Fall is finally here, which means cooler weather and more opportunities to get outside with your family, friends, and even pets. For dog owners out there, we hope a few of these fun activities will make their way onto your fall bucket list this season.

Pumpkin Patch and Orchard Picking

There’s no better way to get into the fall spirit than pumpkin hunting with your pooch. If pumpkins aren’t your thing, go to a U-Pick farm where you and your dog can find fresh apples, grapes, tomatoes, and corn. Before you go, check with the farm to make sure your dog is allowed.

A “Howl”oween Party

Halloween parties aren’t just for people; part of the fun is dressing up your pet in a silly costume. And while we know chocolate isn’t good for dogs, you can still give them special Halloween treats, like Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats.

Take a Hike

The cool fall weather is perfect for taking your dog on a hike in the mountains, or even on long walks through the neighborhood. While National Park trails are closed to dogs, there are many dog-friendly trails surrounding the parks, such as Converse Basin in Kings Canyon. On Thanksgiving, the Visalia Emergency Aid sponsors the Race Against Hunger with events such as a 5K run and a 2-mile walk for both you and your dog.


Fall means it’s time for some football. Whether you’re playing catch with your dog in the backyard or grilling and watching the big game on TV with your buddies, you and your pup are sure to have a great time cheering on your favorite team.

Share a Pumpkin

Not only are pumpkins a delicious treat, but they are good for your dog too. The oils from pumpkin seeds and flesh support urinary health and digestive health, while canned pumpkin can help with weight management. So when you carve your pumpkin this fall, make sure you leave a little extra for your pooch.

Get Cozy

What could be better than drinking hot chocolate and cuddling with your favorite pet? Rainy days are the perfect opportunity to stay in and catch up on some reading while cozying up with your pooch. There’s nothing like a warm drink in your hand and a warm puppy in your lap.

Featured Pet: Bella | People & Pets | October 2016


Name: Bella

Breed: Boston Terrier.

About: Bella is a three-year-old Boston Terrier. She brings a toy and is ready to play any time or place. But she will wait and watch the toy endlessly until you throw it again. She’s a clown with lots of tricks, but is always ready to be a lap dog when the toy retrieving is done.

Humans: Marvin & Judy


Your adorable furry friend could be featured in Direct Magazine! Simply submit a photo of your pet to direct@dmiagency.com, and we just might put it in next month’s issue. Be sure to include your pet’s name, breed, and a fun fact about him or her. Check back next month to see if your pet made it!