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

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Siberian Husky Kimo Sassafras
Siberian Husky Kimo Sassafrass, Palm Springs
Photo Credit:Trishalee Jernigan

Dogs Dig Greater Palm Springs

The "oasis" lifestyle of Greater Palm Springs isn’t just for humans to enjoy. In fact, it’s hard to think of a place more dog-friendly than this Southern California oasis. With little luxuries like doggy massages and special pet menus, not to mention a plethora of hikes, yappy hours, and restaurant patios ready to welcome your pooch, it’s safe to say that Greater Palm Springs has gone to the dogs. Discover why you and your furry friend will fall in love with Greater Palm Springs on your next visit.

Sit, Stay

Angus at Parker Palm Springs. Photo Credit: _angusthefrenchie
Angus at Parker Palm Springs. Photo Credit: _angusthefrenchie

Greater Palm Springs is all about staying in style—and why should your dog settle for anything less? Here, hotels take the term “dog-friendly” to the next level with amenities ranging from dog-sitting services to in-room massages and fresh treats baked by the pastry chef himself. Not only do local hotels welcome four-legged guests with open paws, but they also cater to them with carefully curated amenities. Check out the top five spots to stay with your dog in Greater Palm Springs. more »

Chow Down

Yum! Photo Credit: Georgie Pauwels (CC)
Yum! Photo Credit: Georgie Pauwels (CC)

When it comes to dining in Greater Palm Springs, you’ll rarely have to wonder whether Kayla is welcome or not. After all, it’s nearly impossible to find a restaurant that doesn’t allow dogs on the patio. Dogs are welcomed like any other guest, with plenty of water bowls and treats to go around. Expect guests and staff alike to lavish your dog with love and attention. Ready to dig in? Check out our top five dog-friendly restaurant picks. more »

Hiking Around

Luke's first hike, Palm Springs. Photo Credit: vanessa.shanks

If you and your dog are the outdoorsy types, you’ll find plenty of trails to enjoy in Greater Palm Springs. Dog-friendly trails let you explore the natural sights (and smells) of this desert oasis, whether you’re walking along a babbling creek in a nature preserve or tackling a steep incline for picturesque views of the desert floor. Read on to discover the top five dog-friendly hiking trails in Greater Palm Springs. Check out the new dog-friendly Greater Palm Springs hiking website heremore »

Get Local

Paws for a latte? Photo Credit: Skeddy (CC)
Paws for a latte? Photo Credit: Skeddy (CC)

Greater Palm Springs offers plenty of ways to make your next trip a getaway you and your pup won’t soon forget. Jumpstart the day with a massage or reflexology session—for your pup, that is—before lounging in a scenic garden courtyard, the hippest place for Palm Springs’ pooches to be seen. Then, stock up on must-have accessories at a chic puppy boutique before schmoozing with the local doggy crowd at a charitable yappy hour. Check out the full experiences here. more »

Animal Samaritans

Meet Fritz. Photo Courtesy: Animal Samaritans
Meet Fritz. Photo Courtesy: Animal Samaritans

Meet Fritz. This 8-year-old schnauzer landed in animal control, and his people never came and got him. Luckily for Fritz, the good folks at Animal Samaritans took him in. more »

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Dog Travel Events

San Francisco

Logitech Gifts Circle Camera to SF Pet Adopters in May
May 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016

250 Florida St., San Francisco, California 94103
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Pawsport Napa Valley
May 12, 2016 to May 15, 2016
10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Napa, California 94558
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Walnut Creek

ARF's Animals on Broadway
May 14, 2016 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
1275 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, California 94596
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6th Annual Growl, Meow & Wine Auction + Fundraiser
May 15, 2016 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
8323 Baldwin St., Oakland, California 94621
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Vet Buzz

Recognizing and Treating Pain in Our Pets

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

Recognizing pain

Pain can be a difficult thing to recognize in our pets. Most owners will notice a limp, scratch, or yelp from their pet but slow onset and chronic pain can be difficult to determine in pets of any age. Dogs try and hide their pain instinctually. Since animals can’t talk we have to use their subtle body language to hear their concerns. more »

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