Dog-friendly lodging, restaurants, and events in Northern California

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Top 5 Dog-friendly Destinations Along Hwy. 80

Interstate 80 is more than a blast-through path from the Bay Area to Lake Tahoe, Reno and beyond. It’s also the gateway to worthy destinations for dawdling with your dog between here and there. Here are five suggestions for dog-friendly fun just off the freeway.

Bark When You Discover Vacaville

Pena Adobe Dog Park
Lucky at Pena Adobe Park. Photo Credit: Greg Frucci (CC)
Don’t you love it when you stumble across something great that you never knew about before? That’s the feeling that takes over upon entering Lagoon Valley Park, 470 acres of open space just off Interstate 80 between Vacaville and Fairfield. The park includes the historic Pena Adobe, oldest structure in Solano County; plus picnic areas and a hiking trail that will take you and your leashed friend 2.5 miles around the namesake lake. There’s also a fenced, off-leash dog park. Another prize find for DogTrekkers is Rockville Hills Regional Park more »

Take a Yolo County Detour

Toad Hollow Dog Park
Toad Hollow Dog Park, Davis, CA. Photo Credit: Eileen (CC)
In Yolo County, Interstate 80 runs right past the UC Davis campus and within ball-throwing distance of Sudwerk, one of the state’s pioneering craft breweries. It’s worth making a DogTrekking date with both. On campus, take a stroll through the UC Davis Arboretum, 100 acres of meticulously curated botanic gardens along the banks of Putah Creek, which flows through the sprawling campus. more »

Stake a Claim in Sacramento

Dog running free
Photo Credit: Eileen McFall (CC)
If you’re one for “spoke and wheel” getaways, the centrally located state capital makes a great hub for day trips throughout the region. Of course, you and Sparky might find so much to do that you won’t even want to leave town. more »

Fall for Fall in the Foothills

Winding your way up Interstate 80 on the way from Sacramento to Lake Tahoe, you'll pass through or near Placer and Nevada County communities ranging from modern suburbs to historic Gold Rush-era settlements that look plucked from a Western movie set. Save time for them, by all means, but don’t pass up open-space gems such as 30,000-acre Auburn State Recreation Areamore »

Last Chance for High-Country Hikes With Your Dog

Dog on trail
Photo Credit: theilr (CC)
This in-between time of year, when snowfall in the mountains is still light or nonexistent, is a great time for one last hike in the high country with your four-legged friends. Check conditions before you go, come prepared for changing weather, wear waterproof boots, keep an eye to the sky, bring water for yourself and your dog, pack snowshoes just in case—and enjoy. Here are five favorite rambles not far off of Interstate 80. more »

Leave No Paws Behind 2015

Leave No Paws Behind rescue dogs
Franco and Billy. Photo courtesy of Leave No Paws Behind
Without a doubt, it was a heartrending photo: a Southern California shelter volunteer, her arms wrapped protectively around Tony, a scared-looking, elderly Jack Russell terrier. Her Facebook post explained that she'd done everything in her power to find him a home, but he had mere hours left and she was begging for help. more »

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Dog Travel Events

San Francisco

29th Annual SF SPCA Holiday Windows at Macy’s Union Square
November 20, 2015 to January 3, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
170 OFarrell St., San Francisco, California 94102
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Humane Society Silicon Valley presents: Home For The Holidays @ the Animal Community Center
November 27, 2015 to December 31, 2015

901 Ames Ave., Milpitas, California 95035
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San Jose

Humane Society Silicon Valley presents: Home For The Holidays @ West San Jose Petco
November 27, 2015 to December 31, 2015

500 El Paseo de Saratoga, San Jose, California 95130
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Humane Society Silicon Valley presents: Home For The Holidays @ Petco Sunnyvale
November 27, 2015 to December 31, 2015

160 East El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, California 94087
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Vet Buzz

Thanksgiving and Giving to Our Pets

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

Every year, especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas, there is a large spike in pets that come to see the veterinarian because of diarrhea, vomiting and/or pancreatitis. more »

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