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Must-attend events this summer and fall

Summer in much of California means bright days and warm nights – plus plenty of dog-friendly celebrations! Explore’s event section
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Sacramento: A beer-lover’s magnet

Old Sacramento is a must-visit for history buffs and dog lovers alike. The area features wooden sidewalks, horse-drawn carriages, and plenty of dog-friendly spots.

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Top five dog-friendly activities in Sacramento

With history and fun in Old Sacramento to o expansive parks and delicious restaurants with patios, Sacramento has great options for you and your pup year-round.
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Discover dog-friendly Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill is a picturesque town with scenic views where you’ll find a variety of dog-friendly activities that will keep both you and your furry companion entertained and happy. Here are the top 10 dog-friendly things to do in or near Pleasant Hill.


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New stem cell therapy offers relief for dogs with arthritis

As dogs age, many face the discomfort of osteoarthritis (OA), a degenerative joint disease that significantly impacts their quality of life. This common condition affects more than 10 million dogs in the United States, causing chronic pain and reduced mobility. Traditional treatments often fall short, but a recent study highlights

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Three amazing dog-friendly road trips in California

California’s diverse landscapes offer endless opportunities for road trip adventures, especially for those traveling with their dogs. Here are three meticulously planned dog-friendly road trips: Yosemite to Mammoth Lakes, Jenner up Highway 1 to Leggett, and Redding to Mount Shasta. Each route provides stunning scenery, pet-friendly stops, and unforgettable experiences
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Dog-friendly Lake Tahoe: Why your dog will thank you

Dog-friendly Lake Tahoe is a dream for outdoor lovers and their four-legged friends. With pristine waters, majestic peaks, and numerous trails, it’s perfect for dog-friendly adventures. Here’s how to make the most of your Tahoe trip with your dog, including some hidden gems. Getting there Traveling to Lake Tahoe with
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Chow Down in Sacramento

I’ll have the chicken salad… Photo:Kennejima Several years ago, Sacramento branded itself “America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital.” And no wonder: virtually every independently-owned restaurant in town prides itself on fresh ingredients sourced from Central Valley farms within just a few miles of town. With 2014 passage of a statewide law giving formal

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The joy of a ‘foster fail’ in dog rescue

The foster system: a lifeline for dogs In the world of dog rescue, the term “foster fail” is widely recognized and celebrated. Despite what the term might suggest, a foster fail is far from a failure. Instead, it signifies a heartwarming success story where a temporary foster home becomes a
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How to pick the right rescue dog for your lifestyle

Walking into a shelter, the atmosphere is a mix of hopeful barks and the quiet shuffling of paws. You pass row after row of kennels, each occupied by a dog with a story waiting to be heard. At the end of the row, a large black dog catches your eye.

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