San Francisco County
OK, so where to we start? If there’s a more dog-friendly big city than San Francisco, we certainly don’t know about it. An abundance of open space is one thing that makes the City by the Bay so unique, and the fact that so much of it is open to dogs adds considerable appeal for visitors with canine companions.
San Francisco residents are known for harboring laid-back attitudes about a lot of things, and that goes for leashes. Well behaved pooches are allowed to exercise and socialize in about two dozen places within city limits, including several—Alamo Hill, Bernal Heights, Crissy Field, Fort Funston—with views that make visitors from less glam urban areas go green with envy.
Some of San Francisco County’s designated dog-play areas are fenced, some aren’t; some require leashes, some don’t. From any of them, though, you won’t have to walk far to find a sidewalk table where you can rest and recover from working the crowd, or a hotel where both you and Fido are as welcome as that briefcase-toting guy coming straight from the airport.
In December, SFO will launch a new program, titled “Wag Brigade,” to bring trained dogs to the terminals to make passenger travel more enjoyable. The San Francisco Chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) will bring nine dogs, certified through their Animal Assisted Therapy (ATT) Program, to roam the terminals to take the stress out of holiday travel. more »
Join DogTrekker.com at this year's American Cancer Society's Bark for Life fundraising event in Golden Gate Park. We will be honoring the life-long contributions of our Canine Caregivers. It presents an opportunity for all of us to be empowered through our canine companion partnerships and to contribute to cancer cures through the mission of the American Cancer Society. more »
What’s the biggest park in San Francisco after Golden Gate Park (1,017 acres)? We were stumped, too, until our staffers stumbled upon a hidden gem of a park in south San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley. John McLaren Park
, part of the San Francisco Rec & Parks system, is a 312-acre oasis laced with seven miles of meandering hiking trails and also sporting the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater. Named for the Scotland-born horticulturalist who served as superintendent of the Golden Gate Park for 53 years, the park features two of the largest off-leash dog-play areas in the city, one behind the amphitheater and one near the Crocker Amazon playground at the intersection of Mansell Street and John F. Shelley Drive. It’s definitely off the beaten track—and definitely worth discovering. more »
When it comes to dog-friendly hotels in the City by the Bay, two trustworthy brands and many individual stars stand out. Joie de Vivre
, largest operator of boutique hotels in California, has seven
dog-friendly properties in San Francisco, none of which impose breed or weight restrictions or charge extra for canine guests. Policies vary a bit from hotel to hotel, but in general, you can expect Fido to be welcomed with a soft bed, food and water bowls, tasty treats and clean-up bags. We at DogTrekker.com
are such JDV fans that we’ve teamed up with the brand’s Hotel Rex,
a Union Square property that takes its inspiration from literary salons of the 1920s and ‘30s, to offer a two-night “DogCation” for one (or two!) lucky dogs and their humans. Sign up here
for a chance to win! more »
The America’s Cup
sailing showdown comes to San Francisco this summer and fall, and there’s no reason you and your four-legged friend can’t share the excitement sure to be generated by those high-tech yachts hydroplaning around the bay. They’ll be visible from many vantage points; if you can see the bay, you can watch the races live (although you’ll get better interpretation on TV). Crissy Field
, one of San Francisco’s most cherished dog-friendly places, may be inundated by crowds for a few hours on race days, but the rest of the time, Fido can romp off-leash along designated areas of the shoreline. more »