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Stanford Inn by the Sea
Minnie's ruff life, The Stanford Inn by the Sea - @gnataliek

Get a Breath of Fresh Air on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino County had a tough summer in the wildfire department, but there’s great news to be had. As innkeeper Jeff Stanford of Stanford Inn by the Sea reports, "The coast is not only clear, it is pristine. There are no crowds. Highway 1 is open and getting here is beautiful. Anderson Valley is untouched, the vineyards are ripening and harvest is underway.” Here are some ways to get your woof on during Mendocino County’s “secret” fall season.

Dog-Passionate Places to Rest Heads and Paws

Logan at Little River Inn. Photo Credit: @murphchristine
Logan at Little River Inn. Photo Credit: @murphchristine

You know that you and your four-legged companion have arrived at the right lodging place when you’re greeted with treats at the desk and the room comes with dog bed, bowls and other pet-pampering amenities. There’s no shortage of pet-welcoming hotels on the Mendo coast. Here are a few of our favorites. more »

Dog-Friendly Attractions on the Mendo Coast

Cooper - Photo Credit: @littlecooperbear
Cooper - Photo Credit: @littlecooperbear

The Mendocino Coast is rich in natural attractions, from beaches and redwood forests to vast networks of trails where you and your pup can hike to your hearts' content. And then there are the manmade attractions, from the dog-friendly Skunk Train to specially rigged outrigger canoes at Catch A Canoe in which dogs can ride with their paddling people, to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardensmore »

Chow Down With Your Pup Within Sight of the Sea

Sunshine dining at The Ravens <br/> Photo Credit: @sunshinemylifeinthesunshine
Sunshine dining at The Ravens
Photo Credit: @sunshinemylifeinthesunshine

Travel with your dog can be very rewarding, but there are always a few problems to solve—such as finding restaurants where your dog can join you beside or beneath your table. No worries: DogTrekker’s got you covered! Here are some of our favorite dog-friendly places to chow down on the Mendocino Coast. more »

Seaside Waves and Walks With Your Dog

Van Damme State Park - Photo Credit: @cassielue2
Van Damme State Park - Photo Credit: @cassielue2

Whether your drive all or just some of intoxicating Highway 1 hugging the Mendocino County coast, you’re sure to find many places to pull over and get some sand between your and Buster’s toes. Go slow, stop often and be sure to check out these highlights. more »

Wine Time! Paws Up For These Mendo Wineries

Brulee at Navarro Vineyards. Photo Credit: @brulee_usa
Brulee at Navarro Vineyards. Photo Credit: @brulee_usa

OK, nobody can visit four dozen dog-friendly wineries on one trip! Nevertheless, that’s how many await along the Highway 128 and Highway 101 corridors. Pick a region and let serendipity be your guide as you spend a leisurely day wine-tasting with your pup. more »

Mendocino Coast Humane 2018

Photo: Mel - Mendocino Coast Humane Society
Photo: Mel - Mendocino Coast Humane Society

Meet Mel. Her DNA test says she's Staffie, bulldog, and… soft coated wheaten terrier. Her friends at Mendocino Coast Humane Society say she's a real people dog, with such a great range of facial expressions they're always taking pictures of her. Mel gets along great with everyone she meets, human and canine, but does think chasing cats is fun. She's very eager to please her person and learn new things. She's big, happy, and still has a lot of puppy energy, so her perfect family will provide her with lots of exercise and fun activities, as well as continued training. She loves walks. She loves swimming. She loves fetch. more »

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Surf City Surf Dog® Competition
Celebrates 10 Years of Doggone Fun

Surf's up! Photo Credit: Pawinspired (CC)
Huntington Beach, CA - September 2018 ( - This year, Surf City Surf Dog® is celebrating a decade of dog surfing and fundraising for pet-related charities!

The 10th Annual Surf City Surf Dog® competition will take place on September 29 at Huntington Dog Beach, which is also celebrating its 20th anniversary. more »

Dog Travel Events


Barks & Art in the Vineyard
September 22, 2018 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
1000 Dry Creek Rd., Healdsburg, California 95448
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Butte Humane Society 107th Anniversary Gala
September 22, 2018 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
1075 East 20th St., Chico, California 95928
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Huntington Beach

Surf City Surf Dog 2018
September 29, 2018 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
100 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach, California 92648
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September 30, 2018 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
71 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, California 94949
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Vet Buzz

Finding a Vet on the Road

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

With the holidays approaching, more and more people plan to hit the road with their canine companions. Whether your dog has pre-existing medical conditions or not, it is important to plan ahead for any necessary or unforeseen medical care that might be needed during your adventure. This takes some time and investigation. Depending where you are traveling, there may or may not be emergency veterinary hospitals in the immediate area. This is essential to know. more »

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