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Fall Rambles in the Vineyards With Your Dog

What better excuse for a wine-tasting ramble than a fall weekend with the vineyards ablaze and your trusty companion by your side? No matter which part of the state you’re visiting, you’ll find lots of options among the more than 600 dog-friendly winery tasting rooms listed on and its companion mobile app. Here are some places to get started.

Your Trip to the Wine Country Begins in Vacaville

Tiny Tawny in Vacaville. Photo Credit: Brendon Connelly
Tiny Tawny in Vacaville. Photo Credit: Brendon Connelly

Ready for some wine tasting? The verdant Suisun Valley, about 20 minutes from downtown Vacaville, is home to numerous wineries that welcome canine guests in their picnic areas. more »

North Coast Winery Ramble

Navarro Vineyards, Mendocino County. Photo Credit: @goldens_flutie_ferris
Navarro Vineyards, Mendocino County. Photo Credit: @goldens_flutie_ferris

If your dog is like most, she doesn’t give a sniff about how “approachable” the wine you’re sipping might be. She cares about how approachable the winery’s visitor facility is to canine guests. And in Mendocino County and elsewhere on the North Coast, you can pull up to any of scores of tasting rooms and be assured of a warm welcome. more »

News from Napa Valley

Grape Crusher, Napa Valley. Photo Credit: @crazyblondie021
Grape Crusher, Napa Valley. Photo Credit: @crazyblondie021

The Napa Valley wine harvest is in full swing right now, but not for long. Come October, the vines will be blazing orange and high-season crowds will have dissipated. Go midweek if you can—and if time is short, consider staying at the Meritage Resort in the south end of the valley, just an hour from San Francisco or Sacramento. more »

Vine and Dine In Sonoma

Layla at the Annex Wine Bar, Sonoma. Photo Credit: Linda Peters
Layla at the Annex Wine Bar, Sonoma. Photo Credit: Linda Peters

Sonoma County is one of California’s largest and most diverse regions—and one that can seem very close or very far away, depending on your time, destination and inclinations. For a day trip or quick weekend escape from Sacramento or San Francisco, the town of Sonoma charms with its historic square (no dogs on the grass, please), intriguing shops, dog-friendly sidewalk cafes and close-in opportunities for wine tasting. more »

Cruise Control in Santa Cruz Wine Country

Wine dog in action. Photo Credit: SkyWideDesign (CC)
Wine dog in action. Photo Credit: SkyWideDesign (CC)

The Santa Cruz Mountains appellation, known primarily for producing pinot noir and chardonnay, is one of the oldest in the state. Close to 100 wineries and tasting rooms are sprinkled in nooks and crannies throughout Santa Cruz County, and dogs are welcome at many of them. has created a designated wine trail as you drive in on Highway 1 from the north. more »

Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch

Meet Gunner. Photo Credit: Emma K. Morris
Meet Gunner. Photo Credit: Emma K. Morris

Once, handsome Gunner had his own happy home and loving family. Then came the Napa earthquake, and he lost both. In foster care, this happy pit mix, now 5, has shown himself to be a real people-loving sweetie, who loves to play and wants to be by your side. Snuggles? Belly rubs? Look no further. more »

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Tickets are now on sale for Marin Humane's 8th annual Woofstock 2016 event featuring Wonder Bread 5! Bring your friends and family—including the four-legged ones—to the Marin Humane Society on Oct. 2 from noon to 5 p.m. for a fun-filled afternoon of dancing, food and groovy times! more »

Dog Travel Events


8th Annual Woofstock Benefit Music Festival
October 2, 2016 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, California 94949
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San Rafael

Bay Area Pet Fair 2016
October 15, 2016 to October 16, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael, California 94903
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San Luis Obispo

Wiggle Waggle Walk for Woods Humane Society
October 22, 2016 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
1400 Osos St., San Luis Obispo, California 93401
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Second Chance German Shepherd Rescue Fundraising Gala
October 22, 2016 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
599 Blackhawk Club Dr., Danville, California 94506
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Vet Buzz

Canine Snoring

Paw on the snooze button.
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By Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County.

Snoring is caused by obstruction of the nasal passages or trachea that leads to airway constriction. The first thing to know about snoring is that it can be both normal and abnormal in dogs, and there are numerous reasons for each. more »

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