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Dogs under Christmas tree
Happy Holidays from Louie and Henri.
Photo Credit: Nathalie Mojonnet

DogTrekker Holiday Issue

Yikes—Turkey Day has come and gone and the leftovers are being gobbled up fast. Time to switch gears, put up the Christmas lights, pull out the light-up holiday dog collar (you have one, don’t you?) and plan some excursions that will fill you both with the joy of the season.

Sacramento’s Big Gift

Got cookies? Photo Credit: Caitlin H. (CC)
Got cookies? Photo Credit: Caitlin H. (CC)

Almost every city and shelter in California sponsors a holiday adoption event, but few are as fortunate as Sacramento in having a benefactor like Kim Pacini-Hauch, a pet-loving real-estate agent who is picking up the cost of pet adoption through Dec. 31 as part of the Front Street Shelter’s “Home for the Pawlidays” event. more »

Get Your Wag On In the OC

Laguna Beach Santa
Laguna Beach Santa

Are dogs welcome at Orange County’s outdoor holiday events? You bet your sweet tail-wagger they are. We’ve sniffed out a few highlights that both you and Nipper can enjoy: more »

San Diego Strut

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade. Photo Credit: Andy Orin (CC)
Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade. Photo Credit: Andy Orin (CC)

San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter is all aglow for the holidays, and for dogs and their people. The fun comes to a head on Dec. 11, when pet owners and their furry, feathered, and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes for this jolly promenade and pet expo.  more »

Time for ‘Leche-Vitrines’

SF SPCA/Macy
SF SPCA/Macy's Holiday Windows. Photo Courtesy: San Francisco SPCA

That’s French for “window licking,” an expression that in English equates to “window shopping.” But the French term translates (almost) literally when it comes to Macy’s Holiday Windows displays in San Francisco’s Union Square—only it’s puppies and kittens doing the licking. more »

See the Lights

Photo Credit: ScottieT812
Photo Credit: ScottieT812

Holiday parades and light displays are part and parcel of the American holiday experience, with cities and towns large and small getting into the illuminated holiday spirit. Here are three dog-friendly displays for you and Murphy to view: more »

Rocket Dog Rescue 2016

Meet Chance. Photo Courtesy: Rocket Dog Rescue
Meet Chance. Photo Courtesy: Rocket Dog Rescue

Things looked grim for young Chance. An energetic young German shepherd, he'd managed to get hit by a car, shattering his left front leg in the process.

Fortunately for him, Rocket Dog Rescue swooped in and got him the medical attention he needed, and after months of recovery in his foster home, you'd never know he was ever in such dire straits. more »

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Santa Paws at Macy's Union Square

Santa Paws
Every dog has its day...for meeting Santa, and that day is December 8th!

Bring your canine kids* to visit the man of the season on Thursday, December 8 at Macy's Union Square in San Francisco. more »

Dog Travel Events

San Francisco

Four Charities Fundraiser Benefiting Rocket Dog Rescue!
December 7, 2016 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
301 Battery St., San Francisco, California 94111
Map & directions

San Francisco

SF SPCA: Santa Paws at Macy's
December 8, 2016 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
170 O'Farrell St., San Francisco, California 94102
Map & directions

Petaluma

Lily's Legacy Luminary Lighting
December 11, 2016
Petaluma, California 94975
Map & directions

Pomona

The SoCal Pet Expo™
January 7, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
1101 W McKinley Ave., Pomona, California 91768
Map & directions

Vet Buzz

Unsafe Toys

Photo Credit: Nisakorn Keanmepol (CC)
By Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County.

There is no one definition of an unsafe toy. Many toys can be unsafe in the mouths of the wrong dog. more »

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