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DogFest, San Francisco
DogFest San Francisco

The Year of the Dog 2018!

Spring is just around the corner and judging from the number of DogTrekkers checking out our California event listings on and our mobile app, it would appear that travel planning has begun. Here is a partial list of upcoming events where you and your pup can have lots of tail-waggin’ fun.

Dog-friendly 2018 Events

1. Love Your Pet Expo 2018, Anderson, March 24-25: Love Your Pet Expo is a pet-friendly community event where pets can bring their two-legged friends to be educated in pet safety, nutrition, heartworm disease, vaccinations, and the importance of spay and neuter.

Corgi Beach Day, Huntington Beach
Corgi Beach Day

2. Spring 2018 Corgi Beach Day, Huntington Beach, April 7: SoCal Corgi Nation sponsors Corgi Beach Day for Corgi canines and their guests at Huntington Dog Beach. Whether you are a Corgi owner or just a doggie lover, this day promises to be PAW-some!

DogFest, San Francisco

3. Eleventh Annual DogFest, San Francisco, April 7: DogFest is a celebration of dogs and kids benefiting SFUSD McKinley Elementary School, a K-5 public school at Castro and 14th Streets. The festival offers something for dogs, kids and parents of both species.

4. Spring Dog Fling, Huntington Beach, April 14: 5th & PCH is proudly partnering with Waggin' Trails Rescue Foundation featuring dog adoptions, products and services to pamper and care for your dog, including day care, walking services, portraits and more.

Doggie Dash, Huntington Beach
Doggie Dash

5. Doggie Dash – 5k/10k for a Cause, Huntington Beach, April 15: Sign up for this great cause and bring your four-legged family member with you. As long as your dog is leashed and remains on the designated path, she can participate in this event.

Tailwags and Handbags, Sonoma
Tailwags and Handbags

6. Pets Lifeline Tailwags and Handbags, Sonoma, April 27: This wonderfully whimsical event at Buena Vista Winery is the quintessential ladies' luncheon. It’s an excellent opportunity to sip, sup and shop to benefit Pets Lifeline. Sorry, this is a people-only event.

7. Sacramento SPCA 2018 Doggy Dash, Sacramento, April 28: Join the fun at William Land Park for the largest fundraiser of the year and an opportunity to celebrate the healthy, happy and unconditional relationships between pups and their people.

Day on the Bay with dog
Pet Day on the Bay

8. 18th Annual Pet Day on the Bay, San Diego, April 28: Hornblower invites your dog to cruise with you for free during the popular Pet Day on San Diego Bay, a fundraiser benefiting the homeless animals of the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

9. Sausalito Wag Dog Festival, Sausalito, May 12: Join in on the fun at the second annual Wag. Participate in "best of" contests (wag, bark, trick, etc.) and human/dog obstacle courses. Also visit Marin’s top animal service providers and rescues.

10. Fifth Annual Pints for Paws, Berkeley, June 2: Come sample a selection of nearly 100 craft beers from more than 20 craft breweries and have a great time while benefiting Berkeley Humane. Enjoy live music and bring your crowd-friendly dogs (harnessed of course).

Aussie Rescue SoCal 2018

Ryder - Photo Courtesy: Aussie Rescue SoCal
Ryder - Photo Courtesy: Aussie Rescue SoCal

Ryder had a good start in life with a caring owner, but things took a quick turn for the worse when his owner died. A family member took Ryder and the other dogs, but proceeded to ignore and neglect them until he himself was evicted and the dog were homeless, in bad shape and under socialized after a couple of years of little human contact.

Luckily, Aussie Rescue SoCal stepped in, as they've done for so many of the area's other Aussies in need. The other dogs found new homes pretty quickly, but shy, starved and matted Ryder needed some R&R, to say nothing of TLC. And food. He got plenty of all those things in the foster home, where he's become a happy dog in search of his own place. more »

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11th Annual DogFest - April 7!

Don't miss DogFest in Duboce Park, San Francisco on Saturday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.! more »

Dog Travel Events

San Francisco

SF SPCA Exhibit At San Francisco Library
March 10, 2018 to April 30, 2018

100 Larkin St., 6th Floor, San Francisco, California 94102
Map & directions


Love Your Pet Expo 2018
March 24, 2018 to March 25, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
1890 Briggs St., Anderson, California 96007
Map & directions

Huntington Beach

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
April 7, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
PCH & Goldenwest, Huntington Beach, California 92646
Map & directions

San Francisco

11th Annual DogFest
April 7, 2018 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Duboce St. & Scott St., San Francisco, California 94114
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Vet Buzz

A Vegan Diet May Give Your Dog’s Health a Boost

by Jan Allegretti, D.Vet.Hom., author of The Complete Holistic Dog Book: Home Health Care for Our Canine Companions

Dakota is a Chow-Lab cross, a big, beautiful bear of a dog. She’s 14 years old now, and she’d been having trouble getting around. When routine lab tests showed signs of early-onset kidney disease, her guardian, Carlyn, was worried. She wondered if changing her friend’s diet would help. We talked about her options, and she decided to eliminate all animal products from Dakota’s meals and start feeding a variety of whole grains, sweet potatoes, squash, tofu, beans, fresh vegetables, fruits—an entirely plant-based diet. more »

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