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Pleasant Hill: Your basecamp for outdoor adventures

White terrier dog in East Bay Regional Park.

Welcome to the heart of it all: Pleasant Hill. Set on the sunny side of the San Francisco Bay Area, this

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Pleasant Hill hotels take best in show

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Tshaka the Dog has sniffed out the most comfortable, convenient, well-priced hotels at the center of everything in Pleasant Hill.

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The dish on where to chow down

Tshaka checks out the selection at Morgan Territory Brewing.

Pleasant Hill has several tail-waggin’ good restaurants. Kick off a day of adventures with a Starbucks puppacino, followed by

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90 fun-filled years in the East Bay Regional Park District

Tilden Regional Park Redwood Valley Railroad.

Now celebrating its 90th anniversary, the impressive East Bay Regional Park District spans more than 125,000 acres in Alameda and

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An expert’s favorites for off-leash excitement

A dog stands on top of a hill at Sunol Regional Wilderness in Pleasant Hill, gazing out over the valley below. - Dogtrekker

Our friend Tshaka Zulu, a travel-loving Dalmatian who absolutely loves Pleasant Hill, is always on the lookout for grassy

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Pleasant Hill has gone to the dogs!

A dog stands on top of a hill at Sunol Regional Wilderness in Pleasant Hill, gazing out over the valley below. - Dogtrekker

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...

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Happy holidays and top destination stories of 2023, Part 1

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As this year comes to a close, our greatest joy comes from expressing gratitude for the DogTrekker family. As we wish you this season's warmest greetings, we're also happy to...

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Top destination stories of 2023

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As this year comes to a close, our greatest joy comes from expressing gratitude for the DogTrekker family. Your engagement

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Pleasant Hill: It’s a dog’s world

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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...

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Spa comforts for pets and their people

Dalmation dog getting a treat from a staff member at Noni’s Pet Grooming Boutique in Pleasant Hill.

All that hiking can sure make a dog dusty. Noni's Pet Grooming Boutique is ready to help. Tshaka loves the

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The dish on dog-friendly restaurants

Dalmation dog with beer cans at Morgan Territory Brewing.

Fuel up for the day’s adventures with a Starbucks puppacino, followed by the famous pupcakes at Batter ‘N Icing. Plan a

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Pups love Pleasant Hill’s pedigreed hotels 

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Tshaka the Dog sniffed out the most comfortable, well-priced hotels at the center of everything in Pleasant Hill. Book a

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Sunset’s annual travel awards spotlight four-paw cities in California

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DogTrekker team members are big fans of Sunset, the iconic publication that’s celebrating 125 years in 2023. The California-based magazine recently announced its Sunset Travel Awards, including several must-visit standouts...

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Concord Taco Trail

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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,...

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Oakland

woman hiking with dog at Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland.

Sunset calls Oakland “a diverse cultural hub in the heart of the Bay Area,” with art, culinary attractions and activities that promise fun for all ages.

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Don’t miss Bark in the Park

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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...

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Was Calistoga really founded by a dog?

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The charming Sam Brannan and Leonitus story In the early days of Calistoga, California, a man named Sam Brannan and his loyal Newfoundland dog, Leonitus, embarked on a journey to shape a...

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Bark & Meow Around the Block

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

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Napa Humane Walk for Animals 2023

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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...

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Welcome to summer events!

DogTrekker people 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,...

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Napa Humane Walk for Animals 2023

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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....

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Pawsport Yountville

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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...

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Vacaville is exciting, affordable and friendly for dogs

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DogTrekkers love exploring Northern California, and one regional destination stands out for its convenient location and four-paw experiences.

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Dog-friendly wineries near Vacaville

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Suisun Valley, known as the “Petit Sirah Capital of the World,” offers a bunch of excellent dog-friendly wineries. Here are seven places to enjoy a glass of wine with your...

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Family Dog Rescue: A Sonoma haven for special dogs

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Sonoma's Family Dog Rescue is no ordinary animal shelter. Nestled in the property that was once once the Aberglen Pet Resort, this establishment stands as a sanctuary specifically for dogs...

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Hotels with a pup-friendly pedigree

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Oakland hotels extend a warm welcome to four-legged family members, whether you choose a trendsetting boutique property or stylish resort.

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Get a taste of The Town

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Diverse cultural and culinary traditions define Oakland. The Town also offers delicious, dog-friendly dining options.

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Pup-friendly play by the bay

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Oakland, affectionately known as “The Town,” stretches between the San Francisco Bay and the Oakland and Berkeley Hills.

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Outline your dream Oakland adventure

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The Oakland DogCation® from DogTrekker and Visit Oakland introduces best-in-show options across this dog-friendly Oakland in the East Bay.

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Special events for you and your dog

Sacramento SPCA Doggy Dash.

DogTrekkers are a giving bunch as witnessed by their support for the adoption/rescue community through donations, volunteering, and attendance at

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Celebrate National Puppy Day: Your guide to Puppy adoption

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Happy National Puppy Day! Today is the perfect day to celebrate the love and joy that puppies bring to our lives. With so many homeless pups waiting for their forever...

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Concord presents history, culture and accessibility for all

Brandy and pups in Concord.

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...

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Lodging for furry friends and their families

Welsh corgi laying on carpet in a dog-friendly Concord hotel.

A new Concord hotel that debuted in the summer of 2023 features outstanding, dog-friendly service. The 86-room Hampton Inn is

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Committed to accessibility and awareness

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Concord is an inclusive city that welcomes guests of all abilities. Families whose loved ones live with sensory challenges—someone on the autism spectrum or with a diagnosed sensory sensitivity, for...

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Engage with Concord’s creative side

Graphic list of dog-friendly Concord mural locations

Concord's newest, most colorful attractions anchor the downtown corridor. Nine professional muralists participated in Creative Concord events, and they outfitted buildings

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Take a walk through time

Salvio Pacheco Plaza in Concord.

Todos Santos Plaza, in the heart of downtown Concord, has been a community gathering space since 1869. A bronze statue

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California dreamin’ with your dog: The top 11 pet-friendly vacation destinations

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Marin County Located just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, Marin County is packed with dog-friendly parks, beaches, and hiking trails. Check out popular spots like Muir Beach,...

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Dog-approved adventures in California’s North Coast region

Frenchie Hiking in Redwood Forest

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...

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New home for Family Dog Rescue

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Family Dog Rescue, a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving homeless dogs a second chance, has just announced its relocation from San Francisco to Sonoma, California.

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Top dog-friendly beaches in California

Fort Funston Coastal Sunset. Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California, USA.

California is a paradise for both humans and their furry friends. With its sunny beaches, scenic parks, and endless outdoor activities, this state is the perfect destination for a dog-friendly...

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Five of California’s best dog-friendly wineries

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If you love wine and dogs, visiting a winery can be a great way to spend a day. But not all wineries are dog-friendly, so it’s important to research ahead...

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Looking for a cute new pup?

Rescued dog in Livermore

In Northern California, more than four dozen abused Chihuahuas have been rescued from a hoarder’s home. 50 dogs were rescued from “dirty conditions” in December at a man’s home in...

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East Bay Regional Park district urging public and their dogs not to enter closed parks

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Most East Bay Regional Parks remain closed due to recent storms and conditions, including downed trees, falling branches, flooding and mudslides. Storm damage in parks can create potential safety hazards...

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Rainy day fun: 10 indoor activities for dog lovers in Sonoma County

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Our top 10 recommendations for rainy-day dog activities in Sonoma County.

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Concord Visitor Center First Annual Perro Costume Parade

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Join us for the Concord Visitor Center First Annual Perro (Dog) Costume Contest and Parade from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM on Friday, October 28!

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The story of Sid: A senior dog rescue (video)

Senior rescue dog Sid

Senior dog Sid was rescued from a shelter and lucky enough to go into the fospice program through Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.

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Welcome to the all new DogTrekker.com!

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For the past decade, millions of pet parents have trusted DogTrekker for California travel inspiration and pup culture updates. Technology is constantly changing, and we’ve been working like dogs to...

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Dog days of summer (video)

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The adventures of our friends Lily and Chloe rafting on the Russian River.

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Join the DogTrekker Challenge!

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At DogTrekker, we’re guided by one simple mission: Leave no dog behind. We support rescue and adoption animal welfare organizations – including Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary in Petaluma, which...

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Santa Clara County’s pet-friendly wine trail

Street sign that reads "wineries of Santa Clara County Wine Trail"

Every California winery association, it seems, has developed a wine road or trail to guide visitors to tasting discoveries they might otherwise have not known existed.

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Woof it up in Vacaville

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So…what do you and your pup know about dog-friendly Vacaville and its slice of Solano County? Maybe not much if all you’ve done is zoom past the exits on Interstate...

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Muttville, celebrating 15 years, 2007-2022!

Cute Muttville senior dog

Happy birthday, Muttville family! We’re commemorating our first 15 years with as many milestones, surpassing 10,000 dogs rescued!

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Day 1: Woof this way

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The open road beckons, the journey begins. Mariposa County is located within easy driving distance for most Californians.

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Dog-friendy Tuolumne County (video)

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Welcome to Tuolumne County, California where you can experience iconic Yosemite explorations, authentic California Gold Country discoveries and unforgettable High Sierra outdoor adventures.

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Napa Humane’s Annual Walk for Animals is back, live!

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The 11th annual Walk for Animals event benefiting Napa Valley's companion animals is not only the community's largest pet-friendly event, it's also Napa Humane's biggest annual fundraiser.

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Holiday gifts that give all year long

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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.

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Dogs take a bite out of the National Park Service

Olive the dog at Baker Beach

Beaches and trails that were formally open to dogs, both leashed and unleashed, have tightened those leashes by restricting or have even banned access.

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Wag your way through the Central Valley

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Redwood forests and mountains might be more scenically impressive, but there’s a different kind of ambience to be had in California’s flatlands. And the dog-friendly excursion trains that operate here...

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Eat, drink and be hairy: dog-friendly restaurants and wineries in Gilroy, CA

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Gilroy is fortunate to have many dog-friendly restaurants and wineries. No need to leave your dog behind to enjoy a tasty meal away from home—you can just wine and dine...

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Go take a hike: dog-friendly trails and parks in Gilroy, CA

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Plan a getaway to Gilroy, California and find plenty of dog-friendly parks and hiking trails to explore.

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Sit and stay: dog-friendly hotels and RV parks in Gilroy, CA

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Whether you are planning to bring your dog along on a west coast road trip or a quick weekend getaway, you will find plenty of dog-friendly places to stay overnight...

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Protect Marin County’s Parks & Open Spaces – yes on A

Marin Open Space trail sign

Measure A's quarter-cent sales tax supports parks, open space, and agricultural lands across Marin. T

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Vacaville is wine country with an affordable twist

Panoramic view of Lagoon Valley Park in Vacaville

Dreaming of a wine country getaway without the premium lodging prices of Napa Valley and Sonoma County? Here’s an insider’s tip for DogTrekkers: Base yourself in Vacaville. Close to both...

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A hotel for every budget

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Vacaville is a convenient wine country gateway that’s also a short drive from both San Francisco and Sacramento. You’ll find some of the most reasonably priced accommodations around. Vacaville hotels...

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Where to stay in Concord

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The Concord Perro Trail guide spotlights five pup-friendly properties, all close and convenient to adventures in Concord and the surrounding area. (Please be sure to confirm any weight and breed...

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Where to hike in Concord

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Concord has so many hikes that you’ll want to stay a few extra days to check them alll out!

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Where to eat in Concord

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Concord has a dizzying number of dog-friendly restaurants —nearly four dozen and counting! You’ll find several in the Concord Perro Trail guide, including Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, Eureka!, Five...

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Maiya’s stay in Ruthie’s Cabin at Nick’s Cove

Maiya looking out from Ruthie's Cabin at Nick's Cove

I wanted to share a pic of our Lab Maiya at Ruthie's Cabin at Nick's Cove.

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Winter in Southern California

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We’ve traveled all over California in the last 12 years with our pup Babu and now Gunda.

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Bucket-list cottages and cabin escapes

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Whether you prefer a farm stay in Gold Country, a trek along Yosemite trails, or a Marin County coastal stroll, you'll always find great options.

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Water view dog-friendly cottages and tables

Happy yellow lab wearing sunglasses on deck at Nick's cove with ocean view

Nick’s Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages is a dog-friendly, boutique resort on Tomales Bay in Marin County.

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Walk, wag and wine taste through Santa Cruz County history

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DogTrekkers tell us they like to look through the destinations we cover through a historical lens, and Santa Cruz County has it all. From the impeccably restored 19th century Victorians to old...

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Playtime with your pup in the East Bay’s big back yard

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Yes, San Francisco traffic congestion can be a turnoff, but head to the East Bay and you’ll be amazed by all the open-to-the-public lands at your disposal – not to...

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Can you Suisun? If you haven’t, go soon!

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While Napa and Sonoma bask in California wine-country publicity, Solano County’s “Rustic Wine Country,” aka Suisun Valley, deserves a place on your dog-friendly bucket list, too. The “hidden” valley is...

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Conquer Concord with your pup

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Looking for a new, not-faraway place to explore with your dog for a day or a weekend? Think Concord— and bring your appetite and your hiking shoes. You’ll need them...

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Putting paws to paths around Concord

Frenchie sitting and looking at camera with Mt Diablo in the background. Briones Regional Park, Contra Costa County, California, USA.

Get tails a’waggin’ on trails at one of the East Bay Regional Parks District preserves serving Contra Costa and Alameda counties. The 73 preserves include between them 125,000 acres of...

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Fall for these dog-friendly waterfalls

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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...

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Swimming at Novato’s O’Hair Park

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Kacee testing the waters in O’Hair Park Novato. In her 17th year when she passed, she never missed a dunk in a swimming hole.

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Dog-friendly cottages and tables with a view

Nick's cove snack with cottages in background

Take a national seashore, cross it with some intriguing history, add luxury cottages, an oyster bar and restaurant.

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The best dog-friendly cabins and cottages for your summer and fall trips

Tenaya Lodge Explorer Cabin

Yikes, can it be mid-summer already? As California opens up from its pandemic slumber, road trips are all the rage and travelers are on the move with their pups. The...

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Stay and Play in Concord

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Concord is a convenient, one-tank trip from several Bay Area, Sonoma and Napa communities. Visit the new Concord Visitor Center for travel inspiration, hike scenic regional parks with your pup,...

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Tap into Adventure in Concord

Dog bartender in Concord

Set in the shadow of magnificent Mount Diablo, dog-friendly Concord is an under-the-radar East Bay gem. Jazz musician Dave Brubeck was born here. The popular Iron Horse Regional Trail winds...

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Favorite California campgrounds for dog lovers

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New discoveries are nice, but so are places to which you and your four-legged buddy return time after time. Here are a few of our paw-tested California campgrounds for dogs.

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There are Many Ways to Camp

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Let’s say you’re into roughing it a bit —tent camping, say, but your significant other doesn’t like to sleep on the ground and your four-legged companion would likewise be more...

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Cooper loved to Travel

Cooper at the beach

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.

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Time out (with oysters) by the sea

Nick's cove snack with cottages in background

It’s oyster season! And it’s hard to imagine a more ideal place to enjoy a delectable dozen than at Nick’s Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar.

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Dog daze of summer!

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Use DogTrekker.com or the DogTrekker mobile app to finds beach websites, park phone numbers and directions.

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Russian River adventures

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Russian River Adventures offers dog-friendly canoe rentals on the most secluded section of the River, where dogs are welcome in the water.

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Proactively accessible Concord for you and your dog

Accessible trail in Concord

Concord prides itself on being a proactively ADA-accessible city offering many ways for visitors with disabilities to experience and enjoy the region.

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Leave no dog behind

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One simple mission has always guided DogTrekker’s work: Leave no dog behind, whether you’re on vacation or at a shelter.

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Dog-friendly Sacramento: Two Rivers Run Through It

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The American and Sacramento rivers converge at Discovery Park, just north of downtown Sacramento, and whichever way you trek along the 32-mile, multi-use Jedidiah Smith Memorial Trail (also known as...

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Meet Faraday, a hospice story from Lily’s Legacy

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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...

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The pros and cons of sleeping with your dog

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There are many myths about letting your dog share your bed, as well as possible concerns and benefits.

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Concord: Hike, Drink, Dine & Unwind

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The Contra Costa County town of Concord calls itself a “Northern California Original,” and it’s easy to see why. With a booming craft brew scene, creative dining options and a...

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Dog-friendly EBMUD: What is it?

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While many visitors to the Concord/East Bay are familiar with the expansive East Bay Regional Park District, the preserves managed by the East Bay Municipal Utility District are off-the-grid for...

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Pick A dog-friendly trail, any trail

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If all 1,250 miles of trails within the East Bay Regional Park District stretched in a straight line up and down the West Coast, they’d reach from San Diego to...

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Yosemite in winter: Doglicious!

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Forget all those reports you read about hour-long traffic backups to get into Yosemite National Park in summer. In winter, this iconic slice of the American West is an un-crowded...

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East Bay park gets a new name

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The East Bay Regional Park District is honoring one of its earliest champions of parks and open space by renaming Redwood Regional Park, located in Oakland, after Dr. Aurelia Reinhardt, whose contributions...

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Macy’s Holiday Windows

Puppies in Macy's holiday window

If you're going to San Francisco this holiday season, don't miss the chance to check out Holiday Windows. It's a SF collaboration between the San Francisco SPCA, San Francisco Animal...

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Tri-Valley – Open Space and Wine Country for Your Dog

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Three valleys and four small cities in the Tri-Valley (Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and Danville) comprise this triangle-shaped region set amid rolling hills and valleys 35 miles east of San Francisco....

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East Bay SPCA dog training classes

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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...

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Go Soon to Suisun!

Dog in Suisun

When it comes to dog-friendly wineries, Suisun Valley wineries in Solano County are just a hop-skip away from Vacaville, San Francisco and Sacramento. This unpretentious “Rustic Wine Country” is one...

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See the Light (Or Spend A Dog-Friendly Night) at Point Arena

Dog by a lighthouse at Point Arena

Just 15 miles north of Gualala, don’t miss the 115-foot-high Point Arena Lighthouse, perched on a narrow peninsula and dating to 1879 and rebuilt after tumbling in the 1906 San...

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Airstreams, dog-friendly glamping and more

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Vintage travel-trailers, “glamping” tents and luxury yurts are part of an outdoorsy trend that is spreading all up and down California.   

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Visit a close-in, dog-friendly campground

Dog at campground

Even if you’re an urban dweller, you don’t have to go far to snag a spot in the woods (although you might have trouble with reservations).

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Fort Fun!

Several dogs at Fort Funston

DogTrekker.com reader Karen N. sent in a few photos of her dogs at Fort Funston, San Francisco's off-leash dog haven. Karen writes, "In my opinion, the most beautiful place in...

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Contra Costa Humane Society

Dog at the Contra Costa Humane Society

Contra Costa Humane Society is a small independent humane society formed in 1991 by the merger of two local animal welfare

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Pleasant Surprises in Pleasant Hill

Dog on beautiful trail in Pleasant Hill

This East Bay community of 35,000 is surrounded by hills that perfectly reflect its name. But while some may view its location (23 miles east of San Francisco and 73...

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Briones Regional Park, Pleasant Hill’s hidden gem

Frenchie sitting and looking at camera with Mt Diablo in the background. Briones Regional Park, Contra Costa County, California, USA.

DogTrekker followers are continually astonished by the wealth of possibilities offered by the 64 parks in the East Bay Regional Park District,

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How to Choose Your Next Rescue Dog

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By Jeannine Berger DVM, DACVB, DACAW, CAWA, Vice President of Rescue and Welfare, San Francisco SPCA When rescuing a dog, you can take two different paths. The big question to...

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Get a taste (and a sip) of the dog-friendly delta

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The San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta (often referred to as the California Delta) is a maze of navigable waterways winding from Sacramento to the San Francisco Bay.

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Why We Are Thankful!

Our team feels blessed to have spent another year following our mission of leaving no dog behind, whether in a shelter or when the family hits the road on vacation....

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Macy’s Holiday Windows, San Francisco

Adorable puppy dog in Macy's holiday window

Macy’s Holiday Windows, San Francisco - Now through Jan. 1 The flagship Macy’s store on Union Square is a must-do stop during the holidays. Its Holiday Windows displays, featuring adoptable animals from...

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Illuminate SF Festival of Light, San Francisco

Illuminate SF Festival of Light, San Francisco - Now through New Year’s Day Experience San Francisco’s extraordinary light-art scene with 37 installations by 34 artists spread through 17 neighborhoods. Check online for...

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Best dog-friendly hiking near Concord

Frenchie sitting and looking at camera with Mt Diablo in the background. Briones Regional Park, Contra Costa County, California, USA.

The East Bay has a remarkable network of hiking trails, and Concord offers easy access from within the city limits, as well as several great dog hikes just a short...

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Play and Rest Your Head in Concord

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When you Visit Concord, you’ll enjoy a warm, hospitable welcome from any of their dog-friendly hotels. From executive suites to economical accommodations, Concord offers a lodging option for you and...

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Where to chow down with your pup in Vacaville

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When it’s mealtime in Vacaville, you’ll find many casual, dog-friendly options, from pizza and barbecue to Mexican, Italian and sandwich shops.

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Little Jo’s Yosemite adventure

Little Jo in Yosemite

It was one of those "Yahoo" moments that I found out the way to bring my little Jo to Yosemite. It was rewarding being in Yosemite with my fur baby overlooking...

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Tri-Valley: Trails to Treats

Tri-Valley Trails to Treats Poster

The Bay Area’s Tri-Valley region, just 45 minutes east of San Francisco, is a sunny paradise for hiking dogs and their people, rewarding both with lots of wide open spaces and scenic...

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A Big Bark For Sebastopol’s Barlow

Dog and person by The Barlow entrance sign

It’s easy, it’s pretty and hiking its 1.8-mile length will burn off just enough calories to allow you to splurge on a meal at The Barlow, a complex housing more...

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A big bark for Sonoma’s Bart Park

mustard flowers grow in Sonoma vineyard

Sonoma County is well endowed with public lands where you can spend quality time with your furry friend, but not so well known are the private preserves that welcome hikers...

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Hike-in breakfast with a view

Hike-in breakfast with a view

If you live in the Bay Area, you owe it to yourself to experience this hike-in breakfast at least once. It’s only a 2-mile walk to West Point Inn on...

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Furlong Gulch, Sonoma County

Dog prints in the sand at Furlong Gulch in Sonoma County

Furlong Gulch, Sonoma County. Furlong Gulch is one of several beaches you’ll come to as you travel along the 17 miles of beaches extending from the Vista Trail 4 miles north...

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Rocket Dog Rescue 2018

People and dogs at Rocket Dog rescue

San Francisco's Rocket Dog Rescue is celebrating its 17th birthday, mostly doing what it does best—saving dogs who really, really need it. Since they opened their Urban Sanctuary and Adoption...

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Fort Funston, San Francisco

View of Fort Funston cliffs, San Francisco County

• Fort Funston, San Francisco. This stretch of rugged headlands just south of Ocean Beach in the southwest part of the city is not fenced, but it’s nirvana for off-leash...

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Muir Beach, Marin County

Woman with dog on beach.

• Muir Beach, Marin County. This is a Bay Area classic: A crescent of sand bordered by high bluffs to the north and south, with wetlands and a lagoon behind...

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Who gets to be well?

French bulldog puppy sits on exam table at vet office

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...

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Stroller-friendly hikes for wheels, feet and paws

baby in stroller on walking path with dog

There are thousands of places to hike with kids and dogs in California, but if you’re new to an area,

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Tips for taking kids and dogs on a road trip

Mother and daughter with shiba inu dog sit on tailgate of white SUV

Headed out on a family road trip this summer? With dogs and children along, you’ll need to employ some strategy when it comes to spending a night on the road...

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Make it a family affair in Marin

picnic table and wine barrel with decorative pumpkins in from of Marin Country Mart sign

Marin County it’s been said, has a larger population of dogs than of children. Whether that’s urban legend or fact, residents are definitely known to dote on their four-legged family...

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All aboard a choo-choo train

Dog on a choo choo train

The chug-chug and urgent whistle call of an approaching train is always exciting, especially when a vintage steam engine leads the charge. How can you hear it and see it...

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Dog-Friendly Campground Reservation Resources

Campground tent

• California State Parks rolled out a new reservation system, ReserveCalifornia, in August of last year, with new features still being phased in. Users who create a profile can reserve...

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Family Dog Rescue 2018

Black and brown dog at Family Dog Rescue

San Francisco's Family Dog Rescue's guiding philosophy is "We believe that when you adopt a dog, a family is created" — and they exist to help create and sustain those...

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Spring rambles in the South Bay

dog off-leash hiking on trail surrounded by green grass

South of San Francisco, you and your frisky pup have more velvety-green hills to wander in spring.

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Chasing cascades in the Bay Area

Golden retriever overlooks aerial view of Sunol Regional Wilderness.

From easy family hikes to certified huffer-puffers, the hills and streams of the San Francisco Bay Area are at their voluptuous best in spring.

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Time out for Tuolumne County (Yosemite north entrance)

walking path through redwood trees

The rugged country leading up to Yosemite’s Big Oak Flat (North) entrance boasts a pioneer history as rough-hewn as the landscape itself. Tuolumne County towns along the Highway 120/49 corridors—Oakdale,...

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Yes, Your Dog Can Catch the Flu Too.

Dog with hot water bottle on head

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM, MS of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland. Over the past three months, almost every other call we’ve received at our hospital has been regarding the “dog...

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Ginger by the Bay

Ginger dog by the Bay

Stacy D. shared this wonderful image with us of her sweet pup Ginger soaking up the sunshine at Crissy Field on a gorgeous San Francisco day.

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New Dog-friendly Hotels in California

Dogs on veranda in a dog-friendly hotel

DogTrekker.com would like to thank all DogTrekkers who contributed to our 2018 reader survey. You let us know that one of the topics you’d most like us to address this...

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Baker Botts

From Chris Carr, Baker Botts, lead attorney in the fight to get the federal government to release documents under the Freedom of Information Act:

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Put paws to GGNRA paths in San Mateo County

yellow lab looking into the distance on wide trail at sunset

People have walked their dogs, both on- and off-leash, for decades on the lands in San Mateo County that became part of the GGNRA after the National Park Service’s 1979...

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San Francisco County’s GGNRA bounty

Experience the joy of watching your canine companion frolic on the sandy shores of Crissy Field, while the majestic Golden Gate Bridge paints a stunning backdrop. The golden-hued structure standing tall against a clear blue sky promises a picturesque playdate for any dog lover and their faithful friend. Engage in an exciting game of fetch, let them chase the waves lapping at their paws, or simply relax as they dig into the cool sand under sunny skies near this iconic San Francisco gem. A perfect outing spot for those wanting to make unforgettable memories with their pets! - Dogtrekker

In San Francisco, GGNRA lands wrap the shoreline almost all the way from Fort Mason in the north to Fort Funston in the south, with a few breaks along the...

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Make it Marin for dog-friendly GGNRA trails/beaches

Four happy dogs on trail in the Marin Headlands.

More than 12,000 acres of the GGNRA are concentrated in the Marin Headlands, a hilly peninsula just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco.

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GGNRA dog-walking saga: The backstory

GGNRA sign

With Bay Area populations growing and Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) lands being ever more heavily used, the National Park Service (NPS) in 2001, under the guise that dogs...

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It’s a Great Winery Finder

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Roger Coryell of Sonoma County tells us the DogTrekker mobile app is the best of any of the winery apps he’s used, dog-friendly or not. Wineries are broken down by...

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It’s a Wonderful Life For Bella

Bella on a dog bed

Just in time for the holidays, we received this heartfelt account from DogTrekker.com reader Alison P.: On October 4 I opened your email newsletter, Treat Your Dog to Autumn Adventure...

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The season of giving

Dog smelling red flowers

DogTrekker operates on the principles set forth in its 4-Paw Promise: “To deliver local and accurate listings, provide engaging and actionable content and focus on social commitment to the communities...

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Take Time to Coast

Dog at a coastal lighthouse

Mendocino County is mostly rural, and its extensive patchwork of public lands encompasses everything from national forests and state parks to dog-friendly preserves administered by the Bureau of Land Management....

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San Francisco SPCA 2017

Dog on blue photographer's background for the San Francisco SPCA

Looking for a sweet, loving young dog? Meet Matt Cain. This one-year-old German shepherd mix boy loves to meet new people, eat delicious treats and get tons of affection. He is blind, but...

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Go Boho on the Bohemian Highway

Alsatian checking out the Bohemian Highway

It’s just 10 miles long, but oh, what a sweet 10 miles. The Bohemian Highway, named for the artists and other alternative-lifestyle folks who settled the area after the 1906...

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Urban rambles in Sonoma County

sunrise over marshland with low fog in Petaluma

The town of Sonoma, with its historic plaza surrounded by high-end restaurants and shops, is the gateway to Sonoma Wine Country. But wineries aren’t the only places in this sprawling county...

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Sunny Tri-Valley Wineries Welcome Dogs

Dog at a Tri-Valley winery

The Tri-Valley region, an hour east of San Francisco, is nothing if not full of surprises, especially when it comes to wine. Production is centered in the rolling Livermore Valley...

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Off the beaten path in Marin

mountain view from picnic area at West Point Inn.

Visiting Marin County? Not even all the locals are hip to the hike-in pancake breakfasts-with-a-view served up at the West Point Inn 1,785 feet above the Pacific on the shoulder...

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Dog-friendly pumpkin patches in NorCal

puppy playing amongst the pumpkins

What's Halloween without a visit to a pumpkin patch, especially if the pumpkin patch doubles as a seasonal family theme park?

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Urban hikes to SF attractions

mixed breed dog sits on hill overlooking San Francisco cityscape

Whether you live in San Francisco or are just visiting, your legs are bound to get a workout given all those hills.

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Make it a Meal Deal

People holding up cute dogs

Be sure to stash a few treats in your pocket so Spike won’t get jealous while the rest of you take your pick of food-truck fare and enjoy live music,...

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Laurel Inn
Pamper Your Pet Package

Laurel Inn, San Francisco Pamper Your Pet Package Treat your dog to a relaxing San Francisco getaway with this hotel package! • Doggie welcome treat and toy • Complimentary access to...

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Fairmont San Francisco
Pampered Pooch Package

Fairmont San Francisco Pampered Pooch Package Having provided legendary service to travelers for more than a century, Fairmont San Francisco has unleashed an exclusive package for its four-legged guests. Make your visit...

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What and Where is Tri-Valley?

Dog on patio at  winery in the Tri-Valley

Three valleys and four cities make up the Tri-Valley region, which away from urban areas is characterized by rolling hills studded with gnarly oaks and sprawling vineyards. It’s less than...

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Tri-Valley’s No-Whine Wineries

Wine bottle and dog in the Tri-Valley

A laid-back atmosphere and dog-friendly vibe prevail at many Tri-Valley wineries where you can both make yourselves at home. Most establishments are located in the picturesque Livermore Valley, one of...

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Tri-Valley: Eat, Drink & Chill After the Hike

Wine Barrels in the Tri-Valley

If you plan to put on your hiking shoes and head out to enjoy the East Bay Regional Parks mentioned in this issue, we have just the place to refresh,...

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More in Marin

Dog in Marin

Sure, there are many open-space tracts in Marin County where you and your dog can hike without being tied together. But there are more that offer big rewards in terms...

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East Bay Regional Park District

Golden retriever overlooks aerial view of Sunol Regional Wilderness.

The Bay Area wouldn’t be what it is without its tawny, oak-studded hills, and we have the East Bay Regional Parks District to thank for keeping many of them accessible...

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Urban rambles in San Francisco

mixed breed dog sits on hill overlooking San Francisco cityscape

An abundance of open space available to canines makes the City by the Bay especially enticing to four-legged visitors with humans on the other end of the leash.

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Marin County Open Space

Marin County Open  space with dog

Marin County has long been a leader in land conservation, and the public has been a beneficiary of its valiant efforts.

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Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue 2017

Black lab at Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue

Meet Bandit. He's 12. Or maybe 13. But you'd never know it. He's remarkably healthy, happy, playful, and good-natured, with no health issues other than slightly creaky hips. He loves...

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Fun For Dogs and the Humans Who Follow

8. Bark (& Meow) Around the Block, Berkeley: August 19. Don't miss Berkeley Humane’s adopt-a-thon and street fair featuring 100-plus animals available for adoption from more than Bay Area rescues,...

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Exceptions to California state park rules

coastal view of ocean and boulders at MacKerricher State Park

Most California State Parks restrict canine companions to campgrounds, day-use picnic areas and paved roads, but we’ve found a trio that allow four-paw venturing on dirt trails.

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SF SPCA veterinary hospitals are the bestest

French bulldog puppy sits on exam table at vet office

SF SPCA has the second largest animal care facility in North America: SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital - Mission Campus.

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Leptospirosis and Your Dog

Dog eating something off the pavement

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland. As water levels rise across the Bay Area this winter, so has the number of documented canine leptospirosis cases. This...

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Cataract Falls: A California classic

dog on wooden bridge in forest

Despite its strenuous nature, the 2.5-mile round trip to Cataract Falls on the north slope of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County is definitely not the road less traveled.

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San Francisco SPCA Pop-Up

Pop-up event poster

Kitten cuddles? Check. Puppy kisses? Check. Cuteness overload? Check, check, check! Don’t miss all the cuteness at the San Francisco SPCA Pop-Up at Two Embarcadero Center.

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PyrPaw Rescue

PyrPaw Rescue Great Pyrenees dog

Some months ago, Bear was facing death before his life had really started, through no fault of his own. At 2 1/2, the happy, healthy Great Pyrenees dog became a...

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Puppy Love in Portland

Airedale mix in ortland

Yes, it’s a long drive from California (650 miles and 10 hours minimum from San Francisco), but Portland-with-pup is worth the time-and-money investment. “Portlandia” (also nicknamed PDX, after its airport...

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White wine on a winter’s day

Yellow dogs and vines

Mendocino County’s wineries produce many reds, of course, but crisp viogniers and other whites are also specialties of the region, even on a winter's day.

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See the Lights

Black dog with holiday lights on head

Holiday parades and light displays are part and parcel of the American holiday experience, with cities and towns large and small getting into the illuminated holiday spirit. Here are three...

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Time for ‘Leche-Vitrines’

Dog on dog bed in front of red bench

That’s French for “window licking,” an expression that in English equates to “window shopping.” But the French term translates (almost) literally when it comes to Macy’s Holiday Windows displays in...

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Rocket Dog Rescue 2016

Alsatian mix at Rocket  Dog rescue

Things looked grim for young Chance. An energetic young German shepherd, he'd managed to get hit by a car, shattering his left front leg in the process. Fortunately for him,...

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Fall Trekking in the SLO Lane

Dog on bench with old tools.

San Luis Obispo County encompasses just about everything California is known for, from mountains to ocean to wine country to laid-back vibe. Luis Obispo County encompasses just about everything California is...

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Hideaways by the Sea

Dog next to Hideaways the Sea

There’s nothing like the non-stop sigh of the sea to instill a meditative state of mind. And in Sonoma County, there are dozens of places where you and your pup...

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Hiking hills and Headlands

Tolay Lake Regional Park

Every good bird deserves watching at Bodega Bay, and the 1.2-mile Bird Walk Coastal Access Trail is a great venue for walking your dog while sharpening your identification skills.

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Sonoma County trippin’

stone courtyard with fountain at Hotel Petaluma

When’s the last time you explored these Sonoma County gems with your four-legged friend?

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Vine and Dine In Sonoma

Dog a Sonoma county winery

Sonoma County is one of California’s largest and most diverse regions—and one that can seem very close or very far away, depending on your time, destination and inclinations. For a...

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Take a walk on the wave side

Dog swimming in Half Moon Bay

DogTrekkers who live inland know they’re never far from Sweatshirt Land. So when the mercury climbs, those in the know leash up their pups and head for the coast, making...

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Go with the rivers’ flow

Dog wearing red life vest asleep in kayak

Your dog may not be able to paddle her own canoe, but you’ll have a blast paddling for her with an assist from an outfitter who knows how to help...

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Off-leash beaches for chasing waves

Three off-leash dogs frolicking at the beach.

For water-loving canines, nothing beats fetching a bright yellow tennis ball from the surf and romping full speed ahead on a sandy beach. But while there’s plenty of sand to...

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Camping, Sunset Style

Like many of us who read Sunset, you are most likely inspired and somewhat intimidated by those oh-so-perfect homes, gardens and recipes showcased on the magazine’s glossy pages and online....

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No Tent or RV? No Problem…

Dog on red camp chair

Don’t run out to buy a tent if you don’t know that you’ll enjoy camping and take it up as a regular pastime. Novices who don’t own a full kit...

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Preparing Your Dog for a New Baby

crib mattress

By Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB, San Francisco SPCA A new baby in your home is an exciting, yet challenging time for everyone, including your dog. The time to prepare your...

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Impact: San Francisco County

Dog on beach in San Francisco county

If the National Park Service’s proposed dog rule goes through, it will constitute the largest single reduction in recreational access for people in the history of the Golden Gate National...

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Diesel & Oliver’s seaside adventure

Diesel and Oliver's Seaside Adventure featuring two dogs sitting on a dock.

Diesel and Oliver's parents, Ashley and Chris P. were the lucky winners of our Nick's Cove 2015 DogCation. The whole family got to enjoy a wonderful seaside adventure along Tomales...

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Tuolumne County (North/Big Oak Flat) Entrance

Tuolumne County North/Big Flat entrance building

There is plenty to see as you and your four-legged companion wander through rugged Tuolumne County toward the Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park.

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Family Dog Rescue

Dog on beach with ring toy in background

Not so long ago, the soulful Felipe was trying to survive on the streets of Tijuana. His quick wits and friendly personality served him well, but by the time he...

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Lots to Wag About in Tri-Valley

Dog and person walking in the Tri-Valley

For those who live in San Francisco, Sacramento and most points in between, the Tri-Valley region, with its rolling topography and semi-rural character, offers a refreshing change of venue for...

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Four falls on one outing!

Watefalls

In the wake of a good spring drenching, the Uvas Canyon Waterfall Loop Trail near Morgan Hill in the South Bay’s Santa Cruz Mountains rewards with easy footing and sights...

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Splash-happy in Marin

verdant green forest with waterfall

Cataract Falls in Marin County is probably the best-known waterfall in the Bay Area, and for good reason.

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Family-friendly Fairway Falls

Trailhead to Fairway Falls

There’s no need to work up a sweat on a waterfall hike, especially if the hike is a family-friendly, one-mile round trip to Fairway Falls, a seasonal gusher in Ignacio Valley Open...

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San Francisco Dreamin’

Charlie at Cavallo Point Lodge Once the Super Bowl is over, San Francisco can breathe deeply again (and hotel rates revert to normal, too). For true romantics who like to...

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Soak Up Some History

Carmel Fountain of Woof One of the best ways to get acquainted with a destination is on a walking tour, but it’s not every destination that welcomes four-legged tour members.

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Howl-I-Day Winery Party

Photo Credit: Brian Brooks (CC) If a visit to Sonoma Wine Country is on your December agenda, time your trip to take part in the Dec. 11 Ugly Sweater Howl-I-Day Party...

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29th Annual Macy’s Holiday Windows

Photo courtesy: SF SPCA If you live in the Bay Area or plan a holiday-season trip to the City by the Bay, be sure to stop by the flagship Macy’s...

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Dog-friendly hiking around Vacaville

happy white long haired chihuahua on leash in on grassy trail

An attraction of pastoral and historic interest easily accessible from Vacaville is Rush Ranch Open Space a 2,070-acre open space now administered by the Solano Land Trust.

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Vacaville, gateway to the wine country

chocolate lab sits at table with bottle of wine

Photo Credit: Liz Anderson Ready for some wine tasting? The verdant Suisun Valley, about 20 minutes from downtown Vacaville, is home to numerous wineries that welcome canine guests in their...

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Leash Reactivity 101

Photo Credit: Sangudo (CC) By Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB, Veterinarian & Behavior Specialist, San Francisco SPCA. Leash reactivity is a very common problem and can happen to any dog guardian –...

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Butte County Getaway With Humphrey

Bidwell Park Just an hour north of Sacramento, Butte County is a great place for an outdoorsy getaway with your canine companion. The surprises start in the county seat of...

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Dog-friendly Tri-Valley Region Trails

The Bay Area’s Tri-Valley region, just 45 minutes east of San Francisco, is a sunny paradise for hiking dogs and their people, rewarding both with lots of wide open spaces...

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Put these hiking havens on your radar

happy white long haired chihuahua on leash in on grassy trail

Regional park districts in the Bay Area and beyond offer myriad venues for hiking with your dog. Check out the possibilities and put paws to path this fall!

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Sonoma County Regional Parks with your pup

hillside view in Santa Rosa, CA

Sonoma County’s diverse network of regional parks is laced by more than 140 miles of trails leading to beaches, mountains, forests, lakes and meadows.

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John Muir’s Legacy in Contra Costa County

Axel hiking Acalanes Ridge. Photo Credit: Karen Booth, JMLT staff Be grateful for the folks behind the John Muir Land Trust—and consider donating to the Saving Contra Costa campaign if...

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Calistoga With Your Pup

Lupo at Castello di Amarosa

Photo credit: eLjeProks (CC) Famous for its hot springs and namesake bottled water, dog-friendly Calistoga is a relaxing but lively destination at the north end of the Napa Valley, also reached by a...

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Exploring Napa’s ‘Ghost Wineries’

Photo credit: lizzie1326 (CC) Visit Napa Valley midweek or in fall/winter, and you’ll have an experience much different than on high-season weekends. And there’s no shortage of wineries that welcome...

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DogTrekkers go Santa Cruzin’

An exuberant canine, outfitted in a jazzy tropical shirt, lounges delightfully in front of a nostalgically designed vintage car. Ideal for pet owners looking for fun and unique activities to enjoy with their dogs. - Dogtrekker

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...

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Green Inspiration at Cornerstone Sonoma

Kayla gets the cold shoulder from Cornerstone dog Anyone who loves gardens will be hearing a lot very soon about Sunset magazine making Cornerstone Sonoma, a garden and retail complex...

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Cuddle Up With Your Pup

Photo Credit: smerikal (CC) Sonoma County has plenty of gorgeous scenery to share with your best friend, and plenty of places to make base camp if you’re able to spend...

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Stretch Your Legs In Sonoma County

Photo Credit: Mike Lewinski (CC) Like to scope out new horizons from a two- and four-legged point of view? The Sonoma County coast, the Sonoma Valley and the Russian River region...

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Make a Splash on the Sonoma Shore

Black and white dog playing on a Sonoma County beach

There’s something about fresh ocean air that makes a day at the coast restorative as well as memorable. Every good bird deserves watching at Bodega Bay, an hour and a...

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Russian River with Rover

Photo courtesy: Russian River Adventures Among our favorite DogTrekker activities is paddling a languidly flowing, 8.5-mile stretch of the Russian River around the dog-friendly, wine-centric town of Healdsburg in Sonoma...

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Ride the Tilden Railway with Rufus

Redwood Valley Railroad

Kids (and dogs) of all ages visiting Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley are drawn like magnets to the Tilden/Redwood Valley Railway, a miniature train that has been looping around the...

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Wag Your Way Through Western Railway Museum

From the late 1800s into the early 1940s, dozens of Northern California communities were connected by electric “interurban” railroads. The biggest player was the Sacramento Northern, whose trunk line stretched...

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Day By The Bay in Benicia

Dog at Day by the Bay in Benicia

It’s almost always sweater weather in this snug little community on the Carquinez Strait. And Benicia’s friendly residents enjoy a small-town atmosphere just a hop, skip and jump from San...

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River running with Rover

Dog playing in Howarth Park

Lakes are great and beaches are peachy, but there’s something special about splashing in a river. DogTrekker.com has explored quite a few with our furry best friends and want to...

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Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days 2015

Happy 2014 adopters. Photo: Maddie's Fund Good news for homeless pets around the Bay: It's the return of Maddie's Pet Adoption Days! Named in honor of the little miniature schnauzer who brought joy...

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Wind Up and Wine Down in Oakland

Jack London Square Summer days are great for long, lingering meals on the tail end of an outing with your pet. Lake Merritt, the large tidal lagoon in the center...

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PAWS Rescue (Paws Are Wonderful Support)

Founded at the height of San Francisco's AIDS epidemic when food-bank volunteers banded together to provide support for their clients with pets, Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS)is still going strong —...

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You Call This Camping? We Say Four Paws Up

Go in style. Camping doesn’t necessarily mean sleeping on the ground or getting up close and personal with dirt. These privately operated spots have tons of amenities for you and...

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The Value of Crate Training

Tobi enjoying her crate. (CC) Laura Harris By Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB, DACAW, CAWA, San Francisco SPCA Some dog owners believe crate training is cruel and dogs should not be...

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San Francisco SPCA 2015

Meet Marco. As part of its lifesaving work, the San Francisco SPCA provides a safe, caring haven for many dogs who'd otherwise fall through the cracks because of age, breed,...

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Sit. Stay. Dog-friendly vacation rentals

Man rests in indoor hammock with dog watching

With all of the great hikes and fun places to play in the city by the bay, why not book a vacation rental as your base of operations?

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Sit, stay and snore in dog-friendly San Francisco

Capture a breathtaking moment with your Australian Shepherd dog against the spectacular backdrop of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. This unforgettable experience will not only provide endless joy for your furry friend but also yield perfect photo opportunities that you'll cherish forever. - Dogtrekker

If there’s a more dog-friendly city than San Francisco when it comes to lodging, we don’t know about it. The City by the Bay boasts dozens of hotels, motels and...

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Rocket Dog Rescue 2015

Oliver Here's Oliver, who's just over three months old. He's currently having a fine old time in his foster home and playing with the resident dog while he waits for...

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Chasing Waves on Ocean Beach With Your Dog

Traveling in Style at Ocean Beach. (CC) torbakhopper If your dog has a reliable recall and can be trusted not to jump on people, bring her to Ocean Beach, a...

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Waterfront Dog-friendly Delights in Mission Bay

Hanging out in Mission Bay. (CC) Bhautik Joshi One of the fastest changing parts of the city is Mission Bay, a South-of-Market shoreline neighborhood in the midst of a redevelopment...

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Places to Play in Golden Gate Park With Your Dog

Golden Retriever in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Golden Gate Park is to San Francisco what Central Park is to New York, but oh-so-much better, at least in our dog-centric opinion.

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Travelling with Pepper Lukes

Pepper Lukes all Smiles at Cuvier DogTrekker, Anna Lisa, sent us photos of her lovely seven year old shih tzu poodle, Pepper Lukes. Pepper travels everywhere with her family, is very...

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Dog-friendly Tri-Valley Trails

The Bay Area’s Tri-Valley region, just 30 minutes east of San Francisco, is a sunny paradise for hiking dogs and their people. With lots of wide open spaces and scenic vistas,...

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San Francisco is for Dog Lovers

Addie headed for fun at Fort Funston. Photo by Heather. If there’s a more dog-friendly big city than San Francisco, we at DogTrekker.com certainly don’t know about it. An abundance...

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Introducing Dogs and Cats

By Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB, DACAW, CAWA San Francisco SPCA Let’s say you are traveling with your dog to visit some friends and you find out they have a cat....

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Dog-friendly Wineries in Livermore Valley

Retzlaff Vineyard, Livermore Here at DogTrekker.com, we’ve made dog-friendly wineries easier to find through a new, interactive map on our California Wine Country landing page. Clicking on the map of...

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Dog-friendly Wineries in Napa Valley

QQ in Napa Here at DogTrekker.com, we’ve made dog-friendly wineries easier to find through a new, interactive map on our California Wine Country landing page. Clicking on the map of...

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Dog-friendly wineries in Sonoma County

Dogs

Here at DogTrekker.com, we’ve made dog-friendly wineries easier to find through a new, interactive map on our California Wine Country landing page. Clicking on the map of the county or...

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Yearning for Yolo

dog standing on chair in front of table on restaurant patio

You can’t know what you’re missing if you don’t pull off the highway, and for DogTrekkers speeding through Yolo County on Interstate 80, there are myriad reasons to put on...

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Calistoga On a Leash

I Love Calistoga art. Photo by Tim Carl.

A welcoming destination with a rich history, the charming town of Calistoga caps the far north end of the Napa alley like a cork in a bottle. Recently named one...

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Dog-friendly Wineries: Just a Click Away

Dog ready for an outing

Here at DogTrekker.com, we’ve made dog-friendly wineries easier to find through a new, interactive map on our California Wine Country landing page. Clicking on the map of the county or...

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Dog-walk Apps

Sunset walk at Point Pinole. Photo by Hilary. Walking is as good for you as it is for your dog, and with Walk For A Dog, a new fundraising app...

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Strut Your Mutt 2014

Fun for all at Strut Your Mutt. On August 23, head for Treasure Island in San Francisco. Once you get there, join the happy throngs converging on the Great Lawn for the...

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Separation Anxiety

Don't leave me all by myself. By Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB, San Francisco SPCA Separation anxiety is a serious and heart-breaking disorder. Dogs who suffer from separation anxiety experience the...

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Bet on Bodega Bay

Dogs playing in Bodega Bay

Follow the Pacific coast through Sonoma County and you’ll find plenty of gorgeous scenery to share with your best friend. Bodega Bay makes an ideal hub for discovering the region’s...

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Scenic Sebastopol

Hanging out at the Sebastopol Apple Fair.(CC) e.t. This West Sonoma County hub is fast becoming a DogTrekker favorite, particularly since the advent of The Barlow, a dog- and family-friendly...

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KOA Welcomes DogTrekkers

Camping in California is surging in popularity with DogTrekkers, in part because privately owned campgrounds such as the award-winning San Francisco North/Petaluma KOA have diversified to offer not just RV camping, but...

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A-Glamping We Will Go

Fancy glamping tent

What’s glamping? It’s one of those made-up fusion words meant to convey the idea of “glamorous” camping, a concept adopted from African safari tradition and catching on in California and...

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RV Resorts: Not Just for RVs Anymore

Petaluma KOA Photo courtesy Daniel Trumm (CC) KOA (Kampgrounds of America) has been a leader for decades in expanding its amenities to attract a broad demographic of vacationers. Most of...

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On The Way to Yosemite: North Entrance

Cabo in Groveland. Photo: Doug Pieper Why hurry to Yosemite National Park when the journey can be as rewarding as the destination? The Yosemite Region encompasses four gateway counties, each...

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East Bay getaways with your dog

Dog in east bay hills

Cassie at Mission Creek Preserve. Photo: Sean Ness (CC) What would the East Bay be without its regional parks—all 65 of them? The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) marks...

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Pica: When Your Dog Eats Weird Stuff

Tye licking his lips. Photo: Sue B. (CC) By Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB, San Francisco SPCA From socks to rocks to marijuana, owners and veterinarians have seen their fair share...

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On the road to Yosemite

view of Yosemite Falls in fall

Why hurry to Yosemite National Park when the journey can be as rewarding as the destination? The Yosemite Region encompasses four gateway counties, each with its own unique set of...

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Russian River Adventures

Have a dog who loves water? Why not let her serve as first mate in a dog-friendly canoe?  Russian River Adventures, Sonoma County's premiere dog-passionate eco-adventure outfitter, welcomes four-paw passengers...

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DogTrekker’s best river adventures

Dog in canoe at Catch a Canoe in Mendocino

Among our favorite go-to spots is the languidly flowing stretch of the Russian River around Healdsburg. Russian River Adventures rents dog-friendly inflatable canoes for full-day trips where you can enjoy...

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Enjoy These GGNRA Beaches While You Can

Dog running on Muir Beach: Photo by Carolyn (CC) For dog lovers, few sights bring more joy than watching man’s best friend run free and unfettered on a beach. In...

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Mistral About the City

Mistral Visits Corona Heights, San Francisco Kala Sherman-Presser and her nine year old black lab Mistral have this urban waves and wilderness thing pretty well figured out as these photos...

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Clearly Clear Lake

Clear Lake State Park sign in the spring

There it sits, a big blue puddle on the map about 75 miles due north of Santa Rosa. When’s the last time you and your furry sidekick visited Clear Lake,...

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Sunday in Sonoma Wine Country

The old proverb 'Let Sleeping Dogs Lie' doesn't apply at family and dog-friendly Larson Family Winery, located in the heart of of the Carneros region of Sonoma. Both Bubba and...

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See the Sea

Otto at Tilden Park, Berkeley. Photo: Carol Kolb DeWilde (CC) In our last newsletter, Spring Delights in the East Bay, we profiled some favorite hikes in the green, rolling hills...

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Great Kibble to Bark About

Beast of the Bay Winner! The results of the 6th Annual Bay Woof "Beast of the Bay" awards are in, and DogTrekker.com finished as top dog in two of the...

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Rambling Around Oakland

Dog-loving residents of Oakland have it all: tons of bars and restaurants with dog-friendly outdoor seating; an overall welcoming attitude toward canines; and a wealth of open-space trails, many of...

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Nip into Napa

Grapevine in early winter

Sadie, wine tasting in the Napa Valley. Ah, wintertime in the Napa Valley. The crowds are gone and region’s many delights are yours for the taking. This is the season...

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Save Our Access to GGNRA Lands

Rohn at Crissy Field As DogTrekker.com first reported in an editorial last September, the then recently revised 1,900 page plan did little to improve the outlook for dog owners who have...

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Bonus Trekking Resources

Over the past year, our hiking pages and listings have become the most visited of all activities on DogTrekker.com. In addition to the terrific hikes presented in this newsletter, we...

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Leash Reactivity

By Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB Veterinarian & Behavior Specialist, San Francisco SPCA Pulling on a leash is a common problem that can occur with any dog. Don't be embarrassed. It...

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Step Up to a Summit in San Francisco

Dog hiking Mount Davidson - Sharon Hahn Darlin (CC) Everyone who comes to San Francisco catches a glimpse of the deep green hill topped by a 103-foot-cross that serves as...

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Four Paw Salute to Our Sponsors

As we begin adding new Southern California regions in 2014, it’s important to give a shout-out to all of the destinations who partnered with us in 2013. These Paw-of-Approval destinations...

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So nice at San Anselmo’s Sorich Park

lupine in Marin

Kayla has put the paws to the path in thousands of miles of California trails, and last weekend she sniffed out a great one at the San Anselmo Sorich Ranch...

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Wag Hotels

When pet parents are away, the pups can play. We DogTrekkers love to travel with our four-legged friends; that’s what we’re all about. But there are times when we have...

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Pacified in Pacifica

Sprawled along the six miles of coastline just over the hills from San Francisco International Airport, the once working-class community of Pacifica has morphed into a haven for well heeled...

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Holiday Cheer and Dog Rescue

Varsha With the holidays coming up, all of us at DogTrekker salute the life-saving work of dog rescues, and heartily recommend that you join us in adding your favorite rescue...

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Sipping in Sonoma

The largest county in the Bay area is also the most diverse from a DogTrekker’s point of view. From downtown tasting rooms to Russian River wineries with sweeping views, our...

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Dog-friendly Wine Itineraries

Since the launch of DogTrekker.com, interest in dog-friendly wineries has soared, making them the most sought-after attractions on DogTrekker.com. In an effort to provide you and your four-legged friends with the...

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Just Tri It

Dog at Concannon Winery The Tri-Valley region is sometimes wrongly dismissed by those who don’t live there as a drive-by destination on the way to somewhere else. That’s their loss...

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DogTrekker is on the Road

Ella - Photo by Dave Kendrick The Bay Area Pet Fair and Adoptathon 2013, held last weekend at the Marin Center, was a fabulous success. DogTrekker.com was on hand both...

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Ruffin’ It In Style

Camellia Inn When it comes time to spend the night, Sonoma County has more options than a Dalmatian has spots. Autumn offers great rates at dog-friendly properties in hip and...

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Run Spot Run

Dog on a bike in Petaluma. The town of Sonoma might be the gateway to Sonoma Wine Country, but wineries aren’t the only places in this sprawling county to visit with...

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Sniff Around Downtown Sonoma

Stylin Dog in Downtown Sonoma Sonoma State Historic Park, which are clustered along Spain Street on the north side of the plaza. You and Spot are free to walk the...

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Editorial: GGNRA Aims to Tighten Leashes

DogTrekker Editorial Rohn at Crissy Field We have received many questions from readers about the recently revised and released dog management plan for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). We think...

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Make a splash in Marin

three dogs running on the shoreline at Rodeo Beach

Marin County is spring-loaded with dog-friendly places, but we at DogTrekker have some tail-wagger favorites. Beautiful Muir Beach permits dogs under voice control off-leash.

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Of Cottages and Vines

Dog in dog bed 

When in wine country with your pooch, it’s ever so nice to retreat to the deck of your own private cabin for an evening repast. At the dog-welcoming Creekside Inn...

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Dog-friendly KOA

Camping in California is surging in popularity with DogTrekkers, in part because privately owned campgrounds such as the award-winning San Francisco North/Petaluma KOA have diversified to offer not just RV camping, but...

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Leave No Paws Behind

Later this year, we'll be expanding our DogTrekker coverage to include Southern California. In the course of getting ready for this exciting development, we came across a rescue whose work...

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Pawsitively Perfect

We’re not claiming to be personally familiar with every campground in Northern California, but our experiences at these dog-friendly sites have been pawsitive enough to keep us coming back. Whether...

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Rollin’ on a river with your dog

dog wearing life vest asleep in kayak on river with fog

How many times have you skipped an otherwise great activity because Spot couldn’t come along? Thanks to a handful of savvy Northern California outfitters, you don’t have to invest in...

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Paws on Pillows

Maximo, Hotel Rex Ambassador When it comes to dog-friendly hotels in the City by the Bay, two trustworthy brands and many individual stars stand out. Joie de Vivre, largest operator...

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Park It in San Francisco

What’s the biggest park in San Francisco after Golden Gate Park (1,017 acres)? We were stumped, too, until our staffers stumbled upon John McLaren Park, a hidden gem in south San...

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Exploring the Urban Forest

Most visitors to San Francisco never make it to the upper reaches of the Presidio, a 1,500-acre former U.S. Army base transferred to the national park system in 1996. And...

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Splash Down

The America’s Cup sailing showdown comes to San Francisco this summer and fall, and there’s no reason you and your four-legged friend can’t share the excitement sure to be generated...

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Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days

Yolo It's that time of year again... Yes, coming up June 1-2 are Maddie's Pet Adoption Days, in which the foundation created in memory of the Duffields' beloved miniature schnauzer...

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DogTrekker Welcomes the Tri-Valley

  Just over the hills from the San Francisco Bay Area lies a verdant region known for its mild climate, award-winning wines, historic town centers and dog-friendly attitudes. Agriculture still...

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Tri-Valley Treats

Danville Three valleys, two counties and five distinct cities make up the Tri-Valley region 33 miles south east of San Francisco and 27 miles northeast of San Jose.

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To the Hills, Spot

Here we are again, just coming off the rainy season. With Jake bouncing off the walls, it's time to head for the hills.

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San Francisco Aid For Animals 2013

Since we last checked in with San Francisco Aid for Animals, the fledgling group has been building a strong foundation for its lifesaving work. As we reported then, hard economic...

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A Toast to Spring

Pups at Lambert Bridge So many wineries are dog-friendly these days that it’s rare to visit one without spotting a least a couple of canines wagging their tails while their...

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Exploring Marin County with your dog

Dog

You’ve seen the views a million times in photographs, but if you haven’t soaked them up yourself, what are you waiting for? The Marin Headlands, that hilly peninsula on the...

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Paws For a Night

Marin is loaded with pet-friendly lodging, but why not follow the “green” theme for which the county is known and choose a property that verifiably adheres to sustainable practices?

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Woof it up in Wine-Country luxury

Dog at Carneros Resort

If you truly want to impress your Valentine, and your dog, look no farther than Carneros Inn, a bucolic, luxury retreat surrounded by vineyards in the wine-growing region at the...

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Exploring the Tri-Valley

Frenchie sitting and looking at camera with Mt Diablo in the background. 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...

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View To Swoon For

Residents of the Bay Area know they have it good when it comes to open space, but relatively few venture into Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve, a 208-acre oasis tucked behind the...

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Shoreline Rambling

Sometimes the urge to breathe deeply of a sea breeze comes on as strong as an appetite at lunchtime. Fortunately, the East Bay Regional Parks District offers multiple ways to...

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DogTrekkers Four-Paw Salute To Our Sponsors

A recap of 2012 wouldn't be complete without a four-paw salute to the supporting sponsors of DogTrekker.com. All of these destinations have partnered with us this year, helping to fund important...

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Rescue Recap 2012

Our friends in the shelter and rescue community have been doing some great things over the last year, so we wanted to share a few highlights (and invite you to...

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Wednesday Woofable: A Toy For Every Dog

Everyone deserves a present on Christmas morning, especially shelter dogs! For today’s Wednesday Woofable we are letting you pick the present. You see, there is an awesome toy drive happening,...

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Pets Unlimited 2012

Meet little Rocky, 10 pounds of cuteness in search of a forever home. Found wandering the streets of Fremont, he was taken to safety by the good folks at Pets...

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Marin County Parks

View of Mount Tam in Marin County

Forty years ago, as residents watched subdivisions creep up hillsides and across ridges, local leaders started a heroic movement to preserve natural lands; a movement that resulted in the creation...

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See the Sea

It was half a century ago, in 1962, that Point Reyes National Seashore north of San Francisco was created to preserve a magnificent stretch of coastline and the farmlands abutting...

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Bridge for All Seasons

Cavallo Point For 75 years, the Golden Gate Bridge has been the symbol of San Francisco — and one that never grows less beautiful with the passing of time. It's...

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Bluegrass and Dog Rescue

Back in the day, Emmylou Harris was rarely known to tour without her canine travel companion, the poodle mix Bonaparte. Then, when Bonaparte passed on, the singer decided to honor...

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Samuel P. Taylor State Park

view of redwood trees looking up to tree tops

This lush redwood retreat 15 miles west of San Rafael has dog-friendly picnic areas, campgrounds with showers and the five-mile Cross Marin Trail, shared with cyclists, that visitors with leashed...

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Run The River With Your Dog

Dog and his people on the Russian River Do you have a dog that loves the water? Why not let your pooch splash and swim as the first mate in...

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Making the World a Doggier Place

Dog culture is entrenched in some Northern California companies. Most famously, Zynga, the San Francisco-based social network game-development company named for founder Mark Pincus’ American bulldog, welcomes employee dogs in the...

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Breeder, Shelter, or Rescue?

Whether you get your dog from a rescue, a shelter, or a breeder, you want that person's primary motivation to be the dog's well-being, not your cash. Trust your instincts....

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Maddie’s Adoptathon 2012 Hotspots

With 65 participating groups in 80 locations (OK, some of them are cats...), there's a lot of territory to cover in Maddie's Adoptathon. Note that if you're looking for a German...

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San Francisco SPCA Takes on Puppy Mills

Locally, the San Francisco SPCA started noticing that a high percentage of people who brought their dog to the SPCA's veterinary and spay/neuter clinics said they'd bought the dogs from...

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Bay Area Meetups 2012

Some dog Meetups focus on a particular interest or breed, while some of the larger ones offer quite a range, from rescue to picnics to elegant evenings out. Some are...

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Sleep green

Bardessono hotel solar array

Northern California leads the nation in the number of hotels—more than a dozen to date certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program....

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Join the Crowds

Cities all over Northern California will be throwing Earth Day celebrations this coming weekend, and dogs are welcome at just about any festival taking place outdoors. So put the leash...

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Paws Up for Our Newest Partner!

DogTrekker.com wants to welcome Sonoma County as our newest official dog-passionate partner destination. What this means is that the Sonoma County Tourism Bureau, partner cities, lodging properties, wineries and attractions have committed to...

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Serenity by the Sea

Many Sonoma County beaches are nominally dog-friendly (leashes are required on them all), but for our paws-to-the-path time, you can’t go wrong with a weekend getaway at Sea Ranch, where half a dozen...

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Dog Days in Wine Country

Dogs have become de rigueur at California wineries, it seems, and Sonoma County’s are no exception.

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Laid Back and Lovin’ It

The town of Sonoma might be the gateway to Sonoma Wine Country, but it’s hardly the only place in this sprawling county to visit with your dog. The laid-backRussian River region...

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Pleasures on the Plaza

The town of Sonoma gets a bad rap because of “no dogs on the plaza” rule, but the restriction, which applies only to the central square and the mission and...

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Dallying in Davis

Dog and person in red coat taking walk in Davis

The drive east on Interstate 80 from the San Francisco Bay Area to points beyond can hardly be described asscenic, but you don’t have to go far off the road...

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Ruff It Up In Healdsburg

This hip, happening and very dog-friendly Sonoma County town makes a great base for forays into the Russian River wine country, but there are so many dog-friendly restaurants and tasting rooms...

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Kayla Takes on Blithedale Summit

Blithedale Summit

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...

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Take a Break at Fort Baker

Panoramic views of the blocky white San Francisco skyline and the heart-stopping swoop of the Golden Gate Bridge are a dime a dozen in Marin County. Ramble as you may,...

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Nothing stingy about Stinson

white dog on leash at beach

The hang-gliders, surfers and beach-goers might first catch your eye, but it’s the “no dogs” signs you need to watch when visiting Stinson Beach in West Marin.

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Walk Blithely

group of 6 dogs sit along a shaded fire road on Old Railroad Grade

If you wake up on a clear day itching for a hike that provides challenge, historical context and views, put paws to the path on a 6.6-mile trek along the...

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Four For the Road

Whether you’re cruising the coast, heading to the high country or just passing through, having these chow-friendly rest stops bookmarked into your GPS can come in handy.

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Contra Costa Humane Society

Founded in 1991, Contra Costa Humane Society (CCHS) works to improve and save the lives of animals in the county through a variety of successful programs, from low-cost spay-neuter assistance...

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A weekend for romance

Maya at Stanford Inn playing

If we had Valentine's weekend off, a significant other to share it with and the bling to do it right, we’d steer our sweetie—and the furry family member we wouldn’t...

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Surf and Woof

Picture a scene of serenity - a jovial Labrador Retriever lounging contently on a cozy blanket. Close by is an old-world wooden railing, providing a rustic touch to the panorama. In the distance, tranquil water body effortlessly adds an element of peacefulness to the setting. It's an ideal place for dog-owners looking for some quality relaxation time with their four-legged companions. - Dogtrekker

Our suggestion for a February outing with your Valentine and canine sidekick is Point Reyes National Seashore.

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Friendly and Free!

Hotels that don’t charge extra fees for canine guests are rare as Xoloitzcuintles, but many welcome pups so long as their owners are willing to compensate with a little ca-ching.

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Dogs On A Mission

In the old days, San Franciscans journeyed by stagecoach and boat to soak their cares away at Boyes Hot Springs on the outskirts of Sonoma. Today they come by car,...

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Fee-Free Luxury

Kimpton Hotels and Joie de Vivre, the leading boutique hotel players in Northern California, are also leaders of the pack when it comes to dog-friendly policies.

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Grateful Dogs Rescue

For over two decades now, Grateful Dogs Rescue has been serving as a safety net for countless dogs deemed not suitable for adoption from the shelter by San Francisco's Animal...

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Come or Stay?

'Tis the season for family gatherings, and that includes Daisy, of course. If you’re visiting kin in San Francisco and would rather avoid toss-and-turn nights on a pull-out couch, check...

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Floating Lights

Are you up for a brisk early-evening adventure? Lighted boat parades are a tradition in many of our region’s waterfront communities, and they always draw a shoreside crowd. Boaters spend...

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City Sidewalks

A holiday trip to San Francisco wouldn't be complete without pressing your nose to a department store window at iconic Union Square. Sure, there's lots of gorgeously displayed merchandise to...

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Smile and Say Treat

Holiday greeting cards and keepsake photos picturing family pets (and sometimes their humans) are increasingly popular, and the time to think about them is now. Many pet stores, mall stores,...

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Secret Sonoma

Sonoma County is well endowed with public lands where you can spend quality time with your furry friend, but not so well known are the private preserves that welcome hikers...

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Urban Aerie

Everyone who comes to San Francisco (or lives here) catches a glimpse of the deep green hill topped by a 103-foot-cross that serves as a kind of subliminal city landmark....

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On being a good hotel guest

Woman with dog and luggage checking in to hotel

Too often, rules are in place because the human/canine parties who visited before caused trouble or annoyance to management or other guests.

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No fee for Fido

golden retriever asleep in bed

Kimpton and Joie de Vivre, the leading boutique hotel players in Northern California, are also leaders of the pack when it comes to dog-friendly policies.

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Grateful Little Ones

The first volunteer at San Francisco's Animal Care and Control department in 1990 was Michelle Parris, who quickly discovered that all too many potentially great pets never had a chance....

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Tri This

Three valleys, two counties and five distinct cities make up the Tri-Valley region, which is less than an hour from San Francisco and most of the rest of the Bay...

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The Sniff Test

Will your dog go for that new squeaky toy, sleep like a queen in a new bed, gobble those hand-made bakery treats—or turn up her nose at them all? The...

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Here Come the Food Trucks

Food trucks are all the rage these days, and wineries increasingly are calling upon them to cater not just special events, but lunch and dinner.

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Golden Gate Views

Many San Francisco residents consider September and October to be the best times of year to enjoy outdoor pursuits and Golden Gate views. With wind and fog at a minimum,...

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Keeping Dogs With Their Families

The economy is taking a dire toll on families, and unprecedented numbers of dogs are ending up in shelters and rescues as a result. All too often, abandonment is the...

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Pug Sunday in Chico

Part gathering, part rescue, Pug Sunday in Chico got its start in 2001 when local pug lover Sandi Castellano, who'd heard about the famed Pug Sunday in Alta Plaza in...

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Who’s on Top?

What is the most popular dog breed in America? The mutt, of course! Yet even mixed-breed dogs reflect 2011 statistics gathered by the American Kennel Club. For the 20th year...

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Back to School

Do you tell your dog to “come,” or do you use the command “here?” Does Rowdy understand the difference between “down” and “off?” What’s your opinion on pinch collars?

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Paddle A Really Big Canoe

It may not be the first dog-friendly group activity that springs to mind, but the sport of dragon boating, with mythic roots in ancient China, has become hugely popular in...

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San Francisco

The City by the Bay has numerous options for waterfront fun with your dog, chief among them Crissy Field and Fort Funston, both part of the Golden Gate National Recreation...

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Paws to the path around Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe near Emerald Bay

Most hiking trails around Lake Tahoe—and there are hundreds—can be enjoyed in the company of your dog. For a short hike with liquid rewards, pack a picnic

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North State Havens

Eighteen national forests encompassing 20 million acres of land are found in the Golden State. In Northern California, national forests blanket the spine of the Sierra, the crest of the...

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Salmon Poisoning

Vet Buzz from Bill Barboni, DVM and Chris Pitts, RVT, Marin Pet Hospital, San Rafael, CA Think it’s cool to throw your dog a nice fresh piece of raw salmon,...

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Aug. 6: Sonoma Schmoozing

Eight—count 'em, eight—dog-loving wineries in Sonoma County are paw-ticipating in the 7th Annual Dog Days of Summer Open House to be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mutt...

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Who let the ocean in?

View from Whale Watch Inn

About 120 miles north of San Francisco on Highway 1, the Whale Watch Inn in southern Mendocino County is a close-to-nature haven with ocean views from all 18 rooms.

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch

Dog on beach by Sea Ranch

Sea Ranch was “eco-friendly” before Earth Day was even invented, and today as in its 1960s infancy, the low-key, architecturally distinct community attracts a clientele with “back to the land”...

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All Paws On The Poop Deck

Hundreds of dogs and their human uprights spent a beautiful Dog Day on The Bay last Sunday aboard the San Francisco Belle, largest of the seven vessels operated by Hornblower...

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Pets Unlimited

Since 1947, Pets Unlimited has been helping animals in need in San Francisco. Today its 24-hour-a-day veterinary hospital helps fund its rescue work as well as healing the city's dogs...

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Pet Friendly Santa Rosa

Luther Burbank Home and Gardens roses

Welcome to Santa Rosa, where everything comes together: wine country and farm country, redwood forests and rivers, lakes and ocean. Just 55 miles north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa is a...

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The Faster Lane to the Central Coast

If the destination rather than the journey is your focus on a trip from the Bay Area to the Central Coast, skip coastal Highway 1 and take Highway 101 to...

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It’s a Dune Deal

Whether you're visiting San Francisco or you live here, you owe it to yourself and Fido to visit Fort Funston, a stretch of rugged headlands just south of Ocean Beach. This...

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Great Dane Rescue of Northern California

Great Dane in forest

Great Dane Rescue of Northern California stands ready to act as a safety net for these lovable giants, whether it's a matter of landing in a shelter, developing medical issues...

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Head for Higher Ground

A lot of favorite spring destinations have taken a beating this year. Normally lovely meadows are under water, babbling brooks are dangerous torrents and low-lying trails are awash in mud....

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Continent’s Edge

Shipwrecks. Crashing surf. Gnarly cypress. Wildflowers. If you live in San Francisco, you already know about the spectacular Land’s End Trail that hugs the city’s rugged northwest edge. If you’re...

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Regional Parks tightening leash?

Man walking a dog through a forest in Oakland, California

From Point Isabel to Lake Del Valle, Black Diamond Mines to Sunol Regional Wilderness, Point Pinole to Mission Peak, the East Bay Regional Parks

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Which Fort Funston Do You Want?

If quality time at coast side spots like Fort Funston, Muir Beach or Rodeo Beach is a big deal for you and your pooch, heads up! The 4,700-acre Golden Gate...

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No Napping in Napa

Once sleepy downtown Napa is napping no more. A foodie revolution has taken place in recent years, with a “who’s who” of celebrity chefs taking up residence. Along the redeveloped...

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Northern California Family Dog Rescue

Angela Padilla started Northern California Family Dog Rescue last year after working for a while with another San Francisco rescue and growing frustrated at the plight of local families who,...

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Shop talk

man and girl sit on ledge of fountain with dog

Shopping with a dog can be problematic—unless, of course, you're shopping for the dog. A best bet for yourself and for Fido is the merrily lit, boutique-lined stretch of Union...

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Play Time

San Francisco is blessed with dozens of places where dogs under voice control can enjoy responsible leash-free recreation, and many groups of committed dog owners, including the San Francisco Dog Owners...

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Sit. Stay. Lie down.

San Francisco cityscape.

Canine-friendly hotels abound in San Francisco, but those in the Kimpton chain rate especially high with experienced DogTrekkers.

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Lily’s Legacy

senior dog in enclosed yard

When Alice Mayn, a longtime foster for NorCal Golden Retriever Rescue, got word that a 12-year-old golden in ill health had been picked up wandering the streets of Santa Rosa,...

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Saluting Canine Commitment

Many wineries welcome dogs on their premises, but for some, the canine connection runs especially deep. Rescue organizations and shelters, both private and public, depend on fund-raisers and donations to...

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Bark for Bocce

Picayune Cellars dog

Gold Rush entrepreneur Sam Brannan founded Calistoga with the intent of harnessing its hot springs and making it the "Saratoga of California." In one of California history's most oft-quoted slips...

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BADRAP

Puit Bull

Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pitbulls (BADRAP) has been working for over a decade to help the bully breeds when they landed, as they all too often did, in shelters,...

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Paws for a park

For such a large county, Sonoma has relatively few chunks of open space that dogs can explore with their people. But Hood Mountain, Sugar Loaf Ridge, and Tolay Lake are...

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Cuddle up in Monte Rio

Doodle dog on outdoor sofa in front of fire pit

This Sonoma County village on the Russian River has been welcoming San Francisco vacationers for more than a century and serves up sophistication along with big doses of rural charm.

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Who let the dogs in?

Dog at unfriendly Lambert Bridge

Sonoma County vintners are increasingly courting the dogtrekker demographic special dog-centric events for four–legged friends and the people on the other end of their leashes. 

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Just say aawww….

Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever in field wearing navy blue coat

Mother Nature gave most dogs a nice warm coat. They don’t “need” sweaters, thank you very much.

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Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue

3 yellow labs

There's a reason Labrador retrievers are the most popular dog breed in America. You probably have met many representatives of this gentle, intelligent, family-loving breed, or even or been loved...

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San Francisco haunts

Aerial view of Sutro Baths

Remember Heidi? Her family members did, and commemorated their beloved collie's life with a headstone at the Presidio Pet Cemetery.

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Half it your way

Aerial view of Montara coast.

It's hard to know what to do first in Half Moon Bay: Explore miles and miles of pristine beaches, scarf up some seafood at a seaside café,

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All paws on deck

Crissy Field San Francisco

If you and your canine pal are visiting, you owe it to yourself not to miss this internationally known, 23-acre place for off-leash doggie fun.

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Russian with Rover

Russian River Adventures

With the crowds gone and only a few weeks left before the rainy season sets in, the romantic Russian River region beckons.

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Golden State Greyhound Adoption

greyhound on bed

Golden State Greyhound Adoption places retired racing greyhounds in adoptive homes in the San Francisco Bay Area, the greater Sacramento area and beyond.

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Romp ‘n’ roll at Point Reyes

Sandy trail onto beach

Both you and your four-legged friend will be panting to go when you spy Limantour Beach, a two-mile, wave-washed spit of sand

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Bark for Benicia

French bulldog on waterfront

Yelp, we thought that seeing this Solano County town in the No. 4 slot on the Dog Fancy list would elicit yowls of surprise. Yet behind all those happily wagging...

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Explore Concord with free doggie visitor’s guide

Dogs welcome here in Concord graphic

“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...

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