When you're savoring those last days of summer with your family, you want to keep things as simple as possible: clothes, playthings, food. (Most kids could spend a whole day running through the sprinkler, stopping only for a quick drink of water and a pretzel.) The same goes for your pets; a jog around the neighborhood in the morning before it gets too hot, and a couple of full water bowls, will make a dog's day. So why not make summer snacktime easy by finding food that both your kids and dogs can eat?
Fortunately for us parents, the delicious and ridiculously-healthy fruits that are in season during the hot-weather months are ones that most kids love, and they're sweet enough to enjoy without dousing them in sugar or whipped cream. In the school where I teach, even the pickiest eaters go wild for fresh cantaloupe and orange slices. Plus, say animal experts, many of them make a fine treat for Rover as well. Although not all "people food" is healthy for dogs — nuts, onions, and chips are among the dangerous treats, according to the ASPCA — there's enough of a variety of pet-safe fruit to make it worthwhile stocking up at the produce aisle on your next supermarket visit.
Below are some of the fruits you can serve both to your children and your dog when the weather calls for a refreshing nosh. But be sure to get your vet's okay before feeding fruit or any other human food to your pet.