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  • September 29, 2021 4 min read

    Ahh, fall! Is there a better time of year than the season of decorative grounds, pumpkins, pumpkin spiced lattes, and “sweater weather”? We think not! And, it turns out, it’s also a joyful time for our four-legged friends. Our pup panel was equally enthusiastic, with “crunchy leaves”, “new smells”, and, er, “themed treats” topping their list of fall favorites. And all this before we get to the pinnacle of the autumn calendar, Halloween!

    As ever, your friends at King Duke’s have tested the toys, tasted the treats, and cat-walked in the costumes so you don’t have to. Sit back, relax, and enjoy King Duke’s Tricks and Treats: All the Fun of the Fall!

    After a long hot summer, we’re super psyched to get outside, and the crisp, mild weather is perfect for a slightly longer walk and equally perfect for all things apples! If you are lucky enough to live near an orchard, why not combine the two? We found a bunch of dog-friendly apple picking spots near King Duke’s HQ and can highly recommend, among others, Mountain View which is family owned and welcoming to pups of all ages. Woof! To make sure your pack not only looks the part, but stays on the straight and narrow, we are supine for these Lupinepet CollarsWhich one? Well we love all our children but our top picks - see what we did there! - are this appletastic green and autumnal orangeAs fashion forward types, we match ours with these reversible Kurgo Loft Dog Jackets. Lighter than a winter coat, they keep your dog’s core warm and dry and a hook and loop closure to offer a near custom fit, as well as reflective piping so you don't have to turn back home the minute it gets dark. Perfect as the nights draw in.

    Prefer pumpkins to apples? We’ve got you covered! One of our favorite events of the season is the Tualatin Pumpkin Regatta Run,10 miles south of King Duke’s HQ in Tualatin, OR. This year it takes place on October 16th. The course is “flat, fast, and friendly for runners, walkers, stroller riders, and four-legged friends”! If you’re local, head to Tualatin Community Park and follow the route through scenic trails, over a footbridge, and into Cook Park and back. For extra fun, wear a costume and stay for a unique trick-or-treating experience after the race. For the top dog, this natty pumpkin pinwheel is pawfect. It’s as easy to wear as it is stylish and will come in super handy come Halloween! Double bubble!

    As much as we love getting out and about, some days we want to go no further than our own backyards, filled, as they are, with crunchy leaves and offering easy access to the pumpkin craft brews we have been stockpiling since August. While we sip a cold one, we plan to keep our pups busy with fall-themed toys and scary squeakers.

    First up, who doesn’t want to sink their teeth into a delicious pie? This ZippyPaws Plush Pumpkin Pie is mouthwatering to look at and even more fun to demolish! So go ahead and give your pup the whole thing – it’s the best part of the fall season. This tasty treat features a delightful design with lattice detailing, rippled edges, a dollop of whipped cream on top – and it squeaks! Once total annihilation – piehilation?! – has been achieved, reward your champion chomper with Bocce’s Bakery Pumpkin Spiced Treats. Made with fresh pumpkin, and perfectly spiced with peanut butter and cinnamon they are sure to be a seasonal sensation. Get them while you can! Still in keeping with all that is fall, our old friends at Puppy Scoops Ice Cream have created a limited-edition Pumpkin variety just for the season! Made with goat’s milk and with no sugar added, you simply add water, mix and freeze for a naturally enzyme rich dessert with none of the bad and all of the good! Can humans have it too?

    Now before we leave the tasty treats and move to healthier pastures, Halloween will soon be here and we have one last trick up our sleeve: behold, the toys that think they are candy! From everyone’s “favorite”, candy corn, to so-squeaky- they’ll-drive-you-nutty Peanut Mutter Pups, with stops at Zippy Paws Halloween Trick or Treat Burrow Baskets - packed with 3 real hidden treats!! - there is something to suit every dog's taste and distract her from the costume you will inevitably force upon her 😂! 

    What goes up must come down, and sadly, that includes scales. But fear not, dear reader, we have thought of that! For every pie, we have an active play idea to help your pup burn off those pastry pounds. The Tether Tug is one of our favorites and comes in 3 sizes - small is ideal for dogs under 35lbs, medium covers 35-70 pounders, and big is for the dog who you know could move a car if she wanted to! Whether your dog likes to pull, tug, spin, or fetch, the Tether Tug is the perfect outdoor toy. 

    And that brings our fun-packed October-fest to a happy, bouncy close! We wish you all a fantastic fall and a totally supreme halloween.

    Until next time, friends! 🐾🎃👻💀🧙🏼‍♀️🧛🏿‍♀️🧟‍♀️🧛🏾‍♂️🐾

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