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California Wine Month is Dog-friendly

We know that you know all about California’s better-known wine regions. Here’s a look at a few that you and your four-legged friend may not have visited. They’re all dog-friendly and worthy of a weekend, so why not get paws in motion and set out to explore?

Yearning for Yolo

Yolo county sunset
Yolo County - Photo: Robert Couse-Baker (CC)
You can’t know what you’re missing if you don’t pull off the highway, and for DogTrekkers speeding through Yolo County on Interstate 80, there are myriad reasons to put on the brakes and clip on the leash. Youthful Davis and historic downtown Winters have been undergoing a renaissance of late, with dog-friendly patio dining and winery tasting rooms providing new excuses to explore and linger with your four-legged friend. Dog-friendly Woodland is all about history and fun.    more »

Prospecting in Placer County

Placer Dogs
Placer Dogs - George Lamesom (CC)
The contemporary wine industry in Placer County, while young, is gaining steam and recognition, turning out wines that impressed the judges at the 2014 California State Fair and rolling out the welcome mat for visitors with two legs and four. Most of the 20 wineries and tasting rooms on the Placer County Wine Trail are situated north of Interstate 80 near Auburn and Loomis. Almost all welcome tail-waggers, so pick a region to explore and let serendipity be your guide.    more »

Water and More in Lake County

Field of wine vines in Lake County
Field of vines in Lake County. (CC) SP8254
The map of Lake County is dominated by Clear Lake, a popular vacation spot with many dog-friendly places to cuddle up for a night or two with your best friend. Water activities are of course a big attraction, but a wine industry has flourished here since the 1850s, and the region that calls itself California’s Undiscovered Wine Country encourages visitors to explore its high-elevation wineries and in-town tasting rooms. more »

Lead Me to Lodi

Toby in Lodi
Toby in Lodi
This San Joaquin County town and wine region 35 miles south of Sacramento is an up-and-coming visitor destination that boasts some 90 wineries, many with dog-friendly grounds and tasting rooms that are sure to impress.    more »

Exploring Greater Sacramento's Wine Regions

Dog at a table in Sacramento
Sacramento's self-proclaimed title as "America's Farm-to-Fork Capital," and regional wineries are a big part of the picture.  more »

NorCal Aussie Rescue

RhettRhett was in dire straits when he landed at the Front Street city shelter in Sacramento as a stray: he had numerous bite wounds and was covered with foxtails. Recognizing that this emaciated young Aussie needed more than they could provide, Front Street put out a call to NorCal Aussie Rescuemore »

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Bidwell Bark Fun Run & Festival is happening in Chico

Girl and her dog
Bidwell Park is going to the dogs on September 27, when thousands of dogs and their humans will converge for the Bidwell Bark Fun Run & Festival in Chico. This annual event is the largest pet-friendly community event in Butte County and surrounding areas, and all proceeds will benefit Butte Humane Society (BHS)more »

Dog Travel Events


2014 Woofstock Marin Humane Society
September 21, 2014
171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, California 94949
Map & directions


Bark and Meow Around the Block
September 21, 2014 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Carleton Street & Ninth Street, Berkeley, California 94710
Map & directions


Lily's Legacy Barks for Bucks
September 21, 2014 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
1280 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, California 94954
Map & directions

Huntington Beach

6th Annual Unleashed by Surf City Surf Dogs
September 26, 2014 to September 28, 2014

Goldenwest Street and PCH, Huntington Beach, California
Map & directions

Vet Buzz

Canine Cruciate Ligament Ruptures

By Melissa Robinett, DVM, Bel Marin Animal Hospital, Novato, CA                                          
The canine knee is a complex joint with an assortment of ligaments, cartilage pads, and small bones including the kneecap. This joint controls movement between the thigh-bone (femur) and the shin bone (tibia).   more »

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