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Maya Visits Nick's Cove 2020

DogTrekker's Maya at Ruthie's Cabin, Nick's Cove
In Maya’s first trip since early March to the coast, she and her uprights stayed at Nick’s Cove in Marshall, Marin County, on beautiful Tomales Bay.

The Nick’s team has been trained in visitor protection while maintaining the guest experience they have always offered humans and pets. Everything was touchless from check-in to ordering to check-out. Staff, guests and visitors all wore face coverings during our recent stay.
While the Nick’s Cove Restaurant is closed inside, the outside dining area along the pier is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, having a cocktail as the sun goes down or watching the kids and dogs frolic in the bay. more »

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Mandy's View of the Shasta Cascade
Photo thanks to Amy Scott

Ready for Readding? You and Your Furry Friend Are Welcome Back!

After almost four months in lockdown, Californians are ready to roam—and Redding, nucleus of the eight-county Shasta Cascade Region, is ready to welcome DogTrekking visitors back.

Redding Family Fare (Dogs Included of Course!)

Sheraton Redding Hotel at Sundial Bridge
Sheraton Redding Hotel at Sundial Bridge

Bringing the gang to Redding? Bunk down at a pet-friendly hotel like the Sheraton Redding Hotel at Sundial Bridge. It is on the Sacramento River, adjacent to trails and attractions and makes a great base camp for a family getaway (see other dog-friendly lodging options here). more »

Go for a Gusher With Your Dog

Upper McCloud Falls / Photo: @cjthedalmation
Upper McCloud Falls / Photo: @cjthedalmation

OK, COVID-19 cost us some waterfall viewing time during their March/April peak flows, but the many waterfalls within an easy drive of where you are staying in Redding are still flowing.

For a quick taste, visit Hedge Creek Falls in Dunsmuir. It’s right off Interstate 5 via a short path, has a generous parking lot, a viewing platform for photo opps and a cave beneath the falls for sensory thrills (your dog may or may not want to go there, so be alert!) more »

Woof It Up with these Scenic Shasta Cascade Excursions

Mt. Shasta / Photo: @crazycoco_bcmix
Mt. Shasta / Photo: @crazycoco_bcmix

If you crave a change of scenery, you’ll get it many times over in the eight-county Shasta Cascade region. The lightly traveled North State is a treasure trove of mountainous scenery, history and small towns that charm. What’s not to like?  A paws-up warning: Dog access is restricted, to various degrees, at the places set forth below. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a woofing good time with your four-legged companion, even where leashes are required. Here we go with some suggestions. more »

Rev Up In Redding

The good life, Shasta Lake. Photo Credit: @themurphdawg_
The good life, Shasta Lake. Photo Credit: @themurphdawg_

Redding (population about 100,000) is the Shasta Cascade region’s largest city, and it’s a great place to make base camp with your four-legged friend. The “must-do” activities: stroll the iconic Sundial Bridge, wander the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail, walk across the massive dam containing the waters of Shasta Lake, largest reservoir in California. more »

Put Tails to Trails In and Around Redding

Shasta Dam / Photo: @ohana_thehusky
Shasta Dam / Photo: @ohana_thehusky

Like to hike? You’re in luck in the Trail Capital of California, as Redding has so aptly branded itself. The city boasts some 80 miles of trails within its city limits and hundreds more within a 20-mile radius of its core.

A heads up: there are still a few trails closed in the Whiskeytown area, but other than annual maintenance, most of the region's trails are open, and most are dog-friendly. You can check the status of your favorite trail by clicking on the link above and viewing the Trail System Overview tab.   more »

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Napa Humane's 9th Annual Walk for Animals
August 2, 2020
1268 McKinstry St., Napa, California
Map & directions

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Patrick’s Pawade-Benefit for Rocket Dog Rescue
August 8, 2020 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fort Mason 11, San Francisco, California 94123
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Wild Blue Dogs Fall Camp
September 7, 2020 to September 13, 2020

4-H Rd., Stateline, Nevada 89449
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Marin Humane Gala 2020
September 12, 2020
171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, California 94949
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