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Win a Let’s Cruz Safely DogCation® Getaway

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Historically known as the quintessential California beach vacation, Santa Cruz County is the best place to put your paws in the sand. Enter the Let’s Cruz Safely DogCation® Getaway for a chance to win a two-night stay at the Chaminade Resort, where you and your pup can embrace your mutual sense of adventure.

In addition to the two-nights, the package includes two tickets to pet-friendly Roaring Camp Railroads; $25 gift certificate to dog-friendly Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing; two O’Neill brand face masks, Santa Cruz stickers, and other Santa Cruz swag.
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Coronavirus Update from Visit California: Now that California has lifted the regional stay-at-home orders tied to ICU bed availability, communities are beginning to reopen. Keep in mind, though, that some parks, businesses, and attractions may still be closed or have protocols in place.

Before traveling, familiarize yourself with local guidelines and regulations for all of the destinations you plan to visit and check out and embrace Visit California’s Responsible Travel Code.

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Dog-friendly Road Trips

After a year of color tiers and various stages of COVID lockdown, it’s time to get your dog show on the road. So, plan ahead using, make your reservations, download or update the DogTrekker mobile app, pack the leash, bowls, beds and whatever else your pup needs, and take off on a fun-filled road trip! Here are some of our favorites.

Dog-friendly Road Trip: Highway 1 and Santa Cruz

Theo at Its Beach, photo by: @theothebulldog
Theo at Its Beach, photo by: @theothebulldog

It’s no secret that California Highway 1 (aka the Pacific Coast Highway) is considered one of the most scenic routes in the country. All the better, then, that it leads to Santa Cruz, arguably one of the most scenic sun-and-surf towns in the state. You’ll love it there and so will your dog, given all the fun activities you can do together. more »

Dog-friendly Road Trip: Highway 128, Mendocino County

Dog-sailing on Big River. Photo courtesy of Catch A Canoe
Dog-sailing on Big River. Photo courtesy of Catch A Canoe

Leaving Highway 101 at Cloverdale (Sonoma county), and heading on CA-128 West, this scenic road offers up many delights, from the Boonville General Store (think deli goodies from pizza to soups and sandwiches) in southern Mendocino County, to Leggett, on the Eel River in the north. In between? Let us count just a few of the ways along this 55-mile stretch of road to make your DogTrekking trip memorable. more »

Dog-friendly Road Trip North: The Compass Points Toward Redding

Kayla at Turtle Bay
Kayla at Turtle Bay

Heading north out of Sacramento on Interstate 5, the goal is to base camp in Redding, the Shasta Cascade's largest city. One of the top sights includes the iconic Sundial Bridge, spanning the Sacramento River. It bisects a paved, 16-mile, dog-friendly trail that eventually leads to Shasta Dam. Redding prides itself as “California’s Trail Capital,” with 225 miles of trails within a 15-mile radius of town. Search trails and download a map heremore »

Dog-friendly Road Trip: Highway 140 to Yosemite National Park

Cordelia visiting Yosemite National Park, photo by: Charlie Kelly
Cordelia visiting Yosemite National Park, photo by: Charlie Kelly

Heads up: you will once again need reservations to visit Yosemite National Park this summer, whether its for day-tripping, camping or lodging. But no big deal, just keep checking on protocols and procedures so you don’t travel all that way just to be locked out. At any rate, you don’t even need to enter the park to get a eyeful of scenery in Mariposa County, which is bisected by highway 140 leading to the park’s El Portal entrance. more »

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Dog Travel Events

Contra Costa

Contra Costa Humane Society Virtual Walk for Paws
May 15, 2021 to May 16, 2021

Contra Costa, California
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East Bay

East Bay SPCA Growl Meow & Wine Online
May 16, 2021 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
East Bay , California
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Walnut Creek

ARF's Animals on Broadway Virtual Pet Festival & fundraiser
May 23, 2021 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Walnut Creek, California 94598
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Berkeley Humane Pints for Paws®
June 5, 2021
Berkeley, California 94710
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Vet Buzz

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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