Welcome to Paw Press, DogTrekker.com’s update on what’s happening in the dog world. We cover doggie events that we attend; provide updates on where we've been; inform you of new, dog-passionate lodging packages; and keep current with dog advocates' on-going battles to maintain and grow access to dog-friendly areas. Occasionally, we also throw in a few howls and barks from the editors and managing partners of DogTrekker.
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Not many of us think of heading north to Redding and the eight-county Shasta Cascade region in winter; it’s known to be a spring-summer-fall destination for the most part. But now, as the COVID crisis continues, is a great time for you and your dog to enjoy gorgeous landscapes in uncrowded conditions. Snow? Every once in awhile in the city, but white stuff can be found in every direction but south (and south is for the birds, anyway)! more »
Major on the White House lawn in January 2021
Three year old Major is the White House's first shelter dog! He is a rags-to-riches story that showcases the potential of shelter dogs when they're given a chance through adoption. Major joins Champ, a 12-year-old German Shepherd, making it the first time since the administration of John Kennedy that both first dogs were German Shepherds.
The Bidens first fostered Major, who was at the Delaware Humane Association, in late 2018, and it was love at first tug. Three days before the inauguration of President Joe Biden, the DHA held an "indoguration" for Major. More than 7,400 people attended via Zoom and it featured a performance by Josh Groban. The event raised $200,000 in donations for the association. more »
Bailey at Wild Blue Dog Camp
We all agree 2020 was a very tough year for travel, but there were a few bright spots. After working with many local health and other park jurisdictions in the South Lake Tahoe area, Wild Blue Dogs was given the go-ahead for their Fall 2020 camp. Actually, the camp turned out to be the only operational Dog Camp in the USA. Utilizing the most advanced cleaning techniques and social distancing protocols, the camp did not have a single reported illness.
Cooper at Manhattan Beach (aka Blufftop Beach), Half Moon Bay
From the editors: We thank John Poimiroo for this special tribute to Cooper, a passionate and loyal DogTrekker! Check out his adventures... more »
Happy New Year 2021
Whew, 2020 is over and as we look to jump ahead to 2021, there are some silver linings from 2020 that we can remember and treasure. If you are like most of us, you were able to spend more time with your dogs than ever before. And the great thing was that whether we were sheltering in place or carefully venturing out, the great outdoors was for the most part not off limits.
The DogTrekker team worked like dogs over the past nine months to bring you color-coded updates, park-by-park openings and restrictions, and close-by hikes and beaches where you and your best buddies could walk, run and splash. Our rescue/adoption team also provided suggestions of worthwhile shelters and other animal welfare organizations that you could support throughout our great state.
All of us at DogTrekker wish you and yours, two and four-legged, the very best in the new year. We will be here to lead the way to new and exciting on the road and on the path experiences for you and your pups as California begins to carefully reopen. Happy New Year! more »
Coronavirus Travel Update from Visit California:
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, California has imposed a regional stay-at-home order and banned non-essential travel statewide. The stay-at-home order is now in effect in the San Francisco Bay Area, and other regions. Governor Gavin Newsom said he was “pulling the emergency brake” with this announcement, which will restrict business activity in affected areas. You can find more details here.
For more guidance, here is a collection of California’s local and regional tourism offices. Visit California also asks that everyone embrace the California Responsible Travel Code.
The Governor did encourage getting outside to walk their dogs, exercise, go sledding or walk on the beach for both mental and physical health. Here is a roundup of stories about California hikes close by to do just that. more »
The City of Benicia has long been a DogTrekker favorite for daytrips and the occasional overnight stay. This hidden gem of the San Francisco Bay Area, Benicia has it all: a quaint, historic downtown, wonderful "retail therapy" shopping and lots of dog-friendly fun.
The City has now launched Shop Benicia, an eGift Card program designed to reward people for supporting small local retailers in Benicia while providing the public with a safe and convenient holiday shopping experience. The gift cards can be redeemed at any participating business in the city.
Cards can be purchased online, used personally or sent to loved ones as gifts via email or text messages. In addition, the City has donated $10,000 of free bonus gift cards for gift cards purchased from Shop Benicia. Purchased cards never expire, City bonus cards expire February 28, 2021. more »
Napa Humane, where compassion lives
The CanDo Give!Guide is Here!
The goal of Napa Valley CanDo's Give!Guide is simple: to support a culture of year-end giving, and to raise awareness of the exceptional work 57 local nonprofits are doing for the Napa Valley community. Our friends at Napa Humane are grateful to be among this amazing group!
Just like the rest of us, the Give!Guide has made a few changes to how they're operating this year with a shortened campaign. From December 1 through midnight, December 31, Napa Humane will gladly accept your donations, from $10 on up. Donate here!
Get in mutts. We are going shopping.
Muttville is a 2020 Target Circle partner!
Target Circle is Target's loyalty program, and this year, they've chosen Muttville as one of the designated San Francisco charity beneficiaries! As a Target Circle member, you earn votes when you shop. Then you can cast them for your choice of charity. The voting cycle ends December 31, when the money is distributed among charities.
To participate, you sign up and make sure to designate your preferred store location as one of the San Francisco locations in order to vote for Muttville. As you shop throughout the holiday season, you'll keep earning votes, which you cast by going back to Target.com/circle. more »
Aspen visiting Glacier Point at Yosemite. Photo: Lauren Burtz
Autumn is in full swing in Mariposa County
, home of Yosemite National Park. The great news for DogTrekkers is that the park is open and the vehicle reservations required during the pandemic are no longer needed as of Nov. 1.
Crispy fall weather, light crowds and enhanced cleaning and safety standards are in effect throughout the county, making this a great time to take the family (including the four-legged members) on vacation. Check out our top lodging options and the specials they are now offering. more »