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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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Holiday gifts that give all year long

The holidays are here and DogTrekker has a couple of cookbooks from our dog-passionate coastal lodging partners that are sure to give back for years to come.
 

ravens cookbook cover

From Mendocino County, Dining at The Ravens: Over 150 Nourishing Vegan Recipes. According to Vegan Magazine: “Albert Einstein once stated, ‘Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution of a vegetarian diet' and at Mendocino's Stanford Inn by the Sea, an eco-friendly lodge, they are committed to turning Einstein’s theory into a reality.”

Joan and Jeff Stanford, Stanford Inn founders and innkeepers, bring the Ravens culinary experience into your kitchen with the charming history of the Inn and restaurant, cooking tips for perfect recipe execution, and inspiration for creating your own garden.
 

Table with a view book cover
 
Next up, alongside beautiful Tomales Bay in western Marin County, Table With A View: the History & Recipes of Nick's Cove. Ryan Scott, chef, author and TV personality says "It is not often that a restaurant and its food are each complete experiences, but at Nick's Cove, the establishment and it's cuisine stand alone and coexist in total perfection."

Dena Grunt, Nick's Cove's proprietor and author of Table With A View, features not only the recipes from the award-winning restaurant, but includes the rich history of Nick's Cove through stories and beautiful photographs. more »

Happy Thanksgiving 2021!

Happy Thanksgiving from DogTrekker!
Happy Thanksgiving from DogTrekker!

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude. This year, our dog and human families here at DogTrekker are thankful to have such a supportive, thoughtful, and responsive group of pup parents engaged with our California dog-travel stories and insight.

We’re also thankful for the selfless support that DogTrekkers show dogs in the shelters we promote, either by providing new forever homes or by donating much-needed funds. Thank you for your generosity and have a wonderful holiday season.

By the way, scroll down to check out the fall/winter lodging specials from our Mendocino County partners! more »

Fall is prime wine time

Wine time with the pup
Wine time with the pup

Visiting dog-friendly California wineries is a favorite DogTrekker activity. Even during the second year of the pandemic, summer saw crowded tasting rooms, packed patios and sold-out tours and special events.

Find tips and insights on dog-friendly wine areas ripe for visiting:

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Saving Senior Dogs Week 2021

Help Us Fund Saving Senior Dogs!
Help Us Fund Saving Senior Dogs!

At DogTrekker, we’re guided by one simple mission: Leave no dog behind. By supporting California animal welfare organizations – including Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary in Petaluma, which finds homes for large-breed senior dogs, and San Francisco’s Muttville, serving senior and special needs dogs – we’re building a better world for all four-legged friends.
 
That’s why we’re thrilled to launch a new DogTrekker Challenge benefitting Saving Senior Dogs Week. This dog-gone good campaign raises awareness and funds for senior dog rescues nationwide, including seven groups here in California. DogTrekker will donate $1,000 during this year’s Saving Senior Dogs Week, October 25-31. Please join us and help organizers reach their $50,000 goal! DONATE NOW! more »

Concord Taco Trail Challenge - FINAL WEEK!

Concord Taco Trail Challenge - FINAL WEEK!


The Concord Taco Trail is a directory of nearly 40 authentic, locally owned restaurants and taquerias, and it’s all you need to explore some the city’s best hidden culinary gems. Most of the taquerias and restaurants offer cuisine made from authentic family recipes specific to different regions in Mexico.

The taco fan with the most check-ins at the end of the promotion will be crowned the new Taco Trail Champion and awarded the official Taco Trophy. more »

Fall into Mendocino County

Dakota at Mendocino Grove. Photo by Jennifer Brierley.
Dakota at Mendocino Grove. Photo by Jennifer Brierley.

California travelers know fall is the ripe time to pack the hiking boots for an adventure in Northern California’s Mendocino County. As the barometer slides, the fog pulls away, corks pop and nature hits its seasonal migration stride. 

Here is the best of dog-friendly Mendocino County in the fall:

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Headed for Yosemite? You lucky dog!

Image courtesy of Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Image courtesy of Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

In Yosemite, you’ll embark on a getaway you and your little buddy will never forget. Together, you can explore the wonders of the Sierra region at a full-service resort that offers 75 acres of outdoor recreation and accommodations. From Four Diamond lodge rooms to two-bedroom Explorer Cabins, this is a dream resort destination in one of the prettiest wilderness settings anywhere. more »

Wild Blue Dog Camp Rescheduled to October 18-24-21!

Fall Camp Rescheduled
Fall Camp Rescheduled

After the terrifying events of the Caldor Fire, Lake Tahoe is back, ready for fun and needs our support! Thanks to the efforts of devoted fire crews, the town and vicinity were untouched. By mid-October enough time will have passed for the air to be clean & clear and Lake Tahoe will be at its most beautiful with sunny days, crisp evenings and autumn foliage bursting with color.

And along with the community coming back, so is the 2021 Wild Blue Fall Camp!

The organizers of the camp will have the full agenda at the 4H with all of their favorite activities, instructors and a schedule full of fun. Please join us for these new dates for a 4 paws up adventure!

Both venues will remain the same-4H and Tahoe Beach Retreat & Lodge. For more information on how you can get away this fall and experience this great event, call Blue Dogs Camp founder, Victoria Rhodes at (775) 790-3446, or email to victoria@wildbluedogs.orgmore »

Borrow a Buddy at the Beachcomber Properties, Fort Bragg

Photo credit: Mendocino Coast Humane Society
Photo credit: Mendocino Coast Humane Society

The "Borrow a Buddy" program is a great partnership between the Beachcomber Motel, Surf & Sand Lodge and the Beach House Inn, all in Fort Bragg, and the Mendocino Coast Humane Society. If guests don't have a dog, or can't travel with their own, this program encourages them to spread the love to our local pound puppies. 

The “Borrow a Buddy” program enables guests of these dog-passsionate Fort Bragg lodging properties to borrow an adoptable dog and take him/her on a fun local outing, away from the adoption center here in Fort Bragg. Give a deserving pup some love and exercise by taking them to a dog-friendly winery, restaurant, state park, or beach! more »

Mass Evacuation of South Lake Tahoe - Wild Blue Dog Camp Canceled

Fall Camp Canceled!
Fall Camp Canceled!

The Caldor Fire has crossed two major highways and swept down into the Lake Tahoe Basin. The fire forced a mandatory evacuation of South Lake Tahoe on Monday and the normally busy mountain destination is basically shut down.

Our friends at the upcoming Wild Blue Dog Camp have announced that the week-long event has been canceled. Originally scheduled for September 6-12, it is unknown at this time if the event will be rescheduled later in the fall or simply not held this year.

All proceeds from Wild Blue Dog Camp go directly to cancer research and treating canine cancer. If you would like to find out more or donate to this great organization, please click here.

We wish all of our two and four-legged friends and family who continue to be impacted by these devastating fires up and down the state our very best. Stay safe! more »

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