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Matanzas Creek Winery, Santa Rosa
Matanzas Creek Winery, Santa Rosa
Photo Credit: @mroliverinthecity

Dogs, Wine and Fun

We’ve all visited winery after winery with our dogs, no? After all, it’s a quintessentially California thing to do. Here at DogTrekker, we’ve sniffed around for some ways to add to the wine-country experience. Leashes on, tails up, let’s go!

Mendocino County ‘Hole in One’

Lord Sandwich and friends at Smith Story Wine Cellars <br/> Photo Credit: sandwichthedoodle
Lord Sandwich and friends at Smith Story Wine Cellars
Photo Credit: sandwichthedoodle

Talk about having it all beneath one roof…The Madrones, an Italian-style enclave in the Mendocino County town of Philo, is a multifaceted destination with three tasting rooms, five pet-friendly “guest quarters,” a wellness spa and a dog-friendly restaurant, Stone & Embers, specializing in wood-fired cuisine. Visitors with four-legged companions in tow will get a special welcome at the Smith Story Wine Cellars tasting room, where the resident goldendoodle, Lord Sandwich, reigns supreme. more »

It’s a Dog’s Life in Santa Cruz Wine Country

It’s a Dog’s Life in Santa Cruz Wine Country

Oh, the carefree life of a winery dog. It ranks high on our list of reincarnation fantasies. Yet in Santa Cruz County, which is home to over a dozen dog-friendly wineries, you needn't wait until the next go-round to enjoy a breezy life of leisure. more »

Lake County Hideaway

Bed & Barrell at Stonehouse Cellars
Bed & Barrell at Stonehouse Cellars

“Agritourism”—an agriculturally based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch—is as old as winemaking in California, yet there aren’t many places where visitors with dogs can spend the night on the premises. Bed & Barrel at Stonehouse Cellars, a winery/tasting room/B&B in Clearlake Oaks, Lake County, is an exception. more »

Gold Country Treasure Hunt

Vineyard Supervisor at Popie Wines <br/> Photo Credit: @popiewines
Vineyard Supervisor at Popie Wines
Photo Credit: @popiewines

Are you one of those folks who enjoys taking selfies with your dog wherever you roam? Add some fun to your quest by participating in the Placer Wine Trail Photo Hunt, a contest taking place through December. The deal: Visit a member winery, find the “treasure” (it might be an artwork, an artifact or a physical feature of the property), take a selfie, post it on Instagram and be entered to win a $100 gift card. more »

Collect Stamps at Yountville Tasting Rooms

Collect Stamps at Yountville Tasting Rooms

If you’re up for a special-occasion getaway centered on food and wine and can’t leave your four-legged other behind, consider the oh-so-chic Napa Valley town of Yountville. This culinary mecca is chock-a-block with strollable tasting rooms and restaurants (most with dog-friendly outdoor seating). Some 19 tasting rooms clustered within a mile of each other participate in the Yountville Wine Walk, which awards prizes based on the number of establishments visited. more »

Pets Lifeline 2018

Photo: Chavo - Pets Lifeline
Photo: Chavo - Pets Lifeline

Wherever Chavo came from, he was much loved and knows how to be a good dog. That's the report from his foster parents at Pets Lifeline in Sonoma, who took in this little 3-year-old Chi guy from the Sacramento area in his hour of need. more »

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Frightfully Delightful Dog-friendly Events

Visit Vacaville's Director of Barketing, Jaxon, on the hunt for the perfect pumpkin
California is chock-full of ghoulishly great events for you and your dog to celebrate this fangtastic time of year.

Here are our top dog-friendly Halloween-inspired event picks:

• Fourth Annual Howl-O-Ween at Andrews Park, Vacaville, October 27: Spirited pups gather for a festive pooch parade, costume contests and more! more »

Dog Travel Events


Best in Show
October 19, 2018 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
2020 Addison St., Berkeley, California 94704
Map & directions

San Luis Obispo

Wiggle Waggle Walk for Woods Humane Society
October 20, 2018 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
1400 Osos St., San Luis Obispo, California 93401
Map & directions

San Francisco

Bark the Vote
October 20, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
San Francisco, California 94117
Map & directions


Indigeny Harvest Festival
October 20, 2018 to October 27, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
14679 Summers Ln., Sonora, California 95370
Map & directions

Vet Buzz

Tips for Traveling With a Puppy

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital.

Traveling with a puppy means being prepared. Prepared to get your puppy out to eliminate often. Prepared with vaccines. And prepared with distractions. more »

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