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Wineries of Santa Clara Valley Virtual Wine Tasting Event

The Tackles4Cancer organization is partnering with Lion Ranch Vineyards & Winery on March 6 at 5 p.m. PST for a Virtual Wine Tasting hosted by former NFL Player, Philanthropist and Wine Enthusiast, William Dominic Austin. The Sommelier for the event is the renown Samantha Capaldi.
The event will also include a special performance by Ashley Támar Davis, an American singer who came to prominence through her association with Prince and an exclusive raffle item for a Champ Bailey 2019 Hall of Fame autographed football will be given to one lucky winner. Best of all your pup can attend by your side! more »

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Outdoor Dining is Back!

Woof-woof hooray! With Governor Newsom’s lifting of stay-at-home orders, California has recovered some of its dog-friendly mojo. While many COVID-19 restrictions are still in place (don’t take that mask off yet and stay safer at 6 feet), we can dine outdoors again (with our pups) and enjoy many aspects of the outdoors. Here we feature one of the most dog-friendly "Farm-to-Fork" Capitals, actually in our own state capitol!

Sacramento's Dog-Friendly Outdoor Dining Scene


Sacramento’s restaurant scene, if not in full bloom, is at least budding again. No, you can’t yet eat indoors, but heated dining tents and patios have sprung up all over town, and with stay-at-home orders lifted and the weather generally mild, people (some accompanied by their dogs) are eating out again—socially distanced, of course. Here’s a sampling of some of our favorites. Pay them a visit with your pup and help save SAC restaurants!

First, A Note:
Sacramento, which brands itself  “America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital,” has several “restaurant rows” where dog-friendly dining spots proliferate, even during the pandemic. A previous story on lays out the basic geography. And now, at least two “restaurant row” blocks—one on Capitol Avenue between 18th and 19th and one on R Street between 14th and 15th—have been closed to motorized traffic to accommodate all the dining tents that have sprung up in the street.

Burgers & Brew burger
Best Burgers to Make Your Dog (and You) Lick Your Chops:
What’s the best burger in Sac? According to a recent story in the Sacramento Bee,  it’s Burgers and Brew, a family-owned enterprise with outlets in Sacramento, and West Sacramento. The Sac location is of course your go-to if visiting America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital; it’s on the portion of the R Street Corridor that has been closed to motorized vehicles to accommodate tented dining venues and expanded patios during the pandemic. Dogs welcome.
Selland's Market Cafe
The Selland Family’s Dog-Friendly Collection:
OK here’s the kicker: All four “market cafes” in this family-owned collection (Selland’s on Broadway, Selland’s on H  Street, Sellands in El Dorado Hills and OBO’ Italian Table in East Sacramento), offer unbeatable Monday-Saturday  specials. At the Broadway location, outdoor seating has been expanded from a generously sized patio into a pair of humongous tents with heated tables where there are always a few dogs chilling with their people.
The venue is shared with next-door Bike Dog Brewing Company’s Broadway Taproom (original taproom and brewery is in West Sacramento), a highly popular location for DogTrekking beer lovers. A caveat: the tents consume most of what used to be the parking lot, so you may have to cruise a bit to find a spot to ditch your vehicle.

Barking for Locally-owned & Casual?
Sacramento’s third locally owned, casual-concept restaurant group includes a trio of Café Bernardo bistros in Sacramento and a fourth in Davis. The newest, at 2730 Capitol in midtown Sacramento, moved from a previous location to make way for the company’s newest venture, the Fort Sutter Hotel (beautiful, but not dog-friendly). Like the others, it’s a popular place for breakfast (try the brioche French toast with grilled banana, toasted coconut, sliced almonds and maple syrup), as well as lunch and dinner.
Tequila museo mayahuel
Just Say Ole!
Numerous restaurants serving south-of-the-border cuisine offer dog-friendly outdoor seating, but for something different, try Tequila Museo Mayahuel, a fine-dining Mexican restaurant with unusual dishes such as sikil pap, a thick pumpkin-seed dip; many versions of mole; and, as the name implies, an extensive selection of tequilas. The dog-friendly patio is very inviting!

Contemporary Casual, With Wine:
Try 58 Degrees & Holding Company, popular wine bar and restaurant in the Handle District of Midtown. It’s known not only for its international wine selection, but for pairings with courses ranging from charcuterie plates to pasta dishes. Dog-friendly on patio.
Federalist public house
Brews & Grub:
There are many brewpubs and taprooms in Sacramento, but two standouts are Federalist Public House, an open-air (but covered) shipping-container restaurant with communal tables featuring wood-fired pizza, local craft beer, bocce and a dog-friendly atmosphere. Along the same lines (but in a more conventional Midtown location with extensive socially-distanced patio dining) Public House Downtown has an all-day menu featuring everything from giant Bavarian pretzels to soup, salad, pizza and casual entrees. And, of course, lots of local and regional beers on tap!
Mangia, Mangia!
Italian is probably the most prominent cuisine in Sacramento. If you’re up for a splurge, The Waterboy, at 2000 Capitol in the heart of Midtown, is a longtime white-tablecloth favorite that has always had dog-friendly outdoor seating. Due to the pandemic, it has expanded into a fairly fancy tented space. Check out the daily specials! more »

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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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