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With the change of seasons come shorter days and changes in routine: Kids are back in school, parents are back at work, dogs are spending more time home alone. Weekends are ever more precious, so why not devote some time to discovering regional park districts you may not have known existed before? Putting paws to new paths will recharge and energize both of you!
Be grateful for the folks behind the John Muir Land Trust
—and consider donating to the Saving Contra Costa campaign
if you can. This 25-year-old organization devoted to outdoor recreation and preservation of open space manages 11 properties
comprising more than 2,000 acres of classic East Bay hills, ranches, streams and shoreline saved from development and offering multi-use trails for hiking, cycling, horses and dogs.
If Daisy stays close and has a reliable recall, she’s welcome to accompany you off-leash as you take in an intoxicating dose of fresh air. Some JMLT properties are diminutive (Acalanes Ridge
above Lafayette, for example, comprises just 23 acres), while the Franklin Canyon
complex in the Martinez-Hercules areas sprawls over 1,185 acres of permanently protected open space. more »
Pups on a hike. Photo Credit: Grace Halliday
Sonoma County’s diverse network of regional parks
is laced by more than 140 miles of trails leading to beaches, mountains, forests, lakes and meadows. Leashed dogs are welcome in most parks—but just so you know, regulations call for your pup to be licensed in the city or county where you reside, so be sure she’s tagged or you have the appropriate papers on your person. more »
On top of the world. Photo Credit: Jaclyn Guardado
Los Angeles is lots more than jammed freeways, as anyone who’s taken time to explore its hilly terrain and beautiful beaches knows. Take in the vibrant urban scene on a paved trail one day, then head to the hills for a rural repast. The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation
maintains 177 parks, quite a few of which warmly welcome leashed canine visitors. And that’s not counting the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
or open space maintained under the stewardship of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
. more »
Ziggy. Photo - Nathan Rupert (CC)
San Diego epitomizes the laid-back SoCal lifestyle—and it just happens to be one of the most dog-friendly cities in the country, to boot. Part of what makes it so is a network of 18 open space preserves
, all within the city limits, where four-legged visitors are as welcome as the people on the other end of the leash. more »
Pits at play. Photo Credit: besuroz
Regional park districts in the Bay Area and beyond offer myriad venues for hiking with your dog. Check out the possibilities and put paws to path this fall! more »
The Bay Area’s Tri-Valley region
, just 45 minutes east of San Francisco, is a sunny paradise for hiking dogs and their people, rewarding both with lots of wide open spaces and scenic vistas.
The four cities that make up the Tri-Valley region, Pleasanton
, each have something special to offer DogTrekkers. What they all have in common is their proximity to the vast East Bay Regional Park
system where dogs can hike with their people off-leash in many open space and undeveloped areas, provided they are under control at all times. more »
Pulled in the nick of time from a high-kill shelter in Fresno, young Falco had barely arrived in his foster home when his rescuers realized that something was seriously wrong. The young German shepherd was much too thin, but when he tried to eat he screamed in pain.
Luckily for Falco, he'd been taken in by Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue
, who feared the worst but were determined to relieve his pain and give him a quality life if they could. As his vet soon discovered, he was suffering from a dislocated temporomandibular joint
(joint of the jaw), which caused excruciating torment when he tried to eat—but was relatively easy to fix. After some chiropractic work, the pain was gone, his appetite returned, and so did his zest for life. Now in foster care, he's happy, healthy, and having fun while waiting for his perfect match. more »