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Dogs and Mushrooms Alert

A few years ago, the Pet Health Network reported that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s dog sadly died of mushroom poisoning. On Instagram, he left an important message that resonates today as much as it did then:

“This mushroom happened to have a lethal toxicity and within hours it was rapidly destroying [Brutus’] liver and immune system to the point of no return. I encourage all of you out there to be mindful of mushrooms in your yards, parks or anywhere outside your dogs play. What looks innocent, can be deadly to your lil' family members…”
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William Land Park
William Land Park
Photo Credit: @saylor_and_goose

The Lowdown on SacTown With Your Dog

City of Trees? River City? America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital? Sacramento has many nicknames, but in essence, it’s an outdoor town year-round, and so long as the sun is shining, which it does more than 250 days a year, many restaurants have their dog-friendly patio tables in service, too. Winter and spring are great times for long walks along the rivers that cut through town, for wandering the lively Midtown dining and entertainment district, toasting the day at any of more than 40 craft breweries or sharing a leisurely meal at a patio table. So leash, up, come to Sac and see what California’s capital city has to offer.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry With Your Dog By Your Side

Federalist Public House & Beer Garden - Photo Credit: @apple___jax
Federalist Public House & Beer Garden - Photo Credit: @apple___jax

Outdoor dining is an integral part of Sacramento culture, and restaurants with dog-friendly patios are too numerous to count. For walkability and a huge diversity of offerings, the Midtown residential/retail/dining/entertainment district just east of downtown is the place to explore. It’s where the see-and-be-seen action is for young people—and for DogTrekkers of all ages. more »

Pet-Pride Package at Hotel Nikko SF

Buster on rooftop pet terrace <br/> Photo Courtesy: Hotel Nikko San Francisco
Buster on rooftop pet terrace
Photo Courtesy: Hotel Nikko San Francisco

At San Francisco’s iconic Hotel Nikko, every family member is treated with open arms and open paws. Plus, your dog will especially appreciate San Francisco’s only rooftop pet terrace, with plenty of room to run, along with a mini cable car for loads of photo ops. more »

Pick a Park and Take a Walk

Apple at American River Parkway <br/> Photo Credit: @thunder_tiger
Apple at American River Parkway
Photo Credit: @thunder_tiger

Sacramento, California’s “City of Trees,” takes great pride in its shady parks. William Land Park, just south of downtown, is its largest urban oasis. The 166-acre preserve is home to a zoo, a golf course, an amusement park, duck ponds, picnic grounds and miles of canine-friendly walking paths. Among many other events, it hosts the annual Doggy Dash and Bark in the Park Festival (April 27 this year) to benefit the Sacramento SPCAmore »

Get a Taste (and a Sip) of the Dog-Friendly Delta

Wine snob - Miner
Wine snob - Miner's Leap Winery - Photo Credit: @russ.hooper

The San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta (often referred to as the California Delta) is a maze of navigable waterways winding from Sacramento to the San Francisco Bay. You don’t need to go far out of town to get a taste of the farm towns, wineries and bucolic agricultural scenes alongside the Sacramento River. The dog-friendly places we recommend for a short outing are all within 15 miles of downtown Sac. more »

Where to Stay With Your Dog in Sacramento

Babette gets cozy at The Citizen Hotel <br/> Photo Credit: @landdolphins
Babette gets cozy at The Citizen Hotel
Photo Credit: @landdolphins

From the downtown core to the farthest reaches of suburbia, Sacramento abounds with dog-friendly places to stay. If downtown is your chosen destination, the new Kimpton Sawyer might be just your ticket. It’s smack in the heart of the developing DoCo (Downtown Commons) district surrounding Golden 1 Center, offering out-the-door access to numerous restaurants with dog-friendly patios (plus lots of buzz on event nights). As at all Kimpton hotels, dogs are welcome at no extra charge. more »

Family Dog Rescue 2019


"A dog can make a house a home," says SF's Family Dog Rescue, which has been helping families of all sorts and dogs of all sorts, regardless of barriers, find each other since 2010. Thousands of dogs, some strays from SF and around the Bay, and more recently, dogs rescued from the streets of Mexico, birthplace of Family Dog founder Angela Padilla. more »

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Dog Travel Events

San Diego

Doggie Gras 5K & Dog Parade
March 3, 2019 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
400 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, California 92101
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Huntington Beach

Spring SoCal Corgi Beach Day
April 6, 2019 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
100 Goldenwest St. F, Huntington Beach, California 92648
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Tailwags & Handbags
April 26, 2019

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Sacramento SPCA Doggy Dash 2019
April 27, 2019 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
3800 W Land Park Dr., Sacramento, California 95822
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Vet Buzz

Knowing First Aid Can Save Your Dog's Life

Photo Credit: the paw pad (CC)
By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital.

When I think of life-saving first aid for a dog in a life-threatening situation, the top three skills I think of are CPR, applying direct pressure and keeping calm. more »

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