Dog-friendly lodging, restaurants, and events in California

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California Camping With Your Dog

Spring brings out more than just the pollen-generated sniffles: it also signals time to inventory the camping gear and hit the internet to make reservations for a dog-friendly summer getaway in an al fresco setting. Whether you backpack into a national forest or pitch your tent in a developed campground, we’ve got you (and your dog) covered.

Stanford Inn Offers Spring Wine Tasting Getaway

Stanford Inn Offers Spring Wine Tasting Getaway

The dog-passionate Stanford Inn in Mendocino has partnered with five world-class Anderson Valley Wineries to provide an incredible self-guided wine tasting experience. more »

Crystal Blue Persuasion

Yoshi at Ice House Reservoir. Photo Credit: @eastbaychico
Yoshi at Ice House Reservoir. Photo Credit: @eastbaychico

You’ve probably seen, en-route to Lake Tahoe on Highway 50, the left-turn lane directing traffic onto Ice House Road leading into the Crystal Basin Recreation Area. Take time to explore this winding ribbon of asphalt, and you’ll find a lifetime’s worth of camping possibilities at more than 700 sites sprinkled around five scenic reservoirs, two of which have direct hiking access into Desolation Wilderness, where your dog can hike leash-less alongside you. more »

The Lowdown On Dog-Friendly Public Lands

Lolita says "walk?" <br/>Photo Credit: @misssirris
Lolita says "walk?"
Photo Credit: @misssirris

Dogs are welcome at 90 percent of California campgrounds—it’s the rare one indeed that doesn’t allow four-legged family members. But before you put your credit card down, you’ll want to find out where, outside of developed campsites, Bonnie and Bodie are allowed to hike and hang out. more »

Sniffing Out Exceptions to State Park Rules

Georgie smiles big at South Yuba River State Park <br/>Photo Credit: @una.bella.vita
Georgie smiles big at South Yuba River State Park
Photo Credit: @una.bella.vita

Most California State Parks restrict canine companions to campgrounds, day-use picnic areas and paved roads, but we’ve found a trio that allow four-paw venturing on dirt trails. more »

Alerts and Tips for a Great Camping Season

Schay at Ishi Wilderness, Lassen National Forest <br/>Photo Credit: Izora de Lillard
Schay at Ishi Wilderness, Lassen National Forest
Photo Credit: Izora de Lillard

The winter has been tough on several areas in the state and we wanted to update you on two roads often traveled by DogTrekkers, as well as provide some money-saving and possibly life-saving tips for fun and safe camping this summer.

Big Sur Alert
Yosemite Region Alert
Save on Camping with an America the Beautiful Pass
Of Leash Laws, Bears and Campground Petiquette
Tick Alert more »

SPCA for Monterey County 2017

Ginger and puppies - SPCA for Monterey County
Ginger and puppies - SPCA for Monterey County

The SPCA for Monterey County got the call: Three tiny puppies, about two weeks old, trapped under a classroom in Salinas. No mom in sight.  Swooped to safety, the little ones quickly got the medical attention they needed and then went to a nurturing foster home. more »

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Pawsport Napa Valley is Back!

Pawsport Napa Valley returns May 18-21, 2017, benefiting Napa Humane. Springtime in Napa Valley, dog-friendly wineries and a great cause — what could be sweeter for you and your pup? more »

Dog Travel Events

Willow Creek

Finding Bigfoot Festival
April 29, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
100 Kimtu Rd., Willow Creek, California 95573
Map & directions

San Francisco

PAWS presents Petchitecture
May 4, 2017 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
950 Mason St., San Francisco, California 94108
Map & directions


22nd Annual Wag n' Walk
May 6, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, California 93940
Map & directions


Pure Muir Gala 2017
May 6, 2017 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
2151 Camino Pablo, Moraga, California 94556
Map & directions

Vet Buzz

Marijuana Toxicity

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland.

With the passing of recent legislation legalizing marijuana in California, many pet parents have raised questions regarding marijuana use and toxicity in dogs. more »

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