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Whether you are traveling two miles to visit a local dog park or headed to Napa Valley, plan your entire trip on DogTrekker.com and take along the DogTrekker mobile app to locate over 8,000 things to do with your pup in the Golden State.


Mustard season in Napa Valley
Mustard bloom, Napa Valley
Photo Credit: @paraduxxwine

Pawing Around Napa Valley - Winter to Spring

The mustard is in bloom, the air is clear—and now is one of the most beautiful times of year to visit wine country. So leash up your significant other and go now, while winter rates are still in effect, the weather is as perfect as it gets and the crowds have yet to arrive. Come celebrate the Year of the “California” Dog during Cabernet Season!

Lots to See and Do in Downtown Napa

Jack & Humphrey enjoy a sunny day at St. Clair Brown Winery
Jack & Humphrey enjoy a sunny day at St. Clair Brown Winery

Potential visitors to Napa Valley tend to think first of vine-covered hills dotted with wineries, wineries and more wineries. They’re all here, of course. But it would be a shame to bypass the city of Napa itself. A renaissance over the past two decades has transformed what once was the utilitarian center of wine country into a visitor destination packed with pizzazz. Downtown Napa is walkable, dog-friendly and filled with surprises for two- and four-legged visitors alike. more »

Win a Napa Valley DogCation®

Photo Courtesy: Meritage Resort and Spa
Photo Courtesy: Meritage Resort and Spa

With more than 110 dog-friendly wineries and craft breweries, four dozen pet-welcoming restaurants and a dozen and more trails where you can hike with your furry significant other, Napa Valley is a remarkable destination for both two- and four-legged guests. The Meritage Resort and Spa, sponsor of DogTrekker’s February DogCation®, is outstanding in its field when it comes to welcoming visitors with four-legged companions. more »

Paws for a Napa Valley Overnight

Piper at Archer Hotel Napa - Photo Credit: @piperthebabybear
Piper at Archer Hotel Napa - Photo Credit: @piperthebabybear

When it comes to dog-friendly lodging in Napa Valley, there are almost as many choices as there are wineries to visit. Start your search by sorting out your parameters regarding type, location, level of luxury, price, etc., then delve into the dog-friendly listings on DogTrekker.commore »

Like Art? Leash Up and Feast Your Eyes

Jack visits Napa - Photo Credit: @jackthecagolden
Jack visits Napa - Photo Credit: @jackthecagolden

Napa Valley isn’t all about food and wine; it’s also a magnet for artists and art lovers from around the world. Combining a dog walk with a little art appreciation is a great way to spend a day—and get some unique backdrops for your photos while you’re at it. Start with the 2017-2019 Napa Art Walk, called “Shifting Perspectives,” featuring 10 sculptures by artists from four Western states installed in downtown locations. more »

Napa Valley Camping With Your Dog!

Camping in Wine Country - Photo Credit: @cswope18
Camping in Wine Country - Photo Credit: @cswope18

Lodging choices in Napa Valley run from extravagant, five-star resorts to budget motels, but for that certain brand of DogTrekker who prefers to rough it a bit, there’s another alternative: camping. Whether sleeping in a tent, an RV or a rustic shelter, you’ll enjoy the valley from a unique perspective—and have money left over for a splurge. Here are three places to check out. more »

Napa Humane 2018

Kind Kids collection at the public library<br>Photo Courtesy: Napa Humane
Kind Kids collection at the public library
Photo Courtesy: Napa Humane

Our friends at Napa Humane have found themselves extra busy in recent months, as the fires of fall swept across the region last October, causing many critters to go astray in dangerous conditions or lose their homes, temporarily or permanently, as their humans fled the flames and gathered in evacuation centers. Working with other local animal welfare groups, Napa Humane stepped up during and after the fires, shuttling dogs to safety in their vans, providing veterinary assistance at shelters, and assisting fire victims and their animal companions with ongoing needs. more »

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February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month

February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. To celebrate, the San Francisco SPCA is offering FREE spay/neuter for Chihuahuas, pit bulls and shepherd mixes. Why? Because these dogs represent more than half of all dogs entering local animal shelters. more »

Dog Travel Events

San Francisco

SF SPCA Pop-up
February 2, 2018 to February 28, 2018
11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, California 94111
Map & directions

San Francisco

SF SPCA 150th Anniversary Exhibit Opening
March 8, 2018 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
100 Larkin St., 6th Floor, San Francisco, California 94102
Map & directions

San Francisco

SF SPCA Exhibit At San Francisco Library
March 10, 2018 to April 30, 2018

100 Larkin St., 6th Floor, San Francisco, California 94102
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San Rafael

Marin Humane Gala 2018
March 10, 2018 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
333 Biscayne Dr., San Rafael, California 94901
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Vet Buzz

What bones are safe to give your dog

Chomp!
By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital

I admit it, as a veterinary professional, I cringe when people ask me which bones to feed their dogs. I have seen too many cases of diarrhea from dogs chewing on bacteria-laden bones, vomiting from swallowing a chunk of bone, surgery from bones that will not pass through the intestines, and broken teeth from chewing.  I have also had to remove chunks of bone that become lodged in a dog's mouth, and seen bones cause serious choking problems.

The bones that scare me the most are rib bones and marrow bones. more »

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