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Unrivaled Yosemite Hotel is Open and Barking for You to Visit

All images courtesy of Tenaya Lodge
All images courtesy of Tenaya Lodge
The English proverb ‘let sleeping dogs lie” might have been the right advice back in the 13th century, but certainly doesn’t apply when your pup wakes up in a beautifully appointed room at Yosemite’s Tenaya Lodge or in the privacy of one of 50 two-bedroom dog-friendly Explorer Cabins, surrounded by wide open spaces. more »

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Spring Hikes - Put Paws to the Path!

Wow, has it been a year already since COVID-19 came along and “shelter in place” orders and mask mandates were issued to keep us safe? A lot more is known now than then, and the bright side, as we wait for vaccinations and the gradual lifting of restrictions, is that we’re a lot more free to get out and about with our canine companions. Here are some suggestions for dog-friendly hikes this spring.

Dog-Trekking Coastal Mendo

Mango on the Pomo Bluffs near Fort Bragg - credit: Jackie Bryla
Mango on the Pomo Bluffs near Fort Bragg - credit: Jackie Bryla

Pack a windbreaker and prepare to get oxygenated as you hike the Mendocino Land Trust’s Coastal Trail out of Fort Bragg with your pup. Travel north for five miles from Noyo Headlands Park on a new, multi-use, ADA-accessible trail featuring ocean views, habitat restoration, interpretive signage and benches crafted by local artists. Families and dogs on leash are welcome. more »

Outdoor Gilroy: More Than Just Garlic!

Outdoor Gilroy: More Than Just Garlic!

Gilroy, a small city near the coast in Santa Clara County, might be known as the garlic capital of the world, but it’s also filled with dog-friendly open spaces ideal for spring exploration. Mount Madonna County Park, encompassing 4,605 acres 10 miles west of Gilroy, rising to 1,900 feet in elevation and offering panoramic views of highly varied terrain. For a good workout, choose the Sprig Lake Trail, which has an elevation gain of 600 feet over 3 miles. more »

Dog-friendly Sacramento: Two Rivers Run Through It

Murphy takes a break on the American River - credit: Christine Morris
Murphy takes a break on the American River - credit: Christine Morris

The American and Sacramento rivers converge at Discovery Park, just north of downtown Sacramento, and whichever way you trek along the 32-mile, multi-use Jedidiah Smith Memorial Trail (also known as the American River Bike Trail), you’ll enjoy lots of scenery and wildlife.  If you’re a first-timer to Sac, we suggest starting out your hike in the Old Sacramento historic district just across Interstate 5 from downtown. more »

Raving About Redding

Kayla hiking on the trails near the Sundial Bridge
Kayla hiking on the trails near the Sundial Bridge

March is perhaps the prettiest and most temperate month of the year in Redding, a Northern California city that can warm up in summer (although there are some fabulous lakes where you can always cool off). With hills in vibrant-green mode and orchards bursting with pink-and-white blossoms, you’ll enjoy some great scenery along with your dog hike. more »

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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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