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

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Welcome to San Francisco. (CC) Tomas

Best Hikes for Dogs in San Francisco

Next time a beautiful day beckons, why not check out something new or re-explore a favorite haunt with your dog? Grab a map, lace up your hiking shoes, clip a leash on Bella and enjoy the sights and sounds of America’s favorite city. Visiting from out of town? We have a whole kennel full of dog-friendly hotel suggestions for you and yours.

Waterfront Delights in Mission Bay

Hanging out in Mission Bay. (CC) Bhautik Joshi
One of the fastest changing parts of the city is Mission Bay, a South-of-Market shoreline neighborhood in the midst of a redevelopment boom. Start this three-mile jaunt at AT&T Park, crossing McCovey Cove on Third Street to reach China Basin Park, a thin strip of green space facing the home of the World Champion San Francisco Giants. On game days, the park is crowded with fans and the energy level can get frenetic, but at other times, you and your four-legged sidekick can explore the Giants History Walk or simply cuddle on a bench and enjoy the spring sunshine and the views. more »

Places to Play in Golden Gate Park

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Otto up a tree in Golden Gate Park. (CC) ejbSF
Golden Gate Park is to San Francisco what Central Park is to New York, but oh-so-much better, at least in our dog-centric opinion. Its 1,017 acres encompass dog-friendly gardens, lakes, picnic groves, trails and many other attractions. On weekends, when the roads running through it are closed to vehicular traffic, pedestrians and pooches rule the roost. more »

The Bark on Bernal Heights

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Otto in Bernal's secret garden. (CC)ejbSF
Bernal Heights Park is something you don’t expect to find in a densely populated city: 35 acres of rugged, often windswept terrain that can feel more like a wilderness than an urban playground. Your dog can be off-leash here so long as she comes when called—and you definitely won’t want an eager canine pulling at the leash as you huff and puff up the steep, grassy hill that once served as a rock quarry. Several paths loop around the park, which is forested on top and can feel like a different place every time you visit, depending on the weather. more »

Chasing Waves on Ocean Beach

Dog on Ocean Beach
Traveling in Style at Ocean Beach. (CC) torbakhopper
If your dog has a reliable recall and can be trusted not to jump on people, bring her to Ocean Beach, a four-mile strip of sand at the foot of Golden Gate Park. The section between stairwells 1 and 21 is off-leash territory, and dogs go wild chasing waves, fetching balls and dodging the throngs of humans who congregate here on weekends.  more »

Sit, Stay, Snore in San Francisco

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Taking in the view at Fort Funston. (CC) Racingmix
If there’s a more dog-friendly city than San Francisco when it comes to lodging, we don’t know about it. The City by the Bay boasts dozens of hotels, motels and B&Bs that welcome pets. They range from upscale establishments in the Kimpton and Joie de Vivre chains to simple motels in outlying neighborhoods. more »

Rocket Dog Rescue 2015

Oliver the dog
Here's Oliver, who's just over three months old. He's currently having a fine old time in his foster home and playing with the resident dog while he waits for his forever person to come along. But it almost didn't turn out that way. more »

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Guide Dog Etiquette for Pets and People

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Eevi and Sepi are all business when their harness is on. (CC) Smerikal
You probably know not to pet a service dog who’s working — the dog may even wear a sign that says so. But you may not realize that it’s just as important to make sure that your dog has good manners around working animals. more »

Dog Travel Events

San Rafael

Sold Out - 9th Annual For the Love of Animals
March 7, 2015 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
333 Biscayne Dr., San Rafael, California 94901
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Sit, Stay, Ride: The Story of America's Sidecar Dogs
March 11, 2015 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
23 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, California 94952
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YOLO Outdoor Expo
March 14, 2015 to March 15, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
1962 Hays Lane, Woodland, California 95776
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Wags N Wine - Supper in the Vineyards
March 28, 2015 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
8466 Saint Helena Highway, Rutherford, California 94573
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Vet Buzz

Laser Therapy for Dogs

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Maestro enjoying his LASER therapy session. (CC) Rhona Mae Arca
Dr. Erin Troy, Muller Veterinary Hospital in Walnut Creek

Did you know that your dog can benefit from LASER therapy? LASER is Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation…but what does all that mean?  Low-level LASER therapy is the use of light to stimulate biological processes in the tissue to which it is applied. These processes can include wound healing, reduction of swelling, increased formation of blood vessels, increased production of ATP, and some antimicrobial activity. more »

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