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Hit Us With Your Best Shots! Last Chance to Enter Go California™

Previous Go California entry: Mandy at Shasta, photo by Amy Scott
Previous Go California entry: Mandy at Shasta, photo by Amy Scott
With dog-friendly travel soaring in popularity, Californians and their four-legged friends are hitting the road several times a year. And, if you’re like us at DogTrekker, you’re always taking pictures of your pups at the destinations you love.

The Go California™ Dog Photo Contest inspires future dog-friendly travel throughout the Golden State. Plus, there will be two $550 winners; one from voting and one chosen as Best in Show by the DogTrekker Team. Contest ends September, 30, 2020.

Enter a photo once a day. Vote for as many photos as you like, once a day.  more »

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Travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic have loosened, and as destinations slowly and carefully open, the warnings to practice safe distancing, use face masks and follow all posted rules and regulations continue.

DogTrekker will continue to stay on top of the ever-changing tourism scene throughout California and publish updates on our site, our social media channels and in our weekly newsletters: ( Subscribe  | Archives ).

Digging the Gold Country With Your Dog

Need to stretch your legs? The Gold Country is now welcoming 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!

Find A Dog-Friendly Place In Placer County

Hidden Falls  Regional Park - @lillyshertigal
Hidden Falls  Regional Park - @lillyshertigal

Placer County is large and diverse, stretching from just north of Sacramento County all the way to Tahoe’s north shore. In between are hundreds of square miles of national forest lands, including dog-friendly Auburn State Recreation Area, stretching 20 miles along two forks of the American River. Less well known but an excellent destination for hikers with dogs is Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park, which is under jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management, which is not restrictive about dogs on trails. more »

Finding Gold in El Dorado County

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historical Park
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historical Park

El Dorado County is reopening, but with caution. Its website sets out a California Responsible Travel Code that potential visitors are encouraged to read and abide by. At present, dine-in restaurants and wineries that don’t serve food are closed. But increased outdoor dining options from Placerville into South Lake Tahoe bring plenty of other choices for DogTrekkers who enjoy al fresco munching with their pups by their sides. more »

Tuolumne County Invites Visitors to ‘Wander Freely’

Mike's adventure in Red Hills - Tuolumne County Photo: @mackenzierodgers

Tuolumne County, in the heart of Gold Country, is open and courting visitors (DogTrekkers included!) this summer. Its “Wander Freely” campaign encourages responsible travel and offers lots of tips on staying healthy while enjoying the region’s spectacular scenery. For many visitors of course, the destination goal is Yosemite National Park, which is opening in phases this summer. more »

Folsom: Gateway to Gold Country

American River Bike Trail - Robert Couse-Baker (cc)
American River Bike Trail - Robert Couse-Baker (cc)

Folsom isn’t only a convenient destination for Northern California visitors, it’s also diverse, offering many options for “socially distanced” outdoor recreation. Start by stepping out on a segment of the 32-mile American River Bike Trail, which runs from downtown Sacramento to downtown Folsom. The multi-use path hugs the river of the same name, offering endless opportunities to wander down to the water and let Fido make a splash. more »

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Dog Travel Events

Palo Alto

VIRTUAL - Palo Alto Humane Society Daisy's Day 2020
September 14, 2020 to October 31, 2020

Palo Alto, California 94306
Map & directions


VIRTUAL: Canine Companions DogFest Sacramento 2020
October 24, 2020 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sacramento, California 94203
Map & directions


VIRTUAL: Canine Companions DogFest Oakland 2020
October 31, 2020
Oakland, California 94607
Map & directions


VIRTUAL: Peninsula Humane Home for the Holidays Gala
November 7, 2020 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Burlingame, California 94010
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Vet Buzz

Diets for Diabetic Dogs

Check-up Time
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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