Our dogs are a huge and important part of our lives. Whether you've adopted a white and fluffy Bichon Frise, a Dachshund puppy, or a senior Cocker Spaniel, these wonderful dogs are much more than pets, they are precious and valued members of our families.
Because we love our dogs so much, it's only natural we want to spend as much time with them as possible. As it turns out, there are plenty of fun, Fido-friendly activities we can enjoy along with our dogs. Consider the following:
Take your pooch to work
It might be possible to bring your dog to work with you — not just every now and then on a certain day that your boss deems as "Doggy Day," but all the time, Buzzfeed notes. In fact, one in 10 offices now allow dogs to come to work, and this number is increasing all the time. Of course, you don't want to just show up unannounced with your beloved Boston Terrier and risk upsetting your boss. Check out the advice at Purina's Pets at Work website and learn how to get your employer on board with having your well-behaved and awesome dog with you at work.
Enjoy an ice cream
Many ice cream shops have outside tables which are ideal for you and your pooch to spend some time together. Instead of leaving him at home the next time you get a hankering for some double chocolate fudge on a sugar cone, take your dog along and enjoy some quality time together while you enjoy your treat. Just be sure to bring along a few Milkbones for your dog so he doesn't feel left out.
If you love to go out for hikes and if your dog is in good physical condition, you may want to consider taking her along. Before you head to the trail head, check with the park's website to be sure pets are allowed; in many cases they are okay to bring along but might require a permit. If your beloved pooch is getting up in age and is unable to handle a longer backpacking trip, you can still include her in the fun; PetTravelCenter sells a terrific selection of backpacks that are meant to hold a smaller dog. You might start the hike together and then place your sweet Schnauzer into the pack for most the hike; your dog will love being close to you, and vice versa. Just as a word or two of caution, be sure to pack a doggy first aid kit in the backpack and bring along plenty of water for both of you. If the terrain is rough, protect your pooch's pads with booties from a store like PetSmart.
Head out on a motorcycle
If you love hitting the open road on two wheels, consider bringing your dog along. To provide your four-legged-friend with a safe and comfy way to ride on your motorcycle, the Kuryakyn Pet Palace from Bike Bandit is a great option. The carrier is ideal for small dogs and includes four mesh windows that will allow your dog to enjoy the feel of air on his or her face in a safe way, and it mounts right on a luggage rack or passenger seat.