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Santa’s on His Way to Tomales Bay!

Mark your holiday calendar because Santa and his water sleigh are making their way to Tomales Bay! Jolly Old Saint Nick is making his 9th annual visit to Nick's Cove on Sunday, December 8, from 3-5PM. more »

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Whether you and your dog are in search of sun, sand and surf, or looking for dog-friendly fine dining in San Diego, plan your trip on and take along the DogTrekker mobile app to locate thousands of things to do with your pup when you get there. Following is our latest newsletter ( Subscribe  | Archives ).

Coronado Dog Beach / Photo: Shelley Wood

Endless Summer: It’s A Dog’s Life in San Diego

It’s a dog’s life when it comes to pet-friendly things to do in San Diego. Pull up a stump at a tail-wagging craft brewery, chow down on a patio restaurant with your furry friend at your side, put paws to pillows in a well-located hotel or unclip the tether and let Fido run free on the beach – it’s all yours to do in this vibrant seaside city.

Hop On Over to a Dog-Friendly Craft Brewery

Societe Brewing Company / Photo: @tess.simp
Societe Brewing Company / Photo: @tess.simp

In the past few years, brewpubs have become all the rage, with more than 1,000 of them springing up across the state. So many are in San Diego that the city proudly calls itself the “Craft Beer Capital of America.” The main attraction is beer, of course, but another plus is that almost all of them are dog-friendly. more »

Chow Down With Your Pup

Lazy Dog Restaurant / Photo: @dogwithaperm
Lazy Dog Restaurant / Photo: @dogwithaperm

Alfresco dining is a natural in San Diego’s mild climate, and virtually every restaurant in town with an outdoor deck or patio welcomes well-behaved canine companions. There’s no more scenic place to start than Pier Cafe, which sits, yes, right on the water at the end of a pier at Seaport Village. The New England-style menu features lots of fish, and the outdoor seating area is dog-friendly. more »

Put Paws on Pillows in San Diego

Pendry San Diego / Photo: Danielle Kogan
Pendry San Diego / Photo: Danielle Kogan

So…your pup is coming with you to San Diego and you need a pet-friendly place to stay, preferably one with quick exits to the outdoors for you-know-what. There’s no end of choices in San Diego, whether you prefer to stay in the historic Gaslamp Quarter or somewhere closer to the beach. more »

Just Beach It, Beach It, Beach It

Coronado Dog Beach / Photo: Cindy Chow
Coronado Dog Beach / Photo: Cindy Chow

Sun, sand and surf are what drew you to bring your pup to San Diego in the first place, right? Well, you certainly hit bingo. No pilgrimage-con-canine would be complete without a romp on Ocean Beach, aka Dog Beach, San Diego’s only 24-hour sandy strand where dogs are permitted to tear joyously around off-leash. more »

North Valley Animal Disaster Group 2019

Volunteers learn how to care for animals in a disaster at NVADG
Volunteers learn how to care for animals in a disaster at NVADG's training.

In the last few weeks, as fires have raged across California, and all too many of us have had to leave our homes on short notice -- or been unable to get home following an evacuation order that left our critters stranded and in harm's way -- we're very grateful to all the first responders and the many volunteers who went to heroic lengths to keep everyone safe. In particular, we appreciate the hard work, dedication, and planning in anticipation of the next disaster, as lessons of the past came into play. more »

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Dog Travel Events

San Francisco

33rd Annual Holiday Windows!
November 22, 2019 to January 1, 2020

170 O'Farrell St., San Francisco, California 94102
Map & directions

San Jose

Mutt Lynch Yappy Hour at Pup Plaza
December 8, 2019 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
14408 Union Ave., San Jose, California 95124
Map & directions


Santa Visits Nick's Cove
December 8, 2019 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
23240 Hwy. 1, Marshall, California 94940
Map & directions

Woodland Hills

Candy Cane Lane
November 28, 2019 to December 31, 2019

5966 Lubao Ave., Woodland Hills, California 91367
Map & directions

Vet Buzz

Paring Down Your Portly Pup

By Chris Pitts, RVT at Broadway Animal Hospital

Feeling like your dog might be a little plump? If you can't see a waistline on your dog. If you cannot feel his ribs under his chubs, then you might be right. more »

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