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Cooper Loved to Travel

Cooper at Manhattan Beach (aka Blufftop Beach), Half Moon Bay
Cooper at Manhattan Beach (aka Blufftop Beach), Half Moon Bay
From the editors: We thank John Poimiroo for this special tribute to Cooper, a passionate and loyal DogTrekker! Check out his adventures after the "more" below.

Cooper loved to travel. You might say was created for Coop.
In his ten years, this Lab/border collie/cattle dog mix traveled to seven states, but most of all he loved going anywhere DogTrekker recommended. Coop teamed up with Niki Frost when he was just eight weeks old. His mom had been rescued by Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue when she was pregnant with 10 puppies.
Niki relates that at seven months she took Coop to the vet, worried that his rough paws might need ointment. She recounted, "When I asked the vet, she grabbed his paws and looked at me in the eyes and said, 'This dog is not a house cat! His paws should be rough. He is made to swim in oceans, run in sand, climb on rocks and go on adventures. I would be concerned if they were not rough."
And so, Niki set out to assure that Cooper's paws never softened. Only her heart would do that.  She and Coop became avid DogTrekkers, though the jury is still out whether Coop loved the beach or the mountains more. more »

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Coronavirus Update from Visit California: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, California has imposed a regional stay-at-home order and banned non-essential travel throughout the state except in a region north of Sonoma County.

Governor Gavin Newsom said he was “pulling the emergency brake” with this announcement, which restricts hotel stays for leisure travel and other business activity in affected areas. You can find more details here.

For more guidance, here is a collection of California’s local and regional tourism offices.

We also ask that everyone embrace the California Responsible Travel Code.

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 ).

Let's Get Outside!

Pandemic or not, we can still, and should, walk and hike outside with our dogs!

Tips for Safe Dog-Walking During the Pandemic

Tips for Safe Dog-Walking During the Pandemic

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This is an update to a story written in April and continues to be rewritten as conditions change. Yes, the pandemic is still with us and California got hit hard. Cases are up, hospitalizations are up and restrictions continue to be in place. Good news #1 is that at vaccines have begun and should continue to grow at a significant pace.
As Visit California points out that the state's recovery is unfolding at different rates in different communities, and the travel advisories in place vary by county and region. Here are the local guidelines and regulations in your locality and destinations you are thinking to travel in 2021.
Good news #2: the latest news from Governor Newsom is that dog parents are encouraged to get out of the house, into the fresh air and walk, obviously following the safe social distancing guidelines listed on the graphic above:

  • Do not use parks or trails if you are showing symptoms
  • Keep at least 6 feet from other hikers and dogs
  • Do not park in a crowded lot and use a less crowded trail
  • Do not use parks as gathering places
  • Be prepared for limited access to restrooms and water
  • Avoid social interaction by keeping dogs on leach
  • Pack-in - pack out, Leaving Only Paw Prints(tm)
  • Always wave to your fellow DogTrekkers
Stay healthy, stay strong, practice distancing and give your dog a hug from us — we will meet back on the trails soon!

Dave and Roxanne Kendrick
Founders, more »

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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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