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Dog Daze of Indian Summer!

Follow the Rules For a Safe & Fun Time!
Follow the Rules For a Safe & Fun Time!

It's finally summer (Indian at least) and it's hot, hot, hot! Many DogTrekkers will be heading for the beaches over the next several weeks, both mountain and ocean! For a fun and safe time for pups and the entire family, please be follow the above safety precautions (click to enlarge or download).

Yes, COVID-19 is still here and there are posted restrictions. Yes, surf, sand and sun still pose dangers to everyone. And yes, the beach is a place to have a lot of fun!

Use DogTrekker.com or the DogTrekker mobile app to finds beach websites, park phone numbers and directions. Here are some starting points from our partners:

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Open Air Dog-friendly Activities Perfect for Social Distancing

Mendocino Botanical Gardens
Mendocino Botanical Gardens

By now, we all know the drill: wash your hands, cover your face in public, maintain six feet of “social distancing” between yourself and anyone else who is not a member of your household “bubble.” So where does your dog fit in? Right by your side, as always! In Mendocino County, you’ll have access to many activities that let you have fun while still adhering to the guidelines. Here are a few suggestions. more »

Coastal California Beach Status Update: Week of June 1

Coastal California Beach Status Update: Week of June 1


Summer is here, and so is beach season. This year, however, looks strangely different due to Covid-19 restrictions. Many of the 1,500 beaches in 15 coastal counties still have temporary beach and parking lot restrictions. While some beaches are open in every county, no counties have all beaches and facilities fully open and operating. Check out the full county by county list.

DogTrekker is monitoring beach restrictions, openings and other guidelines on a regular basis and will continue to update our readers through our Paw Press Blog, Facebook, Instagram and weekly newsletter: sign up here. Please be sure to help all dog parents get through this time by following social distancing and safety tips above; and help us keep the beaches open to dogs by always packing in and packing out, Leaving Only Paw Prints.

Check out DogTrekker.com’s California Coastal Beaches guide and stories and stay safe! more »

Point Isabel Reopens with Temporary Leash Restrictions

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CLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER SIZE. PLEASE SHARE!

Great news for dog parents! The East Bay Regional Park District reopened Point Isabel Regional Shoreline today, June 1, 2020, with special restrictions to keep dogs on leash. The popular Point Isabel was closed out of an abundance of caution to limit crowding and maintain social distancing.

The temporary district wide restriction to keep dogs on leash because of COVID-19 and social distancing requirements are now in effect. “We know this park has traditionally allowed off leash dogs who run and play along the shoreline,” said Park District General Manager Robert Doyle. 

“We understand people need parks for health, wellness, and stress relief, now more than ever,” said Doyle. “We are doing everything we can to keep parks open for the public during the COVID-19 crisis and need the public’s help.” more »

California Beach Status Update – Week of May 18, 2020

Photo thanks to: #thedoodlemafia
Photo thanks to: #thedoodlemafia

As summer approaches, so does beach season. However, this year looks strangely different due to Covid-19. Many of the 1,500 beaches in 15 coastal counties have temporary beach and parking lot closures. While some beaches are open in every county, no counties have all beaches fully open and operating. Check out the updated list by county.

The California Coastal Commission, which oversees the coastal zone, is allowing county and local officials to provide guidance as to restrictions, with the goal of “limiting exposure through social distancing, wearing masks and gloves as needed and not participating in group activities.”

The commission goes on to say that “at the same time, as recreational beach and coastal access play important roles in maintaining mental and emotional health, public agencies and local governments should strongly consider maintaining access to such public spaces where rules are followed and there is no obvious increased risk to public health.”

Stay healthy!

Check out the latest county by county list of beach restrictions as of week of May 18, 2020.

Check out DogTrekker.com’s California Coastal Beaches guide and stories. more »

Waves Away With Your Dog on the Central Coast

Sunny Cove Beach County Park / Photo: Jennifer Kornkosar
Sunny Cove Beach County Park / Photo: Jennifer Kornkosar

From Santa Cruz County all the way down to Ventura, California’s Central Coast is a wave-washed mecca for DogTrekkers. You’ll find lots of choices for dog-friendly cabin and cottage lodging as well as tempting properties offered on airbnb.com, vrbo.com, homeaway.com and other home-sharing sites. Here are a few of our favorite retreats up and down this scenic slice of the state. more »

Win a Fort Bragg - Mendocino County DogCation®

Beach House Inn, Fort Bragg
Beach House Inn, Fort Bragg

For the month of February, we are teaming up with the Beach House Inn in Fort Bragg to give away a two-night stay with waived pet fees to one lucky California dog (or dogs) and their two ­legged best friend(s)! more »

The GGNRA is at it AGAIN!

Not Just in Marin County
Not Just in Marin County

From Marin Dog:

Take Action to Stop the 2019 Superintendent’s Compendium By Wednesday, November 27!

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area recently released a Superintendent’s Compendium that attempts to implement parts of the withdrawn Dog Management Plan—but without a public process.  If the National Park Service gets its way, there will be new restrictions in Marin County, right in the middle of our most popular off-leash areas.

These changes are unnecessary, unjustified and almost impossible to enforce. This also impacts GGNRA lands in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. DogTrekker asks that you continue reading to better understand this new approach and what you can do to once again stop this craziness. more »

Dogs Chill While You Dine at The Ravens

Dining at The Ravens
Dining at The Ravens

Stanford Inn is a standout in the dog-friendly world not simply because it was one of the first in California to roll out the red carpet for pets. It was also one of the first to adopt sustainable practices, helping to kick off the “green” revolution that resonates today. And it might just be the only vegan resort in the nation. If you’re an omnivore, don’t be put off, be adventurous! What you’ll sample at The Ravens, the inn’s acclaimed restaurant, will turn your head and your mind. It starts with a cooked-to-order, plant-based breakfast (included in the rates). more »

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 »

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