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Outdoor Fun With Your Pets


Bring your pet along next time you go out to get some fresh air and try these exciting outdoor activities.

With summer in full swing, there's no better time to get out and enjoy the sunshine with your pet than with these events and activities. Whether it's trekking across a national park, a stroll around the neighborhood, or simply exploring in your own backyard, enjoying the outdoors with your pet is fun and easy.

  • Charity pet runs: If you're looking for ways to keep you and your pet active while also benefiting a great cause, check out these upcoming pet walks and runs:
    • The Wiggle Butt 5K Fun Run in St. Paul, Minn., September 18: Part of St. Paul's Bark & Rec Day, this 5K run supports the Midwest Animal Rescue & Services' mission to care for and foster homeless dogs and cats.
    • Jog with Your Dog in Mountain Home, Ark., September 24: Benefiting both the Mountain Home Dog Park and the Humane Society of North Central Arkansas, this run, jog, or walk event is perfect for dogs of all ages and temperaments.
    • Race for the Rescues in Pasadena, Calif., October 15: The 11th annual event not only offers several different kinds of runs, featuring 1K, 5K, and 10K routes, it also features a silent auction and pet adoption fair.
  • Local dog parks: Taking your dog to a park or enclosed dog run is a perfect way for them to exercise and socialize with other dogs. Websites like and apps such as Dog Park Finder and Dog Park Assistant can help you find local parks and keep your pet safe and prepared.
  • Outdoor cat complexes: If you don't want your cat going stir crazy but are worried about letting them out of your house, fear not! There are ways to let them play outside safely and comfortably. Outdoor cat enclosures, kitty condos, and portable cat houses allow your feline friend to get out and discover the wonders of nature.
  • Camping with your cat or dog: Headed out into the wilderness? Take your pet along with you! Camping with your pet is a refreshing way to bond and exercise. Supplies like doggy backpacks, collapsible beds and tents make it easier for any pet to enjoy the great outdoors.
  • Cat walks or hikes: Cats can also get out and enjoy some fresh air. Special cat strollers make walking a breeze, and you can even leash-train your cat so it can walk alongside you. For the more adventurous, hiking with your cat is an exciting way for your cat to exercise and explore.

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