Kayla is DogTrekker's 10-year old, yellow Labrador retriever "Research Lab." She follows in a long line of Kendrick family researchers that are truly the inspiration for DogTrekker.com.
Kayla, better known as K.K., has traveled the state and beyond, giving her bark of approval to dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, beaches, lakes, wineries, boats, trains, stores, ballparks and much more. Here are her favorite "4-paws up" experiences as determined by her wags per minute and smiles per mile.
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Heading south on H/W 101 just past the first Mill Valley exit (East Blithedale), on the way to DogTrekker.com HQ, Kayla lifts her head up from the backseat of the car and looks around. As we exit off the freeway onto Redwood Highway, she stands up and her head goes out the window. By time we turn in to one of the double driveways of the Cable Car Coffee kiosk, her nose is working overtime and sometimes she has to be warned to stay inside the car -- leaning is OK, climbing out isn't.
As the always cheerful baristas prepare Dad's excellent cup of morning coffee, the biscuit appears and makes its way to the back seat where Kayla has her first treat of the day. How does she know that heading to the red cable car building means a treat? Well, she has been visiting Cable Car Coffee for some time now and of course, she is a lab after all!
Kayla just returned from her visit to the newest region to debut on DogTrekker.com -- San Luis Obispo County. She had a great time sleeping, eating, hiking, splashing and exploring the great central coast area. There will be many stories to come, for now though, a few photos to share:
Kayla in at the Pismo Lighthouse Suites
DogTrekker.com's Research Lab, Kayla, spent a wonderful few days during the holidays at the beautiful Cavallo Point, Lodge at the Golden Gate. Only minutes from just about anywhere in the Bay Area, yet with a feeling and ambiance so far removed from the hustle and bustle of daily life. more »
DogTrekker.com was on hand and Kayla on paw last Saturday evening for a preview sneak peek at the new Muttville Headquarters, located at the corner of Alabama & 16th Street in San Francisco. Yes, the mutts have finally moved out of founder Sherri Franklin’s home to their new home-like environment for newly arrived dogs. more »
Kayla is definitely a road-warrior. Say wanna go for a ride? – her ears are up, tail is wagging, leash is in her mouth, she’s in the car, and it’s full-sniff ahead. One of her favorite road trips is the Shasta Cascade region of Northern California, which actually covers about 20 percent of California. Dog-friendly trails, lakes and rivers abound, as do dog-friendly accommodations.
Kayla always begins her Shasta Cascade adventures in the town of Redding, which is not only over-the-top-dog-friendly, but is a great starting point to explore this vast region.
She likes to begin her morning at Redding’s Turtle Bay Exploration Park, walking with lots of other dogs across the Sundial Bridge and onto the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail that overlooks the Sacramento River. She hasn’t made the entire 16.5 miles, but is working on it. more »
Kayla loves this Subaru spot, the story of a doggie camping trip . . .
One of Kayla's favorite things to do is explore the many, many hikes within the Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD). It is one of the few truly dog-friendly places she is able to run free on the fire protection roads. The MCOSD hike that seems to get both Kayla (a.k.a. kk) and her uprights excited is the Blithedale Summit, accessible from two different trailheads minutes from downtown Mill Valley. This trip, kk entered the Blithedale Summit East trailhead for a comfortable hike up towards the great sleeping lady of Marin, Mount Tam. more »
Kayla, DogTrekker’s Research Lab, took her first DogTrek of the year on New Year’s Day hiking with buddy Kiya along the actual Emigrant Trail. After following the Old Reno Road (just outside of Truckee) for a few miles, the two pups and their uprights appropriately turned onto Dog Valley Road for their hour and a half jaunt. more »
While oysters are perhaps the most visible crop in this West Marin coastal community, Marshall is where Marin’s dairy industry began in 1852. Marshall is not only the launching point for some of Kayla’s favorite beaches (Limantour Beach near Point Reyes Station), it’s also the home of the very pet-friendly Nick’s Cove. more »
While Carmel has the well-earned reputation as the dog-friendly capital of the world, Mendocino is certainly nipping at her heels. In Dog Fancy Magazine’s 2010 Top-40 dog-friendly towns in the country, Mendocino Coast’s Fort Bragg came in at number 5. Kayla has always found Mendocino to be welcoming towards 4-legged critters. more »