Looking for a cool way to spend National Love Your Pet Day? Here are some ideas:
1. Try something new! Got a dog? Take your dog to one of Gainesville's pet-friendly parks, or a local dog-park. Go when it's not too busy if it's his first time.
Dogs love to smell and explore new places, so try Hogtown Creek, or one of the near-by springs.
For older dogs or those with joint issues, swimming can be a great alternative. (By the way, our Dog Dayz swim event at Westside Pool is on October 20, 2018. Put it on your calendar! It's the only day they get the entire pool to themselves!
2. Have a playdate. If your dog enjoys the company of other dogs, a playdate is a great way to wear them out while getting excellent exercise. Also, you can always start or join a dog-walking group to throw in some exercise of your own!
3. Make homemade dog treats. Making dog treats at home is another fun project that your dog will definitely love! Just Google home-made dog treats, and you will find a ton of recipes that can include very healthy ingredients like peanut butter and pumpkin. Just consult your local Veterinarian in Gainesville to make sure that those ingredients aren't going to create other health problems if you pet has food issues.
4. Love a shelter animal!
Shelters always need donations like towels, food, and treats. Reach out to your local shelter and see how you can help. Contact Alachua County Animal Services, of the Alachua County Humane Society to see how you can spend your day helping the pets that don't have a family loving them today. Check out our page on rescue partners here in Gainesville:
Fostering is a great way to make a huge difference in a shelter dog's life. There's likely a rescue group in your area that would love to have you volunteer with them. Check them out here.