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.
All images courtesy of Tenaya Lodge
The English proverb ‘let sleeping dogs lie” might have been the right advice back in the 13th century, but certainly doesn’t apply when your pup wakes up in a beautifully appointed room at Yosemite’s Tenaya Lodge or in the privacy of one of 50 two-bedroom dog-friendly Explorer Cabins, surrounded by wide open spaces. more »
Photo by @lua_doberman at Henry Cowell
DogTrekker.com's recent reader poll ranked hiking as the #1 activity that they wanted to experience at destinations they visit in 2021. In a recent blog, our friends at Visit Santa Cruz, who also get the same requests, put together a list of hikes in the County that will really get those tails wagging. Here are a few of our favs, with links to many more. more »
The DogCation® is the most widely anticipated promotion in the history of DogTrekker. We celebrate spring with a very unique opportunity. The lucky winner, a guest, and of course a dog or two, will have their choice of one of the three Beachcomber properties in dog-friendly Fort Bragg. Properties include the Beach House Inn, Surf and Sand Lodge and the Beachcomber Motel.
Enter here. more »
Taya overlooking Half Dome, courtesy Cynthia Carillo
Spring is on the way and Yosemite and Mariposa County are ready for you. The National Park Service is working to increase access to the park on a phased approach. Reservations are not currently required to drive into Yosemite and some services and facilities are limited.
Spring is the perfect time to visit with your pups as temperatures are on the rise, the snowpack melts, waterfalls rush and wildflowers start to bloom. Yosemite is the most dog-friendly of all National Parks, providing those in easy driving distance with a place to feel elated, inspired and energized. Check out the park with a virtual tour. more »
Yep, they’re open! California’s 19 Sno-Park sites, most in the Tahoe basin but some farther afield on the flanks of the Sierra, are white oases for winter fun. Jointly maintained by CalTrans, the USDA Forest Service and other agencies, they offer plowed parking and trails, some groomed, where you can ski, snowshoe and hike with your dog. Some offer snowmobile trails and sledding hills, as well.
Check the individual area you are interested in by going to the Sno-Parks website and scroll down to find your favorites. more »
The Tackles4Cancer organization is partnering with Lion Ranch Vineyards & Winery on March 6 at 5 p.m. PST for a Virtual Wine Tasting hosted by former NFL Player, Philanthropist and Wine Enthusiast, William Dominic Austin. The Sommelier for the event is the renown Samantha Capaldi.
The event will also include a special performance by Ashley Támar Davis, an American singer who came to prominence through her association with Prince and an exclusive raffle item for a Champ Bailey 2019 Hall of Fame autographed football will be given to one lucky winner. Best of all your pup can attend by your side! more »
Not many of us think of heading north to Redding and the eight-county Shasta Cascade region in winter; it’s known to be a spring-summer-fall destination for the most part. But now, as the COVID crisis continues, is a great time for you and your dog to enjoy gorgeous landscapes in uncrowded conditions. Snow? Every once in awhile in the city, but white stuff can be found in every direction but south (and south is for the birds, anyway)! more »
Major on the White House lawn in January 2021
Three year old Major is the White House's first shelter dog! He is a rags-to-riches story that showcases the potential of shelter dogs when they're given a chance through adoption. Major joins Champ, a 12-year-old German Shepherd, making it the first time since the administration of John Kennedy that both first dogs were German Shepherds.
The Bidens first fostered Major, who was at the Delaware Humane Association, in late 2018, and it was love at first tug. Three days before the inauguration of President Joe Biden, the DHA held an "indoguration" for Major. More than 7,400 people attended via Zoom and it featured a performance by Josh Groban. The event raised $200,000 in donations for the association. more »
Bailey at Wild Blue Dog Camp
We all agree 2020 was a very tough year for travel, but there were a few bright spots. After working with many local health and other park jurisdictions in the South Lake Tahoe area, Wild Blue Dogs was given the go-ahead for their Fall 2020 camp. Actually, the camp turned out to be the only operational Dog Camp in the USA. Utilizing the most advanced cleaning techniques and social distancing protocols, the camp did not have a single reported illness.
Cooper at Manhattan Beach (aka Blufftop Beach), Half Moon Bay
From the editors: We thank John Poimiroo for this special tribute to Cooper, a passionate and loyal DogTrekker! Check out his adventures... more »