Maya at Tahoe. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

Dogtrekker would not be what it is today without the efforts of our famous barketing department. Kayla, our first director of barketing™, was our founding dog, the inspiration for this site. Today Maya carries on the work, sniffing out the best spots in California to take your dog, and awarding her paw of approval to her favorite spots.

Luxury Gold Country farm visit

Photo by Dog & Pony Ranch.
DogTrekker showcases many different types of lodging and family experiences, but none quite compares with the farm stay adventure at Dog & Pony Ranch in Amador County. Maya,’s Director of Barketing, loves hiking on the 60-acre ranch, swimming in the dog-friendly pond, getting nose-to-nose with the horses, llamas, mini-donkeys and chickens (extensive fencing keeps dogs safely s  Read more.

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite opens Explorer Cabins

Explorer Cabin firepits. Photo by Tenaya at Yosemite.’s co-founders, Roxanne and Dave Kendrick, and Director of Barketing™ Maya, a yellow Labrador retriever, were on hand June 27 for the ribbon cutting for 50 new dog-friendly Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge just outside Yosemite National Park.  Read more.

Local Tips from the Top (Human) Dog

by Dave Kendrick, Co-founder A reader recently mentioned that as part of our in-depth coverage of destinations around the state, we should provide tips that locals use to have fun with their dogs in their home towns or regions. Since Cannery Row and Monterey County are’s backyard playground, we thought this would be a good time to begin sniffing out how to navi  Read more.

Monterey Bay Labrador Retriever Rescue 2018

Maya, DogTrekker's Director of Barketing™, says: "It's been a busy year for me since last spring, what with all the new responsibilities I've taken on here at the office and settling in with Rox and Dave. Things are pretty sweet for me now—which is a big relief. Like many dogs of Carmel, I had a pretty great life back in the day. Then my owner died, and it all fell a  Read more.

Meet Maya, New Director of Barketing™

By Roxanne & Dave Kendrick, Co-founders of The story of Kayla,’s late and much missed Director of Barketing, was one of the best-read newsletter stories of 2016. Thanks to all our readers who read her story and sent their best wishes. It’s been more than six months since Kayla crossed the Rainbow Bridge, and time for us to find our next furr-ever dog.  Read more.

Kayla’s Life-Saving Contribution

Two years after the launch of, Kayla got very sick, or at least we thought she did. Still a healthy, nine-year-old Lab with boundless energy, she became quiet, lethargic and not really that interested in food. She followed Roxanne around the house, whining constantly. Tests were done to rule out many potential issues, including cancer. The results were negative but still troubling,   Read more.

Kayla, Director of Barketing wouldn’t be here without Kayla, our “research Lab,” director of barketing and chief operating dog since the website was launched in 2011. But yes, our primary inspiration has left us and is now at the Rainbow Bridge with all the four-legged buddies who left before her. Kayla and Lola at Lake Lagunitas, Marin County Kayla is no longer in pain and can once again r  Read more.

Kayla’s Water Walk

One of Kayla's favorite walks as a 'senior' dog was along the San Rafael waterfront adjacent to Loch Lomond Marina. She began walking this trail as a puppy some 14 years ago. Back then, this was a rough rock-strewn path that leads around the spit that ends at the entrance to the marina. Kayla's favorite walk along the water. With the development of the new housing development know  Read more.

Kayla at the Waterfront Hotel

Photo by Waterfront Hotel.
Kayla at the Waterfront Hotel Kayla decided to attend Jack London Square's Boo! Bark, Brews & Bites Halloween party and spent the night at the Joie de Vivre's Waterfront Hotel, which was just steps away from the fun.  Read more.

Kayla at the Little River Inn

Kayla at the Little River Inn Kayla loves the Little River Inn for so many reasons. The staff is always so welcoming, she can take a short path from the property to play and swim at the Van Damme State Park beach, she can dine with her best friends in the Little River Inn Restaurant's 'Parlor', she can get up on the comfortable beds using the protective sheets that are provided and so  Read more.

Kayla in Surf City

Photo by Visit Huntington Beach.'s Chief Operating Dog, Director of Barketing and Research Lab, Kayla, recently visited Huntington Beach (aka Surf City, USA) and is still barking about it. Surf City is roughly 35 miles south of Los Angeles in beautiful Orange County and is one of the most dog-friendly towns in California.  Read more.

Kayla Puttin’ On the Ritz

Kayla,'s Director of Barketing, Chief Operating Dog and Research Lab, visited the Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe last week and really did put on the Ritz. Despite it being late fall, the sun was shining, the dog-friendly patio open and the trails inviting.  Read more. Debuts in San Diego officially launched the San Diego County region at the San Diego Pet Expo, held February 28, 2015, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The booth was in the center of the action as thousands of dog owners and their pets (including dogs, cats, parrots, snakes and rabbits) enjoyed the entertainment from the guys on 'Tanked' from Animal Planet, trained their dogs in the   Read more.

The Stanford Inn: Dog & holiday passionate!

Photo by Stanford Inn.
The holidays area beautiful at one of Mendocino’s favorite dog-friendly inns, Stanford Inn by the Sea. Driving up to the property after dark, with lights twinkling on the roof lines and surrounding trees, one has the feeling that Santa’s helpers just may have done some advance work this far south.  Read more.

The Doggone Best Gift

Bark Hopkins - A Full Service Doggie Hotel. Here’s a unique idea – create your own personal dog-themed craft project for those crazy dog lovers on your list.  Read more.

Kayla Visits Cable Car Coffee

Heading south on H/W 101 just past the first Mill Valley exit (East Blithedale), on the way to HQ, Kayla lifts her head up from the backseat of the car and looks around. As we exit off the freeway onto Redwood Highway, she stands up and her head goes out the window. By time we turn in to one of the double driveways of the Cable Car Coffee kiosk, her nose is working overtime and som  Read more.

Kayla in the SLO Lane

Kayla just returned from her visit to the newest region to debut on -- San Luis Obispo County. She had a great time sleeping, eating, hiking, splashing and exploring the great central coast area. There will be many stories to come, for now though, a few photos to share:   Kayla at the Pismo Lighthouse Suites  Read more.

Kayla in Redding

Kayla is definitely a road-warrior. Say wanna go for a ride? – her ears are up, tail is wagging, leash is in her mouth, she’s in the car, and it’s full-sniff ahead.  One of her favorite road trips is the Shasta Cascade region of Northern California, which actually covers about 20 percent of California. Dog-friendly trails, lakes and rivers abound, as do dog-friendly accommod  Read more.

Kayla Takes on Blithedale Summit

Photo by Marin County Parks.
One of Kayla's favorite things to do is explore the many, many hikes within the Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD). It is one of the few truly dog-friendly places she is able to run free on the fire protection roads. The MCOSD hike that seems to get both Kayla (a.k.a. kk) and her uprights excited is the Blithedale Summit, accessible from two different trailheads minutes from downtown Mil  Read more.



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