Dog-friendly Pumpkin Patches

July 26, 2018

It won’t be long until we all start dreaming of cozy sweaters, crisp mornings and chilly nights, falling leaves and pumpkin spice EVERYTHING.

When the weather begins to turn cooler and the days shorten, it opens up perfect conditions for dogs and their owners to spend some time outdoors together.

Growing up in the northern Indiana/southern Michigan area, I had access to a plethora of amazing orchards and pumpkin patches. Autumn meant visits to orchards to pick bushels of apples, wandering under the twisted branches of the apple trees. Pumpkin patches with acres of winding vines and orange pumpkins awaited us in October. Hayrides, a visit to the farm stand, apple cider and fresh apple pies. Beautiful fall scenery and fresh country air.

Photo by Maddy Baker on Unsplash

Back then I didn’t have a dog that loved to accompany me everywhere. But now that I do (and I know you do, too) I wanted to share in those autumn adventures with her. Photo ops in a field full of pumpkins? Yes, please!

Photo by Ben Hanson on Unsplash

I have many friends on Instagram who live in different parts of the country who have posted their great photos enjoying a fall farm visit with their dogs. (Check out Wright’s Farm in New York and Cool Patch Pumpkins in California.) So I thought it would be no problem to find an orchard/pumpkin patch within a few hours drive of Nashville to spend the day with my Aussie.

I was wrong.

In fact, out of the dozens of farms/orchards I contacted last year, no one allowed dogs on the property.

There were various reasons given: insurance would not allow; worried about livestock/pets; didn’t want dog waste to become an issue, etc. I can totally understand the reasons in many cases.

I also asked/suggested that maybe the next year they might consider opening one weekend for a pet-friendly day.

And yes, we do have some wonderful, pet-friendly fall events here in Nashville, such as Nashville Paw’s Barktoberfest and many farm markets in-town that are pet-friendly. And we did not contact any of the big mega-farms – you know, the ones who are more like an amusement park farm for families. Those are great for what they are and the people who enjoy them.

But we are looking for an old-fashioned farm of the more quiet variety, where a dog would most enjoy himself sniffing the air, picnicking with his family, wandering the fields, getting plenty of pets and treats.

This is where you come in.

Do you know any farms, pick-your-own apple orchards or pumpkin patches within a few hours drive of the Middle Tennessee area that are open and welcoming to dogs?

If you do, please let us know so we can get the word out,

And if you’d also like to be able to spend a day on the farm with your best friend, consider calling a few farms and request a pet-friendly day.

Working together, I know we can round up something!

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