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.
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.
Due to the extreme fire activity in the East Bay Area region, all East Bay Area Regional Parks are closed until further notice, except some shoreline parks.
The Park District is currently experiencing an unprecedented number of wildfires in parks, including Round Valley Regional Preserve, Morgan Territory Regional Preserve, Del Valle Regional Park, Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve, Ohlone Wilderness Regional Preserve, Mission Peak Regional Preserve, and Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park. more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »