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DogTrekker Road Trip: Oregon, Here We Come

Sure, California is a great state. But there’s a reason so many Californians vacation in (and even move to) Oregon. Our neighbor to the north offers not just a change of scenery and zero state sales tax, but dog-friendly opportunities at every turn. Here’s a look at some of the most dog-friendly destinations in the Beaver State, along with the resources you need to find more places the two of you can roam.

Bend and Stretch in ‘Dog Town USA’

Elvis enjoying a snowy run along the Deschutes River. <br/>Photo Credit: @photographybylynnmarie
Elvis enjoying a snowy run along the Deschutes River.
Photo Credit: @photographybylynnmarie

Situated smack in the middle of the state and straddling a geographic divide—high desert on the east side, typical Northwest evergreen forests on the west—Bend is a sophisticated town of 82,000 that’s been drawing California refugees (and their four-legged friends) for decades. Dog Fancy magazine named it Dog Town USA in 2012, and in the years since, even more establishments have opened their doors to dogs. more »

Puppy Love in Portland

Bogart spends a sunny day at Mt. Tabor in Portland, Oregon. <br/>Photo Credit: Lulu Hoeller (CC)
Bogart spends a sunny day at Mt. Tabor in Portland, Oregon.
Photo Credit: Lulu Hoeller (CC)

Yes, it’s a long drive from California (650 miles and 10 hours minimum from San Francisco), but Portland-with-pup is worth the time-and-money investment. “Portlandia” (also nicknamed PDX, after its airport code), is a city of neighborhoods, so keep that in mind as you choose a base camp, plan your dog-friendly activities and plot how to get from place to place. more »

Coasting Oregon With Your Tail-Wagger

Cannon Beach - Oregon Coast. Photo Credit: Judd Hall (CC)
Cannon Beach - Oregon Coast. Photo Credit: Judd Hall (CC)

We Californians think our Highway 1 and Big Sur coastline are scenic, and they certainly are. But Highway 101, which runs a bit inland along California’s North Coast and continues over the state line into Oregon, gives it a run for the money. The road hugs 363 miles of Oregon shoreline, much of it given over to beaches. Almost all those strands are open to leashed pets, and many (outside state park boundaries) offer off-leash privileges as well. more »

Backcountry Oregon: Where Nature Rules

Columbia River Gorge - Photo Credit: Melissa Delzio (CC)
Columbia River Gorge - Photo Credit: Melissa Delzio (CC)

Oregon is a big and diverse state, but perhaps its biggest assets for DogTrekkers are the thousands of square miles of public lands where you and yours can enjoy nature unleashed. Pet-friendly yurts and cabins in 22 of Oregon’s 361 state parks take the “ruff” out of roughing it, but be sure to reserve well in advance. more »

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Date Change for the 2017 Bay Area Pet Expo

2017 Bay Area Pet Expo
Please note: The dates for the 2017 Bay Area Pet Expo™ have changed. This event will take place at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. more »

Dog Travel Events

Sacramento

Kings vs. Celtics - Sacramento SPCA Night
February 8, 2017 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
500 David J Stern Walk, Sacramento, California 95814
Map & directions

Santa Rosa

Paws for Love Auction and Gala
February 11, 2017 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
2060 West College Ave. at Stony Point, Santa Rosa, California 95401
Map & directions

Del Mar

The San Diego Pet Expo™
February 18, 2017 to February 19, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, California 92014
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
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Dog Sitting vs. Boarding

Vacation? Photo Credit: TheGiantVermin (CC)
By Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County.

As much as we'd like to always take our four-legged family members with us when we travel, unfortunately, there are times when we have to leave them behind. Here are some things to consider when deciding whether to board your dog or leave him with a dog sitter. more »

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