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California Wine Month is Dog-friendly

We know that you know all about California’s better-known wine regions. Here’s a look at a few that you and your four-legged friend may not have visited. They’re all dog-friendly and worthy of a weekend, so why not get paws in motion and set out to explore?

Yearning for Yolo

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Yolo County - Photo: Robert Couse-Baker (CC)
You can’t know what you’re missing if you don’t pull off the highway, and for DogTrekkers speeding through Yolo County on Interstate 80, there are myriad reasons to put on the brakes and clip on the leash. Youthful Davis and historic downtown Winters have been undergoing a renaissance of late, with dog-friendly patio dining and winery tasting rooms providing new excuses to explore and linger with your four-legged friend. Dog-friendly Woodland is all about history and fun.    more »

Water and More in Lake County

Field of wine vines in Lake County
Field of vines in Lake County. (CC) SP8254
The map of Lake County is dominated by Clear Lake, a popular vacation spot with many dog-friendly places to cuddle up for a night or two with your best friend. Water activities are of course a big attraction, but a wine industry has flourished here since the 1850s, and the region that calls itself California’s Undiscovered Wine Country encourages visitors to explore its high-elevation wineries and in-town tasting rooms. more »

Lead Me to Lodi

Toby in Lodi
Toby in Lodi
This San Joaquin County town and wine region 35 miles south of Sacramento is an up-and-coming visitor destination that boasts some 90 wineries, many with dog-friendly grounds and tasting rooms that are sure to impress.    more »

Exploring Greater Sacramento's Wine Regions

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Sacramento's self-proclaimed title as "America's Farm-to-Fork Capital," and regional wineries are a big part of the picture.  more »

Prospecting in Placer County

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Placer Dogs - George Lamesom (CC)
The contemporary wine industry in Placer County, while young, is gaining steam and recognition, turning out wines that impressed the judges at the 2014 California State Fair and rolling out the welcome mat for visitors with two legs and four. Most of the 20 wineries and tasting rooms on the Placer County Wine Trail are situated north of Interstate 80 near Auburn and Loomis. Almost all welcome tail-waggers, so pick a region to explore and let serendipity be your guide.    more »

NorCal Aussie Rescue

RhettRhett was in dire straits when he landed at the Front Street city shelter in Sacramento as a stray: he had numerous bite wounds and was covered with foxtails. Recognizing that this emaciated young Aussie needed more than they could provide, Front Street put out a call to NorCal Aussie Rescuemore »

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Paws on the Square in Oakland

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Pet owners and their pups are invited to enjoy festive, four-legged fun at Jack London Square’s Paws on the Square! This month-long series will fill the Oakland waterfront with free tips, tricks and puppy pampering each Wednesday evening in October, from 5p.m. to 7p.m. more »

Dog Travel Events


Paws on the Square
October 1, 2014 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland, California 94607
Map & directions

San Jose

Humane Society Silicon Valley Annual Walk 'n Wag Fundraiser
October 4, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
985 Hellyer Ave, San Jose, California 95111
Map & directions


Paws on the Square
October 8, 2014 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland, California 94607
Map & directions

San Rafael

Bay Area Pet Fair and Adopt-a-thon
October 11, 2014 to October 12, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
10 Avenue Of The Flags, San Rafael, California
Map & directions

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Canine Cruciate Ligament Ruptures

By Melissa Robinett, DVM, Bel Marin Animal Hospital, Novato, CA                                          
The canine knee is a complex joint with an assortment of ligaments, cartilage pads, and small bones including the kneecap. This joint controls movement between the thigh-bone (femur) and the shin bone (tibia).   more »

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