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Coco's waterfall adventure at Brandy Creek Falls
Coco's waterfall adventure at Brandy Creek Falls
Photo Credit: @crazycoco_bcmix

Celebrate Spring with Wildflowers and Waterfalls

Late-season showers have caused Northern California’s streams to swell and waterfalls to roar. And what better goal for a hike with your best canine friend than a watery reward at the end of a wildflower-studded trail? This week, we sniff out some of our region’s gushiest gushers.

Liquid Rewards In Our National Parks

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area <br/> Photo Credit: @bodhi_mastiff
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Photo Credit: @bodhi_mastiff

OK, you’ve just missed “fee-free” day at our nation’s 400-plus national park units (next one is Sept 22). But that doesn’t mean you’ve missed peak season for waterfalls roaring all over California as the snowmelt season gets underway. We can’t gush enough about the dog-friendly waterfall hikes and photo opportunities waiting for you and yours on federal lands. Here’s a trio of suggestions. more »

Chasing Cascades in the Bay Area

Sunol Regional Wilderness <br/> Photo Credit: @chico_the_boston_terrier
Sunol Regional Wilderness
Photo Credit: @chico_the_boston_terrier

From easy family hikes to certified huffer-puffers, the hills and streams of the San Francisco Bay Area are at their voluptuous best in spring. Short on time but need some fresh air for yourself, your dog and your kids? Head to Fairway Falls, a 30-foot seasonal gusher in Novato reached via a family-friendly, mile-long round trip. more »

Dog-Friendly Highway 20 Preserves Beckon In Spring

South Yuba River State Park <br/> Photo Credit: @ryno_in_california
South Yuba River State Park
Photo Credit: @ryno_in_california

The Sierra foothills cover hundreds of square miles, so your best bet for a wildflower-and-waterfalls weekend is to narrow down an itinerary. Our suggestion: take Highway 20 east out of Marysville (Sutter County) and spend a day or a weekend exploring several sites between there and Grass Valley/Nevada City, a distance of about 40 miles. more »

Spring Rambles in the South Bay

Chasing waterfalls at  Uvas Canyon County Park <br/> Photo Credit: @adventuresofbearstorch
Chasing waterfalls at Uvas Canyon County Park
Photo Credit: @adventuresofbearstorch

South of San Francisco, you and your frisky pup have more velvety-green hills to wander in spring. Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve in the hills above San Carlos and Redwood City is one option that really sets tails a-waggin'. Off-leash play is allowed in a 17-acre parcel of this 366-acre San Mateo County preserve that was once the site of a tuberculosis sanitarium. All five miles of trails are dog-friendly, and on clear days you'll get a good view of the Santa Cruz Mountains. more »

Take a Spring Hike Around Redding

Take a Spring Hike Around Redding

Redding calls itself California’s Trail Capital, and for good reason: about 100 miles of dog-friendly trails, both paved and natural-surface, have been developed in and around the city through private and public partnerships. Spring is a particularly nice time to take in the views from the Upper Sacramento Ditch Trail, which traces the route of a historic waterworks that once supplied miners’ sluice boxes. Three bridges along the northern part of the path span gorges that gush with waterfalls in springtime and offer arresting views of Shasta Lake and Keswick Reservoir at any time of year.

Never heard of Keswick Reservoir? This river-like body of water stretching nine miles downstream from Shasta Dam is the iconic lake’s frigid, turquoise-blue afterbay. The recently paved and very scenic Sacramento River Rail Trail follows a historic railroad alignment for almost 11 miles along its western shore, offering views aplenty, multiple points of entry and ample opportunity to branch off onto dirt paths leading into the rugged hills. more »

Family Dog Rescue 2018

Hudson - Photo Courtesy: Family Dog Rescue
Hudson - Photo Courtesy: Family Dog Rescue

San Francisco's Family Dog Rescue's guiding philosophy is "We believe that when you adopt a dog, a family is created" — and they exist to help create and sustain those families. From their new headquarters in the Bayview, Family Dog offers a safe haven to dogs in need — puppies, adults, mixed breeds, purebreds, and dogs with disabilities — whether they're stuck in shelters, wandering the streets, or rescued from abusive situations.

Funded entirely by donors, Family Dog provides necessary medical care and supportive foster homes, allowing each dog to reveal his or her true personality — and the kind of family they're meant to be part of. more »

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

Who Let The Dogs Out
April 28, 2018
22950 Joaquin Gully Rd., Twain Harte, California 95383
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San Diego

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