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A Cascade of Options in California’s Far North

The Shasta Cascade region encompasses eight inland counties sprawled over an area the size of Ireland. There’s plenty of room to roam with your dog and lots to do and see, from hiking or sightseeing to just sticking your snouts out the window and watching some amazing scenery go by.
Fetch at the Sundial Bridge

Three Must-See's For You and Your Dog

Shasta Dam, the second-largest concrete dam in the United States (after Grand Coulee in Washington) is a wonder to behold, as is Shasta Lake, the largest reservoir in California. If it’s your first trip to Redding, put the pair of them high on your “must-see-and-do” list. The 602-foot-tall dam, begun during the Great Depression and completed during World War II, can be viewed from a vista point on Highway 151, the scenic road leading to the dam from Interstate 5 (exit No. 685). More...
Mountain Dog

Climb (Or Drive) Every Mountain

On a clear day, 14,179-foot-high Mount Shasta comes into view just north of Sacramento as you make the trip up Interstate 5. You might mistake it for a cloud at first, but soon, its distinctive, snow-capped volcanic cone comes into unmistakable focus. By the time you get to Redding, it’s an indelible part of the landscape. Take a rest stop with Rover, and keep driving an hour up the road to Mount Shasta City, a walkable town of 3,500 where every other shop, it seems, deals in spiritual experience and paraphernalia. More...
Road trip!

Snouts Out the Window

The farther you roam from metropolitan areas, the more relaxed the rules. Fall is a great time for a scenic-drive vacation, and it would be hard to find more options than in the Shasta Cascade region, which boasts 12 designated scenic byways, each with its own intrinsic qualities. The 500-mile Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, which winds through the least populated part of California, is one of just 21 routes nationwide designated an “All-American Road” by the U.S. Department of Transportation. More...
Flanagan Trail

Paws to the Redding Paths

Whether you go all out for a strenuous hike or prefer a walk on the mild side, there’s no shortage of DogTrekking options in a region blanketed by national forests and other public lands. For an overview of all things Shasta, from lake to mountain to dam, tackle the Chamise Peak Trail just outside Redding. It climbs from the Flanagan Trail to the top of the highest spine in the region, offering 360-degree views at the apex of a 5-mile, out-and-back route. More...
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Begin Your Shasta Cascade Adventure in Redding

With mountains all around, miles of dog-friendly hiking and biking trails, the Sacramento River running through it and nearby, Redding is an outdoor paradise for young and old. Cradled by Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen, and blessed by sunshine much of the year, it’s a great place to base camp for year-round recreation.

Let the good times flow by staking your claim at a dog-friendly lodging property such as the Red Lion Hotel, a DogTrekker favorite right off Interstate 5; Marriott properties Fairfield Inn & Suites and TownePlace Suites by Marriott, both of which offer free Wi-Fi and breakfast; or Oxford Suites, where rates include an evening manager’s reception, hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi and premium bedding.

If you’re looking for something more intimate where you can “meet the locals,” check out the B&B accommodations offered by Bridgehouse B&B and Redding’s B&B, the former a two-house establishment with one dog-friendly room, the latter a farmhouse with three dog-friendly bedrooms for rent on the second floor. More...

Susie

Rescue: Muttville

It's been an eventful year so far for the good folks at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. In July, Muttville founder and executive director Sherri Franklin was named a CNN Hero (one of 25) for her work as an example of "everyday people making a difference." In this case, to thousands of senior dogs who once faced a grim future, and to the people who've come to see them as the loving companions they are.

August was a record month for Muttville, with 97 senior dogs finding forever homes. And they just rescued senior dog #4,000. That would be Susie here, a 9-year-old Chihuahua mix whose outgoing personality and loving disposition win friends wherever she goes. More...

Grey is the new black

Vet Buzz: Benefits of Adopting an Adult or Senior Dog

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

Adult and in particular senior dogs are often overlooked at shelters in favor of boisterous puppies. However, there are many benefits to adopting an adult or senior pet.
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Photo Credits
Fetch - Laurinda Willard
Mountain dog - Amy Scott
Road trip - Kip Leland
Grey is the new black - Lisa (CC)
Susie - Muttville
Shasta - Karen (CC)
Redding paths - @leitzyk
 
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