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Russian River Adventures is Open!

Woofing Down the River
Woofing Down the River
COVID-19 Update: Yes! Russian River Adventures is open for their 20th season and inviting back adventurers on their all-day excursions. Changes have been made this year to keep guests and staff safe. Check out the message from owner, Larry Laba, on the home page of Russian River for updates. more »

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Mendocino County: Connect With Your Inner Dog

As Californians begin hatching from months of staying at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the itch to travel (safely) is growing stronger. Mendocino County is one destination that’s cautiously reopening to visitors.

Forest Bathing With Fido, Anyone?

Photo: Dave Kendrick
Photo: Dave Kendrick

The practice of “forest bathing,” or “shinrin-yoku,” popularized in the USA by a string of books including best-seller “Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness” by Japanese immunologist Quing Li, has taken off in Mendocino County. And there’s no better place to indulge in the practice of absorbing oneself in a forest atmosphere then here, where dog-friendly options amid the redwood giants abound. more »

Cuddle Up With Your Pup

Puppy sleeping
Photo Credit: smerikal (CC)
Sonoma County has plenty of gorgeous scenery to share with your best friend, and plenty of places to make base camp if you’re able to spend the night or make a weekend of it. more »

Open Air Dog-friendly Activities Perfect for Social Distancing

Mendocino Botanical Gardens
Mendocino Botanical Gardens

By now, we all know the drill: wash your hands, cover your face in public, maintain six feet of “social distancing” between yourself and anyone else who is not a member of your household “bubble.” So where does your dog fit in? Right by your side, as always! In Mendocino County, you’ll have access to many activities that let you have fun while still adhering to the guidelines. Here are a few suggestions. more »

Paddle Away From the Pandemic

Paddle Away From the Pandemic

Paddle Away From the Pandemic With Your Dog: Social distancing. Masks. It can all be a lot to keep top of mind…but not when you rent a “canine cruiser” outrigger canoe from Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too on the grounds of dog-friendly Stanford Inn by the Sea on the Big River near Mendocino village.
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How About Those Mendocino Wineries and Brewpubs?

Maya Checks Out Saracina Winery, Hopland, CA
Maya Checks Out Saracina Winery, Hopland, CA

Mendocino County is known for its wines (and its brews, too) but as tasting-room openings and closures fluctuate in accordance with state mandates, DogTrekkers will want to pay close tabs before setting out to sip. As of July 13, all indoor facilities are shut indefinitely. In general, outdoor tasting is permitted, by reservation.. Keep up with the latest at mendowine.commore »

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Helen Woodward's Surf Dogs at Del Mar Dog Beach
August 6, 2020 to September 6, 2020

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VIRTUAL - Berkeley Humane’s 4th Annual Best in Show
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Napa Humane's 9th Annual 'Virtual' Walk for Animals
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How to Remove A Tick

By Chris Pitts, RVT, Broadway Animal Hospital

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