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.

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Point Isabel Reopens with Temporary Leash Restrictions

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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 »

Meet Faraday, a Hospice Story from Lily's Legacy

Meet Faraday, a Hospice Story from Lily

Meet Faraday. Rescued by two good samaritans from years wandering alone in the vineyards of central California, this lost soul with the gentle heart was taken to a local vet for treatment. The news was very sad.

Faraday suffered from Dilated Cardio Myopathy and A-Fib. He was given six months to live. Knowing they couldn't support Faradays needs, his saviors reached out to Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary in Petaluma CA.
 
Lily’s said yes and Faraday moved into a wonderful hospice home where he is being loved and cared for. Eight months later, he’s still enjoying life with his hospice mom, Toni and loving friend, Lena, and his canine buddy, Rusty. more »

San Franciscans Ignore Order - Picnic in Parks Easter Weekend

San Franciscans Ignore Order - Picnic in Parks Easter Weekend


April 13, 2020

From Newsweek: "People around the city of San Francisco ignored stay-at-home measures in the state of California during Easter Weekend. Groups could be seen enjoying the sunshine in Washington Square, Golden Gate Park and Dolores Park—picnicking, strolling, dancing, and relaxing on the grass.

San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin was disheartened by the lack of regard for the stay-at-home measures in Washington Square this weekend. "The people of San Francisco have been unbelievable, but we should not rest on our laurels," he told KPIX 5."

We at DogTrekker know it is not easy, but all of us need to continue these practices: observing a minimum social distancing of at least six feet when we do go out, not using parks as a place for social gatherings, and keeping dogs on leash as off-leash dogs can result in closer interaction between people.

DogTrekker continues to keep the up-to-date status of all major park and open space districts in California, including San Francisco Recreation & Parks. Scroll down or click here for the latest updates.
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Coronavirus Update April 1: Walking Dogs in California

Kayla & Lola #SocialDistancing @ Lake Lagunitas, Marin Co.
Kayla & Lola #SocialDistancing @ Lake Lagunitas, Marin Co.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered everyone in California to stay home; with the exception of essential workers, to pick up groceries and prescriptions, and health care visits for you or your pet. Also exempted from that order is getting out into the fresh air with your entire family, including your pups.

We all know how much dogs help us humans with stress in our daily lives. Walking or hiking with your dog at least once per day is not only good for you and your canine's mental health, it is very important for everyone's physical health. Officials of park and open space districts around the state understand this and are doing everything they can to keep as many trails open as possible (up to date list below). more »

Coronavirus Update: California & Dogs


Coronel at an empty Crissy Field

The executive order issued last week by California Gov. Gavin Newsom called for the state's nearly 40 million residents to stay home, with exceptions for essential service businesses and employees. The order did allow residents to exercise, including with their dogs, as long as they practiced social distancing by observing a 6-foot space buffer from others. You can also go to the vet or pet hospital if your pet is sick.

This last weekend saw so many crowded beaches, hiking trails and parks across California that officials statewide have shutting many down. While DogTrekker continues to keep an up-to-date look at what is open and and what is not near you, we also urge you to do all you can to keep yourself, your family, your pets, and community healthy and safe. We are all in this together and we will all get through this together. more »

Coronavirus Update: It's OK To Walk or Hike With Your Dog!

CDC Coronavirus Image
CDC Coronavirus Image

Amid the growing concern over the coronavirus COVID-10, DogTrekker.com’s top priority is to promote the health and safety of its two million plus readers and their furry family friends. The recent order to shelter in place by public health officials in San Francisco, Berkeley and six other Bay Area counties, and other restrictions statewide, will certainly be disruptive to everyday life, but crucial in controlling the spread of the virus. Here is an up-to-date list of park district policies during this time. more »

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