The first few weeks of September can be brutal. You want to be excited as stores start to fill up with your favorite fall trends. You can’t wait to get your hands on pumpkin spiced anything, and the promise of fall — with all its trips to the apple orchard and glorious displays of nature — is the only thing on your mind. Except, wait. It’s still 80 degrees outside, and just thinking about being anywhere near a cozy infinity scarf or a piping hot cup of mulled apple cider has you sweating.
OK. So we still have a few weeks to go before we can fully appreciate this beautiful season in all its finery. But if there's anything that I've learned in my life, it's that there is one simple remedy that can solve pretty much any problem: cute animals. While you're stuck in your non-air conditioned apartment wishing for sweater weather, these 17 adorable pups are here to remind you that crunchy leaves, pumpkin picking, and crisp autumn air are just a few weeks away — and they are just as excited about that as you are.
1. NO ONE NEEDS TO TELL THIS DOG THAT FALL IS THE BEST
Some things are just universally understood.
2. IT CAN BE AN EMOTIONAL TIME OF YEAR FOR EVERYONE
Just ask this pup — the possibilities that come with the changing of seasons can be seriously overwhelming.
3. DECORATING TIME!
Wait. How do I get out?
4. ONE VENTI PSL, PLEASE
Never leave me, iced pumpkin spice latte.
5. FALL FASHION IS THE BEST
Two words: Sweater weather.
6. BUT FALL LEAVES ARE EVEN BETTER
I'm really into nature-inspired accessories lately.
7. NO SERIOUSLY ... LEAVES!!!
Nature is making this hide-and-seek thing a whole lot more fun.
8. I'M GOING IN, GUYS
The only way out is through.
9. IT'S PRIME TIME TO GO PUP-KIN PICKING
Because this orange squash is one of the reasons why autumn is the best, basically.
10. WITHOUT A DOUBT, HAPPINESS IS A WARM PUPPY...
...nestled in a pile of gorgeous autumn leaves.
11. DON'T EVEN GET US STARTED ON HALLOWEEN
I can't wait to unveil my super scary costume.
12. AUTUMN MAKES EVERYTHING MORE BEAUTIFUL
Don't you think these fall colors make my coat really shine?
13. AND THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER
If I can navigate through these leaves, I can do anything.
14. TWO ROADS DIVERGED IN A YELLOW WOOD
And I took the one with the crunchiest leaves.
15. THIS IS IT
The best. Day. Ever.
16. YOU WISH THIS MOMENT COULD LAST FOREVER
Try and get this dog to move. Just try.
17. BEING THIS CUTE IS EXHAUSTING
But we're up to the challenge. Bring it on, autumn.