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Summertime is family travel time, and everyone, it seems, is looking for “something different” to make memories with their kids, dogs and mothers-in-law. We have some solutions: Just say “all on deck!” to an outing by boat. As far as planes go, we include a story about the great work Pilots N Paws is doing throughout California.
Yes, water levels are low this summer, but Shasta is a huge lake—and it’s also the houseboat capital of California
. Rentals are available from several marinas
, and the lake's 360 miles of jagged shoreline are indented with cove after cove where boaters more »
Have you ever longed to kayak on a beautiful river but not been able to because you have your dog along? Come to Mendocino County, where it’s easy to go paddling with your pooch.
Among our favorite DogTrekker activities is paddling a languidly flowing, 8.5-mile stretch of the Russian River around the dog-friendly, wine-centric town of Healdsburg in Sonoma County.
Russian River Adventures
is the go-to outfitter here, providing stable and dog-friendly inflatable canoes. more »
Photo Credit: Lisa Perlman
Dying to get out on “Big Blue” with your pup? Tahoe Keys Boat Rentals
and its affiliate locations will fix you up with a dog-friendly boat (and a “boat butler” captain, if needed) for exploring scenic Emerald Bay or simply cruising along the shore. more »
Stand-Up Paddle-boarding has caught on big-time with canine passengers as well as the people who do the paddling. Most dogs love to ride along, although it can take some coaxing at first. Whether you own your own board or are a first-timer, you’ll find instant community at Bluerush Boardsports more »
Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California is a favorite day-trip and weekend destination, and many travelers are surprised to discover that the Catalina Express
, serving the island from Long Beach
, Dana Point
and San Pedro
, does allow dogs. more »
. Things didn't look good for this elderly terrier mix when he landed in the Baldwin Park shelter in Los Angeles with no history and several health issues. The good folks at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue
in SF were willing to take the little guy in, but they weren't exactly local. more »