Enjoy hiking the Hudson Valley with your 4-legged friend.

     The Hudson Valley is home to some of the most beautiful hikes and fall walks in the United States. Hiking is one of the most rewarding ways to connect with your dog, and one of our favorite things to do with Dexter (just take a look at Hike the Hudson Valley for their in-depth reviews, you'll see what I mean). The bad news for this summer and fall, is that we are apparently in for a rough tick season. The mild winter many folks were excited about is about to come back to.......bite us. See what I did there? Ha

Here's a couple of things to keep in mind.

 Pack a tick/mosquito repellent. And I don't mean for you (although you are important too I suppose). We're talking about man's best friend! Forget the harsh chemicals available at the big box stores and go natural. We carry a fantastic product called Fur So Fresh, which is handmade by Bari Miley, a master herbal mixologist and an essential oil expert at Ashwood Estates Apothecary Naturals.

     Here's the scoop on it, and why we carry a bottle with us whenever we hit the mountains:

Ingredients: Organic aloe juice, witch hazel, organic black willow bark, citric acid, organic essential oils of cypress, cedarwood, citronella, lemongrass, lavender and tea tree.

Organic Aloe Juice – moisturizes the skin and protects it from the elements

Witch Hazel and Organic Black Willow Bark – penetrates pores, tightens and soothes skin

Cedarwood – good for skin and coat conditioning and dermatitis of all types, repels fleas

Tea Tree – reduces odor and promotes a healthy coat

Citronella, Cypress and Lemongrass– repels fleas, mosquitoes and ticks

Lavender – reduces emotional stress, soothes skin and reduces itching

     The simplicity of the ingredients speak for themselves. We'll spray Dexter before a hike to keep the bugs away, and later in the afternoon to give his coat and skin a pick-me-up.

3. Some hikes can be a bit rough on the paws, particularly the rocky ones. Don't forget to have Ashwood Estate's Pup Balm on hand. Even if you're just doing a couple miles on the rail trail, those hot surfaces can be tough on your dog after a while. Their pads will start to dry and crack, and they may have a few raw spots. Good to use on your dogs paws, pads, or snout, it moisturizes and helps to protect the vulnerable areas on your dog. It helps to relax your puppy, and contains natural antiseptic properties. Simply rub a bit on cuts, rashes, or sore spots. Don't take our word for it though, check out these ingredients and you decide:

Ingredients: Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Cold-Pressed, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Pumpkinseed Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Vitamin E, Beeswax, Lavender, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus Essential Oils

     Enjoy all that nature has to offer in the Hudson Valley! Just don't forget to take care of your 4-legged child. After all, they're the most important right? See you out there!