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Leash-Cutting Ceremony for the Centennial Dog Park in Vacaville!

Get your tails to Centennial Park in Vacaville to attend its dog park leash-cutting ceremony! The ceremony is on June 29 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. There will be two parks: one for smaller dogs, and one for bigger dogs.

Be one of the first 50 park-goers and take home a free gift for showing up. And make sure to use the hashtag #dogsofvacaville on your socials - you might be featured in Visit Vacaville’s galleries! more »

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Whether you are traveling to visit a local dog park or looking for places to splash around with your dog in California, 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 ).

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Water Dogs Unite! It’s Splash Time in California

June 21 marks the summer solstice and the official start of a season that finds DogTrekkers out and about all over the state. After a wet winter, our lakes and rivers are full to the brim and people and dogs are itching to get wet and soak up some rays. So why wait? Jump in from the shore or a boat and enjoy a refreshing splash in the great outdoors.

Get Your Float on in Sonoma Wine Country!

Float Along - Photo Credit: @whitneymock
Float Along - Photo Credit: @whitneymock

Nine miles. Four-plus hours of water time. Countless tail wags, big smiles. A float/paddle on a secluded section of the Russian River is a DogTrekker must-do for visitors to Sonoma County. With your water-loving dog on board in a custom-made SOAR inflatable canoe from Russian River Adventures, you’ll explore a secluded section of the waterway downstream from Healdsburg and linger at swimming holes and beaches, picnicking, playing fetch and wishing the adventure would never end. If DogTrekkers act fast, the usual $10 dog fee will be waved mid-week through the end of June (use code DOG10TREK19 when booking reservations). more »

Clear the Decks: It’s Splash Time in Lake County!

Clear the Decks: It’s Splash Time in Lake County!

Lake County is named for that big puddle of blue on the map, and there’s lots to wag tails about on its shores. But Clear Lake is hardly the only body of water in the vicinity. Blue Lakes (Upper and Lower), just five miles away, are a pair of clear, spring-fed bodies of water ideal for swimming and fishing. Only human-powered craft and electric motors are allowed (speed limit is 5 mph), but you can rent an electric “yacht” or pontoon boat from the Lodge at Blue Lakes and pile the kids and dogs on board for a great day of cruising about. more »

River Cruisin’ With Your Canine

Catch a canoe! - Photo Credit: @wilson_in_the_city
Catch a canoe! - Photo Credit: @wilson_in_the_city

Many say that coastal Mendocino County is not so much a place as a state of mind. And for DogTrekkers, full immersion wouldn’t be complete without a dog-friendly paddle excursion along the serene Big River estuary. Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too, which shares ground with the extremely dog-friendly Stanford Inn by the Sea, has been putting paddlers on the 8.3-mile estuary since 1972. A decade or so ago, it introduced Canine Cruisers to its fleet of handmade redwood outrigger canoes. The dog-friendly craft feature a raised, padded deck centered in the middle of the canoe between paddler positions in bow and stern. more »

Get Your Tail(s) to Mendocino County’s Little River Inn

Photo Credit: Little River Inn
Photo Credit: Little River Inn

What’s not to like about the gorgeous Mendocino coast? Absolutely nothing, of course! And with a River Dog package at the Little River Inn Resort & Spa, perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific, you’ll enjoy a two-night stay in a pet-friendly guest room, a three-hour river excursion in an ultra-stable outrigger canoe, a goodie bag with dog treats and info on where to hike and boat with dogs—plus a $100 dinner voucher good for dining in the hotel’s dog-friendly parlor (if the pinenut-crusted salmon is on the menu, give it a go), in-room or in the dining room (dogs have to wait outside). more »

Vet Buzz: Dangers on the Trail

Let's go! - Photo Credit: Pezibear

By Dr. Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital

Summer hiking is here, and you want to take Fido out to romp in the hills! Here are a few things to keep in mind to continue your fun in the sun. more »

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Dog Travel Events

San Francisco

Bitchin' - An Art Show for Humans and Dogs
May 9, 2019 to July 11, 2019

3245 16th Street, San Francisco, California 94103
Map & directions


Centennial Dog Park Leash Cutting and Doggie Meet & Greet
June 29, 2019 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
501 Browns Valley Pkwy., Vacaville, California 95688
Map & directions

San Jose

ShepHeroes in San Jose
June 29, 2019 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
607 Coleman Ave., San Jose, California 95110
Map & directions

Paws for a Cause
July 27, 2019

Map & directions

Vet Buzz

Vet Buzz: Fireworks Anxiety

By Dr. Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital

Humans love the beauty of a good fireworks show. I am not sure if your dog loves the beauty of a good fireworks display, but I know he does NOT appreciate the noise. more »

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