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Whiskeytown Falls with dog

Waterfalls and Wildflowers With Your Dog

With record precipitation wetting our world of late, it’s no wonder Northern California waterfalls are gushing. A heavy snow pack means the torrents will roar into summer, but, that said, there’s no time like the present for putting paws to the waterfall path. A bonus for March and April: wildflowers bursting into bloom almost everywhere you look. Pose your dog in a patch of poppies and capture a memorable image from your spring fling.

Redding: Waterfall Capital of California

Nala at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Photo Credit: @larryvaupel
Nala at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Photo Credit: @larryvaupel

Redding, the last major city on Interstate 5 as you near Mt. Shasta, is the undisputed Trail Capital of California, with over 225 miles of trails within 15 miles of its city center. Redding and the Shasta Cascade Region are also the Waterfall Capital as well. There’s no better time to experience the Shasta Cascade range around Redding than spring, when waterfalls tumble into the streams feeding sapphire-blue Whiskeytown Lake and McCloud Reservoir.

Four major waterfalls in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area are accessible via paths that the whole family, including your four-legged companion of course, can enjoy. Take the “waterfall challenge” to experience them all, including the 220-foot-tall Whiskeytown Falls, hidden for more than 40 years. If time is short, try the hike to Boulder Creek Falls, tucked into a dark, fern-filled box canyon or Crystal Creek Falls, which is ADA accessible. more »

Cataract Falls: A California Classic

Yuki at Cataract Falls. Photo Credit: @itazurayukithecorgi
Yuki at Cataract Falls. Photo Credit: @itazurayukithecorgi

Despite its strenuous nature, the 2.5-mile round trip to Cataract Falls on the north slope of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County is definitely not the road less traveled. It's very popular on weekends, when every other hiker seems to be accompanied by a canine companion. The series of nine cascades along Cataract Creek will entertain your ears as well as your eyes as you follow the twisting streambed through a wooded ravine. more »

Liquid Treasure in Gold Country

Bonny at Hidden Falls Regional Park. Photo Credit: @bonnybarks
Bonny at Hidden Falls Regional Park. Photo Credit: @bonnybarks

You’ll hear the furious, highway-like roar long before you catch sight of Hidden Falls, a wide wall of water that explodes into a 50-foot ravine at the center of Hidden Falls Regional Park, a 1,200-acre preserve with 30 miles of trails in Placer County Gold Country. more »

Woof It Up At Little Yosemite

Murphy at Sunol Regional Wilderness. Photo Credit: @murphythecollie
Murphy at Sunol Regional Wilderness. Photo Credit: @murphythecollie

Wildflowers and waterfalls are the star spring attractions in Little Yosemite, a scenic gorge on Alameda Creek in Sunol Regional Wilderness. On a 3-mile round trip along the Canyon View Trail, you’ll traverse open meadows studded with wildflowers, walk through woods and encounter dramatic serpentine and basalt outcrops along the crashing creek. more »

Wet ‘N’ Wild in SoCal

Riley at Escondido Canyon and Falls. Photo Credit: @ourdogriley
Riley at Escondido Canyon and Falls. Photo Credit: @ourdogriley

Southern California didn’t get as drenched as the north state during the winter’s deluge, but its mountain waterfalls are running fast and furious nonetheless. Pack mud boots for you and towels for Sunny as you explore this standout pair of cascades. more »

Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue 2017

Photo: Rex - Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue
Photo: Rex - Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue

Meet the lovely Rex, the perfect companion for your DogTreks and family outings. He's a big, happy guy, who gets along great with people, dogs…and cats too! He's your guy for fetch, hikes, beach trips, and beyond. When it's time to chill at home, his house manners are excellent, and he sleeps all night in his crate.

This three-year-old German shepherd dog is currently enjoying the hospitality of a foster home in Lake County, thanks to Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue, but he's looking for his own family. more »

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SF SPCA Veterinary Hospitals are the Bestest!

If you are a dog lover and you reside in the Bay Area then you are probably aware that San Francisco SPCA runs one of the best animal shelters in the Bay Area, where they save thousands of animal lives every year.

However, did you know that SF SPCA has the second largest animal care facility in North America: SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital - Mission Campus. more »

Dog Travel Events

San Luis Obispo

9th Annual Wine 4 Paws
April 8, 2017 to April 9, 2017

875 Oklahoma Ave., San Luis Obispo, California 93405
Map & directions

Huntington Beach

2017 Corgi Beach Day - Huntington Beach
April 8, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
100 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach, California 92605
Map & directions

San Francisco

DogFest 2017
April 22, 2017 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Noe St. at Duboce Ave., San Francisco, California 94117
Map & directions

Sonoma

Tailwags and Handbags
April 28, 2017 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
18000 Old Winery Rd., Sonoma, California 95476
Map & directions

Vet Buzz

Tick-Borne Disease

India in the spring flowers.
Photo Credit: Kate Merriman (CC)
By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland.

As rain and floods sweep across the state it seems appropriate to discuss tick-borne diseases. Ticks thrive in moist, humid, lush environments, particularly following periods of rainfall. In winter and spring especially, dogs are at greater risk of becoming exposed to ticks during walks, hikes or even in their own backyards. With certain ticks come certain diseases to which dogs (and people) are vulnerable. more »

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