dedicated aquarium maintenance bucket, using your algae scrubber and some warm water.

Leave the aquarium gravel in the tank—we’ll clean that next.

If the heater has algae growth, now would be the time to remove and clean it, too.

Do not use soaps or detergents of any kind as they are extremely difficult to fully rinse away and can be lethal to aquatic life.

If, after scrubbing, your décor still looks dirty, you can make a solution of one part bleach, 9 parts water, and let all the decor soak in it for 15 minutes. Remove it from the bleach solution and then scrub everything again under running water. After you’re done, let your décor air dry, which will remove residual bleach. You’ll know they’re ready to return to the tank when there is absolutely no bleachy chlorine smell present.

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5Clean the Aquarium Gravel

Next, we need to clean the gravel—you know, the little rocks that sit at the bottom of your tank. Here’s why: The older a tank is, the more it tends to accumulate detritus, or the decomposed remnants of leftover food, fish waste and decaying particulate matter. This detritus is so fine that it can settle between those little rocks, building up until it causes health issues for your finned friends.

A gravel vacuum will be your best friend for this step. It’s a tool that removes large amounts of this dirty aquarium dust. Gravel vacuums typically consist of a plastic siphon attached to a length of tubing. All you need to do is submerge the siphon in the water to create suction that pulls water from the tank through the tube into your bucket. (If you’ve ever seen somebody siphon fuel from a gas tank, it’s essentially the same process.)

How much should you vacuum? That depends on how dirty your tank is. You’ll know your gravel is clean when the water being pulled through the siphon is no longer cloudy and gray/brown.

All finished? Don’t dump out that bucket just yet—you’ll use the water you just siphoned out in the next step.

Pro Tip: If you grow houseplants or have a garden, don’t pour that dirty tank water down the drain—use it to water your plants! This nutrient-rich water is essentially liquid fertilizer and will make your plants very happy, while giving your aquarium wastewater a useful second life.
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6Clean the Tank Filter

First, squeeze out and rinse the filter pad or sponge in a container filled with tank water. (You can use the water you just removed from your tank.) Using tank water helps retain the beneficial bacteria that keeps your water clean. Washing it in the sink with regular tap water will kill, or at the very least, disturb, that good bacteria.

If it’s time to change your filter media, aka the carbon, ceramic or other products that go inside your filter and do the actual filtration, this is a good opportunity to do so. Check the instructions on your filter media packaging to determine how and how often you should change it.

Make sure you also rinse the filter tubing and any other parts of the filter that come into contact with water.

Important note: If you’re doing a heavy cleaning (for example, if you had to scrape persistent algae off of your tank’s walls or needed to use bleach to disinfect your decor), skip this step for now. A heavy cleaning means you’ve already introduced a lot of change in the tank, which can be stressful to your fish. Doing a filter cleaning on top of that adds even more change to the process, which can be detrimental to your tank inhabitants. Move on to the next step, and plan to come back and clean your filter in a week or so. Remember: Regular light cleanings can make this process easier both for you and for your fish.

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7Add New Water

Now, it’s time to replace the dirty water you siphoned out of the tank with your vacuum. But don’t just toss regular old tap water in there! This new water has some special requirements:

  • It should be close to the same temperature as the water already in the tank
  • It should be treated with a water conditioner to remove harmful chlorine and chloramines that are often present in tap water

Fill your bucket with water from your tap, using a thermometer to test the temperature and raise or lower it as needed. Then, following the instructions on your water conditioner, add the correct amount for the number of gallons you’ll be introducing to your tank.

Now you’re ready to pour the treated water into your tank. Add it slowly so as not to run the risk of shocking your fish. Once all the water has been replaced, you can put your heater back into the tank, turn it on, and start your filter up again, too.

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8Clean the Outer Walls

Lastly, clean the outer walls of the aquarium. Even though these are the outer walls, aka the part of the tank your fish can’t touch, it’s important to use an aquarium-safe cleaner here, too. Most household glass cleaners contain ammonia and other chemicals that are toxic to fish, so it’s best to avoid putting them anywhere near your underwater pals.

Instead, opt for plain white vinegar on a paper towel. It’s inexpensive, nontoxic and leaves surfaces nearly streak-free. Afterward, you can use a clean, dry paper towel or bath towel to buff your aquarium to a perfect shine.

The Importance of a Clean Freshwater Fish Tank

Yes, keeping a clean tank helps your aquarium water stay clear and pretty to look at. But there’s a more important reason for regular tank cleaning: the health of your fish.

When nitrate and nitrite, the byproducts of fish waste and decomposing leftover food, build up in your aquarium water, algae will bloom and your fishes’ health will suffer. Fish who are stressed by poor water quality conditions will be more susceptible to disease, and if consistently exposed to these conditions, will experience illness and shortened life spans.

It’s not always obvious that your tank is dirty just by looking at it. Yes, aquarium water can sometimes get that cloudy, greenish haze when it’s been way too long since your last cleaning. But often, water can contain stressful levels of waste and its byproducts without any obvious visual signs. That’s why regular tank cleaning is one of the best ways to ensure a clean and healthy ecosystem for your aquarium inhabitants. By keeping ahead of the maintenance, you can ensure an ideal habitat for all your aquatic friends.

How Often Should I Clean My Freshwater Fish Tank?

Most fish tanks need a full cleaning (going through each step above) once a month, plus changing 15-25% of the water every other week. But this is a general guideline that varies according to what’s in your tank. If your system has a high fish stocking density (aka a higher number of fish in a smaller amount of water), nutrients will build up quicker and lead to more aggressive algae growth. In this case, you may want to clean more often than once a month, and/or do weekly partial water changes.

Remember, many experts recommend no more than one fish per one gallon of water in your tank (though it’s a good idea to allow even more space if your fish are large or if you have aquarium décor that takes up a lot of space in the tank).


Frequently Asked Questions About Freshwater Fish Tanks

Q:How do you clean a fish tank after a fish dies?

A:Remove the dead fish immediately, then test your water quality using a test kit. If nitrate, nitrite or ammonia are out of range, do a water change of at least 50% as soon as possible and monitor your water quality closely for a week. If your water quality test is normal, remain on alert for changes in behavior (increased gill movements, sluggishness, decreased appetite, to name a few) that could indicate an illness in the tank. If disease appears to be the culprit, do a large water change and watch closely for signs of disease in other tank mates. Consult a fish veterinarian or expert at your local fish store with any concerns.


Q:Why do you have to clean a fish tank and not a pond?

A:Why do you have to clean a fish tank and not a pond?
Ponds are typically home to a complete ecosystem that naturally balances the quality of their water. For example, ponds have a wide variety of microorganisms, live plants and an influx of rainwater, all of which contribute to making the pond “self-cleaning.” Your fish tank, on the other hand, primarily houses your fish alone, so they need your help to keep their space clean.

Now that you know how to clean a fish tank, you and your fishy friends are on the road to a long and happy life together. Happy cleaning!
Expert input provided by Dr. Tim Hovanec, founder of Dr. Tim’s Aquatics based in Moorpark, California; and Dr. Stephan Tanner, owner of Swiss Tropicals, based in Rochester, Minnesota.

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Our Top 10 Movies Where the Dog Doesn’t Die

Let’s be honest: As a pooch parent, there is nothing worse than settling in for a cozy movie night with your furry BFF only to be totally surprised when the cutie-pie pup in the flick crosses the Rainbow Bridge. Suddenly, you’re sobbing into your dog’s fur, wondering why no one has yet to normalize a disclaimer at the beginning of a film warning us that this is one of those movies where the dog dies.  

Not cool, movie producers. Not. Cool. To save us the heartache of accidentally picking the wrong flick for doggy-and-me date night, we turned to the website DoesTheDogDie, which tells you (you guessed it!) whether the dog dies in a movie. From there, we pulled our favorite 10 flicks where the dogs gets to live their best life. 

“Air Bud” (1997)

This Disney classic is about a Golden Retriever named Buddy who has the uncanny ability to play basketball. And he’s good at it, too.  

Sure, we’d love to know why some dogs never learn to “stay” while Buddy is a natural basketball star, but we’re not asking questions.  

It’s also one of our favorite dog movies for kids, so don’t be surprised if, after watching “Air Bud,” your kiddo suddenly takes an interest in teaching the family dog to slam dunk. 

Available to rent on: Amazon Prime ($3.99), Google Play ($3.99) 

“Beethoven” (1992)

This is one of those good dog movies featuring a not-so-good boy, his constant antics and the family who learns to love him anyway. (Think “Marley & Me” except the dog doesn’t die.) And if you love the first film, there are seven after that! 

Available to stream on: Starz

Available to rent on: Amazon Prime ($3.99), Google Play ($3.99) 

What’s DoesTheDogDie?

DoesTheDogDie app
DoesTheDogDie is a compilation of 31,000—yes, 31 thousand—movies where the dog doesn’t die. (Not all heroes wear capes.)  

“We started DoesTheDogDie as a way to share information on movies that deliberately manipulate your feelings by hurting dogs,” John Whipple, founder of DoesTheDogDie in Texas, tells BeChewy.  

Whipple says the site has grown to track over 100 triggers, like animal abuse, snakes and spiders, clowns, ghosts, a parent or child dying and more—so note to self if you’re trying to avoid other tear-inducing situations and phobias.  

“The Secret Life of Pets” (2016)

This movie is a hilarious look at what our furry friends (probably) do when we leave them home alone. Like, do we even know our pets at all?!  

If you’re looking for options for family movies with dogs, this is a great one. 

Available to rent on: Amazon Prime ($3.99), Google Play ($3.99) 

“Dog” (2022)

Channing Tatum stars in this movie inspired by the real-life road trip he took with his dying dog, Lulu, after she was diagnosed with cancer. But while Tatum’s pup sadly passed away in 2018, the pooch in “Dog” (also named Lulu!) doesn’t.  

Available to rent on: Amazon Prime ($5.99), Google Play ($5.99)

“Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” (1993)

We can almost guarantee this movie will make you cry—but for a good reason.  

“Homeward Bound” is the story of two dogs and a cat who embark on a treacherous journey through the California wilderness and all the adventures they have along the way. It’s the perfect addition to your rotation of family movies with dogs. 

Available to stream on: Disney+

Available to rent on: Amazon Prime ($3.99), Google Play ($3.99) 

“Marmaduke” (2010)

This flick uses some pretty cool CGI to make it look like the animals are actually talking and that Marmaduke (voiced by Owen Wilson) can surf. Consider it one of those fun dog movies for kids that’ll have them laughing along with you. 

Available to rent on: Amazon Prime ($3.99), Google Play ($3.99) 

“Bolt” (2008)

Bolt (voiced by John Travolta) is a canine superstar who doesn’t realize his superpowers aren’t real. In reality, he’s a regular dog who happens to be on a big-time Hollywood TV show. This overconfident pup learns he isn’t so “super” after all when he leaves the set and winds up on the streets of NYC. There he teams up with some unlikely pals—a cat and a hamster—to find his owner, Penny (Miley Cyrus). 

Available to stream on: Disney+ 

Available to rent on: Amazon Prime ($3.99), Google Play ($3.99) 

“Beverly Hills Chihuahua” (2008)

In this film starring Drew Barrymore, Jamie Lee Curtis and Piper Perabo, a posh pup is totally out of her element when she ends up far from Rodeo Drive. Never fear, though! Her best buds come to her rescue to make sure she gets home safely. 

Available to stream on: Disney+ 

Available to rent on: Amazon Prime ($3.99), Google Play ($3.99) 

“Togo” (2019)

“Togo” is the untold true story about a teeny, troublemaking pup who grows into a strong, lead sled dog. He and his trainer, played by Willem Dafoe, set out on a dangerous mission across the Alaskan tundra to deliver medicine to a small town. The unbreakable bond the trainer and Togo form throughout the intense journey will have you hugging your own pup a little tighter (and shedding a tear or two). 

Available to stream on: Disney+ 

Available to rent on: Google Play ($3.99) 

“All Dogs Go to Heaven” (1989)

OK, so technically the main character, Charlie, does die, but he quickly makes it back to the land of the living and the rest of the movie is about this bad-guy German Shepherd learning to be a very good boy in his second life. We promise there are plenty of good feels in this flick that it’s worth a watch. 

Available to stream on: YouTube, Amazon Prime 

Now that you have a solid list of good dog movies to watch that won’t leave you tearing up, all that’s left is grab a fuzzy blanket, some yummy snacks (like these no-bake trail mix bars for dogs and humans), and press play. 

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What Are Probiotics for Cats? And Can They Improve My Kitty’s Gut Health?

You take probiotics—should your cat, too?

Probiotics for cats can help maintain and support a healthy digestive system and immune system. But not all cats need them. Before giving a probiotic supplement to your pet, you’ll want to consider the pros and cons and how they should be used.

What Are Probiotics for Cats?

Probiotics for cats are nutritional supplements that contain live, naturally occurring microorganisms such as bacteria and/or yeast. These “good” bacteria can help support the digestive tract, treat digestive issues, maintain gut health and boost the immune system.

Some probiotics are blended with prebiotic fiber, or dietary fiber, which are nutrients that promote the growth of beneficial gut microbes, says Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM, a veterinary consultant in Fort Collins, Colorado. An example of a prebiotic is fructooligosaccharides (FOS), which can be used by “good” bacteria to build colony forming units, or CFUs.

What Are the Benefits of Probiotics for Cats?

Cat probiotic supplements offer many benefits, including:

  • Boosting good gut flora: Just like in humans, many cat illnesses originate in the gut. These include leaky gut syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD.
  • Alleviating constipation, reducing diarrhea and loose stools, and improving urinary health: “Probiotics can outcompete ‘bad’ microorganisms that may play a role in diarrhea or other health problems,” Dr. Coates explains. “They can help support normal gastrointestinal function and the immune system, and even reduce anxiety.”
  • Reducing anxiety and stress: Since the gut and the brain are connected by millions of nerves, an inflamed GI tract can increase anxiety or behavioral issues, like stress.
  • Reducing hairballs: Probiotics can help boost the overall health of your cat’s digestive system, in turn helping reduce hairballs.
  • Improving immune health: Cat probiotics can boost a cat’s immune system after antibiotics, since antibiotics eliminate both good and bad microflora. Cat probiotics can help restore essential good bacteria in the microbiome that provide digestive support.
  • Alleviating allergies: “Pets with allergic or inflammatory conditions may benefit from probiotic supplementation,” Dr. Coates says.

Probiotics for kittens might also be helpful for our little friends, since kittens are born without gut bacteria and are prone to digestive upset and diarrhea.

What Are the Risks and Side Effects of Giving Cats Probiotics?

Like any supplement, probiotics can cause side effects for cats who are sensitive to them.

Side effects are rare but can include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Flatulence
  • Abdominal discomfort

“Probiotics are certainly not effective for all pets or under all circumstances, but when used correctly, they are extremely safe,” Dr. Coates says.

“It is important to give pets the right strains of probiotics, at the right dose, based on the condition being treated. Follow label directions on pet-specific probiotics and talk to your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns.”

If your cat is taking other medicine, ask your veterinarian if probiotics are safe to take. All medications and cat supplements have the potential to interact with one another. As a rule of thumb, probiotics should be stopped during antibiotic therapy since antibiotics wipe out all bacteria.

What Kind of Probiotics Can I Give My Cat?

Cat probiotics come in different forms, including powder supplements, pills and even treats infused with probiotics, like soft chews.

These products are made with probiotic strains of “good” bacteria, and each strain of bacteria can address different needs. A beneficial bacteria strain that can help treat anxiety in cats, for example, is Bifidobacterium longum, Dr. Coates says.

Other strains that can be helpful for a healthy gut and beyond include:

  • Bifidobacterium lactis animalis
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Bacillus coagulans
  • Enterococcus faecium

It’s essential for pet parents to steer clear of giving cats human probiotics. That’s because human probiotics aren’t formulated to offer the same benefits as cat-specific probiotics. Plus, there’s not enough research yet on the potential effects of human probiotics on cats.

On a similar note, don’t give your cat probiotics meant for dogs. It may come as a surprise, but cat probiotics and dog probiotics are entirely different. That’s because many pet probiotics are species- or breed-specific, meaning they’re formulated in a way that uniquely benefits cats and dogs. Be sure to only purchase a cat-specific probiotic.

Dr. Coates recommends the following products for cat supplements:

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Purina Pro Plan’s FortiFlora

Does your cat have diarrhea? Thanks to its live microorganisms, these supplements help support cats’ digestive health.

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VetriScience Probiotic

Boasting both probiotics and prebiotics, these supplements help support your cat’s digestive health and immune functions.

How Do I Give My Cat Probiotics?

Cat probiotic supplements can be given in numerous ways.

  • Probiotic powder, for example, can be mixed into cat food.
  • A probiotic paste can also be added to a cat’s diet.
  • If your cat tolerates pills, you can try to give cat probiotics in pill-form or hide them in chewy pill pockets.(Get tips for giving a cat a pill here.)

When it comes to probiotics for kittens, you may want to give your kitten something easy to eat, such as a gel or probiotic chews, since their teeth are still very small at that age.

How Often Should I Give My Cat Probiotics?

As for how often you give cat probiotic supplements, they’re usually given daily. However, how long your cat should take probiotics will ultimately depend on their needs and what your veterinarian recommends.

“A short course of probiotics may be all that is needed if the cat’s primary problem resolves, like diarrhea that develops after antibiotic therapy, for example,” Dr. Coates says. “Chronic diseases often require long-term probiotic therapy.”

Cat probiotic supplements can be a helpful addition to your cat’s diet and overall wellness plan. They can improve digestion, reduce stress and boost the immune system. However, be sure to always ask your veterinarian first if probiotics are right for your cat and if so, which type to get.

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Your Pet Can Embrace the Coastal Grandmother Aesthetic This Fall, Too

The coastal grandmother aesthetic has been sweeping social media and infiltrating friend groups—and it’s hard to hate a trend that personifies a laid back, beachy vibe. And while the breezy aesthetic was hot this past spring and summer, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t fit perfectly in these upcoming fall and winter months.

The best part is that not only is it easy to achieve this style in both your clothing and home decor during the year’s coziest months, but there are also plenty of ways that your pet can correspond as well. And we’ll show you how.

What Is Coastal Grandmother Style?
And How Does It Fit Into Fall?

While the trend’s name does indeed include “grandmother” in the title, it’s really an aesthetic that can be taken on by anyone.

Coastal grandmother embraces crisp, clean colors and earth tones, as well as simple and loose-fitting silhouettes for clothing. Think of light beige or soft blue loose-knit sweaters and white linen pants. Oversized white button-ups and rattan sun hats are also totally on this menu.

Fashion stylist Gabrielle Porcaro says that Diane Keaton in the 2003 rom-com “Something’s Gotta Give” is the perfect example of the style.

“I think the urge to stay comfortable post-pandemic is what made the relaxed style so popular,” says Porcaro. “It’s the epitome of easy, chic yet comfortable.”

And if you think this trend only fits in the spring and summer months, think again.

“It’s definitely a trans-seasonal trend for both fashion and home,” says Porcaro, who believes the trend is actually a better fit for fall and winter. “I think the big adjustment is swapping out lighter fabrics for heavier, more cozy ones. Pull in more textures, like ribbed or braided pieces, or plush, super soft pieces.”

When integrating the coastal grandmother aesthetic into your home décor, opt for neutral colors and natural materials, like wicker, shells, branches and wood pieces. Skip the bold, busy fabrics and patterns.

Basically, prioritize “anything that looks like it was found in nature,” Porcaro says.

Oh, and don’t forget to include the coziest fabrics you can get your hands on.

How to Integrate Coastal Grandmother Into Your Pet’s Wardrobe, Bedding and More

A bonus for pet parents? This style translates perfectly to pet clothing and furniture: Go for cat and dog beds that boast plush, cozy cushions; bed frames for small pets that feature natural materials; and, for apparel, cable knit sweaters, scarves, beanies and puffer vests in neutral shades to round out your pup’s wardrobe.

Other coastal grandmother style tips for pets? Integrate stripes and knits in your pet’s apparel; this pattern and this fabric make it easy to match with your pet, as you probably already have a few striped sweaters and other cozy knits in your closet.

To help you and your pet perfectly achieve the coastal grandmother look, we’ve rounded up some easy ways to seamlessly incorporate the hot trend into you and your pet’s life.

Coastal Grandmother Pet Apparel

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Get the Fall Coastal Grandmother Look

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Frisco Manhattan Tweed Dog & Cat Coat

Keep pets warm this winter with this tweet coat, which also boasts a neutral hue that’ll match any and all of their accessories.

Price: $21.88

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Frisco Soft Sherpa Dog & Cat Coat

With a sherpa coat this cozy, you’ll want to cuddle up with your pet all winter long. Available in one color, Oatmeal, this shade is very appropriate for the coastal grandmother trend.

Price: $18.99

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Frisco Tweed Ruffle Skirt Dog & Cat Dress

Available in sizes XS to XXL, this brand-new, neutral-colored Frisco ruffle skirt will look great on dogs and cats, alike. Plus, ruffles are all the rage this year, so your pet will be even more on-trend.

Price: $17.99

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GF Pet Chalet Dog Sweater

This turtleneck cable-knit sweater screams “fall.” Not only does its texture align with the coastal grandmother vibe, but it’s also available in beige, perfectly fitting the aesthetic.

Price: $17.99

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Pendleton National Park Dog Coat

Not only does Pendleton make dog beds in the most relaxing colors, but the brand also sells an array of coats that are so cute, you’ll want one of your own. For this particular National Park dog coat, the cozy fabric feels like wool and is sure to keep your pet warm. Meanwhile, the horizontal stripes in shades of orange and navy help seamlessly ease your way into the fall season.

Price: $49

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Frisco Boulder Plaid Insulated Dog & Cat Puffer Coat

Plaids and stripes have always been timeless fashion choices, and this fall season, they happen to also be on-trend. Water-resistant and lined with fleece, this coat is available in a beautiful blue that features an understated black checker pattern around the chest and neck area.

Price: $9.76

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Touchdog Split-Vent Designer Waterproof Dog & Cat Raincoat

Raincoats like this one perfectly fit the coastal grandmother trend, Porcaro says, thanks to its crisp blue hue and design. Plus, functionally, it boasts a waterproof shell complete with an adorable hood.

Price: $31.68

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Frisco Dog & Cat Cable Knitted Sweater

Available in Navy, Frisco’s cable knitted sweater will keep your pet warm on the chilliest of days.

Price: $15.99

Coastal Grandmother Pet Home Decor

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Get Coastal Grandma-Cozy with These Must-Haves

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PetAmi Fluffy Waterproof Blanket

This microfiber polyester blanket will transform your pet’s bed into a cozy, luxurious haven. It’s also machine-washable, making cleaning a breeze.

Price: $16.99

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Naturals by Rosewood Chill N Snooze Bed

Calling all the smaller pet babies! This basket is made of woven hyacinth and rattan, and it will look beautiful when lined with comfy cushioning.

Price: $13.27

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Sam’s Pets Nala Wicker Cat Bed

This modern wicker cat bed is the perfect way to add texture to your home decor. It’s handcrafted and features a plush white pillow inside.

Price: $115.61

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Trisha Yearwood Pet Collection Wicker Dog Bed

Made of woven rattan in a soft gray hue, this dog bed will look cute in any room. Oh, and with the plush cream-colored cushion (which is machine-washable, by the way), your pup will be lounging in style.

Price: $86.13

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Frisco Self Warming Bolster Round Cat Bed

Available in a variety of colors, this comfy, self-warming bolster bed will help pet parents carve out a cozy, coastal grandmother-themed corner for their pet.

Price: $11.72

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Pendleton Rocky Mountain National Park Pillow Dog Bed

With stripes and a seafoam green background, this Pendleton bed is a coastal grandmother dream. It’s made of soft polar fleece, and it features a special design that keeps the filling from moving around.

Price: $139

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New Age Pet ecoFLEX Piedmont Double Diner Elevated Dog Bowls & Storage

Upgrade your pet’s feeding station with this elevated bowl-holder that doubles as a stylish storage bin that not only helps you maximize your space but is also a sleek way to store your pet’s food.

Price: $95.10

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Frisco Round Cat Dish

For a chic cat dish that’ll fit into any aesthetic, really, turn to Frisco’s round, cream-colored cat dish. It’s also available in coastal grandmother-friendly color gray.

Price: $4.01

And there you have it: Proof the coastal grandmother trend is here to stay—for pet parents and pets alike. So, what are you and your furry best friend waiting for? Put on your plushest, coziest neutral-hued sweaters, light a pet-safe pumpkin-scented candle, and get to cuddling on the couch already.

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‘Only Murders in the Building’ Star Minnie the Bulldog Spills Her Hollywood Secrets

This interview contains minor spoilers for Seasons One and Two of “Only Murders in the Building.”

Have you ever dreamed of being a big-time Hollywood star? Filming scenes with famous actors, getting pampered in your trailer between shoots, followed by a legion of devoted fans?

Well, I’m Minnie the Bulldog, and I’m living the dream. And I’ve gotta say, it’s pretty spectacular.

OK, I’m not a household name (yet). But you probably know me from the Hulu series “Only Murders in the Building,” in which I star alongside Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez. Now, those are names that just about everybody knows. But here’s a behind-the-scenes secret: When we’re on set, I’m the one getting all the attention.

I play the beloved Bulldog of Martin Short’s character, Oliver. In fact, I had a truly dramatic turn in Season 1, in which Winnie was mysteriously poisoned. Not to brag, but my performance definitely helped the show earn a bunch of Emmy nominations this year, including Outstanding Comedy Series. Winnie made a miraculous recovery, so I got to return for Season 2 last summer. And no spoilers, but you can also expect to see me in Season 3.

So what’s it really like being a celebrity Bulldog, rubbing elbows and getting head scratches from the Hollywood elite? Well, you caught me between shoots, so I have some time to fill you in on all things Minnie.

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Relaxing with a bone in my trailer.

My Humble Beginnings: Some dogs are born into the spotlight, but I had a bit of a rocky start. I was abandoned in Miami, then rescued and transported to Bumper Bulldog Rescue in Long Island, New York, in 2019. That’s where my parents, Josephine and Robert Ciuzio, adopted me into their family. My parents think I’m about 4 years old, but that’s just a guess.

After my parents brought me home, I got my first glimpse of stardom. Josephine and Robert were also the parents of Baby Howard the Bulldog, an actor and model who appeared in TV shows, commercials and even on stage with the Metropolitan Opera. He was my first Hollywood role model, but he passed away just a few months after I arrived. Now, it’s on me and my siblings Barney and Luna to carry on the family legacy of Bulldogs working in show business.

My Big Break: Here’s an acting tip for you: Use what you know. For me, that means using my stroller savvy.

See, my stroller has been my safe space ever since my parents rescued me. I’ve gotten pretty great at jumping in and out of that thing—and that skill is what landed me the part of Winnie.

In fact, the casting team had originally cast another Bulldog for the role—but she wasn’t as good at facing the right direction or sticking her head out of the stroller as adorably as I do.


Mingling with the Stars: I know you’re all dying for some juicy Hollywood gossip: fights, feuds, that sort of thing. But the truth is that our cast and crew get along really well. Steve Martin and Martin Short are really good at keeping me calm on set—they sing silly songs to me between takes. I love to chat (aka bark with) Selena’s dogs, Winnie and Daisy. And Molly, the parrot who plays Oliver’s inherited pet bird Mrs. Gambolini, will occasionally perch on my stroller just to hang out, too.

So yeah, we’re pretty much one big happy family. But I will tell you one little bit of gossip: Martin Short can get a little jealous. One time, I nailed a scene where I had to jump into my stroller, and I received a standing ovation from my fellow actors and crewmembers. Martin threw up his hands and said, “It’s always about Winnie!” Well, duh.

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Getting some love from Ryan Broussard, who plays Oliver’s son Will.

Preparing for Work: There’s a lot more that goes into being a dog actor than you might imagine. My preparations start months in advance, when my mom plays Martin Short’s movies for me so I can get used to hearing his voice.

My mom stays on set with me throughout the day (I get anxious without her around), and I also work with trainers from Dawn Animal Agency when mom needs some help getting me to perform my best.

My mom also helps me prepare for scenes. If one calls for, say, Martin to brush me on his couch, she’ll use the same type of brush on me before the scene to make sure I’m comfortable. And like most Bulldogs, I get overheated pretty easily—especially under the bright lights of a TV set—so mom packs an ice collar to keep me cool and feeling relaxed.

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My Toto costume!

Hollywood Pampering: I’m a very important part of the “Only Murders” cast, so of course I get the star treatment!

I have my own dressing room in the studio, and I get my own trailer if we’re shooting on location. They don’t do hair or makeup for dogs, but I have a special collar and leash that help me get into the role, and one time I had to get fitted for a costume to play Toto in a “Wizard of Oz”-inspired scene.

My favorite person on-set, aside from my mom, is prop master Susannah McCarthy. Her priority is making sure I’m comfortable with the scene, so she always gives me snuggles, kisses and special treats. I wiggle and get excited every time I see her.

Sometimes my parents say being a big star has gone to my head. I insist on having special snacks on set, so mom grills me steak or chicken with sweet potatoes. It has to be the good stuff people eat; I’m not going to be happy with a milk bone. Not to mention, I need my favorite blanket and Nylabones, too.

My adoring fans: It makes me so happy that so many people like to watch me on TV! I’m told that they were very concerned about whether or not Winnie would make it after she was poisoned in Season 1. A lot of them even send fan art to my parents, and one person even made cookies in my honor! Shout out to my #WinnieWatchers!


My Regular Life: When I’m not working, I’m usually sleeping, chewing on something or hanging out with my favorite humans. I’ll hang out with my siblings Barney and Luna, too, but I’m not really into wrestling or playing with them. I’m above such shenanigans. (Hello, star status, remember?) I also like dressing up and going out to eat with my parents; I’m very prim and proper at the dining table.

Awards Snubs: Lots of people say Selena Gomez should have been nominated for an Emmy for “Only Murders.” (And they’re right—have you seen her performance??) But for me the real snub is that there isn’t a category for animal actors. I’m not even allowed on the red carpet! It’s discriminatory, if you ask me. Just imagine how fabulous I would look posing for red carpet pics in a designer collar and my favorite Minnie dress.

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Stroller life!

Still, I’m grateful that so many people love the show—and that it was recently renewed for a third season. I must be really popular! I haven’t heard anything about when we’ll start shooting again, but don’t worry—I’ll work on looking really cute in my stroller until then.

—as told to Howard Hardee

Can’t get enough Minnie? Follow her and her siblings on Instagram: @babyhowardsbuddies.

Minnie’s Favorite Things

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They’re an “Odd Couple” of Dogs—and One Shelter Saved Their Lives by Keeping Them Together

Like most bonded pairs of pets, Rose and Ebenezer, two dogs at Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, do pretty much everything together. But that doesn’t mean they have much in common.

“They are a very odd couple,” laughs Cherie Shannon, an assistant manager at the sanctuary. “They definitely balance each other out.”

Rose, a 6-and-a-half-year-old, 60-pound Rhodesian Ridgeback, is both high-energy and high-anxiety. She’s fearful of strangers, but jumps up and down and barks for attention around loved ones, and twirls around excitedly before going for a walk. Once she knows a person, she’ll happily lay across their lap.

Ebenezer, on the other hand, is an 11-and-a-half-year-old, 20 pound beagle who fits the “grumpy old man” stereotype to a tee. He prefers to find his own private place to lie down, thank you very much—and don’t even think about asking him to go for a walk, or you might be met with his distinctive, loud howl.

No one knows for sure how these two became inseparable BFFs. But staff at Old Friends say they’re not just besties—they’re soulmates who simply can’t live without each other.


Ebenezer arrived at Old Friends on Jan. 31, 2020, thanks to the efforts of the Rural Animal Rescue Effort, which had removed Ebenezer and Rose from a hoarding situation. But he arrived alone, and the staff could quickly tell that something wasn’t right. Ebenezer had no confidence and was skittish on a leash.

“A couple of days later we got a call [from a shelter] and they said, ‘We have this other dog who’s too young for your program, but we think they were bonded because she’s freaking out without him.’” That other dog, of course, was Rose.

Old Friends is dedicated to helping senior dogs; their residents include older dogs with serious illnesses and mobility issues who require extraordinary care. But staff knew that it’s not unusual for dogs to bond in the tight quarters and traumatic day-to-day reality of living in a hoarder’s house.

So, they made an exception to reunite Rose with Ebenezer, taking in 6-year-old dog—and instantly improving both their lives.

“Once we got them together, the confidence difference was so amazing,” Cissell says. “They’re definitely a bonded pair.”

With each other’s support, both dogs began medical and behavioral therapies to help them get healthy and learn to accept love.

Rose, for example, was terrified of walking on leash and even wearing a collar. Today, she’s able to walk on leash in private with a person she trusts, though she’s still working on getting comfortable in public. She also remains shy around strangers, though she becomes extremely affectionate once she gets to know you.

“She’s come a long way,” Shannon says. “She’s to the point now where somebody might come along and say, ‘This dog is a little hyper and a little nervous, but if you have patience and understanding, then she’s simple.’”

Ebenezer, for his part, has had his own struggles: Since he arrived at Old Friends, he was treated with chemotherapy for a mass on his prostate, and underwent surgery for a torn cruciate on his right hind leg.

His recovery from both was excellent, staff say. He’s now in remission—and no one at Old Friends would argue that Rose’s presence is at least partially responsible for his good health.

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Energetic pup Rosie is thriving with Ebenezer by her side.
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Old Friends staff describe Ebenezer as a lovable “old man.”

Rose and Ebenezer are just two of Old Friends’ many success stories.

Between 110 and 130 senior dogs live at Old Friends’ facility at a given time, and more than 400 are living with “Geezer Guardians” (aka aka pet parents who take in senior-age dogs and make sure that whatever time remains is comfortable) within a 100 mile radius of the sanctuary.

Like many of the rescues at the sanctuary, each had medical or behavioral issues that would likely have made it difficult to find a forever home. In fact, some of the lifetime residents at Old Friends would likely be euthanized due to behavioral issues if they hadn’t been taken in, Shannon says. Most resource-scarce shelters are forced to prioritize the most adoptable dogs.

Old Friends, on the other hand, accepts dogs for life. Their network of “Geezer Guardians” helps them save as many senior dogs as possible. Old Friends provides and covers the cost of these fosters’ medical care and offers ongoing support throughout the fostering process.

“We’re able to keep track of the dogs in a partnership,” Cissell says. “They get to keep the dog forever and we also keep in touch; they go to see our vets, they see our physical therapists. They’ll get all of the resources they need to take care of that dog.”

That means more dogs like Ebenezer and Rose get to live long, happy lives, with all the love and support they need.


Today, Rose continues to cope with anxiety, but she’s making progress and overcoming her fears every day. Now, she can even enjoy short periods apart from Ebenezer—though the two are always excited to be reunited afterwards.

With Rose by his side, Ebenezer’s demeanor is confident, maybe even a little cocky. But he hasn’t lost his grumpy old man edge. His legendary bay starts low and crescendos to a piercingly high pitch that echoes throughout “Barkley Suites,” aka Old Friends’ doggie living quarters, letting everybody know he’s feeling a bit prickly.

“I’ve never heard anything like it,” Shannon says. “Everybody in the facility knows what he sounds like.”

Both have come so far in their rehabilitation that they’re up for adoption—together, of course.

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Ebenezer and Rose, together forever.

 “They just need that little bit of comfort from each other,” Shannon says.

Thanks to Old Friends, no matter what the future holds, Rose and Ebenezer will always have each other by their side. It’s hard to imagine a happier ending to their love story.


Make a Difference for Senior Dogs

Rose and Ebenezer are just two of the thousands of senior dogs across the country who are looking for forever homes. If you’re inspired by their story, consider adopting or fostering a senior dog in your community. You can search for adoptable senior dogs at shelters and rescues in your area.

Interested in adopting Rose and Ebenezer? Find out more about the pair here.

How You Can Help

Shelter and rescue organizations depend on support from pet lovers to intervene when animals like Rose and Ebenezer need their help. But here’s the good news: You can support the life-saving work of Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary with just a few clicks.

You’ll find a list of all the supplies they need on their Chewy Wish List. Just add to cart, check out, and we’ll ship everything straight to their doorstep!

Shop Old Friends’ Wish List


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New Fall Tradition Alert: Apple Picking at These Dog-Friendly Orchards

We already know your dog is the apple of your eye—but have you ever considered going apple picking with your pup? For pup parents looking for pet-friendly fall activities, a trip to a dog-friendly apple picking orchard checks all those seasonal boxes. They’ll get a day of fresh air, new smells and a spot to stretch their legs. You’ll get a fresh-picked tasty treat—a bag of your own apples—to take home, along with great memories and more than a few Insta-worthy snaps.

We searched the country for dog-friendly apple orchards with tons of extra perks for both pets and their parents. These 10 u-pick apple orchards welcome your pooch—and even provide fun pet-friendly activities at their apple farm so you can plan a full afternoon out with your dog. So, pack your dog’s to-go bag, head out apple picking at an orchard near you, and be ready to break out your family’s favorite apple pie recipe when you’re back home. Just be sure you know and follow the pet policies at your orchard of choice. Always keep your dog on a leash and don’t forget the poop bags to clean up after your pup!

Bushels and Pecks, Explained

Wondering “What even is a bushel or a peck, anyway?” You’re not alone. Use this handy guide when choosing how many apples you want to bring home.

  • Bushel: 42-48 pounds of apples, or approximately 125 medium size apples
  • Peck: 10-14 pounds of apples, or approximately 30 medium size apples


dog-friendly apple picking

Deardorff Orchards

1Deardorff Orchards & Vineyard, Minnesota

Season: August – October

Cost: 1/2 peck: $12.50* | full peck: $25* (*depends on variety; earlier season apples cost less)

Located west of Minneapolis/St. Paul in the rolling hills of Waconia, Deardorff Orchards is tucked on 125 scenic acres. The apple farm grows 10 varieties and has over 3,000 apple trees. While some of the apples are used in winemaking at nearby Parley Lake Winery, most are available for gathering during u-pick apple season.

From the rustic barn dating back to 1888 to the tractor rides around the orchard (included with a purchase from either the Apple Barn or Winery), you and your pup will feel like you’ve been whisked away to enjoy the total farm experience.

For even more dog-friendly fun, head to the Winery Tasting Room in the barn where leashed dogs are allowed to join you while you sample and shop.

The Apple Barn store also features fresh local products including apple pies, pumpkins, jams, honey, produce and other gift items.

Can Dogs Eat Apples?

Good news: Apples are a nutritious snack for dogs, both low on calories and high in vitamins A, C, K and more. Find out more about all the benefits of apples for dogs.


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Meg Morrow

2Cider Hill Family Orchard, Kansas

Season: July – November

Cost: Kids’ bag: $6 | peck: $12 | 1/2 bushel: $22 | full bushel: $42

Cider Hill Family Orchard is all about fun traditions for the whole family—including your pup! The farm’s 38 acres are home to 1,500 apple trees and 18 different kinds of apples.

Hitch a ride on the Apple Wagon to start your adventures. Once you and your leashed pup get dropped amid the abundance of apples, you’re welcome to spend as much time as you’d like exploring and picking the perfect peck. The orchard also has lots of goodies to treat yourself to after an afternoon in the orchard, including fall favorites like kettle corn, apple cider donuts and fresh-pressed apple cider slushes.

Pack a picnic to enjoy in the shade or buy a BBQ lunch. Your dog is welcome to join you outside, though they are not allowed in any buildings, so bring a buddy to watch them if you want to go into the Cottage Store.

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Eckert’s Belleville Farm

3Eckert’s Belleville Farm, Illinois

Season: August – October

Cost: $3.49/pound (Honeycrisp apples) | $1.99/pound (all other apple varieties)

Eckert’s has been growing apples on its farms for more than 100 years and is happy to welcome furry friends at all three of its apple orchard locations. Eckert’s flagship farm in Belleville, Illinois, located right outside of St. Louis, Missouri, is the oldest dog-friendly orchard of the bunch and has over 15 varieties of apples that will get your mouth watering.

The farm also offers additional pup-friendly amenities that will have your dog’s tail wagging, too. Grab a pup custard cup from Eckert’s Frozen Custard Shop for a special treat. And for leashed dogs who love a good walk, let them stretch their legs on the Orchard Loop Trail, a scenic path near the apple orchard.

If you’re looking for even more fruit-picking fun, leashed pups are also allowed in Eckert’s peach fields. (Peach season runs from early July through late September.)

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Nashoba Valley Winery and Orchard

4Nashoba Valley Winery and Orchard, Massachusetts

Season: August – October

Cost: $20 (allows 3 people per bag) | 1/2 bushel: $30 (allows 5 people per bag)

If you’re looking for the best dog-friendly apple picking in Massachusetts, look no further than Nashoba Valley Winery and Orchard. Your leashed dog is allowed to join you for apple picking in the picturesque orchard. Though dogs are not allowed in any buildings, you’ll find plenty of beautiful countryside to wander together.

If you’ve worked up an appetite after all your apple picking, head to the Vintner’s Knoll, the outside winery dining area that has dog-friendly seating. (Be sure to reserve a dog-friendly table in advance.) You can enjoy local wine from Nashoba’s vineyard or a refreshing beer or hard cider from Bolton Beer Works, one of the top-notch local breweries.

Looking for more pet-friendly autumn activities? The orchard also hosts a fall Taste of the Maze Festival in partnership with nearby Schartner Farms where you can enjoy beer and wine tasting, cider donuts, hayrides and a dog-friendly corn maze.

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Iowa Orchard

5Iowa Orchard, Iowa

Season: September – October

Cost:1/2 peck: $18 for Honeycrisp, $12 for all other varieties | 1 peck: $30 for Honeycrisp, $20 for all other varieties | 1/2 bushel: $55 for Honeycrisp, $35 for all other varieties | 1 bushel: $100 for Honeycrisp, $60 for all other varieties

Your leashed pup will love heading out with you to pick apples at Iowa Orchard. This dog-friendly farm features fan-favorite apple varieties like Honeycrisp, Gala, Golden Delicious and Pink Lady along with 10 others.

Be sure to plan enough time to slow down and take in the scenery, as your dog will enjoy an easy stroll along the shaded rows of apple trees. And if your pup is looking super cute, perhaps rocking a seasonal bandana, visit the farm’s sunflower field to snap a show-stopping Instagram pic.

If you’re hankering for some baked goods, be sure to swing by Iowa Orchard’s farm market in Urbandale where you can shop a wide variety of mouthwatering homemade pies and other apple treats. The Urbandale location also has a dog-friendly pumpkin patch which is open from late September through Halloween.

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Barton Orchard

6Barton Orchards, New York

Season: August – November

Cost: Saturday and Sunday festival weekends: $20 for a peck or $36 for a half bushel | Weekly specials: 2 pecks for $30 (Monday-Friday and non-holiday weekdays)

The apple growers at Barton Orchards clearly adore dogs—they’ve gone the extra mile for both people and pups. In addition to their 175-acre dog-friendly apple orchard, the farm has a dedicated dog park where pups are allowed to romp off-leash and make some new friends.

After an afternoon of apple picking, you can treat yourself, too. Swing by the Ice Cream Stand to order one of Barton’s famous apple cider donut sundaes or grab a bite to eat from the Farm Market. Dogs are not allowed inside the building but can join you for a picnic at the outdoor seating areas.

Barton’s on-site Tap Room does welcome pups, and you can enjoy a selection of local craft beer, wine and cider. Be sure to check out the orchard’s calendar of events for everything from live music to food trucks and a variety of annual festivals.

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B.J. Reece Orchards

7B.J. Reece Orchards, Georgia

Season: August – October

Cost: 1/2 peck: $10 | peck: $20 | 1/2 bushel: $40 | entrance fee: $2/person on weekdays, $5/person on weekends

Escape to the serenity of the north Georgia mountains at B.J. Reece Orchards. The family-owned farm grows over 20 different apple varieties so you’re sure to find a flavor that satisfies your sweet tooth or is perfect for baking into an apple pie.

Your dog can join you in the orchard to help sniff out the best apples, though they are not allowed inside the market. Bring a friend who can watch your pup if you want to pop inside—you won’t want to miss the bakery’s famed apple cider donuts and fried pies.

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Big B’s Delicious Orchards

8Big B’s Delicious Orchards, Colorado

Season: July – November

Cost: Price varies based on apple variety, ranging from $0.99 to $1.99 per pound

Located just outside of Paonia on Colorado’s western slope, family-owned Big B’s Delicious Orchards features 16 acres of organic orchards—and they’re dog-friendly too! The cozy orchard features great mountain views and tasty apple varieties like Fuji, Gala and Jonagold.

The orchard also has a campground, cafe, wine and cider tasting room and outdoor concert venue where you can enjoy free live music throughout the season.

For a unique overnight stay, book a night at one of the orchard’s three dog-friendly glamping tents. Or if you have an adventurous pup, pitch a tent at the campground and sleep out under the stars for a great way to end a day of apple picking.

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Kiyokawa Family Orchards

9Kiyokawa Family Orchards, Oregon

Season: August – October

Cost: Price varies based on apple variety, ranging from $0.99 to $1.99 per pound

Located in the famed Hood River Valley, Kiyokawa Family Orchards has been growing apples since 1911. Your leashed dog is welcome to join you for apple picking in the orchard, though they are not allowed in the Farm Stand.

In addition to the fabulous backdrop (on a clear day, you’ll have an outstanding view of Mt. Hood), the orchard grows over 100 distinct apple varieties and is the largest u-pick orchard in the valley.

Whether you’re looking for apples for a pie or just want some snacking treats, you’re certain to find a variety—or a few new ones—that delights your taste buds.

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Justus Orchard

10Justus Orchard, North Carolina

Season: August – November

Cost: 1/2 bushel – $22 | peck – $15 | 1/2 peck – $10

Justus Orchard invites you and your leashed dog to sample, mix and match from their nearly 20 apple varieties. With all these delicious options to choose from, you’ll be sure to go home with your favorite apples for eating or cooking. Dogs are allowed to join you in the orchard for your day of apple picking.

The on-site Apple House Bakery also offers pre-picked apples, honey, jams, jellies, preserves and other homemade goodies. Or if you have a sweet tooth, swing by the bakery for homemade fried apple pies, apple cider donuts, cider slushies and more.

Safety Tips for Apple Picking With Your Dog

Dog-friendly apple picking can be tons of fun for the whole family—as long as you follow a few basic rules. With a little preparation, you can ensure your trip to the orchard is a rousing success for pups and people alike.

  • Obey leash requirements and other pet policies at the orchard. Your dog may not be allowed in certain areas for food safety reasons, so be sure to check with the orchard before visiting.
  • Ensure your dog is well-behaved. Dogs should be well-socialized to be comfortable around other people and pets. Keep barking to a minimum.
  • Keep your dog leashed. Even if the orchard doesn’t specifically require it, keeping your dog on leash is a good idea. Many orchards also have farm animals or other pets who could hurt or be hurt by your dog. Be aware and keep your dog leashed to avoid any issues.
  • Bring water and a travel bowl. It’s important to keep your dog hydrated during your outing. And don’t forget water for you, too!
  • Don’t let your dog eat fallen apples. Though dogs can eat appropriately prepared apples in moderation, overripe fallen fruits may give them a tummy ache.
  • Keep an eye out for bugs. A sting from a bee or wasp could end your visit on a sour note (and potentially reroute you to your vet’s office).

Make the Most of Your Apple Picking Adventure

Follow these tips to turn your apple picking extravaganza into an even more memorable outing

  • Dress up in seasonal sweaters or cute bandanas for A+ Instagram photos
  • Play games like tug or bring treats like a stuffed frozen Kong to entertain your dog while you pick apples.
  • Bring a small wagon for pups or elder dogs who might get tired while you’re strolling through the orchard. Bonus tip: The wagon also makes a great prop for photos!
  • Invite your pup’s bestie for an apple-picking playdate and pack a picnic to enjoy after!
  • Find some recipes for dog-friendly apple treats like this frozen apple pie to bake for your dog when you return home.

Dog-friendly Apple Picking Orchards Near You

When autumn rolls around, find the best dog-friendly apple picking near you and get picking! Note that most u-pick apple seasons run from July/August through October/November, though the specific dates will vary by location and the timing of each annual crop. Call ahead or visit the orchard’s website for more information, and be sure you’re aware of their pet policies prior to visiting.
State
Orchard
Address
State

Alabama

Address

24012 US Highway 72, Athens, AL 35613

State

Alabama

Address

16045 County Road 29, Jemison, AL 35085

State

Arizona

Orchard

Schnepf Farms

Address

24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek, AZ 85142

State

California

Address

1284 Julian Orchards Dr., Julian, CA 92036

State

California

Orchard

Los Rios Rancho

Address

39611 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen, CA, 92399

State

Colorado

Address

1190 1st St, Penrose, CO 81240

State

Georgia

Orchard

Red Apple Barn

Address

3379 Tails Creek Road, Ellijay, Georgia 30540

State

Idaho

Address

2087 W King Rd, Kuna, ID 83634

State

Illinois

Orchard

Tanners Orchard

Address

740 State Route 40, Speer, IL 61479

State

Illinois

Orchard

Christ Orchard

Address

4317 North Texas Road, Elmwood, IL 61529

State

Illinois

Address

20995 Eckert Orchard Rd, Grafton, IL 62037

State

Indiana

Address

369 East Greencastle Road, Mooresville, IN 46158

State

Iowa

Orchard

Deals Orchard

Address

1102 244th St, Jefferson, IA 50129

State

Kansas

Address

11249 SW 160th St, Rose Hill, KS 67133

State

Kentucky

Address

1396 Pinckard Pike, Versailles, KY 40383

State

Maine

Address

1625 Main Street, Kents Hill, ME 04349

State

Maine

Orchard

Apple Acres

Address

363 Durgintown Rd, Hiram, ME 04041

State

Maine

Address

8 Whitney Rd, Cumberland, ME 04021

State

Massachusetts

Orchard

Doe Orchards

Address

327 Ayer Rd, Harvard, MA 01451

State

Massachusetts

Address

340 Marshall Rd., Fitchburg, MA 01420

State

Michigan

Address

11025 S Jackson Rd, Cement City, MI 49233

State

Michigan

Address

1431 Duffield Rd, Flushing, MI 48433

State

Michigan

Address

10685 Warren Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170

State

Minnesota

Address

6428 Manning Avenue, Stillwater, MN 55082

State

Minnesota

Orchard

Fairhaven Farm

Address

13835 51st Ave, South Haven, MN 55382

State

Minnesota

Address

345 County Road 30 SE, Montrose, MN 55363

State

Minnesota

Address

30069 State Hwy 210, Aitkin, MN 56431

State

Missouri

Address

16300 Wilkerson Rd, Weston, MO 64098

State

Missouri

Address

10455 N Hwy, Platte City, MO 64079

State

Nebraska

Address

7460 West 100th Street, Kearney, NE 68845

State

Nebraska

Address

5995 G Road, Nebraska City, NE 68410

State

Nevada

Address

7425 Franktown Road, Washoe Valley, NV 89704

State

New Hampshire

Address

20 Orchard Way, Lee, NH 03861

State

New Hampshire

Address

133 Exeter Road (Rt. 88), Hampton Falls, NH 03844

State

New Jersey

Address

1564 Commissioners Rd, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

State

New Mexico

Address

236 Cottonwood Canyon Road, La Luz, NM 88337

State

New York

Orchard

Masker Orchards

Address

45 Ball Rd, Warwick, NY 10990

State

New York

Orchard

Wright’s Farm

Address

699 State Route 208, Gardiner, NY 12525

State

New York

Address

2187 State Route 32, Modena, NY 12548

State

New York

Address

3012 State Route 213, Stone Ridge, NY 12484

State

North Carolina

Orchard

Sky Top Orchard

Address

3403 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock, NC 28731

State

North Carolina

Address

1025 Orchard Road, Spruce Pine, NC 28777

State

North Carolina

Address

771 NC-150, Reidsville, NC 27320

State

North Carolina

Orchard

Creasman Farms

Address

280 Bent Arrow Ln, Hendersonville, NC, 28792

State

Ohio

Orchard

Lynd Fruit Farm

Address

9399 Morse Rd. SW, Pataskala, OH 43062

State

Ohio

Address

4749 Dibble Rd, Ashtabula, OH 44004

State

Ohio

Address

5895 Johnstown Utica Rd NE, Utica, OH 43080

State

Oregon

Address

5650 Lardon Road NE, Salem, OR 97305

State

Oregon

Address

6670 Trout Creek Ridge Rd, Mt Hood, OR 97041

State

Pennsylvania

Orchard

Styer Orchard

Address

97 Styers Ln, Langhorne, PA 19047

State

Pennsylvania

Address

110 Ducktown Rd, Hellam Township, PA 17406

State

South Carolina

Address

1860 Black Highway, York, SC 29745

State

South Carolina

Address

454 Damascus Church Rd, Long Creek, SC 29658

State

South Dakota

Address

25789 480th Ave., Brandon, SD 57005

State

Tennessee

Address

631 Beckwith Rd. Mt. Juliet, TN 37122

State

Tennessee

Address

956 Wheeler Rd, Dunlap, TN 37327

State

Utah

Address

627 S. Alpine Hwy, Alpine, UT 84004

State

Vermont

Orchard

Mad Tom Orchard

Address

2615 Mad Tom Road, East Dorset, VT 05253

State

Virginia

Orchard

Hollin Farms

Address

1524 Snowden Road, Delaplane, VA 20144

State

Virginia

Address

1608 Russell Rd, Berryville, VA 22611

State

Washington

Address

11901 Zier Rd, Yakima, WA 98908

State

Washington

Orchard

Sm’Apples

Address

1197 Willeys Lake Road, Ferndale, WA 98248

State

Washington

Orchard

Skipley Farm

Address

7228 Skipley Rd., Snohomish, WA 98290

State

Wisconsin

Orchard

Appleberry Farm

Address

8079 Maurer Road, Cross Plains, WI 53528

State

Wisconsin

Address

9197 State Hwy 42, Fish Creek, WI 54212

There you have it—everything you need to know to turn dog-friendly apple picking into an annual autumn tradition. Happy picking!

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Make the Most of the Fall With This Ultimate Autumn Pet Parent To-Do List

From fun festivals to cozy nights by the fireplace, there’s plenty to adore about the fall season—especially if you’re a pet parent. Along with colorful foliage and pumpkin spice lattes, autumn brings tons of fun fall activities to make uniquely seasonal memories with your furry friend. The change in seasons is also a good reminder to make sure your pet’s up to date on their vet visits, flea and tick treatments, and all those other easy-to-forget necessities.

So, what are the best fun things to do at this time of year—and what pet parenting tasks come with it? We’ve created a free printable checklist of all the best fall things to do.

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Click to download and print our fall to-do list, and read on for more tips and tricks for these fun fall activities.

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Fun Fall Things to Do

Choose Their Halloween Costume


It’s spooky season, after all—and you know the best costumes are going to fly off the shelves, so start brainstorming costume ideas for you and your pup early. We’ve got plenty of inspo for dogs and cats to get those Halloween vibes flowing.



Visit a Pet-friendly Fall Festival


What’s better than sipping warm apple cider, taking a hayride to a pumpkin patch, wandering through a corn maze or apple picking? Doing it with your pet by your side! Local farms or farmer’s markets often stage fall festivals, and many are welcoming to pets. Call in advance to ask about their pet policy, and make sure your pet is comfortable and calm around other people and animals before you bring them along.



Whip Up a DIY Treat


If loving pumpkin spice lattes is basic, well, call us basic. The seasonal drink has become an essential part of autumn, and you don’t have to leave your dog out while you’re drinking one, either! Check out our recipe for dog-friendly PSLs, as well as tons of other DIY goodies you can make for dogs, cats and more.



Plan a Leaf Peeping Day Trip


If your pet is into walks in the woods, fall is the ultimate time to do it. Together, you’ll enjoy the colors of the fall foliage, the crisp autumn air, and all the new sights and smells of the season. Plus, you know those gorgeous trails will make the perfect backdrop for your next IG post.



Let Your Pet Play in a Freshly Raked Pile of Leaves


Lots of pets love leaves—especially if it means disappearing into a giant pile of them. The bad news is that this activity might make clearing your yard take a little bit longer than usual. The good news? The cuteness factor more than makes up for it!



Carve a Jack-o-lantern With a Pet-Inspired Design


Sure, everybody carves pumpkins for Halloween—but not everybody will have a special jack-o-lantern for their favorite furry friend. Carve a pawprint, your pet’s name or, if you’ve got serious artistic skills, their portrait into a pumpkin for your porch this year.



Gear Up for Game Day


Football season is back, and you’re going to want the whole family to rep your favorite team—pets included. These jerseys, bandanas and more will let everybody know who they’re rooting for during the next football game or tailgate.



Donate or Volunteer at Your Local Animal Shelter


It’s the season of giving, after all! And for animal shelters, rescues and pet food banks across the country, it’s one of the busiest times of the year. Find an organization near you and donate supplies using Wish List, or call them up and ask about volunteer opportunities.



Plan a Scary Movie Night With Your Pet


Go ahead, turn your house into a haunted house. Turn off the lights, curl up under a blanket, and settle in for a night of cinematic frights with your pet. They may not understand the spooks and scares, but they will certainly enjoy the opportunity to cuddle up beside you.


Fall Healthy Pet Checklist


Scan Your Yard for Acorns and Pinecones


They might make your backyard look extra autumn-y, but acorns and pinecones are also potential hazards to your pet. Acorns contain tannins which can cause upset stomach in dogs, while pinecones (and the pine needles and sap that often come with them) can cause intestinal irritation and vomiting if ingested. They’re both choking hazards, too, so scan your yard regularly and keep an eye on your pet while they’re out there.



Stock Up on Calming Solutions


Holiday stress: It’s not just for humans. Changing schedules, visits from strangers and group gatherings can be stressful for your pets, too. Calming solutions like anti-anxiety treats, supplements and diffusers can help keep the peace.



Outfit Your Pet in Outerwear


If your pet is prone to shivering in cooler weather, protect them with a fall sweater or jacket. Not sure if your dog needs cold-weather protection? Find out more here.



Protect Your Pet’s Paws


Ice and salt can be tough on pets’ paws, too, so consider using dog boots or paw balm while they’re out for walks.



Refill Your Flea and Tick Preventative


Pests don’t take the cooler months off, so it’s important to keep your pet’s flea and tick prevention current all year long. Check the date of your pet’s last dose, and order any refills you may need to last all season long.


These favorite fall activities are sure to keep you and your pet happy and healthy all season long. From bucket list ideas to essential healthy tasks, autumn is sure to be a favorite season for you both.

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