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Cooks Meadow Loop
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Trips to Yosemite Region With Your Dog

Yosemite National Park is one of California’s marquis attractions, but what no one tells first-time visitors is that the journey there can be just as rewarding as the destination. The Yosemite Region encompasses four gateway counties, each with its own unique set of attractions. This week we look at three of them (the East Entrance won’t open until snow on Tioga Road/Highway 120 is cleared in late May or early June).

Yosemite Is Positively Pawsome for Dogs

Kylo's Yosemite Adventure - Photo Credit: @kyloandkonacastro

Is Yosemite dog-friendly? Every DogTrekker headed in this direction wants to know. And the answer is…“Yes!”…with caveats. More than 4 million people visit Yosemite each year, and while no one counts the dogs, we know from experience that many visitors share the trip with four-legged companions. Here are the basics of what you need to know (but be sure to read up on the rules before you go): more »

Win a Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite DogCation®

Win a Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite DogCation®

Named Sunset Magazine's Best Pet-Friendly Resort in 2015 and Best Resort for Families in 2016, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is our pick for our spring 2018 DogCation®more »

Sacramento SPCA 2018

Princess Bella
Princess Bella

Meet Princess Bella, a smiling, wagging, snuggling hunk of doggie love.  At 5 years old, this Staffie-mix girl is happy and talkative, and wants to be part of whatever you're up to. She's gotten along fine with other dogs in her previous home; she's a little too interested in cats, so she'll probably do best in a feline-free zone. Being large, she seeks a home where the humans are big enough not to be overwhelmed by her enthusiasm. Bonus if you're a senior: Being 5 years old, Princess Bella has her adoption fees waived for adopters 65 and up! Learn more about her here.

Princess Bella is just one of the many dogs (and other species) who have found a safe haven at the Sacramento SPCA when things weren't going so well in their earlier lives. more »

Time Out for Tuolumne County (Yosemite North Entrance)

Koda Exploring Tuolumne County <br/>Photo Credit: @dorriya
Koda Exploring Tuolumne County
Photo Credit: @dorriya

The rugged country leading up to Yosemite’s Big Oak Flat (North) entrance boasts a pioneer history as rough-hewn as the landscape itself. Tuolumne County towns along the Highway 120/49 corridors—Oakdale, Columbia, Jamestown, Twain Hart, Groveland—still have a boomtown feel, and with it, a relaxed attitude toward dogs.

Columbia, “the Gold Rush town that refused to die,” is engagingly preserved as a state historic park, its 1850s ambience captured in an array of historic buildings. more »

Journey to Wawona (Madera County, South Entrance)

Hiking Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite <br/> Photo Credit: @ginnyfication
Hiking Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Photo Credit: @ginnyfication

If you’re coming from Southern California, the Highway 41 corridor from Fresno up to Yosemite’s (South) Entrance, past Fish Camp, is probably the way you’ll go. The road begins its serious climb in Oakhurst, where Queen’s Inn by the River boasts an adjacent winery and  beer garden serving up almost 100 wines and craft beers on Wednesday through Sunday afternoons. Also in Oakhurst are Vulture’s View Inn, a B&B popular with DogTrekkers, and the dreamy (and dog-friendly) Chateau Du Sureau, a five-star, castle-like estate hotel. more »

Arch in from the West (Mariposa County, West Entrance)

You coming? <br/> Photo Credit: @rubyinthebay
You coming?
Photo Credit: @rubyinthebay

Open the windows and let your pup take in the smells as you drive Highway 140 from Merced to Yosemite’s El Portal/Arch Rock entrance. This route offers plenty of dog-friendly fun along its windy way, passing through the towns of Mariposa, Midpines and El Portal. If you are coming south on Highway 49, be sure to check out Coulterville, a monument to another time. We recommend staying in one of these historic towns before heading into the park. more »

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25th Anniversary Doggy Dash

On April 28, join in the fun as Doggy Dash celebrates its 25th anniversary of fun and fundraising. This special day is the perfect experience to share with your personal pet while helping those in the shelter still waiting for their forever homes.

You and your canine companion can choose the 2K walk, the 5K walk, or just pick a good spot to cheer on the walkers. more »

Dog Travel Events

San Francisco

SF SPCA Exhibit At San Francisco Library
March 10, 2018 to April 30, 2018

100 Larkin St., 6th Floor, San Francisco, California 94102
Map & directions


Pets Lifeline Tailwags & Handbags
April 27, 2018 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
19000 Old Winery Rd., Sonoma, California 95476
Map & directions

Twain Harte

Who Let The Dogs Out
April 28, 2018
22950 Joaquin Gully Rd., Twain Harte, California 95383
Map & directions

San Diego

18th Annual Pet Day on the Bay
April 28, 2018
800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, California 92101
Map & directions

Vet Buzz

Five Tips for Helping Your Dog Deal With Grief

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

There are many resources on how a person can cope with the loss of their beloved dog (articles, books, online blogs, support groups, and more). There are not as many resources focused on helping a surviving dog deal with the loss of a canine companion. Dogs experiencing this kind of grief can suffer in a variety of ways (insomnia, anorexia, anxiety, lethargy and/or depression). It is important to understand how to recognize and manage your dog’s grief to alleviate suffering and strengthen your human-canine bond.

The following are five tips to help your surviving canine through his/her time of grief: more »

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