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Maggie and Beck on Vacation (CC) Lee Wright
We've checked out the best dog-friendly places in Northern and Central California for you and your pup to stay, eat, hike, swim and play! Please explore our site, sign up for our weekly newsletter… and be sure to take us along on your next DogTrekking adventure.

Bark if You Love Vacation Rentals

Vacation rentals are one of the fastest-growing segments of the travel industry, and for good reasons: Having a kitchen, laundry facilities and other comforts of home allows you to live like a local, pack light and eat in when you want to. Usually, you’ll save money over the cost of a hotel in the bargain. For DogTrekkers, a dog-friendly house or condo can prove the perfect pad for a getaway. DogTrekker is here to help you sniff out the possibilities.

How to Find a Dog-friendly Vacation Rental

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Vacation here we come! To view our recommended vacations rentals throughout California, select your destination on the DogTrekker.com home page, and then look for “vacation rentals” under the “lodging” tab. We include pet policies and fees for each property, but you’ll want to confirm the details with the management company when you book your reservation. more »

Make It Mendocino

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Dog at Sea Ranch Lodge - Photo: Dogblessed Adventures
Dog-friendly vacation rentals in Mendocino County are as abundant as scenery is beautiful, so you and your four-legged pals should have no trouble snagging a retreat for a week or a long weekend. Coast Getaways Vacation Rentals, a leading property-management firm that represents 14 dog-friendly vacation homes along the 40-mile stretch of coastline encompassing Elk, Albion, Little River, Mendocino, Caspar, Fort Bragg and Cleone. more »

Lake Tahoe's South Shore and More

Apollo on the beach at Tahoe
Apollo on the beach at Tahoe
If it’s spring, summer can’t be far away—and summer is prime time at South Lake Tahoe, for hotel stays and vacation rentals alike. If you’re staying longer than a night or two or have more than two humans in your party, a vacation rental can be your ticket to dog-friendly togetherness and flexibility; plus the lake and miles of dog-friendly hiking trails are right outside your door. more »

High Sierra Hideaways

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Boat dog in Mono County. Photo - Colleen Greene
Late spring, when roads are clear but the mountains are still frosted with snow, is a gorgeous time to enjoy the majesty of the High Sierra. Off-season rates make it more affordable and vacancies at high-demand properties are more available than at the height of summer. more »

Paw Tested: Share Your Favorite Dog Experience

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DogTrekker has always been about “fun for dogs and the humans who follow.” That’s why we love hearing paws-on-the-ground stories from readers—and now, we have a way to share them with other DogTrekkers. Our recently launched Paw-Tested section on DogTrekker.com features cool reader suggestions, complete with photos, of where to visit, stay and play with your pup.    more »

Contra Costa Humane Society

Phinny. Photo- Contra Costa Humane Society
Since moving into its new combined office/shelter space in Pleasant Hill earlier this year, Contra Costa Humane Society has been even busier, not only at providing safe havens for many of the dogs and cats who wind up in overcrowded county shelters, but in proactive efforts designed to keep pets and their people happy and safe together. These range from SNAP, the spay/neuter assistance program, to AniMeals, a local partnership that gets quality food and supplies to the animal companions of those in need so hard times don't have to break up the family.  more »

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Beast of the Bay Winners Party

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DogTrekker.com joined Milo Foundation founder Lynne Tingle and outreach coordinator John Fonseca, along with many other Beast of the Bay 2014 winners, this past Saturday at the El Rio in San Francisco for Bay Woof's 6th annual awards celebration. Both furry dogs and hot dogs were aplenty as everyone enjoyed the sounds of the Whoa Nellies on El Rio's back patio.

Bay Woof founder, M. Rocket, along with MC Sister Roma, presented DogTrekker.com co-founders Roxanne and Dave Kendrick awards for the Best Dog-Friendly Travel Website and Best Dog Blog. more »

Dog Travel Events


Bark in the BallPark
April 19, 2014
1178 Larry Heller Dr., Stockton, California 95204
Map & directions


Cayucos Easter Egg Hunt & Dog Parade
April 19, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Hardie Park and 3rd Street Park, Cayucos, California 93430
Map & directions

Paso Robles

Wine 4 Paws
April 26, 2014 to April 27, 2014

Paso Robles, California
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San Francisco

DogFest 2014!
April 26, 2014 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Noe Street at Duboce Avenue, San Francisco, California 94114
Map & directions

Vet Buzz

Toxic Plants and Dogs

Toxic plants and dogs
Toxic plants and dogs - Photo: Normanack (CC)
Melissa Robinett, DVM, Bel Marin Animal Hospital, Novato, CA

It’s hard to know why your dog decides to chew on one plant or another. Certainly, young puppies, like young humans, put everything in their mouths as they investigate their world. Sometimes even older dogs may chew on plants out of boredom. So, we’ve compiled a list of the worst offenders so you can bone up on the range of plants that are toxic to your pets before you plant.  more »

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