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A group of people and their dogs hike through a rocky trail in a forested area. Large boulders and tall trees surround them. They take in the scenic view of South Lake Tahoe's lake and mountains under a clear sky, enjoying the fall season.

Find fall fun with your dog on the shores of South Lake Tahoe

Fall is a great time to visit Lake Tahoe, thanks to fewer crowds, comfortable weather, and, of course, that dazzling …
A golden retriever runs through the shallow water at a California beach, a blue ball clamped in its mouth. Waves roll and crash behind the dog, whose wet fur suggests it has been swimming. The background features churning surf and a distant horizon.

California coasting with your dog

Summer in California means sandcastles, swimming, shoreline walks, and patio dinners at sunset – all with your dog in tow …
A person with curly hair smiles at their dog. They both share a quiet moment, lit by the warm glow of a sunset. The background shows soft, blurred trees and grass, highlighting the close bond between them and their recently adopted pet.

The joy of a ‘foster fail’ in dog rescue

The foster system: a lifeline for dogs In the world of dog rescue, the term “foster fail” is widely recognized …
A black dog with pointed ears and a white snout sits on a gravel surface in front of a red wooden building and green foliage. The rescue dog wears a black and orange bandana with a pumpkin pattern, gazing attentively into the distance.

How to pick the right rescue dog for your lifestyle

Walking into a shelter, the atmosphere is a mix of hopeful barks and the quiet shuffling of paws. You pass ...
A small dog with brown and white fur perches on a stone wall in a lush desert landscape. Palm trees, agave plants, and red flowers dot the surroundings. In the background, mountains rise under a blue sky with scattered white clouds, showcasing the dog-friendly environment of Greater Palm Springs.

Exploring Greater Palm Springs with your dog

Arrival and accommodations Traveling with your dog to Greater Palm Springs and the surrounding California desert region offers a unique ...
Three dogs run along a narrow dirt path in the forest at Big Bear Lake, CA. A smiling golden retriever is on the left. In the center is a smaller dog, and to the right is a larger black-and-white dog with its tongue out. Trees line the sides of the path, and sunlight filters through the branches in this dog-friendly area.

Big Bear Lake, CA: the ultimate dog-friendly destination year-round

Big Bear Lake, CA, in the San Bernardino Mountains, is a haven for dog lovers looking for a getaway in ...
A woman in a knit hat and dark jacket holds a small, fluffy dog close to her on the sidewalk in Ukiah. Shops line the street behind them, and people walk by as cars move along the road. A sign with partially visible text hangs above her head.

Dog-friendly Ukiah: A dog lover’s paradise in Mendocino County

A haven for furry friends When most people think of Mendocino, they picture the quaint coastal town where "Murder, She ...
A golden retriever sits on a sidewalk flanked by trees on a quaint street in Calistoga, Napa Valley. The storefront nearby is decorated with vibrant flowers. In the background, there are small shops, hanging signs, and fall-colored leaves on the trees. It’s an ideal spot for dog lovers looking to explore with their pets.

Discover Calistoga in Napa Valley: a VERY dog-friendly wine country city

Napa Valley offers more than just great wine—it's a top spot for dog lovers. Calistoga, in particular, is very dog-friendly ...
A child with long hair and a yellow shirt sits on a sandy beach in California next to a large golden-brown dog. Rocky cliffs frame the background. They both watch the calm ocean waves under a cloudy sky, enjoying their safe outing together.

Navigating kids and dogs: tips for a safe and enjoyable outing in California

Stay calm and assess the situation You're out on a hike with your dog, enjoying a walk in the park, ...
A fluffy dog with grey and black fur lies on rough, textured ground, partially under a white, weathered fence at their California home. The dog's head and front legs are visible; its ears are perked up and its eyes gaze to the side. Nearby, grass emerges through the ground.

Keeping your California home safe for pets

Ensuring your home is safe for pets is crucial, especially in a state as diverse and active as California. Here ...
An Australian Shepherd lies with its head on a cushion decorated with paw prints. The dog has one blue eye and one brown eye, along with a coat marked in black, white, and brown. Its ears are upright, and it's staring directly at the camera.

Dogs: smarter than your average human (and we have the paw prints to prove it)

You know, it’s funny how dogs, with their wagging tails and slobbery kisses, often seem to outshine some of the ...
A man in a suit stands behind a wooden counter, focusing on a small dog that has its front paws resting on the counter. The dog's brown and white fur contrasts with the polished surface. The scene unfolds in an elegant hotel lobby, evident from the blurred luxurious decor in the background.

Dear hotels, get your act together: dog travel is big business

Let's cut to the chase: dog travel is a billion-dollar industry, and some hotels are still treating our furry friends ...
A person with a backpack and a pet carrier walks through the sunlit lobby of one of California's top five dog-friendly hotels. The modern space features floor-to-ceiling windows and stylish furniture. Nearby, a golden retriever strolls past, while another person stands next to a large plant in the background. Sunlight casts varied shadows on the floor.

Top five dog-friendly hotels in California

When traveling in California with your dog, finding a truly dog-friendly hotel can make your trip much more enjoyable. Here ...
A black German Shepherd with alert ears and amber eyes sits on a wooden deck, basking in the sunlight. Shadows from the railing create patterns on the deck, enhancing the tranquil scene. Remember to prioritize dog safety during summer to keep your pet comfortable.

Keeping your dog safe in the heat

Q: My big black German Shepherd likes to sit spreadeagled on our deck on hot days and bask in the ...
Three dogs sit in a row on a sandy beach at sunset. A Golden Retriever is on the left, a mixed breed in the center, and a Rottweiler on the right. The sky is colored with warm tones, and ocean waves roll in behind them.

Tips for a safe and enjoyable beach visit with your dog

Confirm beach access policies Verify that dogs are allowed on the beach you're visiting, as California beaches have diverse regulations ...
A small, fluffy brown dog with a red collar sits on a grass-covered cliff in Mendocino.

Four fabulous dog-friendly days in magical Mendocino

Mendocino County makes headlines for so many reasons, including its dog-friendly trails, rails, rivers, peaks and Pacific splendor. This wonderous ...
Dog by view of half dome

Things to do with your pets in Yosemite Mariposa County

The Yosemite Mariposa County region offers an adventure-filled vacation not just for humans but for their four-legged companions as well ...
A pale, sandy-furred dog sits calmly on a cool, concrete surface, diligently scratching at an itchy ear with its rear leg. The discomfort arises from a common flea allergy. The details of the scene are sharply in focus, while the surroundings blend into a gentle blur capturing your attention solely on the dog and its actions.

Effective strategies to manage your dog’s flea allergies

Have you ever wondered why your furry friend is constantly scratching and licking? Chances are, they may be suffering from ...
Therapy dog: A mature woman, adorned in a hand-woven cap, nestles her head tenderly against the soft fur of an attentive therapy dog. Both share a reflective sideward glance that testifies to their profound bond.

Top therapy dog breeds: discover the best canine companions for emotional support

Therapy dogs are more than just pets; they are trained companions that offer invaluable support to individuals dealing with various ...
Top 5 dog parks in California

Top 5 dog parks in California

Dog-friendly California unfurls its varied landscapes like a grand tapestry, from craggy coastlines to serene valleys, tailor-made for the joy ...
A canine companion rests peacefully on a picturesque desert trail in the expansive Californian wilderness. The landscape is adorned with arid, golden grasses and sturdy shrubs, all under an unbroken azure sky. Majestic mountains rise subtly from the distant horizon, lending an aesthetic touch to this photogenic vista. Framing this serene scene is a grand yucca plant flourishing against all odds in the rugged terrain behind our furry friend.

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 ...

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