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

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Take us with you as you travel through the golden state of California. We'll help you find dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, hikes, beaches, wineries and so much more! 

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Photo from Dog Day @ ATT Park

Unleashed in Sacramento

Temperatures have cooled, kids are back in school, and trees along Sacramento’s rivers and parkways already are starting to blush. Fall is the ideal time to put paws to path and explore the California capital with your best friend.

Chow Down in Sacramento

Chow Down
I'll have the chicken salad... Photo:Kennejim
America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital.” And no wonder: virtually every independently-owned restaurant in town prides itself on fresh ingredients sourced from Central Valley farms within just a few miles of town. With recent passage of a statewide law giving formal permission for dogs to join their people at outdoor bar and restaurant tables, it’s hard to find an eatery that doesn’t welcome DogTrekkers.  more »

Paws for a Night's Rest

Bodie Saco River
Bodie playing in the Sacramento River. Photo Janet Fullwood
From the downtown core to the farthest reaches of suburbia, Sacramento abounds with dog-friendly places to stay. If you and your furry friend are avid walkers, the Westin Sacramento, just off Interstate 5 about five miles south of downtown, is a four-paw DogTrekker choice. The property serves as a trailhead for a bike-and-hike path that runs for miles along the Sacramento River. more »

Park It Here

American River
Coolling off in the American River. Photo: Sarah Rich
Sacramentans cherish the American River Parkway, a shady, 32-mile greenbelt meandering from the Old Sacramento historic district to sprawling Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. This jewel in the crown of the Sacramento County Regional Park System has many access points and offers an unlimited opportunity to stroll and splash with your best friend.  more »

Farm-to-Glass Delights

Capitol Park
Capitol Park, Sacramento. Photo: Loco Steve (CC)
With more than 200 hundred wineries situated within a 75-mile radius of the state Capitol, Sacramento can lay claim to being a “farm-to-glass” capital as well as a capital of farm-to-fork cuisine. If you’re exploring downtown area, pop over to Downtown & Vine, settle into a dog-friendly patio table and get familiar with some regional labels. more »

SPCA For Monterey County

Since we last checked in with the good folks at SPCA for Monterey County, they've come to the rescue of a remarkable range of animals—you'd expect dogs and cats, but here you can also adopt Buddy, a very handsome rooster. Or Abel the horse, who came to the SPCA in bad shape as part of a cruelty investigation, but is now in much better health and spirits. more »

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Paws on the Square in Oakland

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Pet owners and their pups are invited to enjoy festive, four-legged fun at Jack London Square’s Paws on the Square! This month-long series will fill the Oakland waterfront with free tips, tricks and puppy pampering each Wednesday evening in October, from 5p.m. to 7p.m. more »

Dog Travel Events


Paws on the Square
October 22, 2014 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland, California 94607
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Paws on the Square
October 29, 2014 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland, California 94607
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San Francisco

There's No Place Like Home
October 30, 2014 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
201 Alabama Street, San Francisco, California 94103
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San Francisco

Blessing of the Animals at SF SPCA
November 1, 2014 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
201 Alabama St., San Francisco, California
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Vet Buzz

Introducing Dogs and Cats

dog and cat together
By Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB, DACAW, CAWA San Francisco SPCA

Let’s say you are traveling with your dog to visit some friends and you find out they have a cat. Some first thoughts may include: a wild goose chase around the house, unruly hissing and barking, or out-of-control straining at the leash. Luckily, there are ways to prevent a potential mad house. Here are some pointers... more »

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