Dog-friendly lodging, restaurants, and events in Northern California

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Calaveras County meadow. Photo: Jeff Jenkins (CC)
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Dog-friendly Fun in California Gold Country

California’s dog-friendly Gold Country hugs the western slope of the Sierra Nevada in eight counties, with Highway 49 the long and winding road that stitches it all together. This week we meander through the Mother Lode and dip our paws into some great destinations for a dog-friendly getaway.

Sacramento and Folsom: Gold Country Getaways

Dogs in downtown Sacramento
Dog party in downtown Sacramento. Photo: Kelly Huston
Sacramento and Folsom are the dog-friendly gateways to California Gold Country. And there’s no denying it: temperatures here can get very hot here in the summer. The upside is that Sacramento is blessed with a marine phenomenon known as the “Delta breeze” that puffs up most evenings, cooling temperatures by as much as 30 degrees. The secret to a great visit no matter what the temp is to find a splash spot for you and your furry friend.    more »

Calling Calaveras County

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Lou in Calaveras. Photo by DK (CC)
Mark Twain slept here. So did Western adventure writer Bret Harte. You’ll see their names plastered on b usinesses, schools and street signs all over Calaveras County, where dog-friendly communities like Angels Camp and Murphys don’t hesitate to play up their Gold Rush-era legacies.  more »

Wandering El Dorado County

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Gus at Echo Lake. Photo: Kat Stan (CC)
El Dorado County is one of the state’s most diverse when it comes to beguiling attractions. From dog-friendly wineries and hip historic towns to sparkling lakes (most notably Lake Tahoe), snowy mountains and distinctive lodging, this is one of California’s most visited destinations.  more »

Lots to Adore in Amador

Dog in Amador County California
Looking pretty in Amador County. Photo: Diane (CC)
The history books don’t say much about the ruff 'n' ready canines that kept lonely miners company and guarded their claims back in the Gold Rush era. But it’s clear that dogs today are as welcome in Amador County as the tourists who swarm “The Heart of the Mother Lode” in search of rest, relaxation and scenery. more »

Close Encounters in Nevada County

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Baxter and Montana in Nevada County. Photo: Bob White (CC)
Truckee, Grass Valley, Nevada City…. some of Northern California’s favorite dog-friendly vacation destinations are situated along the Highway 49 and Interstate 80 corridors in Nevada County. Historic Nevada City, with its hopping downtown and dog-friendly lodging, makes a great base for a weekend getaway. more »

Eden Vale Inn

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Eden Vale Inn is a unique destination nestled in the Sierra Foothills. Named one of America’s Top 10 Most Romantic Inns, Eden Vale is also one of the most dog-friendly Inns in the Gold Country.  more »

East Bay SPCA

Sugar the rescue dogIf you're looking for a new best friend, here's your chance! The good folks at the East Bay SPCA will be going all-out to get the East Bay's homeless animals into new forever families on Saturday, July 19, as they host 34 rescue groups and shelters at their annual Adopt-a-Thon in Oakland's Jack London Squaremore »

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Dog Travel Events

San Francisco

Strut Your Mutt!
August 23, 2014 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
One Avenue of the Palms, San Francisco, California 94130
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San Francisco

Bark for Life of San Francisco
August 23, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California
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2014 Annual DogPound Poker Run Benefitting Pets Without Partners
September 6, 2014
4125 Riverside Place, Anderson, California 96007
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San Jose

Bark in the Park 2014
September 20, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
William and South 16th St, San Jose, California 95112
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Vet Buzz

Acupuncture for Disc Disease in Dogs

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By Pamela Bouchard, DVM, CVA VCA
Tender Care Animal Hospital, San Rafael, CA
By Pamela Bouchard, DVM, CVA VCA
Tender Care Animal Hospital, San Rafael, CA

Have you ever seen a dog standing still, shaking and unwilling to move her neck? How about an old Labrador having difficulty standing up and dragging her toes when it walks? Or, a little dachshund suddenly having paralysis in its rear legs? All of these are symptoms of disc disease occurring in different places in the spine. more »

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