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Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and friend in funny East Bay SPCA video

East Bay Discoveries With Your Dog

The East Bay has it all: open space and urban space and lots of canine-accommodating amenities. This week, we explore the Tri-Valley region and the city of Oakland.

East Bay SPCA 2015

Things have been pretty lively over at the East Bay SPCA lately. Especially since the Oaktown Pup video, featuring EBSPCA dogs, people, and even Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf showing off their dance moves, went viral — it passed 1 million views some time ago. more »

Tri-Valley: The Sunny Side of the Bay

The sprawling San Francisco Bay Area, home to more than 7 million people, contains a surprising amount of green space, much of it concentrated in the rolling hills of the East Bay’s Tri-Valley region.  Dog-friendly hotels, restaurants and wineries abound, and if you’re looking for places to stretch your legs, the East Bay Regional Park District manages tens of thousands of acres where you can do just that. more »

Tri-Valley Chow-Down

Pleasanton Pooch Parade
Pleasanton, a community of 75,000, is the wealthiest middle-size city in the country according to the 2010 national census, and it’s as pleasant as its name suggests when it comes to the Fido factor. Unlike other communities that block off streets and ban canines at farmers’ markets and street fairs, Pleasanton welcomes patrons with four-legged companions at its 1st Wednesday Street Parties, held May through September and featuring more than 150 vendors each week. Come celebrate the Dog Days of Summer at the dedicated-to-dogs 1st Wednesday Street Party on August 5th and watch all the dogs in the neighborhood shake their stuff in the popular pooch parade down Main Street. more »

Dogs Welcome at Oakland's Summer Festivals

dog in Oakland
Benson out and about in Oaktown. (CC) Dave Schumaker.
Some cities roll out the “No Dogs Allowed” signs rather than the welcome mat when it comes to public gatherings. But not Oakland, which sports a “come one, come all” attitude that draws people and pets from all over the Bay Area. Oakland’s summer calendar is jam-packed with dog-friendly events. Here are five to put on your calendar: more »

Wind Up and Wine Down in Oakland

Jack London Square
Summer days are great for long, lingering meals on the tail end of an outing with your pet. Lake Merritt, the large tidal lagoon in the center of town, is one of Oakland’s most popular jogging and dog-walking venues and a great place to go for a leg-stretch. Linger over an upscale lunch or dinner at Lake Chalet Seafood Bar, a special-occasion venue; or indulge in Italian comfort food at Barlago Italian Kitchen, where heated outdoor tables take the chill off the often brisk marine air. Tuesday-Friday happy hours feature $4 draft beers, discounted wine and antipasti specials. more »

There's a DogTrekker App For That

Photo of DogTrekker App
This week’s newsletter focuses on great places to have fun with your pups in the greater East Bay Area, from Oakland’s dog-friendly Jack London Square to Tri-Valley’s wine and craft beer trails. has been the go-to resource for planning trips to these areas for years, and now has the perfect mobile companion to guide the way. more »

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Dogs on the Catwalk - SF SPCA Fashion Show & Cocktail Party

SPCA Fashion Show Event Dog
Grab a front row seat and watch as San Francisco SPCA's fashion forward four-legged friends strut their stuff down the catwalk at the inaugural Dogs on the Catwalk cocktail party and fashion show. more »

Dog Travel Events


Sessionfest 2015: The Return of the Light ABC Brew
May 23, 2015 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Embarcadero and Water St., Oakland, California
Map & directions


Art N' Bark
May 27, 2015 to June 30, 2015
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
772 Pacific Street, Placerville, California 95667
Map & directions

San Francisco

SF SPCA Dogs on the Catwalk Cocktail Party
May 29, 2015 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
201 Alabama St., San Francisco, California 94103
Map & directions


Bark and Brew with Frenchie Wine
May 29, 2015 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
10 Main St., Pleasanton, California 94566
Map & directions

Vet Buzz

Fleas and Ticks

Dog scratching fleas
Itchin' and scratchin'. (CC) Colin Northway
By Dr. Rhonda Stallings, Arroyo Veterinary Hospital

Each year, the flea problem seems to be getting worse and worse. Products that have been working for years now appear to have lost their effectiveness. more »

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