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

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Dog Shaking water off
Rainy days are the best. Angus Chan (CC)

Winter Wandering with Your Dog in Mendocino County

Longing to celebrate the holidays with a week or a weekend away? Set your compass on north and head to Mendocino County, where you and your canine pal will find respite in many forms. Walk along the seashore, revel in the redwoods, swirl a glass of crisp viognier and give Max a scratch behind the ears as you congratulate yourself on choosing one of the most dog-friendly destinations on the planet.

The Stanford Inn: Dog & Holiday Passionate!

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Kayla enjoying the Christmas Tree at Stanford Inn.
The holidays have arrived at one of Mendocino’s favorite dog-friendly inns, Stanford Inn by the Sea. Kayla,’s Director of Barketing, was on hand last weekend as the finishing touches of holiday cheer were added to the inn’s lobby, restaurant, bar and 40 dog-friendly guest rooms. Driving up to the property after dark, with lights twinkling on the roof lines and surrounding trees, one has the feeling that Santa’s helpers just may have done some advance work this far south. more »

Waves & Woof on the Mendocino Coast

Dog on beach in Northern California
Let's Go to Mendo! Marnie Webb (CC)
A mere glimpse of Mendocino’s gorgeously sculpted coastline is all it takes to turn urban angst into rural revelation. The scenery is so intoxicating you can yappily spend a week along the Highway 1 corridor without venturing beyond sight or sound of the sea. Visitors on a short leash, time-wise, will find plenty to occupy themselves and their pups along the 13 miles of coastline between diminutive Little River, to the south, and Fort Bragg, the county’s “big city” (population 7,500), just up Highway 1 to the north. Distances are short, so it’s easy to cruise from place to place and get back to base camp before dinner. more »

Mendocino's Inland Empire

Dog on the Skunk Train
Kayla rides the Skunk Train.
Many Mendocino County visitors stay glued to the scenic stretch of coastline between Little River and Fort Bragg, but to do so is to miss out on redwoods, wineries, off-the-beaten-path seaside preserves and small, inland towns that extend a warm welcome to travelers with pets. more »

Walking the Wilds of Mendocino

Dog in the woods of Mendocino
Hiking in the woods. Farley Endeman (CC)
A big part of Mendocino County’s appeal is its hundreds of thousands of acres of dog-friendly public lands, which range from sprawling, 913,300-acre Mendocino National Forest and Snow Mountain Wilderness to coastal preserves like the newly designated Point Arena-Stornetta National Monument, consisting of 1,665 spectacular acres on the wild and windswept coast. more »

Puppy Rescue Mission

Puppy rescued by a soldier
Landfill is one lucky puppy.
On Veterans Day, the call went out on Puppy Rescue Mission's Facebook page from a soldier in Afghanistan:  more »

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Dog Travel Events

San Jose

The Bay Area Pet Expo
January 17, 2015 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
344 Tully Rd., San Jose, California 95111
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Best in Show Contra Costa Humane
February 17, 2015 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
1970 Diamond Blvd., Concord, California
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SoCal Pet Expo
February 21, 2015 to February 22, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
1101 W McKinley Ave., Pomona, California
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Del Mar

San Diego Pet Expo
February 28, 2015
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, California 92014
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Vet Buzz

Is Your Dog Hurting Silently?

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Diego resting after hurting his shoulder. (CC) Pedro Szekely
Dr. Erin Troy, Muller Veterinary Hospital in Walnut Creek

How do you know when someone you love hurts? Normally, you can ask them, but we don’t speak the same language as some of our most beloved family members. Most of our dogs don't tell us in an easily understandable way when they are sore or uncomfortable. As responsible pet parents, we need to watch for the early, subtle signs of pain and discomfort. more »

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