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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.
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 »
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
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 »
Pleasanton Pooch Parade
, 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 »
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 »
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 »
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. DogTrekker.com 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 »