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Come see the Splash Dogs!
Come see the Splash Dogs!

Fall is a great time for yappy celebrations, and we’re here to tell ya, there’s a whole lotta doggy fun going on in Northern California. Here are a few of our annual faves, and remember, you can always find constantly updated events in your area on's event section and on our mobile app.

September 14-15: Bay Area Pet Fair, hosted by Pet Food Express, Alameda County Fairgrounds Pleasanton, CA. The Bay Area Pet Fair is North America's largest pet adoption and pet party! Admission and parking is free, pets on leash are welcome and encouraged, and there will be lots of fun for the entire family, including the pups!

September 21: Bark in the Park, William Street Park, San Jose, CA. Bark in the Park™ is the largest dog festival in the United States with more than 15,000 dog lovers and 3,900 dogs. Highlights include low cost vaccines and microchipping, Kid's Zone, on stage contests, dog agility and training instructions, vendors with goodies and services and food and drink for all.
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Whether you are traveling to visit local wineries or looking for water activities in Lake County, plan your trip on and take along the DogTrekker mobile app to locate thousands of things to do with your pup when you get there. Following is our latest newsletter ( Subscribe  | Archives ).

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Phoebe Go Goes Everywhere in Lake County

Laid-Back Lake County Beckons You and Your Dog

Lake County is easily accessible from Northern California’s metropolitan areas, yet it’s often overlooked in favor of more high-profile (and expensive) destinations. But we at are woofingly sure that once you discover this dog-friendly, affordable and relaxing slice of the state, you and your pup will be hooked!

Nose Out the Window: Around the Lake We Go

Some peace and quiet! - Photo Credit: Jennifer Waicukauski
Some peace and quiet! - Photo Credit: Jennifer Waicukauski

Close to a dozen communities sit on or near the shores of Clear Lake. While it would take days to explore them all, we can suggest a few highlights in Lakeport, Kelseyville, Clearlake and Upper Lake. Start in Lakeport, on the lake’s northwest shore, travel counter-clockwise and make time for meals, wineries, brew pubs and other places you can enjoy with your canine companion. more »

Pitch A Tent Or Pull Up an RV at These Dog-Friendly Campgrounds

All set up! - Photo Credit: Cassie Elizarraraz
All set up! - Photo Credit: Cassie Elizarraraz

Summers are made for camping, and Lake County has no shortage of dog-friendly campgrounds, both public and private, where you can pop a tent or pull up an RV for a few days of outdoor fun with your family, pup included. On the private campground side, you’ll find full hookups, tent sites, club rooms, motel-style lodging and lots of other amenities at waterfront resorts including The Narrows Family Resort (at Blue Lakes) or Pine Acres Blue Lake Resortmore »

Pick A Patio Table and Soak up Good Food and Good Vibes

Yummy! - Photo Credit: Mikkel Bendix
Yummy! - Photo Credit: Mikkel Bendix

Summer is prime time for outdoor dining, and around Clear Lake you’ll find lots of decks and patios that welcome well-behaved pets. In Lower Lake, Danny’s Roadside Kitchen is a true “roadhouse”—no inside seating, just great barbecue with a cult following. On a healthier tack, Wholly Bowl in Lakeport has a dog-friendly patio and turns out good-for-you meals (think chicken teriyaki bowls and Thai peanut wraps) and some of the best vegan dishes in Lake County. more »

Win A Kelseyville, Lake County DogCation®

Win A Kelseyville, Lake County DogCation®

Kelseyville is a quaint country town located at the base of Mt. Konocti, along the shores of Clear Lake; the perfect location to begin your Lake County dog-friendly wine tasting and land or water-based adventures.

The best place for you and your pups to make your home base as you explore Lake County is the Suite On Main, a collection of six custom suites located in a renovated landmark downtown Kelseyville building. more »

Orphan Dog 2019

Meet Charoli! - Photo Credit: Orphan Dog
Meet Charoli! - Photo Credit: Orphan Dog

Looking for a puppy to be your constant companion? Here's little Charoli, who along with her five sibs is being cared for by Orphan Dog in Lake Countymore »

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Dog Travel Events

South Lake Tahoe

Wild Blue Dog Camp 2019
September 2, 2019 to September 8, 2019

3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, California 96150
Map & directions

San Francisco

ShepHeroes - Strut Your Mutt Team
September 7, 2019 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
3950 Scott St, San Francisco, California 94123
Map & directions


Bay Area Pet Fair 2019
September 14, 2019 to September 15, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, California 94566
Map & directions

San Jose

Bark in the Park
September 21, 2019 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
S. 16th Street and E. William Street, San Jose, California 95112
Map & directions

Vet Buzz

Vet Buzz: Oh No! My Dog is Limping!

Oh no, my leg! - Photo Credit: Honza Groh
By Dr. Sophie Liu, SF SPCA Resident in Behavior Medicine

We’ve all seen it before. You’re out for your daily walk when, suddenly, your beloved pooch lifts her back leg and looks at you with wide brown eyes. Your dog is limping! What do you do? What could it be? more »

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