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Concord Taco Trail Challenge - FINAL WEEK!

The Concord Taco Trail is a directory of nearly 40 authentic, locally owned restaurants and taquerias, and it’s all you need to explore some the city’s best hidden culinary gems. Most of the taquerias and restaurants offer cuisine made from authentic family recipes specific to different regions in Mexico.

The taco fan with the most check-ins at the end of the promotion will be crowned the new Taco Trail Champion and awarded the official Taco Trophy. more »

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Fall into Mendocino County

California travelers know fall is the ripe time to pack the hiking boots for an adventure in Northern California’s Mendocino County. As the barometer slides, the fog pulls away, corks pop and nature hits its seasonal migration stride.

Mendocino: More than a day trip

Mendocino sunset. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Mendocino sunset. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

Mendocino County is a DogTrekker favorite for so many reasons. That is why we have partnered with so many hotels, inns, resorts, cabins and glamping properties over the years.

You will find accommodations to fit any taste and budget. The Stanford Inn by the Sea, Little River Inn, Noyo Harbor Inn, Sheep Dung Cottages, Baechtel Creek Inn, Beachcomber Properties and Mendocino Grove luxury camping are great examples of the diversity of choices. more »

Room to roam in Mendocino

Maya hiking the Noyo Headlands Coastal Trail. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Maya hiking the Noyo Headlands Coastal Trail. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

Lace up your hiking boots, load your pup into the car and get a grip on your leash: you’ll need it when you see how excited she’ll become upon encountering a multitude of new sights and smells in dog-friendly Mendocino County. The weather is near-perfect both along the coast, as well as inland. Remember to bring plenty of water, snacks and as always, Leave Only Paw Prints™. more »

Paddle with your pup in Mendocino County

Paddle the Big River. Photo by Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too.
Paddle the Big River. Photo by Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too.

Coastal Mendocino County is stitched to rivers and ocean, but visitors aren’t restricted to just looking at the water. It’s also possible to get out on it—with your dog. Two premier options: the Water Dog Package at Little River Inn Resort & Spa, which offers river nature tours on the Albion River, and Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too, which has been outfitting paddlers on the Big River since 1972. more »

Redwoods, railroads and dogs, oh my!

Skunk Train rail bikes. Photo by Skunk Train.
Skunk Train rail bikes. Photo by Skunk Train.

Step back in time for a magical ride through the redwoods on the world-famous Skunk Train. According to Chief Skunk Robert Pinoli, "In our 136 years of service, we've transported millions of passengers. We think it's high time that our beloved canine companions should be able to join in the fun." Here are some of the outstanding experiences you can ride, from classic daily trips to Magical Christmas, Easter and Pumpkin Express outings.

Photo: Brendan McGuigan more »

Chow down with a view

Waterfront dining at Noyo Harbor Inn. Photo by Brendan McGuigan.
Waterfront dining at Noyo Harbor Inn. Photo by Brendan McGuigan.

Many dog-friendly restaurant decks and patios in Mendocino County will contribute to making your trip more memorable. A favorite: the second-story Harbor View Bistro and Bar at the Noyo Harbor Inn, overlooking a large marina in one direction and the Noyo River in the other. You can also dine indoors with your dog at our vegan/vegetarian choice, Ravens Restaurant at the Stanford Inn; or have dinner outdoors under a tent at the Little River Innmore »

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Dog Travel Events

Palo Alto

Virtual: Palo Alto Humane Society Daisy's Day 2021
August 30, 2021 to December 31, 2021

Palo Alto, California 94306
Map & directions

Rancho Santa Fe

Helen Woodward Animal Center's Howl-O-Ween Harvest Private Adventures
October 1, 2021 to November 15, 2021

6461 El Apajo Rd., Rancho Santa Fe, California 92067
Map & directions


Howl-o-ween Adoption Event and Canine Costume Contest
October 17, 2021 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
3436 Dimond Avenue, Oakland, California
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Rancho Santa Fe

FACE Foundation 10th Annual Invitational Golf Tournament
October 18, 2021 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
15150 San Dieguito Rd., Rancho Santa Fe, California 92067
Map & directions

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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