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Celebrate the 4th of July with the cuteness of the San Francisco SPCA Live Animal Cams!

Visit the S.F. SPCA online from June 28th to July 4th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., to see adorable, adoptable puppies and kittens doing what they do best: act like adorable puppies and kittens! Plus, when you visit, you can download the S.F. SPCA Fireworks Pet Safety Guide.

More pets are lost on the 4th of July than on any other day of the year. Please learn and share all the ways to keep pets safe and stress-free during the festivities. Happy IndePETence Day!

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Redding, the Trail Capital of California!

Here are some DogTrekker's favorite hikes:

Just Ditch It With Your Dog - Redding Hikes

Upper Sacramento Ditch Trail - courtesy of Bureau of Land Mgmt.
Upper Sacramento Ditch Trail - courtesy of Bureau of Land Mgmt.

The upper and lower ditch trails once brought water to 19th-century gold miners. There are lots of relics of the era to see if you know how and where to look! While the Upper Trail is a hefty 9 miles, the Lower section is only 2.8. Both are rated easy to moderate.
The Upper trail, starting near the Shasta Dam visitor parking lot, stretches to the trailhead at the end of Walker Mine Road. more »

River, Bridge, Dam and Your Dog - Redding Hikes

Fetch at the Sundial Bridge
Fetch at the Sundial Bridge

Yes, it’s the best known and most popular of Redding trails, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t recommend the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail extending almost 19 miles from the iconic Sundial Bridge to massive Shasta Dam. There are many points of entry. You can hike on the north side of the river (the south portion under repair after fire damage) and maybe take a dip along the way. more »

Get Gushy With Your Puppy - Redding Hikes

Hedge Creek Falls - courtesy Visit Redding
Hedge Creek Falls - courtesy Visit Redding

OK, so it hasn’t been a wet year. Nevertheless, waterfalls near Redding are still flowing, delectable swimming holes await, and you and your dog are in for some scenic treats whether you make a waterfall pit-stop or take a hike. Start, perhaps, at Hedge Creek Falls in Dunsmuir. It’s right off Interstate 5 via a short path, has a generous parking lot, a viewing platform and a cave beneath the cascade for sensory thrill (your dog may or may not want to follow you behind the water curtain). more »

Around Keswick Reservoir with Your Pup - Redding Hikes

Otis at Keswick - ©Randal Fleischmann/
Otis at Keswick - ©Randal Fleischmann/

For a dog-friendly, close-to-town hike offering some unusual scenery, check out the trails around Keswick Dam, which creates an after-bay (Keswick Reservoir) for Shasta Lake. The water, released from the lower reaches of the lake, is very cold and turquoise-blue in color. Anglers and kayakers love it, but it’s not safe for a casual dip. The Sacramento River Rail Trail, which hugs the reservoir, is paved for 11 miles and is an ideal path to hike with your dog while taking in some scenery. more »

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Dog Travel Events


High Sierra Animal Rescue's Virtual Run for Rescues
June 5, 2021 to June 27, 2021
6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Portola, California
Map & directions

ARF Paws and Relax Paint Your Pet
June 26, 2021 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Map & directions

ARF Paws and Relax Paint Your Pet
June 26, 2021 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Map & directions

Santa Rosa

July 10, 2021 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, California
Map & directions

Vet Buzz

Diets for Diabetic Dogs

Check-up Time
Written by Lori Wells-Bauer
Pet Nutrition Counselor
Mountain View Animal Hospital and Holistic Pet Care
Reno, Nevada
Diabetes Mellitus in dogs can occur at any age. However, diabetic dogs are usually 4-14 years of age and most are diagnosed at roughly 7-10 years of age [1].
Whether your dog has been recently diagnosed or you are interested in preventing the disease,  one of my favorite recommendations is to give home cooking a try.  At the end of this article, I’ve provided readers with an easy to make,  fully balanced, diabetic friendly recipe. more »

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