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

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Fresh tracks with Brodie. Photo by Tim Bradshaw

Winter Romps in the High Sierra

There’s something about a raging cascade that acts like a magnet to pull you and your dog down the trail, and this winter’s multiple waves of rain have sent waterfalls a-gushing all around the state. Here are a few great excuses for a hike with your dog in the moody month of January.

Winter Wanderings in Lake Tahoe

Dog in the snow in Tahoe
Captain chillin' in Tahoe. (CC) Garrett
Whether there’s lots of snow or not a flake at lake level, your pup will appreciate a winter break at Northern California’s favorite playground as much as you will. The wild card is weather, so be prepared to embrace whatever conditions Mother Nature throws your way. Here are some of our favorite ways to play with our pups at Lake Tahoe.  more »

Mammoth Adventures

Dog playing in Mammoth Lakes
Panda playing in the Mammoth Pines. CC kpuipui99
Whether you’re coming to the Mammoth Lakes area from north or south, you’re in for hours of visual delights as you cruise Highway 395, a federally designated scenic byway skirting the snow-capped Eastern Sierramore »

Cool Stuff for Winter Dog Romps

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Dog doing all the work. CC Randi Hausken
Easy access to places you can hike, sled, ski and snowshoe without paying a fee can be hard to come by in snowy weather—unless you take advantage of the California Sno-Parks program, which provides access to plowed parking areas in 18 locations in the Sierra Nevada, most in the Tahoe Basin. Daily permits, $5, or seasonal permits, $25, are available online or from vendors in the Bay Area, at Tahoe and along the Interstate 80 and Highway 50 corridors. Rosey is allowed to romp at any Sno-Park area, although officially, she must be on a leash.  more »

Winterizing Your Dog

Dogs in Booties
Doggies in Booties. CC Steve Guttman
Your vehicle isn’t the only thing that needs winterizing before you head up to snow country: your dog needs preventative maintenance, too! Some tips:
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Adventure awaits on the North Coast

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Fred Chillin' on the beach in Fort Bragg. (CC)Markcosy
California’s North Coast is a magical place made more magical still with the 2014 incorporation of Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands, a 1,132-acre coastal preserve in Mendocino County that you and your leashed dog are welcome to explore at your scenic-overload leisure. ranks the North Coast as a one of the state’s top dog-friendly destinations, and recommends Fort Bragg in Mendocino County as a great place to hang your hat (and leash) during a visit to the region. more »

City of Sacramento's Front Street Shelter

We've told you before about the dramatic turnaround of the City of Sacramento's Front Street shelter. Once a dark and deadly place for dogs, it's much safer and happier these days, thanks to an upbeat staff and an extended network of hundreds of volunteers, fosters, and local rescues. As well as generous supporters who make a life-saving difference to dogs like Poe here, who find themselves in dire straits and need a helping hand.  more »

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Orvis Contest Supports Canine Cancer Reseach

Smiling Dog
Happy Lab. Photo by Orvis Co.
We all know dogs aren’t just pets, they’re family. So when canine cancer claims a victim, the whole family suffers. One in four dogs will battle this disease in their lifetime, with half of them dying long before their time. In response, The Orvis Company announced that Orvis customers have raised over a million dollars for canine cancer research through the Orvis Cover Dog Photo Contest. All funds raised have benefited Morris Animal Foundation’s efforts to prevent, treat and cure the disease. more »

Dog Travel Events

San Francisco

San Francisco SPCA Be Mine Adopt-a-thon
February 6, 2015 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
201 Alabama Street, San Francisco, California 94103
Map & directions


Best in Show Contra Costa Humane
February 17, 2015 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
1970 Diamond Blvd., Concord, California
Map & directions


SoCal Pet Expo
February 21, 2015 to February 22, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
1101 W McKinley Ave., Pomona, California
Map & directions

Del Mar

San Diego Pet Expo
February 28, 2015
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, California 92014
Map & directions

Vet Buzz

When Your Dog Vomits

sad dog
Ma, I'm not feeling too good. CC Hanna K.
Rhonda Stallings, DVM, Arroyo Veterinary Hospital, Sonoma, CA

I am sure we've all been in that situation when our dog starts to vomit and we question if it’s a medical emergency. It all depends on the symptoms and how things progress. Pets vomit for many reasons, including ingestion of poisons (mushrooms, blue green algae, fertilizer, chocolate, raisins, rat baits, etc.); dietary indiscretions (garbage ingestion, including compost, cat poop, chicken bones, fatty foods); foreign body ingestion (including toys, nylons, socks, underwear, rocks, money, foxtails and even knives). more »

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