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Get Out of Your COVID Rut With Some Dog-Friendly Snow Play! 2/3/2021

Snow Play
Woof-woof hooray! With Governor Newsom’s recent lifting of stay-at-home orders, California has recovered some of its dog-friendly mojo. While many COVID-19 restrictions are still in place (don’t take that mask off yet and stay safer at 6 feet), we can dine outdoors again (with our pups) and enjoy many aspects of the outdoors. Here’s a look at some possibilities for the month of February. Read more...

DogTrekker Season of Giving: Senior Mutts Need Homes Too 12/17/2020

Muttville Pup

All Donations Now Matched at Muttville! So many dogs are suffering and need your help right now. Some are the casualties of unavoidable tragedy – people who have lost homes, gotten sick, or died. Some are victims of neglect. No matter why a senior dog ends up in a shelter, their chances of ever getting out are not good. No matter how wonderful, senior dogs rarely make it out of shelters alive. Read more.

Support Those in Napa Valley Who Do the Heavy Lifting 12/10/2020

Can Do Give Guide Logo

DogTrekker has long promoted nearly 300 Napa Valley dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, wineries, attractions, and local services. As part of our mission to provide local and accurate listings, engaging travel content, and support for animal welfare organizations, we regularly feature a number of Napa Valley adoption, rescue, and shelter services, all that need financial assistance on an ongoing basis.

This year we are pleased to recommend CanDo's Napa Valley Give!Guide 2020 that supports a culture of year-end giving. This guide raises awareness of 57 local non-profits, both animal welfare-related and community-focused organizations. Over 2.3 million dollars has been raised through the guide in the past seven years by providing easy one-stop giving to these groups. Read more...

Color-Coded Outings With Your Dog - 11/25/2020

COlor Coded Outings
Yellow, orange, red or purple? Keeping up with ever-changing pandemic color codes and associated restrictions can be confusing, but your dog doesn’t care: She just wants to be with you, whether for an hour, a weekend or more. In Northern California, we have limitless options for safe, dog-friendly getaways. So leash up, keep an eye on the rules, get out and enjoy our big Bay Area backyard. Read more...

Dog, You've Earned a Yosemite Vacation 10/29/2020

Dog in Mountains
Photo: Lauren Burtz
Autumn is in full swing in Mariposa County, home of Yosemite National Park. The great news for DogTrekkers is that the park is open and the vehicle reservations required during the pandemic are no longer needed as of November 1. Read more...

Dogs in the Vineyards 10/15/2020

Dogs in the Vineyards - Dog Photo
October is’s official winery month, covering not only the “usual suspects” around the Bay Area, but smaller, more out-of-the-way destinations you may not have heard of or explored. The California wine community is taking extra precautions this year to keep visitors, residents, employees and their families safe and healthy during the pandemic. Read more...

Put Your Pup on Cruz Control 10/8/2020

Running on beach with dog
The change of seasons brings shorter days—and, perhaps, a sense of urgency to score a little “away” time following six months of pandemic travel restriction. What better place than Santa Cruz? Fresh air, pounding surf and dog-friendly activities abound. Read more...

The Air is Clearing 9/17/2020

Fire Trucks
For avid DogTrekkers, late summer and early fall have been difficult, to say the least. Coming on the heels of the ongoing pandemic, fires throughout the state have impacted many Californians with some of the worst air quality in the world! Read more...

Digging the Gold Country With Your Dog 8/20/2020

Digging the Gold Country of California

By now we all know the COVID-19 drill: Mask up, wash your hands, maintain at least 6 feet of social distance, etc. But with summer in full flush, DogTrekkers are getting restless. And so, after months of staying close to home, it’s time to hatch, of course with caution!  Gold Country welcomes responsible visitors, dogs included. Here’s a sampling of places to go and things to do during the time of COVID-19 in California’s Gold Country,  An Amazing American Road Trip! Read more...

Support Our Rescue Community, Virtually for Now 8/6/2020

DogTrekkers are a giving bunch as witnessed by their support for the adoption/rescue community through donations, volunteering and attendance at adoptathons and other special events during the year. Unfortunately, during the pandemic, many of these events have had to be canceled or postponed. The good news, and for now the new normal, is that many organizations have moved to staging virtual events. Here are some upcoming fundraisers DogTrekker recommends, virtually. Read more...

Mendocino County: Connect with Your Inner Dog 07/15/2020
Downward 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. Their “Clean and Safe” commitment (download #SafeMendocino Visitor Guide)  is geared to responsible travelers—including those accompanied by four-legged friends—who long to connect with nature, scenery and fresh, clean air. Read more...

Four Dog-friendly Activities in Yosemite Mariposa County 10/9/2020

Yoisemite dog
We all know that Yosemite National Park is a great destination for you and your dog to visit, but an even better destination is Mariposa County, the home to Yosemite National Park. Read more...

Concord is Ready When You and Your Dog Are 7/1/2020

Ready to get paws outta Dodge?  You’ll find a multi-faceted, drive-distance gem in the East Bay in the community of Concord, which is slowly and safely reopening to visitors after months in various phases of lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Visit this Mount Diablo Region town for a day or come for a weekend; either way, you’ll find a variety of places and spaces to explore, with the safety of visitors and locals a top priority everywhere. Read more...

California Coastal Beaches Now Reopening 06/25/2020
Summer is here and as California begins to open up its coastal beaches, state and local officials urge all visitors to continue to practice social distancing to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for you, your family and the dedicated park staff that is working hard to provide us with these important outdoor experiences. Read more...

Ready for Redding? You and Your Furry Friend Are Welcome Back 6/18/2020

Shasta Dog
After almost four months in lockdown, Californians are ready to roam—and Redding, nucleus of the eight-county Shasta Cascade Region, is ready to welcome DogTrekking visitors back. Wide-open spaces and clean air await, and dog-friendly businesses are open with new sets of procedures aimed at keeping customers safe. From scenic trails and gushing waterfalls to comfy lodging and gorgeous lakes, it's all waiting for you and yours to put paws to path! Read more...


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