Top Dogs of Go California Photo Contest

Top Dogs of Go California Photo Contest

The founders and staff of want to thank the DogTrekking faithful for participating in our first annual Go California!™ DogTrekker Photo Contest. A whopping 960 photos were submitted, and nearly 20,000 votes for reader favorites were cast.

When launched just over three years ago, we already knew that California had gone to the dogs. The compelling images our readers submitted over the past couple of months have overwhelmingly confirmed that.

Your exceptional photos of dogs at play—hiking, swimming, boating, running and otherwise exploring the Golden State—presented some real challenges, both for readers and for staff, when it came to selecting the winners. We were struck not only by the exuberance expressed by the dogs in your images, but by the sense of place also communicated.

First, the top photo as voted by readers:

Dog playing at beach
Maverick at Fort Funston

The dog: Maverick

The person: Vonny Robertson in San Francisco.

Vonny says "Maverick is a bulldog that we rescued in March 2013 a couple months after we lost our first bulldog puppy to cancer at only 18 months old. He was 5 months old and already had two homes. We drove from San Francisco to Los Angeles to meet him and it was love at first puppy bite. His favorite activities are chasing rocks along the beach and chewing his skateboard!"

Next, the Editors’ Choice goes to:

Dog at Fort Funston Beach

Kate, moved by the sea

The dog: Kate.

The person: Tracie Popma from Sacramento.

Tracie says "Since moving to Sacramento in 2012, my now 6-year-old Boxer mix, Kate, and I have taken several day trips to Fort Funston in San Francisco. When we arrive, she is off and running, pausing only briefly here and there to inspect something that was washed ashore. While there this past February, I could no longer hear the fervor of Kate’s paws beating the sand, so turned to check on her. Instead of finding her investigating the beach, I turned to see this."

For a complete look at all the photos submitted, go to DogTrekker’s Go California Facebook page. Thanks again to all who participated, and as you travel around this great state, we encourage you to continue to take photos of your DogTrekking adventures. Please send them to us, and we’ll post them on the “Paw-Tested” pages at

Posted on: October 11, 2014

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