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Mend Your Mind in Mendocino Village

Mendocino Headlands State Park - Photo Credit: @meganevaughan
Mendocino Headlands State Park - Photo Credit: @meganevaughan

A mere five minutes from Little River, much-photographed Mendocino Village, with its wealth of lacy Victorians and colorful saltbox cottages, is loaded with places to enjoy with your four-legged friend. Our top pick is Stanford Inn by the Sea, just south of the village across Big River. Once you’ve explored the compact downtown, get your tails over to Mendocino Headlands State Park, which surrounds the town on three sides. more »

Spend Father's Day in Huntington Beach at Wags N Wine 2019!

W. Bruce Cameron
W. Bruce Cameron

Enjoy excellent food, terrific wine, silent and live auction, opportunity drawings, live entertainment and dancing at Wags N Wine.  This event will be held June 16, 2019 (this Father's Day) at the Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, benefiting Waggin' Trails Rescue Foundation.   more »

Get Your Float on in Sonoma Wine Country!

Float Along - Photo Credit: @whitneymock
Float Along - Photo Credit: @whitneymock

Nine miles. Four-plus hours of water time. Countless tail wags, big smiles. A float/paddle on a secluded section of the Russian River is a DogTrekker must-do for visitors to Sonoma County. With your water-loving dog on board in a custom-made SOAR inflatable canoe from Russian River Adventures, you’ll explore a secluded section of the waterway downstream from Healdsburg and linger at swimming holes and beaches, picnicking, playing fetch and wishing the adventure would never end. If DogTrekkers act fast, the usual $10 dog fee will be waved mid-week through the end of June (use code DOG10TREK19 when booking reservations). more »

Clear the Decks: It’s Splash Time in Lake County!

Clear the Decks: It’s Splash Time in Lake County!

Lake County is named for that big puddle of blue on the map, and there’s lots to wag tails about on its shores. But Clear Lake is hardly the only body of water in the vicinity. Blue Lakes (Upper and Lower), just five miles away, are a pair of clear, spring-fed bodies of water ideal for swimming and fishing. Only human-powered craft and electric motors are allowed (speed limit is 5 mph), but you can rent an electric “yacht” or pontoon boat from the Lodge at Blue Lakes and pile the kids and dogs on board for a great day of cruising about. more »

River Cruisin’ With Your Canine

Catch a canoe! - Photo Credit: @wilson_in_the_city
Catch a canoe! - Photo Credit: @wilson_in_the_city

Many say that coastal Mendocino County is not so much a place as a state of mind. And for DogTrekkers, full immersion wouldn’t be complete without a dog-friendly paddle excursion along the serene Big River estuary. Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too, which shares ground with the extremely dog-friendly Stanford Inn by the Sea, has been putting paddlers on the 8.3-mile estuary since 1972. A decade or so ago, it introduced Canine Cruisers to its fleet of handmade redwood outrigger canoes. The dog-friendly craft feature a raised, padded deck centered in the middle of the canoe between paddler positions in bow and stern. more »

Butte Humane Society 2019

Cruiser - Photo Credit: Butte Humane Society
Cruiser - Photo Credit: Butte Humane Society

Here's Cruiser, a happy, playful Lab/pit mix guy who, like lots of other dogs, lost his home due to the Camp Fire. Luckily for him he landed with the good folks at Butte Humane Society in Chico, where he's waiting for his new folks to come find him. more »

Seaside Waves and Walks With Your Dog

Van Damme State Park - Photo Credit: @cassielue2
Van Damme State Park - Photo Credit: @cassielue2

Whether your drive all or just some of intoxicating Highway 1 hugging the Mendocino County coast, you’re sure to find many places to pull over and get some sand between your and Buster’s toes. Go slow, stop often and be sure to check out these highlights. more »

Noyo Beach, Mendocino County

My stick! Photo Credit: @finnbodey
My stick! Photo Credit: @finnbodey

Noyo Beach, Mendocino County. Legal places to romp off-leash with your dog are few and far between on Mendocino County’s gorgeous coastline, but one place you can unclip and let your pup run free is Noyo Beach Off-Leash Dog Area in Fort Bragg. more »

Hugging the Coast in Santa Cruz County

Beach time for Ranger, Mitchell
Beach time for Ranger, Mitchell's Cove. Photo Credit: @rangerthedogo

You’re never far from the water when following the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) through Santa Cruz County. The curvy coastline is studded with 29 miles of beaches providing lots of options for DogTrekkers. Fifteen strands are dog-friendly, and one, Mitchell’s Cove, is legally leash-free during daylight hours before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. more »

If Everybody Had a Surf Dog…

Mochi at Huntington Beach Dog Beach. <br/>  Photo Credit: @mochi.s.doodle
Mochi at Huntington Beach Dog Beach.
Photo Credit: @mochi.s.doodle

You’re sure to have a Beach Boys sound track playing in your head as you and your pup cavort on aptly named Dog Beach, the leash-free segment of 3.5-mile-long Huntington Beach, centerpiece of the city of the same name (also known as Surf City USA). Surf culture rules in this SoCal mecca for more than 8 million annual visitors—and sometimes, especially during the annual Surf City Surf Dog competition (Sept. 24 this year), it seems like there are that many dogs, too! more »

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