Dog-friendly lodging, restaurants, and events in California

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Cozy Cabins and Winter Specials For You and Your Dog

As winter wanes and fruit trees bud, thoughts turn to one last cool-weather getaway before the emergence of spring. What better place to retreat than to a cozy room where you and your significant others (four-legged friends included) can settle in for a night or two of toasty bliss?

Cuddle Up at Lake Tahoe

Cuddling
Cuddling

You’ve seen the news…and you know that Lake Tahoe has been inundated with snow this season. That’s a great turn of events not just for skiers and boarders, but for any brand of DogTrekker who enjoys navigating in and around the white stuff. We’ve sniffed out umpteen places where you and your four-legged snow angel will be welcome. Here are a few. more »

Winter Splendor at Yosemite

Yosemite view
Yosemite view

Yosemite National Park is spectacular (and uncrowded) in winter, whether or not there’s snow on the valley floor. At Tenaya Lodge, two miles from the park’s south entrance, you and your pup will get the royal treatment with a pampered pet package that includes a night’s lodging in a dog-friendly lodge room or cottage (not available in winter), two hours of pet-sitting and an array of treats and amenities. Don’t look for details online; you’ll need to call (888) 514-2167 and book directly with the property.

Another option for enjoying the park in winter with your four-legged companion is the Redwoods in Yosemite, a collection of vacation rental homes, many of them dog-friendly, located within park boundaries and convenient to all the iconic sights. more »

Central Coasting In Winter

Winter beach dogs. Photo Credit: InstaDerek (CC)
Winter beach dogs. Photo Credit: InstaDerek (CC)

The California coast is nothing if not moody in late winter and early spring. Calm, crystal-clear days are interspersed with blustery gray ones, so it’s best to prepare for all possibilities. DogTrekkers who prefer cabin or cottage accommodations to standard hotels and motels will find a staggering selection of dog-friendly options along the Central Coast. more »

Snag A Special On the Mendocino Coast

Snag A Special On the Mendocino Coast

Winter in Northern California brings rain – but it also brings low, off-season rates at some of Mendocino County’s top dog-friendly hotels. more »

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue 2017

Photo: Chato - Muttville Senior Dog Rescue
Photo: Chato - Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

Last year marked some milestones (like 912 senior dogs saved in 2016!) and accolades for Muttville, as founder Sherri Franklin was named a Top 10 CNN Hero in the CNN Heroes program. Since its founding, Muttville has drastically changed the way senior dogs are treated in the shelter system—once seen as "unadoptable," they're now valued, and the ripple effects extend out into the community. more »

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Muttville's Fospice Program Shares the Love

Bob Marley, Muttville dog
Bob Marley
- available for fospice or adoption.
Photo courtesy: Muttville Senior Dog Rescue
At Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, they sometimes take in elderly pooches who, for one reason or another, have a short life expectancy. Maybe an ultimately terminal medical condition, or maybe just reaching the twilight stage after many years. Often, though, these canine elders are having a perfectly fine time right now, and are looking for a bit more fun, adventure, and/or snuggles before they leave us. more »

Dog Travel Events

San Francisco

SF SPCA Pop-Up
February 1, 2017 to February 28, 2017
11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
San Francisco, California 94111
Map & directions

San Rafael

Marin Humane Gala 2017
March 4, 2017 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
333 Biscayne Dr., San Rafael, California 94901
Map & directions

San Jose

7th Annual Bay Area Pet Expo™
March 11, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
344 Tully Rd., San Jose, California 95111
Map & directions

San Jose

7th Annual Bay Area Pet Expo™
March 12, 2017 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
344 Tully Rd., San Jose, California 95111
Map & directions

Vet Buzz

Common Questions About Senior Dogs

Senior dog, Harley - Photo Credit: Kevin Sando (CC)
By Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County.

Here are some answers to common questions about senior dogs. more »

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