Paw Press Blog

Paw Press Blog

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.

As always, let us know what you think about our coverage and let us know how DogTrekker can help make life more rewarding for you and your pups. 
 
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You, Your Dog and Yosemite: Pet-friendly Tenaya Lodge

Tenaya Lodge at Dawn
Tenaya Lodge at Dawn

You love your dog. That’s a sure thing. But anyone who has traveled with their canine companion knows that some accommodations are more dog-friendly than others.

If you enjoy adventuring with your dog and have always wanted to experience Yosemite National Park, then Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is for you. more »

Russian River Adventures is Open!

Woofing Down the River
Woofing Down the River

COVID-19 Update: Yes! Russian River Adventures is open for their 20th season and inviting back adventurers on their all-day excursions. Changes have been made this year to keep guests and staff safe. Check out the message from owner, Larry Laba, on the home page of Russian River Adventures.com for updates. more »

Yosemite & Mariposa County Now Open!

Serenity in Yosemite - courtesy of Annie Nagel
Serenity in Yosemite - courtesy of Annie Nagel

We all know that Yosemite National Park is a great destination for you and your dog to visit, but an even better destination is Mariposa County, the home to Yosemite National Park.
 
The current travel climate makes getting into and planning your trip to Yosemite a bit more challenging. New restrictions make having a day-use pass or over-night stay in Yosemite a must for you and your dog. But have no fear, Mariposa County is a great and safe way to get you and your pup into the mountains for a weekend escape. To help you plan, we’ve provided four great dog-friendly activities to help make your weekend trip a blast. more »

Maya Visits Nick's Cove 2020

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DogTrekker's Maya at Ruthie's Cabin, Nick's Cove

In Maya’s first trip since early March to the coast, she and her uprights stayed at Nick’s Cove in Marshall, Marin County, on beautiful Tomales Bay.

The Nick’s team has been trained in visitor protection while maintaining the guest experience they have always offered humans and pets. Everything was touchless from check-in to ordering to check-out. Staff, guests and visitors all wore face coverings during our recent stay.
 
While the Nick’s Cove Restaurant is closed inside, the outside dining area along the pier is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, having a cocktail as the sun goes down or watching the kids and dogs frolic in the bay. more »

California Travel Updates

California Welcome Centers Remain Closed
California Welcome Centers Remain Closed

Travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic have loosened, and many tourism assets in California are opening. Here is the latest updates from Visit California.

Safety measures — physical distancing and enhanced sanitation practices — remain a priority for responsible travel that respects California communities and fellow travelers. Most hotels, campgrounds, RV parks, restaurants, wineries, museums, family entertainment centers, retail operations, beaches and national parks, including Yosemite National Park, are open or in the process of reopening, with restrictions.

Theme parks remain closed, and large spectator events and conventions are forbidden. Restrictions also remain in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Visitors should call ahead to their intended destination to learn about local restrictions. To find local guidance, here is a collection of California’s local and regional tourism offices. more »

Point Isabel Reopens with Temporary Leash Restrictions

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CLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER SIZE. PLEASE SHARE!

Great news for dog parents! The East Bay Regional Park District reopened Point Isabel Regional Shoreline today, June 1, 2020, with special restrictions to keep dogs on leash. The popular Point Isabel was closed out of an abundance of caution to limit crowding and maintain social distancing.

The temporary district wide restriction to keep dogs on leash because of COVID-19 and social distancing requirements are now in effect. “We know this park has traditionally allowed off leash dogs who run and play along the shoreline,” said Park District General Manager Robert Doyle. 

“We understand people need parks for health, wellness, and stress relief, now more than ever,” said Doyle. “We are doing everything we can to keep parks open for the public during the COVID-19 crisis and need the public’s help.” more »

Week of May 25: California is Reopening

Kayla at Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
Kayla at Dog Beach, Huntington Beach

Happy Memorial Day, and how memorial it has been planning holiday StayCations, PlayCations and DogCations!

While Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that houses of worship, retail, outdoor restaurants, childcare, shopping malls, pet groomers and other non-essential businesses can open throughout the state (depending upon local county guidelines), open travel across county lines is still not recommended.

In keeping with our pledge to bring you the most up-to-date status of all California counties during these times, we have the following links for you to use:

While we are all waiting for California travel to reopen, DogTrekker will be here for you. Thanks for everyone's patience and support of your fellow Californians, especially our first responders. Here are some stories for you to begin thinking about "where-to" once things open up:  more »

California Beach Status Update – Week of May 18, 2020

Photo thanks to: #thedoodlemafia
Photo thanks to: #thedoodlemafia

As summer approaches, so does beach season. However, this year looks strangely different due to Covid-19. Many of the 1,500 beaches in 15 coastal counties have temporary beach and parking lot closures. While some beaches are open in every county, no counties have all beaches fully open and operating. Check out the updated list by county.

The California Coastal Commission, which oversees the coastal zone, is allowing county and local officials to provide guidance as to restrictions, with the goal of “limiting exposure through social distancing, wearing masks and gloves as needed and not participating in group activities.”

The commission goes on to say that “at the same time, as recreational beach and coastal access play important roles in maintaining mental and emotional health, public agencies and local governments should strongly consider maintaining access to such public spaces where rules are followed and there is no obvious increased risk to public health.”

Stay healthy!

Check out the latest county by county list of beach restrictions as of week of May 18, 2020.

Check out DogTrekker.com’s California Coastal Beaches guide and stories. more »

#GivingTuesdayNow and Supporting Rescues During the Pandemic

#GivingTuesdayNow and Supporting Rescues During the Pandemic

Each year, #GivingTuesday is recognized on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It’s a day where people and communities come together to do some extra good during the season of giving.
 
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, people are looking for more and more ways to help their communities where help is most needed. Since the spirit of #GivingTuesday simply can’t come soon enough, the #GivingTueadayNow campaign has been launched! more »

Combat Your Dog’s Quarantine Boredom Blues

Combat Your Dog’s Quarantine Boredom Blues

As we evolve into a new way of living, many dog owners are faced with finding ways to keep their four-legged friend(s) happy. Unable to run off-leash at beaches or dog parks due to ever evolving policies, or meet up with friends on walks, times are ruff for our furry friends who require social interaction. more »

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