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Fall Rambles in the Vineyards With Your Dog

What better excuse for a wine-tasting ramble than a fall weekend with the vineyards ablaze and your trusty companion by your side? No matter which part of the state you’re visiting, you’ll find lots of options among the more than 600 dog-friendly winery tasting rooms listed on and its companion mobile app. Here are some places to get started.
Navarro Vineyards, Mendocino County

North Coast Winery Ramble

If your dog is like most, she doesn’t give a sniff about how “approachable” the wine you’re sipping might be. She cares about how approachable the winery’s visitor facility is to canine guests. And in Mendocino County and elsewhere on the North Coast, you can pull up to any of scores of tasting rooms and be assured of a warm welcome. More...
Grape Crusher, Napa Valley

News from Napa Valley

The Napa Valley wine harvest is in full swing right now, but not for long. Come October, the vines will be blazing orange and high-season crowds will have dissipated. Go midweek if you can—and if time is short, consider staying at the Meritage Resort in the south end of the valley, just an hour from San Francisco or Sacramento. More...
Layla at the Annex Wine Bar, Sonoma

Vine and Dine in Sonoma

Sonoma County is one of California’s largest and most diverse regions—and one that can seem very close or very far away, depending on your time, destination and inclinations. For a day trip or quick weekend escape from Sacramento or San Francisco, the town of Sonoma charms with its historic square (no dogs on the grass, please), intriguing shops, dog-friendly sidewalk cafes and close-in opportunities for wine tasting. More...
Wine dog in action

Cruise Control in Santa Cruz Wine Country

The Santa Cruz Mountains appellation, known primarily for producing pinot noir and chardonnay, is one of the oldest in the state. Close to 100 wineries and tasting rooms are sprinkled in nooks and crannies throughout Santa Cruz County, and dogs are welcome at many of them. has created a designated wine trail as you drive in on Highway 1 from the north. More...
Tiny Tawny in Vacaville

Your Trip to the Wine Country Begins in Vacaville

Ready for some wine tasting? The verdant Suisun Valley, about 20 minutes from downtown Vacaville, is home to numerous wineries that welcome canine guests in their picnic areas. Wooden Valley Winery’s courtyard patio is an especially pleasant place to sit and sip with your pooch.

What's more, in less than an hour, you can get to the Napa Valley, Sonoma County or Clarksburg (Yolo County) wine regions where you will find over 180 dog-friendly wineries to visit, sip, picnic and have fun with you best friends.

Vacaville hotels and inns are some of the most reasonably priced around, actually up to 50% less expensive than lodging in nearby Napa or Sonoma. While saving money, you’ll still enjoy a full range of hospitality experiences at some of your favorite hotel brands and chains.

Book your wine country experience now beginning in dog-friendly Vacaville.
Meet Gunner

Rescue: Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch

Once, handsome Gunner had his own happy home and loving family. Then came the Napa earthquake, and he lost both. In foster care, this happy pit mix, now 5, has shown himself to be a real people-loving sweetie, who loves to play and wants to be by your side. Snuggles? Belly rubs? Look no further. Seeking a hiking partner? Gunner's your guy. Smart, healthy, energetic—and, yeah, good-looking—he's a perfect companion for DogTrekking and whatever other fun you might have planned. His house manners are excellent, and he prefers to be an only dog.

Gunner's just one of the fine dogs waiting to meet you at Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch, a no-kill rescue and sanctuary for companion and farmed animals in the Napa Valley. Besides providing transitional and permanent shelter, rescue and adoption services for critters in a fix, JARR is dedicated to keeping beloved pets and their people together by providing much-needed resources. More...

Paw on the snooze button

Vet Buzz: Canine Snoring

By Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County.

Snoring is caused by obstruction of the nasal passages or trachea that leads to airway constriction. The first thing to know about snoring is that it can be both normal and abnormal in dogs, and there are numerous reasons for each. More...
Photo Credits
Navarro dogs - @goldens_flutie_ferris
Napa Valley - Visit Napa Valley
Layla - Linda Peters 
Grape crusher - @crazyblondie021 
Gunner - Emma K. Morris
Santa Cruz - SkyWideDesign (cc)
Dog in green vineyard - Rebecca Schley
Snoring - Morten Wulff
Tawny -  Brendon Connelly
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