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Whether you are traveling to visit a local dog park or heading to ReddingCalifornia’s Trail Capital, plan your trip on and take along the DogTrekker mobile app to locate over 9,000 things to do with your pup in the Golden State. Following is our latest newsletter ( Subscribe  | Archives ).

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Jones Valley Resort - Photo Credit: @todd_bartlett

Redding: Your Dog-Friendly Outdoor Adventure Headquarters

The Sierra Nevada range ends where the Cascades begin, just south of the city of Redding. The scenery is distinctive here, with 13,162-foot Mount Shasta a snow-capped icon always floating on the horizon. Redding bills itself as California’s Trail Capital, while the surrounding Shasta Cascade region ups the ante when it comes to myriad other dog-friendly outdoor pursuits and off-the-beaten-track destinations.

Dog-friendly Base Camps in and Around Redding

Check-in at Sheraton Redding Hotel - Photo Credit: @nancydbrown
Check-in at Sheraton Redding Hotel - Photo Credit: @nancydbrown

Redding is an easy, 2.5-hour drive up Interstate 5 from Sacramento, and in March and April you’ll absolutely relish the scenery: landscapes are velvety green, orchards are in full pink-and-white bloom and the weather is just a little bit better than perfect. On a clear day, you’ll see Mount Shasta’s snowy cone from more than 100 miles away. Bunk down in town and take a day to explore close by while you get the lay of the land. more »

Paw-Friendly ‘Must See’ Redding Attractions

Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay <br/> Photo Credit: @heartbreaker_fluff
Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay
Photo Credit: @heartbreaker_fluff

Whatever your plans, you’ll want to start with a lingering visit to the Sundial Bridge, a pedestrian span over the Sacramento River designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Its 214-foot, angled iron pylon serves as a gnomon, making it the world’s largest sundial. The bridge is a thing of grace and beauty that’s been pulling cars off the highway since it opened in 2004. Dog-friendly trails hug the river on both sides, and parking is free and plentiful. more »

Shasta Lake: Dog-friendly Houseboating Haven

Shasta Lake - Photo Credit: @coach.jesse
Shasta Lake - Photo Credit: @coach.jesse

Redding isn’t just California’s Trail Capital; nearby Shasta Lake is the state’s Houseboating Capital, as well. In the wake of a wet winter, Shasta will be filled to capacity this summer and houseboating business will be brisk, so if you’ve ever considered a houseboat vacation that includes your dog, now’s the time to make reservations. Several Shasta Lake marinas rent houseboats ranging in size and style from stripped-down models popular with fishermen to ginormous floating palaces like the 65-foot, triple-decker Titan, which features satellite-tracking TV, eight flat-screen monitors, a jetted tube slide and a hot tub big enough for a dozen (no one will tell if your dog hops in, too). Shasta’s 360 miles of jagged shoreline are indented with cover after cove where houseboaters can anchor out in solitude or bob in the company of others. more »

Off the Beaten Track in Shasta Cascade

Shasta-Trinity National Forest - Photo Credit: @petunia_louise
Shasta-Trinity National Forest - Photo Credit: @petunia_louise

The farther north, east or west you go from Redding, the sparser the population and the wilder the country. With seven national forests, three mountain ranges, a national park, a national monument, two national wilderness areas, 15 state parks and countless lakes, the eight-county Shasta Cascade region serves up freedom and adventure for you and your dog at every turn. Dog-friendly hotels and resorts dot a region that encompasses Plumas, Lassen, Modoc, Tehama, Siskyou, Trinity, Shasta and Butte counties. A few suggestions for getting acquainted: more »

Win A Sheraton Redding Hotel DogCation®

Win A Sheraton Redding Hotel DogCation®

With mountains all around, miles of hiking and biking trails, waterfalls nearby, and a river running through it, Redding is the outdoor adventure capital of California. more »

Pets Without Partners 2019

Photo: Alvin - Pets Without Partners
Photo: Alvin - Pets Without Partners

Alvin, it appears, is a family dog. He loves people, adult and kid. He gets along with other dogs. He gets along with cats. But country life has been a problem for this little 15-pound terrier mix, because he chases the chickens, chases the ducks, and would probably chase bunnies and rodents if there were any.  So he's now looking for a home where he can share his winning personality with his friends and stay away from critters who lead him into trouble. more »

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Dog Travel Events

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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San Francisco

12th Annual DogFest
April 27, 2019 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Noe St. at Duboce Ave., San Francisco, California 94114
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Vet Buzz

How to Choose Your Next Rescue Dog

Pick me!
By Jeannine Berger DVM, DACVB, DACAW, CAWA, Vice President of Rescue and Welfare, San Francisco SPCA

When rescuing a dog, you can take two different paths. The big question to ask yourself is whether you want “that” dog or “a” dog. Have you already fallen in love with a specific dog, or are you open to possibilities? Depending on your answer, there are different ways to approach the adoption process. more »

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