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Muttville is a 2020 Target Circle partner!

Target Circle is Target's loyalty program, and this year, they've chosen Muttville as one of the designated San Francisco charity beneficiaries! As a Target Circle member, you earn votes when you shop. Then you can cast them for your choice of charity. The voting cycle ends December 31, when the money is distributed among charities.

To participate, you sign up and make sure to designate your preferred store location as one of the San Francisco locations in order to vote for Muttville. As you shop throughout the holiday season, you'll keep earning votes, which you cast by going back to »

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Fall 2020 Wine Tasting!

October is’s official winery month, covering not only the “usual suspects” around the Bay Area and Northern California, 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.

Mendocino Wines On Your Mind?

Maya Checks Out Saracina Winery, Hopland, CA
Maya Checks Out Saracina Winery, Hopland, CA

October is prime time to pack the corkscrew, the leash and your four-legged friend for a trip up north to Mendocino County, where the vineyards are blazing with fall color and the mood everywhere is as mellow as can be. The county’s 11 diverse appellations each express a style of their own, and while you can hardly sample them all in a weekend, you can choose an itinerary along one of the county’s “wine roads.”  more »

Cruz the Mountain Wine Roads With Your Pup

Dog-passionate Santa Cruz Wineries!
Dog-passionate Santa Cruz Wineries!

Think “Santa Cruz County,” and you may not be able to distance yourself from its sand-and-surf image. But the county is in fact large and diverse, encompassing inland redwood forests, dozens of mountain wineries and almost as many microclimates where you and your canine companion can sip and chill (wine for you, water for your pup!). more »

Explore the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail

Dogs Welcome Along the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail
Dogs Welcome Along the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail

Now here’s a wine region that’s hiding in plain sight. The Santa Clara Valley (also known as Silicon Valley) is one of California’s oldest wine-growing regions and home to some 34 family-owned wineries and tasting rooms, many of them dog-friendly.

The city of Gilroy, known for its famous garlic festival, is your home base for exploring the region; just follow the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail signage to craft your own tour. more »

Pumpkins Patches and Wine, Oh My!

Wineries, Pumpkins and Vacaville, Oh My!
Wineries, Pumpkins and Vacaville, Oh My!

There’s no time better than October to visit the Suisun Valley between Davis and Vacaville in Solano County. Not only are the vineyards ablaze; pumpkin patches, farm stands and other agricultural points of interest are in full swing. (Don’t miss Larry’s Produce, a vast produce enterprise with adjacent pumpkin patch.) 

The valley is just a ridge away from the famous Napa Valley, and its wines share many characteristics native to the shared climate. Suisun bills itself as “rustic wine country” and prides itself on providing friendly welcomes to visitors with dogs on the other end of the leash. more »

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Dog Travel Events


Santa's Annual Arrival at Nick's Cove
December 6, 2020 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
23240 Hwy. 1, Marshall, California 94940
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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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