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Mutual Rescue by Carol Novello
If you’re looking for a great read, order Mutual Rescue: How Adopting A Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too by Carol Novello. The first book about the transformational impact that adopting homeless animals has on us, it’s packed with stories about pets and people healing each other and the science behind the bond. It will touch you, inform you and confirm what every pet owner knows: they rescue us as much as we rescue them. more »

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Doris at the SPECTER art installation
Doris at the SPECTER art installation
Photo Credit:@dorismcgedge

Dogs Make the Scene in Greater Palm Springs

City of Trees? River City? America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital? Sacramento has many nicknames, but in essence, it’s an outdoor town year-round, and so long as the sun is shining, which it does more than 250 days a year, many restaurants have their dog-friendly patio tables in service, too. Winter and spring are great times for long walks along the rivers that cut through town, for wandering the lively Midtown dining and entertainment district, toasting the day at any of more than 40 craft breweries or sharing a leisurely meal at a patio table. So leash, up, come to Sac and see what California’s capital city has to offer.

Snoozing and Specials

Parker Palm Springs - Photo Credit: @mimi___cry
Parker Palm Springs - Photo Credit: @mimi___cry

In Greater Palm Springs, you’ll find plenty of options to accommodate your four-legged friend. At many hotels, expect to see your pooch pampered with a plethora of fantastic perks—from snuggly dog beds and signature pet menus to in-room massage and tantalizing munchies. And with the exception of the new Hotel Paseo, the historic properties below have been beautifully restored. You and Fido may never want to leave. more »

Share a Bite

The Grill on Main - Photo Credit: @lupi_sayer
The Grill on Main - Photo Credit: @lupi_sayer

Perfect weather for eating al fresco makes Greater Palm Springs an ideal locale to dine with your dog. In fact, countless eateries cater to pups with water bowls, treats, and plenty of social interaction—from casual cafés to fine dining under the stars. When happy hour rolls around, you’re likely to find a dog-friendly bar patio hosting yappy hour too. We’ve tracked down five top hotspots for hounds and humans alike. more »

Hit the Trail

Archie on the Araby Trail - Photo Credit: @betsy_cooper
Archie on the Araby Trail - Photo Credit: @betsy_cooper

When you and Duke want a dose of adventure, head out on one of the dog-friendly trails in Greater Palm Springs. From no-sweat nature hikes to exhilarating uphill climbs, there’s plenty to explore in this eye-catching oasis with its vast network of trails weaving through canyons, foothills, and mountains. Here are five hiking trails that will have you both bounding with enthusiasm during your odyssey outdoors. more »

Something to Bark About

Photo Credit: @mee.uhh
Photo Credit: @mee.uhh

The Greater Palm Springs crowd takes its love of dogs seriously. Beyond the pet-friendly resorts and restaurants throughout the destination, pups enter photo contests and rule the runway at Fashion Week El Paseo, Animal Samaritans has their back, they ride the BUZZ, and enjoy doggy pampering, playtime, and parties at Venus de Fido. more »

Love GPS? There’s an app for that!

Love GPS? There’s an app for that!

If your vision of a California desert vacation includes blue sky, purple mountains, nodding palm trees and lots of dog-friendly things to do and places to see, there is no place better than Greater Palm Springs! And whether you are planning your trip or have paws on the ground, the free DogTrekker mobile app is a great resource to explore the region.

With the app’s “Explore” mode, you can choose from more than 75 dog-friendly places to stay, including hotels, RV parks and campgrounds. And of course, you can go retro in a dog-friendly Airstream trailer. Once you arrive in one of the nine towns that make up the region, switch to the “Nearby” mode to check out more five dozen patios restaurant where both you and your pup are welcome. You can check menus, call the restaurants and get directions, right on the app. more »

Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary

Photo: Karli - Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary
Photo: Karli - Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary

There Karli was, a cute little dog wandering the streets of Sacramento. Picked up as a stray. Unclaimed by anybody.  But then along came Happy Tails Pet Sanctuarymore »

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Dog Travel Events

San Diego

Doggie Gras 5K & Dog Parade
March 3, 2019 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
400 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, California 92101
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Huntington Beach

Spring SoCal Corgi Beach Day
April 6, 2019 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
100 Goldenwest St. F, Huntington Beach, California 92648
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Tailwags & Handbags
April 26, 2019 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
18000 Old Winery Rd., Sonoma, California 95476
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Sacramento SPCA Doggy Dash 2019
April 27, 2019 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
3800 W Land Park Dr., Sacramento, California 95822
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Vet Buzz

What to Do When You Find a Lost Dog

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital.

You wonderful person, you found a lost dog and now you want to find this lost dog's human. If the dog has a collar and a tag, locating the human is usually a no-brainer. But what about when the phone number on the tag is out of order or there is no collar or tag to refer to? Don't worry, there are options. more »

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