Dog-friendly lodging, restaurants, and events in California

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Whether you are traveling two miles to visit a local dog park or 200 miles to explore the hidden beaches of Lake Tahoe, plan your trip on and take us along with our new mobile app.

Summer Hikes with Dogs

Cool Running - Summer Hikes With Your Dog

Feeling the burn? Race for a cure by gaining altitude, getting wet—or both! Here are some of our favorite ways to beat the summertime heat with your dogs.

Dogs Ride and Hike Free at Squaw Valley

Photo Credit: Nathan Kendall
Photo Credit: Nathan Kendall

Lake Tahoe is at its glorious best in summer, but you have to be a very early riser to get a parking spot at a dog-friendly beach on weekends. Our advice: Sleep in, then head for High Camp, the high-altitude recreation complex at Squaw Valley USA, where a pool, hot tub, roller rink, limitless hiking options and plenty of free parking await. There are two ways up: the dog-friendly Shirley Lake Trail or the iconic (and dog-friendly) aerial trammore »

Get Your Buttes in Gear

Exploring the Sierra Buttes. Photo Credit: theadventuresofbeezus
Exploring the Sierra Buttes. Photo Credit: theadventuresofbeezus

Looking for somewhere cool (in more ways than one) for you and your dog to collect yourselves this summer? The Lakes Basin Recreation Area straddles Plumas and Sierra counties about 70 miles north of Lake Tahoe. It's truly a land of lakes, with more than four dozen pools of blue scattered in granite-strewn, glacier-carved landscapes laced with hundreds of miles of dog-friendly hiking trails. more »

Take a Walk on the Wave Side

Blufftop Beach, Half Moon Bay. Photo Credit: Janet Fullwood
Blufftop Beach, Half Moon Bay. Photo Credit: Janet Fullwood

DogTrekkers who live inland know they’re never far from Sweatshirt Land. So when the mercury climbs, those in the know leash up their pups and head for the coast, making base camp in unhurried towns like BeniciaPacifica, Point Reyes Station (gateway to the national seashore) or Half Moon Bay, all of which are well appointed with hiking trails. Our most recent weekend away was to Half Moon Bay, where early-morning fog gave way to blue-sky days and the shooshing sea was a soothing backdrop for long walks along the gorgeous Coastside Trailmore »

Take a Hike with DogTrekker

DogTrekker Mobile App’s free mobile app is your guide to dog-friendly hiking in California. With listings for more than 800 hikes throughout the state, the app provides descriptions, on-leash/off-leash regulations, links to land-management websites and maps to trailheads. more »

Humane Society Silicon Valley 2016

Meet Cheechoo. Photo Courtesy: Humane Society Silicon Valley
Meet Cheechoo. Photo Courtesy: Humane Society Silicon Valley

Meet the lovely Cheechoo, as fine a canine companion as ever was. When he landed at Humane Society Silicon Valley a few months back, this 8-year-old pit bull mix was suffering from an epic flea allergy; his skin may have been in sad shape, but his sunny disposition and eternal optimism never wavered. As he healed up, he occupied his mighty brain by learning an impressive repertoire of skills in HSSV's obedience program—including excellent leash manners.

Cheechoo's a perfect gentleman who loves long walks and snuggling on the couch, especially if belly rubs are involved. He's loved by one and all at the shelter, but what he really needs is his own family, and some kind souls have even paid his adoption fees so money doesn't have to be an issue. Imagine coming home to those awesome ears. That smiling face. It could happen—get in touchmore »

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Muttville's Sherri Franklin Named CNN Hero

Sherri Franklin, CNN Hero. Photo Courtesy: Muttville Senior Dog Rescue
The San Francisco-based nonprofit organization, Muttville is dedicated to changing the way the world thinks about and treats older dogs, and to creating better lives for senior dogs through rescue, foster, adoption, and hospice.

The Cable News Network CNN recently named Sherri Franklin, founder and executive director of Muttville, a CNN Hero as a part of their ongoing series that spotlights "everyday people making a difference. more »

Dog Travel Events


Paws for a Cause
July 30, 2016 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
22071 Bonness Rd., Sonoma, California 95476
Map & directions


Napa Humane’s Walk for Animals
August 7, 2016 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
McKinstry St. (between First St. & Soscol Ave.), Napa, California 94559
Map & directions


East Bay SPCA Adopt-A-Thon
August 27, 2016 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Embarcadero West, Oakland, California 94607
Map & directions

San Jose

Bark in the Park 2016
September 17, 2016 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
S. 16th St. and E. William St., San Jose, California 95112
Map & directions

Vet Buzz

Rattlesnake 101 for You and Your Dog

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

• Rattlesnakes are the only native venomous snake species to California.

• Rattlesnakes are more prevalent in the spring and summer. more »

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