Water Fun With Your Dog

Water Fun With Your Dog

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Rev Up In Redding

The good life, Shasta Lake. Photo Credit: @themurphdawg_
The good life, Shasta Lake. Photo Credit: @themurphdawg_

Redding (population about 100,000) is the Shasta Cascade region’s largest city, and it’s a great place to make base camp with your four-legged friend. The “must-do” activities: stroll the iconic Sundial Bridge, wander the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail, walk across the massive dam containing the waters of Shasta Lake, largest reservoir in California. more »

Go North, DogTrekkers, Go North!

McCloud Falls / Photo: @cali_and_carly
McCloud Falls / Photo: @cali_and_carly

A month from now, the epic waterfalls of the Shasta-Cascade region in Northern California will be gushing in spectacular fashion. That said, the cascades on the McCloud River —Lower, Middle and Upper—are mind-blowing at any time of year. They’re connected by a 1.5-mile-long trail that deserves leisure exploration. To give yourself time to wander (and take a selfie or three!), hole up at one of dozens of cabin retreats in and around Shasta Lake, the state’s biggest reservoir, and let serendipity be your guide. One of our winter favs just outside Redding are the four dog-friendly Silverthorn Resort cabins. more »

Pant, Paddle, Pedal With Your Pup

Pant, Paddle, Pedal With Your Pup

There’s something magical about the Big River estuary alongside the Stanford Inn, and something ingenious about the “canine cruiser” that transports two-and four-legged visitors downstream on an ultra-stable platform. That said, you won’t find a more eclectic collection of canoes and kayaks than at Catch a Canoe, which shares ground with the inn and has been outfitting paddlers on the 8.3-mile-long Big River estuary since 1972. Well-behaved dogs of all makes and models are welcome to ride along and enjoy the scenery in surrounding Big River State Park. more »

Nose Out the Window: Around the Lake We Go

Some peace and quiet! - Photo Credit: Jennifer Waicukauski
Some peace and quiet! - Photo Credit: Jennifer Waicukauski

Close to a dozen communities sit on or near the shores of Clear Lake. While it would take days to explore them all, we can suggest a few highlights in Lakeport, Kelseyville, Clearlake and Upper Lake. Start in Lakeport, on the lake’s northwest shore, travel counter-clockwise and make time for meals, wineries, brew pubs and other places you can enjoy with your canine companion. more »

ShepHeroes 2019

Jandi - Photo Credit: ShepHeroes
Jandi - Photo Credit: ShepHeroes

Sometimes a dog really needs a hero. Or a whole bunch of them. That's what happened to Jandi, a little German shepherd puppy found by the railroad tracks in the Sacramento area.
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Bass Lake: A Pet-Friendly, Yosemite-Area Lure

Maya, Director of Barketing, at Idle Hour Winery in Bass Lake
Maya, Director of Barketing, at Idle Hour Winery in Bass Lake

Not far from Yosemite National Park via Highway 41, Bass Lake, tucked within the Sierra National Forest east of Oakhurst, Madera County’s major resort area and has been for more than a century. Five miles long and with much warmer water than lakes at higher altitude, Bass Lake has many dog-friendly vacation rentals as well as three canine-welcoming, lakeside resorts. more »

Clear Your Head at Clear Lake

Clear Lake - Photo Credit: Jennifer Waicukauski
Clear Lake - Photo Credit: Jennifer Waicukauski

Clear Lake in Lake County is a big puddle of blue on the map about 75 miles north of Santa Rosa. For DogTrekkers, it and nearby Blue Lakes offer a diverse range of getaway options, from luxury resorts to funky cabins and many campgrounds. A natural freshwater body of water tucked into a hilly, forested landscape, Clear Lake is known to anglers as one of the best bass fisheries in the state. more »

Cool It On A Shasta Cascade Houseboat

Shasta - Photo Credit: Jody Jobe
Shasta - Photo Credit: Jody Jobe

Up for a splurge? Shasta Lake, largest reservoir in the state, is known as the houseboat capital of California, attracting guests from around the world, many of whom bring their dogs aboard with them. While houseboat vacations are not cheap, they’re certainly novel, and this year, with the lake full almost to the brim, is one of the best in a decade to give it a spin. more »

Vet Buzz: Keeping the Golden Years Golden

Happy Birthday! - Photo Credit: rawpixel.com
Happy Birthday! - Photo Credit: rawpixel.com

By Dr. Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital

Everyone wants to grow old gracefully, including your dog. Your dog ages in much the same way as a human does, only at a faster rate. more »

Nothing to Growl About at Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake - Photo Credit: @colterandkenai
Big Bear Lake - Photo Credit: @colterandkenai

Big Bear Lake in San Bernardino County is an under-the-radar destination for Northern Californians, but in SoCal, it’s been a dear-to-the heart, dog-friendly summer vacation magnet for more than a century. Perched at a slightly higher elevation than Lake Tahoe (6,743 feet vs. 6,225), it’s a purely snow-fed reservoir with clear water and lots of recreation options. more »

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