Dog-friendly lodging, restaurants, and events in California

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Whether you are traveling two miles to visit a local dog park or 200 miles to explore the hidden beaches of Lake Tahoe, plan your trip on and take us along with our new mobile app.

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Anchors Aweigh! Houseboat Vacations With Your Dog

If you live in Northern California, you don’t have to travel far to have a vacation that will bring out your inner Huck Finn. As we at can attest, kids and pups love the houseboating experience, whether it means floating around on a stripped-down model sleeping six or gliding majestically on a waterborne palace replete with water slide, hot tub, fireplace and TV the size of a wall. There’s plenty of warm weather left, so why not make memories by saying “anchors aweigh?”

Houseboating Nuts and Bolts

Houseboat Dog
Houseboat Dog

Think of a houseboat as a slow-moving RV that takes a long time to turn, and you get an idea of what piloting one is like. Some rental companies require designated navigators to have previous boating experience, although most will accept novices. At any rate, you'll be put through an extensive orientation before shoving off.  more »

Where to Float Away

Floating away. Photo Credit: Björn Söderqvist (CC)
Floating away. Photo Credit: Björn Söderqvist (CC)

Northern California has more houseboating opportunities than any other state in the Union, but a little homework is always in order. For comprehensive information and comparisons, check in with Forever Resorts, biggest player in the state, and with web-based booking agencies and, each of which represents multiple operators. Meanwhile, from north to south, here are some premier places to float your boat. more »

Water Safety and Your Dog

Scarlette ready for a day on the water.<br/> Photo Credit: @mademoizealous
Scarlette ready for a day on the water.
Photo Credit: @mademoizealous

Some dogs love swimming and splashing. Labs, poodles, Brittanys and other hunting breeds seem born with an instinct to seek out places to get wet. But other dogs don't like water at all, may not have learned to swim and may not be comfortable on boats. more »

East Bay SPCA 2016

Robin Hood, photo courtesy: East Bay SPCA
Robin Hood, photo courtesy: East Bay SPCA

Meet Robin Hood! This foxy little guy, currently enjoying the hospitality of the East Bay SPCA while he awaits his new home, got his name for his free spirit and his resemblance to the Disney cartoon character. Now he wants to join your merry band. He's a young Chihuahua mix, but a bit bigger; like a small terrier. At 2, he's old enough to know his own mind; he's smart and independent, fond of making his own decisions. But he's also willing to listen to you and go along, especially if treats are involved. Robin prefers an adult family with no other dogs. If you're looking for an engaging companion for your adventures, he's your guy. more »

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2016 East Bay SPCA Adopt-A-Thon

East Bay SPCA Adopt-a-thon
Photo Courtesy: East Bay SPCA
The East Bay SPCA has been saving lost and abandoned animals since 1874! Join this dedicated group of dog lovers at Jack London Square on Saturday, August 27 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for their annual Adopt-a-thon. more »

Dog Travel Events


East Bay SPCA Adopt-A-Thon
August 27, 2016 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Embarcadero West - Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland, California 94607
Map & directions

San Francisco

Mighty Mutt Fundraiser
August 28, 2016 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
3152 Mission St., San Francisco, California 94110
Map & directions

San Rafael

Jessica's Haven Banquet Fundraiser
September 9, 2016 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
333 Biscayne Dr, San Rafael, California 94901
Map & directions

San Jose

Bark in the Park 2016
September 17, 2016 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
S. 16th St. and E. William St., San Jose, California 95112
Map & directions

Vet Buzz

Balancing Your Dog's Diet

Where's the treadmill? Photo Credit: Jacek.NL (CC)
By Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County.

Dogs should be on a food appropriate for their activity level, life stage, and desired weight. When dogs need to lose weight owners can cut back their calories starting with a 20-25% reduction. Many times overweight dogs eat an appropriate amount of food but get too many treats. more »

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