Celebrating the Summer Solstice with Your Dog – 3 Ideas to Make the Most of the Longest Day of the Year

The summer solstice is upon us, bringing sunny vibes and longer days. What better way to celebrate than by including your furry friend in the festivities? I’ve got 3 fantastic activities to make the most of the longest day of the year: a dog-friendly hiking adventure, an outdoor dog-themed movie party, and a lip-licking doggie ice cream social. Let’s dive right in!

Sunrise is the best time to beat the Atlanta heat in the summer to get outside with your dogs.

Take A Hike – Sunrise Summer Solstice

The summer solstice sunrise is the perfect time to hit the trails with your pup.  Not only do you stretch the day as long as possible – starting at sunrise also lets you beat the June Atlanta heat.

Find a picturesque hiking spot that welcomes furry hikers and embark on an epic adventure. Just remember to pick a trail that suits your dog’s fitness level and consider the weather forecast. We don’t want anyone panting too hard or getting overheated!

One of my favorite early morning hikes is Brasstown Bald near Hiawassee, Georgia. Located within the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, Brasstown Bald has the highest point in Georgia: 4,784 feet above sea level! From the observation deck above the visitor center, you can see parts of 4 states: Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee. And on clear days the Atlanta skyline is visible to the south. The climb is short – only 1.1 miles round trip – but steep, so you’ll get some thigh burning cardio going for sure.

Be sure to pack the essentials:

  • Water
  • Collapsible bowls
  • Treats
  • Waste bags
  • First aid kit
Picking the right hike for your and your dog's fitness level makes sure everyone is having a good time.

Doggie Ice Cream Social – Summer Solstice Afternoon

The summer solstice demands a cool and scrumptious treat – especially after burning calories on a sunrise hike in the North Georgia mountains, so why not throw a doggie ice cream social? Host this tail-wagging event in your backyard and invite some of your dog’s best canine friends.

There are plenty of dog-safe ice cream options available, but if you’re feeling adventurous, whip up your own frozen delights using dog-friendly ingredients like yogurt, peanut butter, and bananas. You can even get some ideas from this blog post: 3 Cool Summer Treats for Hot Dogs.

Summer splashes, a cool summer treat for hot dogs.

Now, time for the pièce de résistance: the DIY ice cream bar! Offer a variety of flavors and toppings for both pups and humans. Think shredded carrots, diced apples, or a sprinkle of crushed dog biscuits. Let the delightful chaos unfold!

It’s a fantastic chance for dogs to mingle and exchange sniffs and tail wags – just make sure no one gets jealous over dropped snacks. Capture the furry soiree’ by snapping pictures of the happy pups enjoying their frozen treats. Instagram-worthy moments, guaranteed!

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Backyard Cinema – Summer Solstice Under the Stars

The summer solstice is all about stretching the day out and enjoying every last bit of sunshine – but the fun doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down. Turn your backyard into a barking theater for an unforgettable outdoor movie night with your furry friends.

Set the stage with comfy seating options like blankets, pillows, and cozy dog beds for the ultimate viewing experience. Whether you’re just pulling the big screen TV from the living room out onto the porch – or really going all out with a projector – everyone will be ready for some snuggle time after a full day of fun.


Your dog photography session isn't finished until you're seeing your dogs framed on the walls of your home.
Your dog photography session isn't finished until you're seeing your dogs framed on the walls of your home.

Choose a flick that will keep both humans and dogs entertained. Consider these classic movies that have captured the hearts of audiences for decades and showcase the incredible bond between humans and dogs.

  • Lassie (1994)
  • Lady and the Tramp (1955)
  • 101 Dalmatians (1961)
  • Beethoven (1992)
  • Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
  • The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

Now, go grab some popcorn & snuggle up with your furry friend!

This summer solstice – celebrate the incredible bond you share with your dog in the most awesome way possible. Embark on a dog-friendly sunrise hiking adventure, plan a pup cup ice cream social, & host an outdoor dog-themed movie party to fill the entire day with fur covered fun.

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  1. Elaine

    All great ideas! Those treats look pawsome!

  2. Nancy

    i am going to have to try some of those summer treats


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