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Forest Bathing With Fido, Anyone?

Photo: Dave Kendrick
Photo: Dave Kendrick

The practice of “forest bathing,” or “shinrin-yoku,” popularized in the USA by a string of books including best-seller “Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness” by Japanese immunologist Quing Li, has taken off in Mendocino County. And there’s no better place to indulge in the practice of absorbing oneself in a forest atmosphere then here, where dog-friendly options amid the redwood giants abound. more »

Yosemite & Mariposa County Now Open!

Serenity in Yosemite - courtesy of Annie Nagel
Serenity in Yosemite - courtesy of Annie Nagel

We all know that Yosemite National Park is a great destination for you and your dog to visit, but an even better destination is Mariposa County, the home to Yosemite National Park.
 
The current travel climate makes getting into and planning your trip to Yosemite a bit more challenging. New restrictions make having a day-use pass or over-night stay in Yosemite a must for you and your dog. But have no fear, Mariposa County is a great and safe way to get you and your pup into the mountains for a weekend escape. To help you plan, we’ve provided four great dog-friendly activities to help make your weekend trip a blast. 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 »

Growling for Guerneville in Sonoma County

Sidewalk Dining at Big Bottom Market in Downtown Guerneville
Sidewalk Dining at Big Bottom Market in Downtown Guerneville

Sonoma County is one of the biggest pieces of real estate in California, and its treasures span a geographic landscape stretching from the Russian River Valley to coastal communities and beyond. Best bet for you and your tail-wagger, especially in winter: pick a region and settle in for a few days. more »

What It’s All About, Ralphie?

Wild Blue Dogs / Arne and Bentley
Wild Blue Dogs / Arne and Bentley

According to Wild Blue’s research, one in three dogs will get cancer, six million will be diagnosed in 2020 and most will die within a year.  Wild Blue’s need-based treatment program offers grants to people lacking the resources to pay for their pet’s cancer treatment.  Its fundraising activities include two week-long dog camps at Lake Tahoe plus “yappy hour”’ events and other fun get-togethers throughout the year. more »

Gather Your Gear, It’s Dog Camp Time!

Wild Blue Dogs
Wild Blue Dogs

For 2020, Wild Blue Dogs will be hosting both a summer and fall dog-and-people camp at Lake Tahoe! It’s the perfect forum for relaxing on the beach or under the pines with your buddy, making new human and canine friends and learning lots of new skills and tricks in the bargain. more »

Register Early and Save!

Several price points for Wild Blue camps are offered, depending on lodging choice. An early-bird special for those who make an initial deposit for the spring camp before March 1 knocks $150 off the registration price.  For the fall camp, the deadline is April 30. Refer a friend (or friends) and get a $100 bonus for each one.  more »

New Pet-Friendly Options Near Yosemite

Checking out the view - Photo Credit: Callie Meeder
Checking out the view - Photo Credit: Callie Meeder

Considering a trip to the Yosemite Region in the fall? It’s a glorious time to visit not only the national park, but the surrounding national forests and Gold Rush-era towns in the adjacent counties. This season, DogTrekking visitors have two new pet-friendly options in the “cabins and cottages” category. First up: new, pet-friendly “Explorer Cabins” at Yosemite’s only four-diamond resort, Tenaya Lodge. more »

Pitch A Tent Or Pull Up an RV at These Dog-Friendly Campgrounds

All set up! - Photo Credit: Cassie Elizarraraz
All set up! - Photo Credit: Cassie Elizarraraz

Summers are made for camping, and Lake County has no shortage of dog-friendly campgrounds, both public and private, where you can pop a tent or pull up an RV for a few days of outdoor fun with your family, pup included. On the private campground side, you’ll find full hookups, tent sites, club rooms, motel-style lodging and lots of other amenities at waterfront resorts including The Narrows Family Resort (at Blue Lakes) or Pine Acres Blue Lake Resortmore »

Vet Buzz: Oh No! My Dog is Limping!

Oh no, my leg! - Photo Credit: Honza Groh
Oh no, my leg! - Photo Credit: Honza Groh

By Dr. Sophie Liu, SF SPCA Resident in Behavior Medicine

We’ve all seen it before. You’re out for your daily walk when, suddenly, your beloved pooch lifts her back leg and looks at you with wide brown eyes. Your dog is limping! What do you do? What could it be? more »

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