Fall is officially here! For those of you up north that probably sounds much more true than it does down here; even still the weather is cooling down, and the days are already getting shorter. Do you know what the best part though?…
Everything! I love fall. I love the cool weather, the colors, apples, pumpkins, the smell of hay… I love fall. And of course I feel the need to share that love with my pets. Already Max and I can take a morning walk without sweating, so why should mornings be limited to a walk around the block? This fall I’m encouraging each of you to take your pets on a real outing. Go hiking, biking, row boat riding, what ever suits you. Go on an adventure and share it with your pets.
I like to hike (By hike I mean an upbeat walk across the Florida terrain), and since Max isn’t the most athletic type, it works out well for both of us. This morning we went out to Lake Luisa State Park, a great local dog friendly hiking spot. P.S. – If your interested in getting back nature with your dog, your state parks are a great place to start looking. The weather was beautiful and the fresh air was such a relief. Lake Louisa was new for Max, so his nose was going 100 mph. It’s actually a new place for both of us . Even though hiking in Florida isn’t the most strenuous activity, we don’t go unprepared. It is still hot outside and there are a number of natural things that could ruin a nice outing such as: bugs, poison ivy, snakes, hunger, ect.
So if you want to go prepared, take a look into our pet outing bag for everything you need:
I’ll break it down
- Portable doggie water dish
- Hat or Sunglasses (If your fur kid will wear it)
- Sunscreen. Even in the cooler months the sun can be a problem
Native Flora and Fauna:
- Baking soda (Mix with water and rub it on if you have a run with a stinging nettle or ant)
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Bug repellent – I like this pet friendly one
For the adventure:
- Extra leash and harness
- Phone number of a nearby vet (even if it isn’t your vet)
That’s everything we have in our bag, and it suites us well. If you’re more adventurous, you might also consider keeping a pet first aid kit., but if you’re just going on a small hike, the farmer’s market, an outdoor mall. This bag should keep you prepared.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments.