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.
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 »
Canine Companions® is a national nonprofit organization that provides expertly trained service dogs to adults, children and veterans with disabilities free of charge. Canine Companions hosts family-friendly and dog-friendly DogFest events all over the country, which raise funds and awareness for their important mission.
This year, DogFest Bay Area: Boo! Bark, Brews + Bites is taking place virtually on Halloween, Saturday, October 31! Join us for an afternoon of fun supporting an amazing cause!
Register for FREE at cci.org/DogFestBayArea
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Be a Pup Pro!
Dog rules returned to "normal" in Regional Parks on October 2, 2020, with dogs being allowed off-leash in designated areas once again.
For the safety of all park visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, starting in March the Park District requested that all dogs be kept on-leash to prevent crowding and unsafe interaction between unrelated park visitors. Unleashed dogs tend to group together, making it difficult to maintain social distancing. more »
DogTrekkers know that the combination of sun, sea breeze, beaches and mountains create the magic that appeals to dogs and we humans who follow. To properly kick off the fall travel season, DogTrekker and Visit Santa Cruz are partnering to provide an incredible Santa Cruz County experience for you and your pup!
Enter now to win the October 2020 Santa Cruz DogCation® getaway which includes a 2-night stay at the pet-friendly Hotel Paradox, wine tasting for four at the historic Bargetto Winery, four passes to Roaring Camp Railroads where you can bring your pup on the train, and gift certificates to Pizza My Heart and Pet Pals!
Previous Go California Entry - Mr. Vito at Kings Beach by Michael Keel
All of us at DogTrekker want to thank all of you who submitted great photos of their pups exploring dog-passionate California. We are working like dogs behind the scene to review the photos and come up with a Best-in-Show winner, along with the pic that generated the most votes.
Check back on Paw Press and our social media partners early next week as we will announce both winners. In the meantime, check out the photos that provided us with such inspiration during these difficult times.
Thanks again. more »
Previous Go California entry: Mandy at Shasta, photo by Amy Scott
With dog-friendly travel soaring in popularity, Californians and their four-legged friends are hitting the road several times a year. And, if you’re like us at DogTrekker, you’re always taking pictures of your pups at the destinations you love.
The Go California™ Dog Photo Contest inspires future dog-friendly travel throughout the Golden State. Plus, there will be two $550 winners; one from voting and one chosen as Best in Show by the DogTrekker Team. Contest ends September, 30, 2020.
Enter a photo once a day. Vote for as many photos as you like, once a day. more »
Follow the Rules For a Safe & Fun Time!
It's finally summer (Indian at least) and it's hot, hot, hot! Many DogTrekkers will be heading for the beaches over the next several weeks, both mountain and ocean! For a fun and safe time for pups and the entire family, please be follow the above safety precautions (click to enlarge or download).
Yes, COVID-19 is still here and there are posted restrictions. Yes, surf, sand and sun still pose dangers to everyone. And yes, the beach is a place to have a lot of fun!
Use DogTrekker.com or the DogTrekker mobile app to finds beach websites, park phone numbers and directions. Here are some starting points from our partners:
Wild Blue Dog @ Lake Tahoe
Wild Blue Dogs Fall Camp is definitely happening on the shores of Lake Tahoe, September 7-13. The Wild Blue Dog family, producers of this great fund-raising event, have gone beyond the state, county and regional protocols to provide an ideal way or you and your dog to relieve some stress, have some fun, and safely enjoy yourselves. Check out the updated protocols.
The dog camp will be held on the South Lake Tahoe waterfront, in a fenced, 33-acre campground. Wild Blue dog camps offer a full schedule of fun, training and camaraderie in activities ranging from agility and kayaking to nose work and dog photography. All activities and classes are taught by certified and professional trainers, and hikes are led by experienced trail guides.
The choices are diverse, ranging from hiking to tricks, rally, recall, tracking, water sports, fun & easy training methods and more. For more information, call Victoria Rhodes, Director of Wild Blue Dog Camp, at (775) 790-3446. more »
In an effort to assist our readers with and without pets, we are providing regular updates, plus other resources. Please support these organizations with donations to help them continue to help us.
LNU Lightning Complex (Napa, Sonoma, Lake & Solano):
- CAL FIRE incident page
- Animal Evacuation:
- Sonoma County:
- Sonoma Livestock: (707) 234-7193
- Sonoma CART hotline: (707) 861-0699
- Napa County:
- Napa CART: (707) 732-1555
- If you are requesting assistance evacuating:
Call Napa Dispatch at 707-253-4517
- Napa County Animal Shelter
942 Hartle Ct. Napa 94559 - (707) 253-4382
- Valley Brook Equestrian Center 1132 El Centro Ave. Napa (currently full)
- EQUINE SHELTER: Napa Valley Horseman's Association, 1200 Foster Rd. Napa, Contact: Sheila Edginton Call with ETA 707-732-1555. Bring feed.
- RUMINANT SHELTER:
1200 Foster Rd, Napa. Ag for Youth
Contact: Paul Tarap. Call first w ETA (707) 738-3079. Bring feed.