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Plan Now for a Star-Studded Camping Trip With Your Dog

Memorial Day is just around the corner, and we all know what that means: Time to inventory the camping gear and make reservations (if you haven’t already) for a back-to-nature summer getaway with your BFFFF (best four-footed-friend forever). Here’s our annual guide to camping with canines.

Camping, Sunset Style

Sunset Magazine camp book
Like many of us who read Sunset, you are most likely inspired and somewhat intimidated by those oh-so-perfect homes, gardens and recipes showcased on the magazine’s glossy pages and online. Could we do that? Well, maybe some of it. But when it comes to camping, we can all (including canines that relish an extended outing) learn a thing or two from “Camp Sunset: A Modern Camper’s Guide to the Great Outdoors.” more »

Reserving Your Spot in the Fun

"Dibs on this tent and this pine cone." Photo Credit: Grace Halliday
"Dibs on this tent and this pine cone." Photo Credit: Grace Halliday

If you have your sights set on one of California’s uber-popular (and dog-friendly) coastal, national park or Lake Tahoe campgrounds, it’s probably too late to snag weekend dates for your summer getaway, as most are booked out six months in advance. Persistence and a flexible schedule sometimes win out, however. And there are tons of lovely—and less competitive—places to pitch your tent or park your rig. Here are our tips for finding the perfect spot to camp with Spot: more »

Top Paw-Tested Campgrounds

Dogs that camp.  Photo Credit: Cassie Elizarraraz
Dogs that camp. Photo Credit: Cassie Elizarraraz

We don’t claim to be personally familiar with every campground in California, but our experiences at these dog-friendly sites have been pawsitive enough to keep us coming back again and again. more »

No Tent or RV? No Problem…

This is MY chair! Photo Credit: Sara Jo Martin
This is MY chair! Photo Credit: Sara Jo Martin

Don’t run out to buy a tent if you don’t know that you’ll enjoy camping and take it up as a regular pastime. Novices who don’t own a full kit of gear can still treat their gang (dog included) to a “soft camping” family adventure. Here are five suggestions for easing your way—sans tent—into America’s favorite summer pastime: more »

What to Pack for Your Pup

All packed up and ready for anything. Photo Credit: Kelly Hill
All packed up and ready for anything. Photo Credit: Kelly Hill

Provisioning your pup on a camping trip isn’t so different from provisioning for any other kind of road trip (see our road-trip tips on Protection against ticks, fleas, heartworms and parasites is a must, as is a dog first-aid kit for away-from-home emergencies. Don’t forget pickup bags and/or a lightweight trowel to bury waste (check rules at your campground). more »

Waggin' Trails Rescue Foundation

Snoop - Waggin
Snoop - Waggin' Trails Rescue Foundation

Location, location, location. If you're a shelter dog, it can make the difference between life and death. Especially in overcrowded, underfunded shelters in remote areas, conditions are often poor (like no protection from the elements) and your prospects of getting out safely even worse, because would-be adopters never go there.

Enter Waggin' Trails Rescue Foundation and its volunteers dedicated to getting these dogs out of danger and into loving families. more »

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Dog Travel Events

San Francisco

Logitech Gifts Circle Camera to SF Pet Adopters in May
May 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016

250 Florida St., San Francisco, California 94103
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Fort Bragg

Coastal Trail Celebration
June 4, 2016 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fort Bragg, California 95437
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Arroyo Grande

16th Annual Tails Gala
June 25, 2016 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Arroyo Grande, California
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Huntington Beach

June 26, 2016 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
4121 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, California 92649
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Camping Safety

Photo Credit: John Murphy (CC)
By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM, Marin Pet Hospital, San Rafael, CA

Nothing is more invigorating than hitting the open trail with your four-legged friend. Outdoor activities such as camping and hiking have numerous health benefits for both you and your dog. Before you pack up the camping gear there are some basic guidelines to keep your dog safe and make your experience positive and rewarding. more »

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