On June 3rd, 2011, DogTrekker.com officially launched. We announced on our home page and in a press release that “Dog owners who have been frustrated with misleading claims by hospitality and travel websites and other publications now have DogTrekker.com, a website and newsletter written exclusively for people who travel with their dogs.”
As co-founder Dave Kendrick explained, “Our approach is embodied in our 'Four-Paw Promise' to readers: to provide them with in-depth local coverage, accurate listings, engaging content and commitment to animal welfare organizations in the communities we serve."
Over the past two years, a dedicated team of researchers (two- and four-legged), professional travel writers, animal welfare enthusiasts, technology pros and others have provided more than 5,000 vetted-for-accuracy listings of places and activities that are safe and fun for dogs and the humans who follow. Nearly 1,000 destination, activity and rescue stories have been written. We started Gold Country and the North Coast’s Mendocino and Humboldt counties, moved into Redding and the Shasta Cascade, down through Sonoma, over to the Yosemite region, and out to the Tri-Valley area. Recently, we launched San Luis Obispo County. A big thank you to our destination and activity sponsors for making this all possible.
In just two years, DogTrekker.com has sponsored and attended more than 40 dog shows and adoptathons; been in front of more than 75,000 dog owners and 25,000 of their dogs (many of among the ranks of you, our loyal readers); sent out hundreds of thousands of newsletters (thanks to everyone for their terrific feedback); and donated countless hours to provide exposure and funding to those great animal-rescue and foster organizations who save, protect and give new beginnings to our best friends.
As we look forward to the next two years, we continue to set high standards for ourselves. We will continue to provide local insight, accurate information and engaging content as we expand our coverage into Southern California. Thanks again to all our sponsors and fellow DogTrekkers for support, feedback and sharing DogTrekker.com with their friends, family and fellow dog-lovers.