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Saving Senior Dogs Week 2021

Help Us Fund Saving Senior Dogs!
Help Us Fund Saving Senior Dogs!
At DogTrekker, we’re guided by one simple mission: Leave no dog behind. By supporting California animal welfare organizations – including Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary in Petaluma, which finds homes for large-breed senior dogs, and San Francisco’s Muttville, serving senior and special needs dogs – we’re building a better world for all four-legged friends.
That’s why we’re thrilled to launch a new DogTrekker Challenge benefitting Saving Senior Dogs Week. This dog-gone good campaign raises awareness and funds for senior dog rescues nationwide, including seven groups here in California. DogTrekker will donate $1,000 during this year’s Saving Senior Dogs Week, October 25-31. Please join us and help organizers reach their $50,000 goal! DONATE NOW! more »

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Fall is prime wine time in California

Visiting dog-friendly California wineries is a favorite DogTrekker activity. Even during the second year of the pandemic, summer saw crowded tasting rooms, packed patios and sold-out tours and special events. With the advent of fall and the busy harvest and crush season winding down, things are calmer and there’s plenty of room for you and your pooch to relax and enjoy. the seasonal migration stride.

Hiding in plain sight: the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail

Santa Clara Valley wine trail
Santa Clara Valley wine trail

The city of Gilroy is part of the historic Santa Clara Valley, one of California’s oldest wine growing regions and home to more than 35 family-owned wineries and tasting rooms, many of them dog-friendly. Even though some of Gilroy’s wineries have been around since the turn of the century, the region is still one of California’s best-kept secrets when it comes to wine tasting! more »

Vacaville for visitors: packed with surprises

Dogs love to stay in Vacaville wine country
Dogs love to stay in Vacaville wine country

Maybe you know Vacaville in Solano County as a place you see exit signs for as you zoom past on Interstate 80. But if you and your four-legged companion have never checked it out, you can’t know what you’re missing! Vacaville is an affordable base camp for DogTrekkers keen on visiting Northern California wine country. And, it's very dog-friendly! more »

Celebrate 10 winery areas in Mendocino County

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Maya chillin' at Navarro Vineyards & Winery. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

Nothing like a change of scenery to cleanse your soul of the pandemic blues (but don’t forget your mask)! If wine tasting is on your agenda, know that Mendocino County is home to 10 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) lumped together under the Mendocino County label. more »

Cruz Your Way to a Wine Heaven

Photo by Santa Cruz County.
Photo by Santa Cruz County.

There are so many wine-tasting choices in Santa Cruz County – more than 70 small-production wineries and tasting rooms in all – that narrowing down a dog-friendly itinerary can be a delightfully difficult exercise. Might as well pick a region, a theme and a “wine trail” to stay on course. There’s the Organic Wine Trail showcasing organic vineyards, for example. more »

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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


Sacramento SPCA Howl-O-Ween Yappy Hour
October 28, 2021 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
826 Professor Ln #100, Sacramento, California 95834
Map & directions

Huntington Beach

Corgi Beach Day
October 30, 2021
Huntington Beach, California
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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