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.

Find your oasis in dog-friendly Greater Palm Springs

Photo by Visit Greater Palm Springs/@visitgreaterps.
If your vision of a perfect dog-friendly Palm Springs region vacation includes endless blue skies, awe-inspiring mountains, sparkling pools, swaying palm trees, and lots of tail-wagging fun in the sun, you've come to the right place: Greater Palm Springs.  Read more.

Book now for Lake Tahoe’s best-in-show dog camp

Wild Blue Dog Camp. Photo by Sharon Eide.
Four-paw fun at Lake Tahoe? While helping a dog-focused nonprofit? We're all ears... Wild Blue Dogs is now booking its 2023 camp experiences, and you’ll enjoy exclusive rates when you register and make a deposit by March 15 (summer camp) or April 30 (fall camp).  Read more.

Dog-approved adventures in California’s North Coast region

Frenchie hiking the redwood forests of the North Coast.
Our pups have discerning tastes: good sleeps, good eats and plenty of play. Just north of San Francisco, the ‘North of Ordinary’ counties of California – Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte – offer plenty of fun for both you and and your dog on the North Coast in Northern California.  Read more.

Concord presents history, culture and accessibility for all

Brandy and pups in Concord. Photo by Mario Lopez.
The city of Concord features all the elements of a memorable California getaway: think culinary treats, craft beer, cultural gems, rich heritage, and pretty parks in every direction. This dynamic community, just 30 miles from San Francisco, is also incredibly dog-friendly and proactively ADA-accessible.   Read more.

Special events for you and your dog

Sacramento SPCA Doggy Dash. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
DogTrekkers are a giving bunch as witnessed by their support for the adoption/rescue community through donations, volunteering, and attendance at  Read more.

Noyo Harbor Inn is inviting you this spring and summer!

Photo by Noyo Harbor Inn.
Year after year, DogTrekkers tell us that the North Coast is their favorite California coastal getaway and Fort Bragg is a popular home base for enjoying spring and summer canoe routes, coastal trails, photo walks and Skunk Train rides. Welcome to the Noyo Harbor Inn where dog-friendly rooms overlook the tree-lined Noyo River. The inn features waterfront patio dining, spa services and auth  Read more.

Leave Only Paw Prints®

California’s legendary, dog-friendly landscapes draw millions of pet parents and pups every year. The Golden State promises extraordinary adventures, whether you’re splashing in alpine lakes along Sierra trails or playing fetch in the neighborhood park. It’s our duty to protect these mountains, trails, beaches, parks and urban playgrounds, which is why we’ve built stewardship and sustaina  Read more.

The Gold Country, an amazing American road trip

California’s Gold Country, home to the Gold Rush in 1849, combines history, nature, authentic American West small towns, a sensational culinary scene, wine, microbreweries, and majestic scenery in a captivating way that no other California region rivals. The gold rush continues today in the form of tourism in a region encompassing a dozen cities and counties with hundreds of dog-friendly places   Read more.

ARF’s Animals on Broadway May 7

Photo by ARF.
Join the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) at their annual Animals on Broadway fundraiser on May 7 at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek. ARF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the lives of homeless animals in the Bay Area. By attending this event, participants will not only enjoy a day of fun with their furry friends but also support the organization's vital work.  Read more.

Your dog deserves a vacation too!

Rosie at Little River Inn. Photo by Little River Inn.
The Little River Inn rolls out the red carpet for dog-lovers and their four-legged friends. They offer two fabulous packages: the Water Dog Sea Cave Package and the River Dog Package. Choose one or choose both! The Water Dog Sea Cave Package offers dog-friendly kayaking on the ocean off Van Damme state beach with sea cave tours. The River Dog Package offers a 3-hour dog-friendly, ultra-stable outr  Read more.

Spring in Yosemite: Spectacular waterfalls!

Duke at Yosemite. Photo by @dukethechocolatelab.
Spring in Yosemite is incredible this year with bigger and more beautiful spectacular waterfalls, and no reservations needed! California dog parents are perfectly positioned for a visit. Mariposa County and Yosemite National Park are an easy drive from just about anywhere in the state. Head out to enjoy Yosemite’s magnificent waterfalls.   Read more.

Pawsport Yountville

Napa Humane Pawsport, Photo by Napa Humane.
Join Napa Humane for a dog-friendly wine tasting weekend benefitting its life-saving programs and services for Napa Valley companion animals. Pawsport Yountville perks are valid for the duration of the Pawsport event June 23-25, 2023.    Read more.

Welcome to summer events!

DogTrekker at Bark in the Park, San Jose.
Check out these events for a cause! If you missed California rescue/adoption events this spring, no worries, the summer season is just beginning. DogTrekker.com's event section is filled with adoptathons, fundraisers, walks, costume contests, and more. From Bark in the Park in San Francisco, to the Dog Surf-A-Thon in San Diego, to all in for the Wild Blue Dog Fall Camp in Lake Tahoe.  Read more.

Rattlesnake advisory summer 2023

Summer is finally here and as heat intensifies throughout California this week, hikers may notice an increased presence of snakes along their favorite trails. Our friends at the East Bay Regional Park District have some rattlesnake safety tips, what to do when you see a rattlesnake, and what to do if you or your pup is bitten by a rattler or other type of snake.  Read more.

Greater Ontario restaurant week, yum!

B’s Maple House chicken and waffles. Photo by Greater Ontario Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
DogTrekker's newest city partner, Greater Ontario, is celebrating restaurant week this week through July 16. Check out the videos showcasing some of their delicious restaurants just waiting for you to try them!   Read more.

Four-paw fun with a view at Little River Inn

To make summer memories on the California coast, book a stay at the iconic Little River Inn. This very dog-friendly jewel just south of Mendocino overlooks the majestic Pacific Ocean, and it’s a short walk from state beachfront and trails. The locally owned resort has extended a warm welcome to couples, families and four-legged companions for more than 80 years.    Read more.

Wellness meets tail-waggin’ fun at the Stanford Inn

Few places match Mendocino’s natural beauty. The Stanford Inn stretches along 10 coastal acres here, framed by USDA-certified organic gardens, towering trees and Pacific Ocean views. Dog-friendly for 43 years and counting, this charming getaway by innkeepers Jeff and Joan Stanford offers an earth-minded experience with wellness programs, spa services, outdoor adventures and plant-based dining.   Read more.

Napa Humane Walk for Animals 2023

Come support Napa Humane at the 12th Annual Walk for Animals fundraising event at Yountville Community Park. This short stroll through town goes miles and miles for Napa Valley’s companion animals. Register, fundraise, walk, then participate in the day’s festivities, including raffles, contests, photo ops, and more. And when you register, use code DOGTREKKER for $5 off!   Read more.

Rancho Cordova: A beer-lovers destination!

Photo by @adventure_rn.
Rancho Cordova, a suburban community on Highway 50 about 15 miles east of downtown Sacramento, is a great jumping-off place for forays into the Sierra foothills, as well as a beer lover’s destination in itself. It is the home of the Barrel District, a collection of 6 breweries, 2 distilleries, and a wine bar.   Read more.

Bark & Meow Around the Block

Poster by Berkeley Humane.
Berkeley Humane’s biggest annual adopt-a-thon and family-friendly event, Bark & Meow Around the Block, will return on Saturday, August 26, 2023!   Read more.

Rancho Cordova

Photo by @adventure_rn.
Rancho Cordova curves along the American River between Sacramento and Folsom, in Northern California’s sun-splashed Gold Country. This charming, dog-friendly community has trails, parks, open-air patios, and nearly a dozen hotels that welcome four-legged family members.  Read more.

Win a Fort Bragg, Mendocino County Beach Dogcation®!

Win a two-night DogCation® at one of the three Beachcomber Hotel properties in Fort Bragg: The Beachcomber Motel, Surf & Sand Lodge, or the Beach House Inn. In addition, each prize package will include a Skunk Train family pack, bike rentals, and a $100 gift certificate good at the North Coast Brewing Company. DogTrekker respects your privacy and will never sell or rent personal information.  Read more.

Don’t miss Bark in the Park

Photo by Bark in the Park.
Bark in the Park is back on September 16 at William Street Park in San Jose from 10am to 5pm. Bark is the Park is the largest dog festival in the United States with fun for the entire family, including the dog! Grab your best friend and a leash and join us for Bark’s 25th year! Enjoy an all-day, outdoor family friendly event. Dogs and their best friends will have a great time.  Read more.

Noteworthy on California’s North Coast: The Noyo Harbor Inn

The Noyo Harbor inn is a Craftsman-style dream with spa treatments, waterfront dining and access to adventures for you and your four-legged family members. From here, it’s easy to explore coastal paths, canoe routes, train rides and restaurant patios across Mendocino County. Fort Bragg’s Noyo Harbor Inn is a spectacular – and seriously dog-friendly – basecamp for enjoying the season.   Read more.

Fall in Yosemite: Captivating color and wagging tails welcome

Yosemite National Bark!
Few places are prettier than Yosemite in fall. Blue skies and mild temperatures make for pleasant outdoor activities, while vast stands of maples and dogwoods put on a colorful show. Traffic is lighter during the fall season, and hotels in this dog-friendly paradise roll out special lodging deals this time of year, too.   Read more.

Concord Taco Trail

Mmmmm tacos! Concord has long been home to deliciously authentic, family-owned taquerias and restaurants. The Concord Taco Trail has 40+ places offering specialty and signature tacos including al pastor, carnitas, carne asada, crispy fish, grilled tilapia, vegitariano, and even filet mignon. Most of them are dog-friendly. Will you be the 2023 Taco Trail Champion? You have until October 15.   Read more.

Help DogTrekker raise $75,000 during Saving Senior Dogs Week 2023!

Sara woofs her appreciation. Photo by Lily’s Legacy.
Leave no dog behind. That’s the DogTrekker mission, and the principle that guides our work with California’s animal welfare organizations. A few of those organizations specialize in senior dogs, which is why we’re proud to join Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary – a terrific Petaluma nonprofit that finds homes for large-breed senior dogs – in support of the fifth annual Saving Senior D  Read more.

Magic is real in pup-friendly Mendocino County

Kayla celebrating harvest at the Little River Inn. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Mendocino County captivates those who travel with furry family members, and it has also enchanted DogTrekker readers for decades. With mist-cloaked valleys, ancient redwood stands, and stunning state parks that unfold along the coast and across inland peaks, you’ll discover magical landscapes at every turn. Our friends at Visit Mendocino County just unveiled a new website showcasing that magic.  Read more.

Seasonal delights at the Stanford Inn

Holiday welcome at Stanford Inn. Photo by Stanford Inn.
Autumn presents an ideal opportunity to explore California's North Coast. The Stanford Inn, nestled in picturesque Mendocino, invites guests and their dogs to experience a special retreat this holiday season. Innkeepers Joan and Jeff Stanford mark more than 40 years of dog-friendly hospitality; and as DogTrekker recently observed while at the Inn, they are gearing up for the festive period with a  Read more.

Pleasant Hill: It’s a dog’s world

Tshaka Zulu visits Pleasant Hill. Photo by StayPleasantHill.com.
Pup-friendly Pleasant Hill puts Northern California’s best within easy reach. Hike scenic East Bay canyons with your furry friend. Hop over to San Francisco for family attractions and culture. Sample world-class wines in Napa, Sonoma or Livermore. Then, relax at Pleasant Hill restaurants and hotels that roll out the red carpet for dogs. Our friend Tshaka Zulu, a travel-loving Dalmatian, has cre  Read more.

November: Adopt a Senior Dog

Senior “Bear” joins Rebecca and Elizabeth’s young family.
November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, a month dedicated to helping older pets find loving homes. Senior pets are the last to be adopted from shelters, leaving them with an increased risk of euthanasia. We thank all of the DogTrekkers who took our challenge to raise funds during the fifth annual Saving Senior Dogs week and encourage those who haven’t yet to give this month.   Read more.

Perfect dog-friendly patios in Greater Palm Springs

Photo by Visit Greater Palm Springs.
Welcome to the ultimate guide for dog lovers in Greater Palm Springs! As a dedicated pup parent, you’re always looking for the ideal spot to soak up some sunshine with your furry friend. Get ready to explore the most tail-wagging, paw-some dog-friendly patios that this SoCal oasis has to offer.    Read more.

Happy Holidays! And more top destination stories of 2023, part 2

Last week, we wished you a happy holiday season and listed the first five top destination stories of 2023. Here is part two of that popular series. Once again, the DogTrekker team wishes you and your two- and four-legged loved ones a safe, fun, and barkingly good end to 2023. We will be back in the new year with fresh looks at some familiar places, plus new discoveries we’ve made across the dog-  Read more.

Happy New Year 2024

As we paw our way into 2024, we continue our journey of discovering the best dog-friendly destinations across California. Join us in exploring dog-friendly scenic trails, welcoming hotels, and delightful restaurants. We also look forward to seeing pictures of your pups playing in California’s vast outdoor playground as we bring back our popular “Go California” photo contest this year.   Read more.

Wild Blue Dogs Summer Camp early bird ends March 15

As the country’s only nonprofit dog camp, Wild Blue Dogs at South Lake Tahoe offers grants for pet cancer treatments and supports cancer research. Your participation not only guarantees an exceptional camp experience with your dog but also aids an important cause. Be sure to secure a spot for the Summer Camp by March 15, 2024 for an early bird discount.  Read more.

Nick’s Cove plans to rebuild the boat shack

For DogTrekkers familiar with Nick's Cove, located on Tamales Bay in West Marin County, the Boat Shack at the end of their 300 foot long pier has been an iconic and beloved feature. Sadly, a fire on January 7th of this year completely destroyed the Shack. Plans are now under way to rebuild.    Read more.

Share your thoughts, and we’ll donate a meal to a shelter dog

Over the past decade, your ongoing engagement has enabled DogTrekker.com to support hundreds of dog rescue organizations statewide! As we launch the 2024 DogTrekker Reader Survey, your opinions will influence where we go next – while also helping us provide continued coverage of dogs who need forever homes.  Read more.

Plan a spring reset in the Shasta Cascade region

Middle McCloud Falls, Siskiyou County, Upstate California.
Turn travel dreams into real itineraries with the all-new DogTrekker.com. Your ultimate go-to guide for dog-friendly California adventure sparks inspiration while spotlighting destinations like the Shasta Cascade region (aka Upstate CA). This eight-county playground has more than a dozen national and state parks, plus countless trails, lakes, fishing streams, restaurants and hotels that welcome pu  Read more.

Pleasant Hill has gone to the dogs!

Sunol Regional Wilderness. Photo by Kevin Noble on Unsplash.
Pleasant Hill, California is one of the most centrally located and pet-friendly destinations in the San Francisco Bay Area, making it a great home base for pet parents who are eager to explore all Northern California’s many attractions, including some mountainous parks where dogs can roam off leash. To begin, Pleasant Hill has its own canine global travel critic, Tshaka Zulu, who recently shared  Read more.

Traveling with your dog in the California deserts

Embark on a canine adventure through the California deserts! From Death Valley's awe-inspiring vistas to Anza-Borrego's rugged trails, explore the raw beauty of the desert landscapes while creating unforgettable memories with your furry friend. Remember to pack essentials, respect park regulations, and prioritize safety.   Read more.

The East Bay SPCA now celebrating its 150th Anniversary

Proud of its legacy of innovation and leadership since its founding in 1874, the East Bay SPCA has continuously evolved to address community needs and animal welfare challenges. Key milestones include establishing its first shelter in downtown Oakland in 1922, implementing spaying and neutering initiatives in 1962 and 1988, and opening the Spay/Neuter Surgery Center, the largest of its kind in the  Read more.

Pleasant Hill recognizes two exciting anniversaries in 2024

The eastern side of the Bay is world-renowned for its dog-friendly outdoor recreation. It’s also home to amazing animal welfare organizations that have cared for furry friends for several generations. Two standout organizations are celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2024. The East Bay Regional Park District, the largest of its kind in the U.S., turns 90. A short distance away, the East Bay S  Read more.

Pet-friendly accommodations in the California deserts

Discover pet-friendly accommodations in the California deserts! From Ridgecrest's rugged charm to Death Valley's stark beauty, find welcoming places for you and your furry friend. Stay at Heritage Inn in Ridgecrest or Stovepipe Wells Village in Death Valley for comfortable lodging amidst breathtaking landscapes. Explore the California deserts!  Read more.

Dog-Friendly breweries in Greater Palm Springs

Grab your leash and your pup's favorite toy because this is the ultimate guide to dog-friendly breweries in Greater Palm Springs! Whether you're sipping a cold one or soaking up the sunshine, these tail-wagging patios are guaranteed to make your furry friend feel right at home.   Read more.

Welcome to the 2024 Event Season

Welcome to the 2024 Event Season Wondering what dog-friendly events are coming up this spring and into summer? DogTrekker’s seasonal event section has you covered. The months ahead feature a range of dog-friendly, family-friendly things to do, including adoptathons, fundraisers, walks, costume contests, and opportunities for tasting and sipping. Click for all of the upcoming featured events.  Read more.

Happy New Year from DogTrekker.com

The new year is like a blank book, and the pen is in your hand. Or, maybe it’s in the paw of your four-legged best friend. However you document your 2023 travel aspirations and dreams, you can count on DogTrekker.com.   Read more.

This winter, find a cozy place to stay at Yosemite

Yosemite National Park is a four-season playground with dog-friendly appeal. The destination shines during the quieter winter season, when sunshine sparkles off snowy peaks and icy waterways. Frosty forests set the backdrop for snowshoeing, skiing, skating and more. Some lower-elevation trails are plowed, too, so it’s easy to explore Yosemite Mariposa County with four-legged friends.   Read more.

‘Tis the season at dog-friendly Stanford Inn

Holiday welcome at Stanford Inn. Photo by Stanford Inn.
Fall is a wonderful time to travel, especially to the North Coast of California. This holiday season, the Stanford Inn in scenic Mendocino is your “natural” choice for the entire family—including dogs, of course.  Read more.

Fall moments await at Tenaya Lodge

Dogs welcome at Tehaya at Yosemite Explorer Cabins. Photo by Tenaya at Yosemite.
As the season changes, an entire new world opens up in and around Yosemite National Park. It is a great time of the year to hike, explore, relax and enjoy the fall foliage. Now is the perfect time to plan your fall getaway at Tenaya Lodge with family and friends, including your four-legged ones.  Read more.

Halloween safety tips for pets

Jazzy the magic dragon. Photo by Mary Enderle.
Halloween dog costumes can be fun—if you consider them from your dog’s point of view. Here are some tips from our friends at Sage Veterinary Center and the Humane Society.  Read more.

Widescreen Yosemite adventure

Photo by Tenaya at Yosemite.
Home to towering waterfalls and 200-foot-tall giant sequoias, there’s no place like Yosemite. And Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite puts you just two miles from Yosemite National Park.  Read more.

The best of Mendocino County

In sun-dappled Mendocino County, summer is in full swing! You'll find plenty of room to roam here, whether you venture to the coast for cool, clear air, or head inland for winery patios and exciting events.  Read more.

Fetch special rates for fall camp by Wild Blue Dogs!

Dreaming of Lake Tahoe's mountain landscapes, fresh air and hiking adventures? Interested in private beach access, plus a full week of fun and education for you and your pups? You can still catch the early-bird rates for the Wild Blue Dogs Fall Camp, taking place September 18-24, 2022.  Read more.

Fall for these dog-friendly waterfalls

Yes, we had a dry January, but the big storms in late December filled lakes and streams and created a hefty Sierra snowpack. The payoff: Waterfall season! Here are some late winter/early spring hikes with watery rewards at the end. Yosemite Gushers Moving Water in Marin Don’t Pass on Pasadena With Your Dog Santa Barbara’s Waterfall Surprise   Read more.

Headed for Yosemite? You lucky dog!

Tenaya Lodge Explorer Cabin.
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.  Read more.

Water Dog Package at the Little River Inn

Rosie at Little River Inn. Photo by Little River Inn.
The Little River Inn brings back its very popular Water Dog package at the Little River Inn Resort & Spa, perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. You’ll enjoy a two-night stay in a pet-friendly guest room, a Kayak Albion River Nature Tour, a goodie bag with dog treats and info on where to hike and boat with dogs—plus a $120 dinner voucher good for takeout dining and in-per  Read more.

Cooper loved to Travel

In his ten years, this Lab/border collie/cattle dog mix traveled to seven states, but most of all he loved going anywhere DogTrekker recommended.  Read more.

Best dog-friendly hikes in Santa Cruz County

Photo by Stephen Leonardi.
Henry Cowell is a must. Locals and visitors alike love the beauty of the Santa Cruz Mountains and Henry Cowell has it all. For hikes with the pup, use the main park entrance off Highway 9 and access the Pipeline Trail.  Read more.

Spring into Yosemite

Spring is the perfect time to visit Yosemite with your pups as the snowpack melts, waterfalls rush and wildflowers start to bloom.  Read more.

Meet Faraday, a hospice story from Lily’s Legacy

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 Se  Read more.

Combat your dog’s boredom blues

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez.
We've experienced a pandemic, wildfire smoke affecting air quality, and hot days that make long dog walk impossible. As a result, many dog owners are faced with finding ways to keep their four-legged friend(s) happy while staying indoors. Unable to run off-leash at beaches or dog parks or meet up with friends on walks can be ruff for our furry friends who require social interaction to blow off ste  Read more.

The Street Vet

Kwane Stewart, The Street Vet.
It's been said that not all heroes wear capes. This is definitely the case for Kwane Stewart, who does his do-gooding in scrubs (armed with a medical bag and treats) on the streets of California. Better known as The Street Vet, he has been assisting the state's homeless population by helping treat and care for their pets since 2011.  Read more.

Explorer Cabins at Yosemite’s Tenaya Lodge

Tenaya Lodge Explorer Cabin.
Whether you’re traveling with the whole family, including the pups, or just looking for a little additional privacy during your trip to Yosemite National Park, the new dog-friendly two-bedroom Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge are a perfect choice.  Read more.

East Bay SPCA dog training classes

Photo by Destiny Wiens.
The East Bay SPCA has completely revamped their training classes to accommodate the modern needs of the urban or suburban dog while using the most effective, cutting-edge, scientifically supported learning theory and teaching methods.  Read more.

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite opens Explorer Cabins

Explorer Cabin firepits. Photo by Tenaya at Yosemite.
DogTrekker.com’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.

Vet Buzz: Fireworks anxiety

Your dog's sense of hearing is one of his best strengths, but when it comes to those glorious loud kabooms on the fourth of July, his hearing is his greatest foe. To him, those explosions sound like a 747 landed in the front yard, and may send him hiding under the bed, urinating on the floor or chewing up the door frame to escape.  Read more.

It’s winter: Dogs and mushrooms alert

Photo credit: VIA FLICKR/EJBSF (CC)
DogTrekker.com recommends that if your dog eats any type of wild mushroom, you need to seek immediate veterinary care, even if your dog is not showing symptoms. Also, the ASPCA recommends bringing a mushroom sample in a moist paper towel or paper bag instead of putting the mushroom in a plastic bag.  Read more.

Who gets to be well?

Have you ever had to choose between your pet’s health and your own? This torturous decision is a reality for hundreds of Napa County residents who don’t have enough money to properly safeguard both. That’s why Napa Humane hosts free Wellness Clinics – giving underprivileged families the chance to have their furry loved ones examined, vaccinated, and treated for basic health needs.  Read more.

Pets and your health

Photo by Delphine Beausoleil.
Amazon bestseller Dog as My Doctor, Cat as My Nurse: An Animal Lover's Guide to a Healthy, Happy & Extraordinary Life (April 18, 2017) shines a light on the many unique, unexpected, and priceless ways that our animal companions enhance every aspect of human health and well-being.  Read more.

Traveling with a dog in Huntington Beach California

By Lauren Lloyd Voted as one of California’s dog-friendliest cities, Surf City USA welcomes four-legged kids with open arms at restaurants, parks, and hotels, along its paved beach path, and even dedicates a stretch of beach to salty pups. We don’t want you to leave your best friend at home any more than you do, so here’s a helpful guide to exploring town with your canine comp  Read more.

Embrace pet insurance

Veterinary medicine has made leaps and bounds over the past few years, especially in diagnosing and treating difficult cases. Along with this knowledge and treatments comes a price.  Read more.

Aragon’s story

Photo by Brennan Meinke.
For pet parents in California, snake bites are a real and serious danger. One snake bite is bad enough but Aragon got three in the span of eight months.  Read more.

Surf City USA with your dog

Photo by Kojirou Sasaki.
Voted one of California's dog-friendliest cities, Huntington Beach welcomes four-legged children with open arms at restaurants, parks, and hotels; along its paved beach path; and even dedicates a stretch of beach to salty pups.  Read more.

Muttville’s Fospice Program shares the love

At Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, they sometimes take in elderly pooches who, for one reason or another, have a short life expectancy. Maybe an ultimately terminal medical condition, or maybe just reaching the twilight stage after many years.  Read more.

National Dog Day

Photo by Bruce Warrington.
Every dog has its day, and August 26 is it! National Dog Day celebrates all dogs, big, small, mixed or pure.  Read more.

Take your dog to work day!

Photo by Devn.
Created by Pet Sitters International (PSI) to celebrate the great companions dogs make and promote their adoptions, Take Your Dog to Work Day encourages employers to experience the joys of pets in the workplace for one day to support their local pet community.  Read more.

DogTrekkers go Santa Cruzin’

Wilder keeping it super cool in Santa Cruz. Photo by Celeste Cesena.
Santa Cruz County, located on California's Central Coast, 65 miles south of San Francisco and 35 miles north of Monterey, is known for its sun-soaked beaches, famous Beach Boardwalk amusement park, redwoods, and eclectic community.  Read more.

Service dog etiquette for pets and people

Photo by Ravi Kayden.
You probably know not to pet a service dog who’s working — the dog may even wear a sign that says so. But you may not realize that it’s just as important to make sure that your dog has good manners around working animals.  Read more.

Ways to snag prime reservations

Tenaya Lodge. Photo by Tenaya at Yosemite.
Whether your heart is set on camping at Big Sur in July or spending a June week at dog-friendly Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, snagging a reservation, especially for a high-season weekend, requires a lot of persistence and a little luck. Tenaya, for example, begins accepting reservations a year and a day in advance, while the window for state parks is six months (which means moving now to secure a site  Read more.

Reserve summer campsites now

Photo by Jessica Bay.
You snooze, you lose when it comes to securing summertime campground reservations on the California coast or at popular vacation spots like Lake Tahoe.   Read more.

Orvis contest supports canine cancer research

Photo by Darya Skorokhod.
We all know dogs aren’t just pets, they’re family. So when canine cancer claims a victim, the whole family suffers. One in four dogs will battle this disease in their lifetime, with half of them dying long before their time. In response, The Orvis Company announced that Orvis customers have raised over a million dollars for canine cancer research through the Orvis Cover Dog Photo Contest. All  Read more.

Winterizing your dog

Winter fun in the snow.
Your vehicle isn’t the only thing that needs winterizing before you head up to snow country: your dog needs preventative maintenance, too! Some tips: Always wash or wipe Lucy’s feet after a winter’s outing. She’ll otherwise try licking them clean, a natural behavior that could cause her to ingest toxic de-icers used on roads and parking lots.  Read more.

Congratulations Dr. Erin Troy!

Out of over 2,100 professionals nominated throughout the country, DogTrekker’s very own Vet Buzz contributor Dr. Erin Troy, DVM, CCRP, of Muller Veterinary Hospital in Walnut Creek, was a finalist in American Veterinary Medical Foundation’s Favorite Veterinarian Contest.  Read more.

Fireworks can send dogs running

Did you know that more pets run away on the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year? The bright lights and explosions of the fireworks can cause considerable stress to dogs.  Read more.

Splash dog fun in Gold Country

Photo by Roberto Nickson.
If you are anywhere in the Amador, Calaveras, Folsom, or Greater Sacramento/Stockton area looking to get your pooch involved in Dock Diving, we have just the place. Gold Country Pet Resort, Ione, has opened a Dock Dog Diving pool and will soon have Splash Dogs certification.  Read more.

Mushroom dangers – Even in the off season

Photo by Pascal Debrunner.
The last week of May, a dog ate a dried Death Cap mushroom at the trailhead of a UC Berkeley trail on the edge of Strawberry Canyon. What's shocking about this event is that it happened well past mushroom season.  Read more.

Five Halloween safety tips for your dog

Photo by Jamie Street.
It's that spooky time of year again. Here's our quick primer on keeping the four-legged members of your family safe and stress-free when the neighborhood fills up with ghosts and goblins.   Read more.

Exploring the Tri-Valley

Briones Regional Park, Contra Costa County, California, USA.
Head just east of San Francisco Bay Hills and you will find yourself in the dog–friendly Tri-Valley. This region, which takes its name from the adjacent Amador, Livermore and San Ramon valleys, is home to some of California’s most dog-friendly communities.   Read more.

Say hello to Folsom

Folsom Lake. Photo by Simon Hurry.
Johnny Cash may have slipped Folsom into America’s psyche, but visitors will sing a different tune once they experience the vitality of this historic little city at the western gateway to California Gold Country.  Read more.

Dog-Passionate Sacramento

Maya walking on the Sacramento River Trail. Photo by Roxanne Kendrick.
Dog-friendly California begins with Sacramento, as you will find out when you explore all the capital city has to offer, from hikes to scenic walks, dog parks to swim spots as well as numerous hotels and restaurants which welcome your furry friend.  Read more.

Personalized gifts for dog lovers

Photo by Bjorn Agerbeek.
Looking for new and thoughtful gift ideas for your pet loving friends and family? Personalized items with the name or picture of a beloved pet is at the top of the list.  Read more.

Explore Concord with free doggie visitor’s guide

Photo by Visit Concord.
“Dogs Welcome Here!” isn’t just a tagline in Concord. Pups are central to the community’s fabric, and you’ll see that in the way hotels, restaurants, breweries, bars and parks put out the welcome bowls for four-legged visitors.  Read more.

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