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Winterizing Your Dog

Dogs in Booties
Doggies in Booties. Photo Credit: Steve Guttman (CC)
Your vehicle isn’t the only thing that needs winterizing before you head up to snow country: your dog needs preventative maintenance, too! Some tips: more »

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Whether you and your best fur friend are winter activity aficionados, or you're thinking about taking your four-legged pal to see snow for the first time, plan your trip on and take along the DogTrekker mobile app to locate thousands of things to do with your pup when you get there. Following is our latest newsletter ( Subscribe  | Archives ).

Yosemite / Photo: Jeremy Bishop

And Snow It Goes With Dogs in Winter

If it’s winter, it’s snow time! You don’t have to be a skier or rider to head “up the hill” for recreation. There are many other ways to enjoy the white stuff with your four-legged companions. Here are a few of our reader favorites.

Sno-Park With your Pup

Photo: Monika1607
Photo: Monika1607

You spend a lot of time and gas money getting to Lake Tahoe, so why spend more time and money circling (or paying) for a place to park? In mid-winter, prime spots at snow-play areas are gone by 9 a.m….unless you’ve had the foresight to purchase a Sno-Park permit. What’s that, you ask? more »

At Tahoe: Plowed Trails for Tails

At Tahoe: Plowed Trails for Tails

Sometimes when in snow country you just want to walk the dog, not make a gear-heavy, ski or snowshoe production of it. At Lake Tahoe, you’re in luck with a network of plowed, multipurpose trails covering many miles around the region. . The Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition has an online map that will help you find a plowed winter path perfect for walking your canine companion. more »

Big Dog-Friendly Opportunities at Big Bear

Photo: Jen Ha / @HelloHoku
Photo: Jen Ha / @HelloHoku

Just as Lake Tahoe is a vacation magnet for NorCal residents, so Big Bear Lake, two hours from LA, is a major draw for South State residents. Sister ski areas Big Bear Mountain Resort and Snow Summit are family-friendly magnets for skiers and riders, but there are many snowy options for DogTrekkers, as well. more »

Yosemite in Winter: Doglicious!

Photo: Jeremy Bishop
Photo: Jeremy Bishop

Forget all those reports you read about hour-long traffic backups to get into Yosemite National Park in summer. In winter, this iconic slice of the American West is an un-crowded paradise for you and your four-legged friend—so long as you adhere to a few guidelines. more »

NorSled 2020

Photos: Canyon bidding farewell to friends at Sage Veterinary Center; Canyon now - NorSled
Photos: Canyon bidding farewell to friends at Sage Veterinary Center; Canyon now - NorSled

These days, a lot of huskies, malamutes and other big furry snow-loving dogs find themselves in shelters, often after finding new and imaginative ways to get in trouble. People fall hard for those cute fuzzy puppies--and are often unprepared for big, high-energy, playful, demanding escape artists. As the Bay Area's go-to rescue for Nordic breeds, NorSled (Northern California Sled Dog Rescue) often gets the call from a shelter desperate to find a haven for a dog who arrives with medical needs the shelter can't handle. more »

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The Pet Expo
March 6, 2020 to March 8, 2020
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
1121 South Chance Ave., Fresno, California 93702
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Santa Clara

Humane Society Silicon Valley's Fur Ball 2020 at Levi's® Stadium
March 28, 2020 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
4900 Marie P DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara, California 95054
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San Francisco

13th Annual DogFest
April 25, 2020 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Noe St. and Duboce Ave., San Francisco, California 94114
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San Diego

San Diego Humane Society Walk for Animals
May 2, 2020 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
2455 Cushing Rd., San Diego, California 92106
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Vet Buzz

Winter Woes and Wags

By Aaron Teixeira, MSc
Shelter Behavior Manager, SF SPCA

With winter now in full effect, cold rain, snow and ice can complicate our dogs’ exercise routines. Regardless of the weather, it is important to remember that our dogs still need daily exercise for physical and mental wellbeing. more »

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