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The Coast Is Calling You and Your BFF (Best Furry Friend)

For water-loving canines, nothing beats fetching a ball from the surf and romping full-speed ahead on a sandy beach. DogTrekker.com has identified almost 200 dog-friendly beaches along California’s 840 miles of coastline. You’ll find them listed, mapped and described in the California Coastal Beaches pages of our website and mobile app. Meanwhile, here are 10 of our favorites, north to south.

Noyo Beach, Mendocino County

My stick! Photo Credit: @finnbodey
My stick! Photo Credit: @finnbodey

Noyo Beach, Mendocino County. Legal places to romp off-leash with your dog are few and far between on Mendocino County’s gorgeous coastline, but one place you can unclip and let your pup run free is Noyo Beach Off-Leash Dog Area in Fort Bragg. more »

Furlong Gulch, Sonoma County

Making tracks to the beach
Making tracks to the beach

Furlong GulchSonoma County. Furlong Gulch is one of several beaches you’ll come to as you travel along the 17 miles of beaches extending from the Vista Trail 4 miles north of Jenner all the way to Bodega Head. More than a dozen access points will take you to named strands in addition to Furlong (including Carmet BeachPortuguese Beach and Marshall Gulch) separated by bluffs and headlands. more »

Muir Beach, Marin County

Scoping out Muir Beach - Photo Credit: @quinceytheaussie
Scoping out Muir Beach - Photo Credit: @quinceytheaussie

Muir Beach, Marin County. This is a Bay Area classic: A crescent of sand bordered by high bluffs to the north and south, with wetlands and a lagoon behind the strand. Dogs under reliable voice control (meaning Daisy comes immediately when called) are allowed off-leash in designated areas. more »

Fort Funston, San Francisco

Unleashed! Photo Credit: @princesshasegawa
Unleashed! Photo Credit: @princesshasegawa

Fort Funston, San Francisco. This stretch of rugged headlands just south of Ocean Beach in the southwest part of the city is not fenced, but it’s nirvana for off-leash dogs and woofing with canine activity even on drizzly, foggy days. more »

Mitchell’s Cove, Santa Cruz County

We found a cave! Photo Credit: @phantompoodleparti
We found a cave! Photo Credit: @phantompoodleparti

Mitchell’s Cove, Santa Cruz County. This pretty city beach just off West Cliff Drive allows leashed dogs at any time, while leash-free romping is permitted between sunrise and 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to sunset. more »

Carmel City Beach, Monterey County

Photo Credit: Robert Robles
Photo Credit: Robert Robles

Carmel City Beach, Monterey County. Blue-ribbon honors go to city-owned Carmel Beach, a powdery, mile-long strand that is perhaps the best-known leash-free dog beach in the country. A plus: it’s walking distance from fashionable Carmel-by-the-Sea, with its wealth of dog-friendly lodging and places to eat. more »

San Simeon Cove, San Luis Obispo County

Photo Credit: @johnalbertseed
Photo Credit: @johnalbertseed

San Simeon Cove, San Luis Obispo County. Tucked beneath William Randolph Hearst’s famous castle, San Simeon Cove is a jewel of a place with emerald water and ample space for dogs to romp. Off-leash dogs aren’t allowed on adjacent Hearst Memorial State Beach, so if you want to unclip, simply walk a few hundred feet to the right of the pier where signs announced the beach boundary. more »

Huntington Beach Dog Beach, Orange County

Riley at Huntington Dog Beach - Photo Credit: @timphoto5
Riley at Huntington Dog Beach - Photo Credit: @timphoto5

Huntington Beach Dog Beach, Orange County. This salty-dog paradise encompasses a 1.5-mile section of a 3.5-mile-long beach that seems plucked straight out of a surfer movie (no wonder Huntington Beach is nicknamed Surf City USA). You’ll find yourself humming a Beach Boys tune as you and your pup immerse yourselves in surf culture. more »

Rosie’s Dog Beach

Photo Credit: @pongopig
Photo Credit: @pongopig

Rosie’s Dog Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles County. It’s not fenced and not a dedicated “dog beach,” but this strand of sand in the “dog zone” along Ocean Boulevard is open to off-leash dog play from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. Believe it or not, this is the only legally off-leash beach in the entire county! more »

Ocean Beach Dog Beach, San Diego County

Lucy - Photo Credit: Kevin Schraer (CC)
Lucy - Photo Credit: Kevin Schraer (CC)

Ocean Beach Dog BeachSan Diego County. Ocean Beach, in the community of the same name, is quintessential Southern California—surfers, bikinis, lifeguards and all. In the “dog-run”, four-legged visitors tear around sand and surf, adding to the carefree vibe. (Leash rules apply elsewhere on the beach, so keep an eye on the signs.) more »

Rocket Dog Rescue 2018

Photo - Pali Boucher and some Rocket Dogs and people, Rocket Dog Rescue
Photo - Pali Boucher and some Rocket Dogs and people, Rocket Dog Rescue

San Francisco's Rocket Dog Rescue is celebrating its 17th birthday, mostly doing what it does best—saving dogs who really, really need it. Since they opened their Urban Sanctuary and Adoption Center in East Oakland, they've become a trusted resource in the surrounding community.

Which is why, in the wee hours of the morning a few weeks ago, a homeless person in the neighborhood called Rocket Dog with a horrific discovery: two German shepherd puppies in a garbage heap, clinging to each other and, it soon proved, terribly mutilated. One's hind foot had been chopped off, but her sister was in far worse shape with a life-threatening injury, her jaw deliberately crushed. Dubbed Freya and Frigg, they were rushed off for emergency care, where an orthopedic surgeon successfully rebuilt Freya's jaw. Shockingly, while all this was happening, a husky puppy, soon called Chloe, was found with injuries similar to Frigg's, and also given reconstructive surgery. more »

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Win A Tuolumne County DogCation®

With dozens of dog-friendly places to stay, hikes, water activities, historical attractions and proximity to Yosemite National Park, Tuolumne County is a dream California Gold County vacation spot. The historic Gold Country town of Groveland is the last town on Highway 120 before you arrive at the Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite.

As part of  Celebrate Tuolumne County Month, the Inns of Groveland are providing TWO, two-night DogCation packages, one at each of their two Groveland hotels, Hotel Charlotte and the Groveland Hotelmore »

Dog Travel Events

Oakland

East Bay SPCA Adopt-a-thon
July 21, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Broadway, Oakland, California 94607
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Sonoma

Paws for a Cause
July 21, 2018 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
22071 Bonness Rd., Sonoma, California 95476
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Imperial Beach

Imperial Beach Surf Dog Competition
July 28, 2018 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
10 Evergreen Ave., Imperial Beach, California 91932
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Marshall

Bayside Market at Nick's Cove
August 4, 2018 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
23240 CA-1, Marshall, California 94940
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Vet Buzz

Raw Food Diet: Good or Bad?

This again?
By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM, MS of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland.

To cook or not to cook? That is the age old question. The argument over the potential benefit and safety of raw diets has been heavily debated for decades. Proponents describe raw diets as natural and similar to what a dog might eat in the wilderness. There are a variety of raw diets and many differences in how they are prepared, processed and preserved.

On the manufactured market there are fresh, frozen and freeze dried raw food preparations in a variety of flavors and protein sources. Some owners even feed fresh protein sources such as whole chicken to their dogs. This is dangerous and heavily discouraged, as bone ingestion can lead to constipation, obstruction and even bowel rupture. If you are interested in feeding raw food to your dog, it is important to understand the potential health risks and nutritional facts. more »

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