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Headed for Yosemite? You lucky dog!

Image courtesy of Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Image courtesy of Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
In Yosemite, you’ll embark on a getaway you and your little buddy will never forget. Together, you can explore the wonders of the Sierra region at a full-service resort that offers 75 acres of outdoor recreation and accommodations. From Four Diamond lodge rooms to two-bedroom Explorer Cabins, this is a dream resort destination in one of the prettiest wilderness settings anywhere. more »

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Explore Sacramento's "Big Back Yard" with your pup

As the seasons change, opportunities for exploring Sacramento and the destinations in its “big back yard” expand. Make the state capital your home base and take off from there. Here is the best of dog-friendly Sacramento and neighboring communities. If you like adventuring with your dog and have always wanted to experience Yosemite National Park, then Tenaya Lodge is perfect.

Capital canine discoveries

Image courtesy Kimpton Sawyer Hotel
Image courtesy Kimpton Sawyer Hotel

If it’s your first visit to Sacto, don’t neglect to take a stroll through Capitol Park, a 40-acre urban preserve surrounding the imposing domed structure. Hundreds of labeled plants from around the world make this shady park a garden enthusiast’s delight, while somber memorials recall sacrifices made in war. Plus, there are great dog-friendly hotels nearby, like The Citizen Hotel, Best Western Plus Sutter House, Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, The Westin Sacramento and othersmore »

East to the foothills and apples galore

Dogs & families love Apple Hill
Dogs & families love Apple Hill

While parts of El Dorado County were impacted by the Caldor Fire in August and September, the Apple Hill Growers region north of Placerville (about 45 minutes from Sacramento on Highway 50) was spared. It’s 50-odd member farms, wineries and other establishments (almost all of them dog-friendly) kicked off the 2021 season in early September with regional events, individual grower events, kids’ activities and pumpkin patches galore. more »

Raise a glass to the dog-friendly Delta

Take your pup to the Clarksburg Wine Trail
Take your pup to the Clarksburg Wine Trail

Just 15 miles south of downtown Sacramento, the scenic Sacramento River Delta opens up, city life slows to a crawl and the Clarksburg American Viticultural Area offers all kind of dog-friendly, small-batch wine-tasting experiences, along with a few good places to eat. If you’re not from Sacramento, it’s probably all new to you, so take a leisurely drive of discovery and find out more. more »

Tail-Waggin' fun in Folsom and surrounding areas

Image courtesy of Visit Folsom
Image courtesy of Visit Folsom

Just up Highway 50 from Sacramento, the city of Folsom is a superb dog-friendly destination with a handsomely renovated Old Town just a block or two from the Sacramento River. Cuddle up in dog-friendly lodging and spend a weekend exploring with your four-legged friend. Get your bearings on Sutter Street (the main drag), where you can soak up some local motion at a dog-friendly taproom or restaurantmore »

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Dog Travel Events

Palo Alto

Virtual: Palo Alto Humane Society Daisy's Day 2021
August 30, 2021 to December 31, 2021

Palo Alto, California 94306
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Pet Food Express Virtual Pet Fair
September 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021

Pleasanton, California
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Capitola Beach Festival
September 25, 2021 to September 26, 2021
6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Capitola, California 95010
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Huntington Beach

Surf City Dog in Huntington Beach
September 25, 2021 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
100 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, California
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Vet Buzz

Diets for Diabetic Dogs

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Written by Lori Wells-Bauer
Pet Nutrition Counselor
Mountain View Animal Hospital and Holistic Pet Care
Reno, Nevada
Diabetes Mellitus in dogs can occur at any age. However, diabetic dogs are usually 4-14 years of age and most are diagnosed at roughly 7-10 years of age [1].
Whether your dog has been recently diagnosed or you are interested in preventing the disease,  one of my favorite recommendations is to give home cooking a try.  At the end of this article, I’ve provided readers with an easy to make,  fully balanced, diabetic friendly recipe. more »

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