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Best Doggone Apps for Dog Lovers

In early 2012, we went walkabout in the iTunes store on a mission to sniff out the best dog apps for iPhone and iPad. What we found fell into three basic categories: fun, practical, and—make no bones about it—just plain gimmicky. We recently checked up on our favorites (for Android as well as Apple devices) and uncovered some new gems worth barking about.

Finding the Perfect Dog-sitter

Boy and his dog
Photo by Sameer

Websites optimized for smartphones are gaining ground on phone-only apps these days, giving consumers two ways to play. Such is the case with DogVacay and Rover, a pair of websites and associated apps (free) that aim to match traveling dog owners with host families nationwide.  more »

Dog-walk Apps

Dogs at Sunset at Point Pinole
Sunset walk at Point Pinole. Photo by Hilary.
Walking is as good for you as it is for your dog, and with Walk For A Dog, a new fundraising app from WoofTrax, every step you take translates into money earned for local shelters and rescue groups. more »

Canine First Aid Apps

icon for pet first aid from jive mediaPet First Aid: Pet emergencies can occur any time, anywhere, and having a first-aid reference at your fingertips can save time—or your pet’s life—as you head to the vet. Jive Media’s app is hands-down the most comprehensive and intuitive canine first-aid app on the market. more »

Just for Fun Apps

icon for dog sounds & body talk appDog Sounds & Body Talk: Watch your dog’s ears perk up—or lay down, as the case may be—when you expose her to the primal sound of a howling wolf, the squeaking of a squirrel, the meow of a cat, the din of a pounding thunderstorm and other sounds geared to elicit a reaction. more »

Dog Breed Apps

icon for akc appAKC Dog Breeds: Curious about that fluffed-up pooch you saw on TV or the sleek, racy looking dog you saw at the dog park? This app responds to our curiosity about canines with photos, histories and standards for the 173 AKC-recognized breeds. more »

Rescue and Adoption Apps

Pet Finder: “Shopping” is a word we’d Petfinder logorather apply to groceries than to the process of selecting a four-legged family member, but that’s pretty much what the mobile version of the worthy website does. more »

Social Media and Wearable Technology

DogBook LogoSocial-media lovers have more ways to play now that apps like Dogbook, the mobile connection to Facebook’s dog community, have gained some maturity.  more »

DogTrekker to Launch Mobile App

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Our 2012 newsletter on dog-related apps was one of our most popular stories, so in this issue we've included updates on our favorites.  more »

Jessica's Haven and Rescue

Angel Puppies
It's a sweet thing when people with special needs and homeless dogs come together and help each other out. That's what happens at Marin-based Jessica's Haven and Rescue, whose philosophy for their helpers with autism and other disabilities is "to be responsible for yourself, to be responsible to others, and to be responsible for something else" — in this case, rescue dogs.  more »

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Mendocino’s Beachcomber Hotel offers new Pet Suites and Dog Park

Beachcomber Motel Dog Park
The Beachcomber Motel & Spa in Fort Bragg has officially gone to the dogs with their latest addition of Pet Suites and a new, leash-free Dog Park. more »

Dog Travel Events


2014 Annual DogPound Poker Run Benefitting Pets Without Partners
September 6, 2014
4125 Riverside Place, Anderson, California 96007
Map & directions


Doggie Pool-Ooza
September 6, 2014 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
800 N. Archibald Avenue, Ontario, California 91764
Map & directions

San Rafael

Jessica's Haven and Rescue Golf Tournament and Banquet
September 12, 2014 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
333 Biscayne Dr., San Rafael, California 94901
Map & directions

Redwood Valley

Let The Fur Fly!
September 14, 2014 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
7051 N State St., Redwood Valley, California 95470
Map & directions

Vet Buzz

What Vaccinations Does My Dog Really Need?

By Pamela Bouchard, DVM, DACVA
VCA Tender Care Animal Hospital, San Rafael The current practice in most veterinary hospitals is to protect puppies from deadly parvovirus and distemper by vaccinating them several times, followed by a booster shot at one year, and then every three years after that. This vaccination schedule came about because vaccine companies have not tested the duration of immunity beyond three years. However, it has been shown that the immunity resulting from the initial vaccines frequently lasts as long as 10 to 15 years.  more »

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