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California is the ultimate pet friendly state

do you think it is true that you sleep better on a white bed?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/09/22/best-hotel-beds_n_5881548.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

How many B&B’s, hotels, motels and inns offer you and Fido a white bed to sleep on?  I suspect not many due to paws, dirty paws, muddy paws, wet paws, and noses on the bedding. But there are a few that I can think of that do, LaQuinta Inn, Comfort Inn, and others offer white beds and a little slipcover of a different color to hide the dirt?  It does seem fresh, cleaner and fluffier to sleep in a white bed with white sheets and comforter. Pure as a puppy dog’s love.

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The last time we stayed at LaQuinta though, I rolled off the bed in the morning and onto the floor on my tush.  At least I did not hurt myself. I did have to call fire rescue guys to pick me up and they had to get passed the lock on the door.

Now, what do you think about this survey that LEAVES CALIFORNIA out of the pet friendliest places???

More than 57 percent of Americans have a dog or cat and we’re on track to spend more than $60 billion (!) on our furry family members in 2015.

https://www.thumbtack.com/blog/which-states-love-their-dogs-the-most/?

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how could they possibly leave California off a list with doggie heavenly places such as Carmel, Mendocino, and LA? There are more dog lovers in CA than probably ALL of the states  mentioned. Cici the polka dot princess and I have spoken/woofed about CA pet friendliness for 8+ years.

http://celiasue.com/top-dog-links-woof/

where else but California can dogs: eat in hotel lobbies with their owners, go surfing, ride on trains for free, kayak, tiptoe amongst the tulips and eat ice cream for free, and have Yappy hours, canine menus at restaurants, and amenities such as pooch massage, spas and bed and biscuits (Santa Cruz)? not to mention all of the pet friendly wineries, shops, banks, shopping malls, do it yourself stores (Home Depot, Orchard, Lowe’s, Ace and others), and more.

http://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/Dog-friendly-California-destinations-3723227.php

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Pet peeves while traveling with a dog

Sorry, it’s been awhile but I was just in the hospital and found out that I had blood clots in my lungs. Not fun. cici had to be taken care of by a friend who pampered her, which was great and a real relief. And the hospital stay of six nights was not fun. I am a sick puppy and we REALLY REALLY REALLY need a NEW HOME NOW.  If you are in California and would like us to visit, be your roommates, or know someone who does, then please let us know.

Cici and I put together our top list of pet peeves when traveling with a dog. She does not like it when:

1. a “pet friendly” hotel that does not offer enough green space for my Cici to do her business. And I do not like it when there is no bags or trash cans around to put the business inside and throw away. why should i have to carry it around with me? That is the hotel’s business to provide guests with what they need.

2. when a pet friendly hotel charges ridiculous fees and nickels and dimes you for your pet, (a small refundable pet deposit is ok but a nonrefundable fee for $50 or more? Nope). And these types of hotels usually discriminate on the dogs they will accept such as only dogs under 10 pounds, few breeds, as if they are saying, we will deign to allow you to bring your pet but only if it is not going to be a real dog who will do doggie things. If you have pet restrictions based upon weight, height, breed, we will breeze right by you. We do not like places that discriminate against our dogs based upon the color of their fur, the shape of their heads or their canine qualities that make them lovable to us.

3. dogs like to roll around in the dirt but pet owners do not. We cannot stand “pet friendly” hotels that put you in a dirty, worn carpet, overused room with smelly bedding just because you are traveling with Fido. This is hardly a pet friendly attitude. We do not have to paws up with it either.

4. Pet rules that say that your pet cannot be in the lobby (how are you supposed to enter and exit the place)?, pool, golf course and other areas. If there is no place for the dog to go to the bathroom, are they supposed to hold it in for three days? Maybe you should list where dogs are ALLOWED to be instead of all of the no no’s of where they cannot be. Makes a dog feel kinda unwelcome and does not seem exactly pet friendly to us.

5. Many places tell that you cannot leave the dog in the room unattended even when your dog is quiet, gonna go to sleep, is crated. Are you supposed to pet sit or hire a pet sitter while you are traveling? On some occasions, maybe but if you are just going out for some fresh air, to move the car, or get something from the gift shop, and if it is very hot outside, you are not going to bring your dog with you.

6. When we look at websites of some hotels and B&B’s it is not clear whether they are pet friendly or not. Why make it so difficult for travelers to figure out whether you allow dogs or not? If you have nothing on your website that indicates pet friendly (photos of dogs, pet policies and such), we will whiz right by you and assume you are not the place for us to stay since you did not bother to say.

7. Did your staff miss the memo or staff meeting that told them how to interact with guests with pets? If we ask about your fur friendly amenities, local pet stores, dog parks, vets, and/or activities then we expect your staff to respond with knowledgable answers not treat us as if we asked a terribly embarrassing question or present them with smelly burden of a task. Or tell us to google it ourselves. Hospitality is supposed to be YOUR business. Catlike it. And if you are a person at a Travel WELCOME center, visitors center or some such, then it is YOUR JOB not ours to tell us what the local activities and places are.

Any hotel that offers a pet welcoming committee, no fees, restrictions on weight or breed, has afternoon Yappy Hours, a “dining with pooch” option with room service menu for Fido and some pet amenities like treats, bowls of water, and toys is a really pet friendly place and just the kind of dogitude we LOVE to stay at.

What are YOUR pet peeves about “pet friendly” places???

Cici at the park with my friend Angela while I was in the hospital. Cute as a love bug, huh.  Thank you, Angela, for taking care of my polka dot princess!!!! (She fed her grass fed beef and turkey burgers and more).

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Norcal pet friendly

Our list of fun places to take your pooch in Northern California continues…

 

10. Russian River (Guerneville, Sebastopol, and Armstrong woods)

Cici and I just took a one day quick trip across the 37 from Vallejo to Sebastopol, Bodega Bay and Armstrong woods. We ate some delicious turkey burgers from Sequoia Drive-in, loved the beach and the woods, did a drive-thru. And we also went to two author events at Book Passage. The weather at the beach was cool and the weather otherwise was sunny and not too hot. Enjoyed the day, and it was a lot of driving for me in one day.

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11. Sacramento  (Rancho Cordova) 

http://celiasue.com/2010/01/22/the-good-bad-and-ugly-of-pet-friendly-hotels/

We would have to add that the Red Roof Inn in Rancho Cordova has slid downhill in a bad way (garbage left all over the property, bugs in the rooms, etc.)  too bad because we used to like to stay at this moderately priced motel which offers weekly rates. It is certainly a better option than Motel 6 but that is not saying much. The Comfort Inn in Folsom Lakes would be a better choice for a higher price, in my humble opinion. at least you get breakfast. And we had problems with their beds (hurt my back both times I stayed there in different rooms) so maybe LaQuinta Inn is the best choice for a higher price of course.

we love that Panera’s opened up nearby the Red Roof Inn. They have a drive-thru service and dogs are allowed on the patio. They also donate their nightly leftovers to charities / food banks.

There are numerous green areas to walk the dog including at Rancho Cordova city hall and the library.

12. SF Bay area

You cannot take the dog on the ferries but seniors get half off if you are 65+. There are ferries to the Ferry building in SF, Larkspur and Sausalito

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http://goldengateferry.org/fareprograms/

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13. Healdsburg

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http://celiasue.com/2009/05/11/healdsburg-is-dog-wine-and-chocolate-friendly/

14. Silicon Valley  (Rosewood Sandhill)

http://celiasue.com/2009/07/21/ooozing-with-dogitude/

15. Point Reyes  (Sea shells by the seashore) 

http://celiasue.com/2008/12/21/point-reyes-pet-friendly/

16. Gold Country, Murphys, Twaine Hart, Sonora

http://celiasue.com/2009/04/25/sonora-dog-friendly/

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17. Yosemite

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18. South Lake Tahoe

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19. Half Moon Bay

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http://celiasue.com/2011/03/10/half-moon-bay-has-gone-to-the-dogs/

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20. Elks in Orick, Himalayan Yaks in Mendocino

http://celiasue.com/2013/05/20/memorial-day-pet-friendly/

http://celiasue.com/2008/05/19/wild-turkeys-himalayan-yaks-and-deer-oh-my/

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In Redwood National and State Parks, pets on a leash not exceeding six feet in length, under owner control, and without creating disturbance to visitors and wildlife are allowed:

  • On all road-accessible beaches (excluding dune habitat).
  • Within 100 feet of public roads and parking areas (but not on trails).
  • At designated picnic areas.
  • Within all road-accessible campgrounds.

 

21. We were going to go to Fortuna and see the Avenue of the Giants but instead opted to visit Paradise, Red Bluff, and Anderson to look at mobile homes in parks (to purchase possibly). It was a bust as far as buying a mobile home AND we enjoyed our stay at the Comfort Inn in Paradise a lot. The town seems to be pretty pet friendly. We passed quickly thru Chico from Skyway and it seems like a nice college town about 15 minutes from Paradise. The weather gets REALLY HOT HOT HOT in summer and then cold in winter. Paradise has a lot of seniors who retire there and some good restaurants. Well, we ate at the Italian Garden which has a bar and early bird special Italian food. I had the zucchini sticks and chicken parmesan (with soup or salad). Yummy. The people were nice and we saw some deer and rabbits in the early morning, too. Well, I did, I think Cici was too busy looking around and sniffing.

 

Driving up to Paradise from Sacramento area (Rancho Cordova is about 2 hours) we took the 99 and 70 thru Marysville and Oroville. The last 10 miles or so up to Paradise were a bit twisty windy. But on the way back, we took Skyway thru Chico and took the 5 up to Red Bluff and took the 5 back down south, thru Williams and Corning and Maxwell when we went home. The 5 seemed faster and more highway. The towns went by quickly. We visited the visitor center in Red Bluff who told us that the Olive Pit in Corning was a good place to eat. It wasn’t as far as I was concerned. In Red Bluff, a good place to eat was the Rockin R, home cooked food. I had a tuna melt with baked potato. Shari’s with pies was awful service and not great food, either (that was lunch).  The Comfort Inn in Red Bluff was fine, although the room set up was a bit weird. They were very helpful and the internet service was pretty much nonexistent (unlike the service in Paradise and Rancho Cordova).

101 things to do in Paradise

http://www.101thingstodo.net/paradise/

 

More about Butte County

 

http://www.buttecounty.com/attractions.htm

 

All in all, this is what Cici had to say about Paradise (yes, several paws UP) LOL

 

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here is some info about pet friendly Chico

 

http://www.trailblazerpetsupply.com/pet-friendly-chico/

 

 

What would you like to do with your pooch in Northern California?

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23 Pet friendly places (Carmel to SLO)

2. Carmel  has gone to the dogs

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Carmel, the pet friendliest city in the USA…   Where else can a pit bull eat lunch safely and comfortably next to family? Well, in Carmel, of course!

http://celiasue.com/2014/07/08/summer-fun-in-doggie-heaven/

http://celiasue.com/2014/09/19/carmel-edge/

3. Monterey  (whales, dolphins and seals, oh my) Fishermans wharf 

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http://celiasue.com/2009/03/30/monterey-pet-friendly/

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4. Mendocino (tiptoe thru the tulips, one of 12 things to do)

http://celiasue.com/2008/05/01/may-day-may-day-10-dog-friendly-things-to-do-in-mendocino/

http://celiasue.com/2008/09/06/top-12-fun-dog-friendly-things-to-do-in-mendocino/

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5. Anderson Valley dog friendly wineries (Navarros, Toulouse) 

http://celiasue.com/2013/05/20/memorial-day-pet-friendly/

6. Napa wine country 

http://celiasue.com/2009/07/16/girls-gone-wine/

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Dog friendly wineries Napa and sonoma 

http://celiasue.com/2013/02/11/dog-friendly-wineries-napasonoma/

7. Bodega Bay  (yummy fresh seafood) 

http://celiasue.com/2008/02/19/along-highway-one-from-monterey-to-bodega-bay/

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8. Cambria rocks

http://celiasue.com/2011/10/02/creating-a-peaceful-dog-oasis/ 

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9. SLO  (a tiki boat, dogging it at the beach, and so much more)

http://celiasue.com/2013/05/03/mamas-day-weekend-in-slo/

see how we snuck Mama’s day in there, too…

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23 Pet Friendly Places in Northern California

Northern California includes the Monterey Bay area, the Tahoe area and Sonoma County to the north, the Sierra Nevadas to the east, Lodi to the south, the Bay Area to the west, with Napa Valley and Sacramento in the center. Whether you want to travel in style (luxury), rough it up, or anything in between, you can find all kinds of scenic and fun things to do with your fur kids in these very friendly to dogs cities.  With Memorial Day coming up on May 25, this list will give you a lot of different options for weekend dog-cations.

We just moved to Vallejo and nearby Benecia seems to be a very dog friendly place so that is where we will start off our list. Some places have more to talk about and some have less. This post will just cover Benecia, since it is new to us. In other blog posts, we will link to places we have already covered in other blog posts, so we will group some together.

Our countdown to fido friendly Memorial weekend begins today.

1. Pet Friendly Benecia (artists and their canine loving town)

BENICIA Heading south on Interstate 680, just past the Benicia city limit sign, you’ll see a giant billboard, all blue sky and golden sunsets, touting this very city as promising “a great day by the bay.”

Travel to its downtown waterfront, where boutiques and antiques shops beckon, where artists live and work
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/entertainment/living/travel/article2591729.html#storylink=cpy

One of Benicia’s main selling points – namely, its slow pace, homey feel, lack of pretension and centralized location, easily within an hour’s drive – to the masses of stressed-out city dwellers in San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento.
Many, no doubt, are traveling with dogs. Up and down First Street, dogs and their human companions roamed. From a pair of bichon frisés named Peekaboo and Freeway, to Yorkie mixes named Olivina and Georgie, dogs took advantage of water bowls left out for them. They can explore (leashed) on the city green near the waterfront and frolic (unleashed) on the small beaches just off the First Street Promenade.

Skip and Dana Godwin, with black lab mixes Drake and Olive in tow, said merchants don’t bat an eye when someone walks through the door with a four-legged friend.

“It’s like Sausalito in that respect,” Skip said. “A lot of the restaurants have outdoor seating, and that attracts people with dogs. All the B&Bs and hotels are dog-friendly, too.”

Lynne Parella, owner of the upscale wine and craft beer bar, The Chill, allows dogs on her patio, as does the First Street Cafe, the restaurant at the Union Hotel and other eateries. Such openness to canines has earned Benicia the status of the fourth most “dog-friendly” city in the nation by Dog Fancy Magazine.

James Long, owner of Pups ’n’ Purrz on First Street, helped organize the annual A Great Dog Day by the Bay, featuring a Disc Dog competition, a toss-and-fetch tournament, an owner-dog look-alike contest and a dog beauty pageant. One item Long has trouble keeping in stock is cod sticks ($1).
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/entertainment/living/travel/article2591729.html#storylink=cpy
Benicia: First Street Beach

OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Benicia is a waterside city located in the San Francisco Bay area just east of Vallejo. It has two off-leash beaches at the foot of First Street in the downtown area – one at the Promenade and the other south of the turnaround.

http://www.unionhotelbenicia.com/index.html

707-746-0110

http://www.bestwesternbenicia.com

Small pets are allowed, with a $25.00 non-refundable deposit per pet

Benicia Walking Tour: 

30 points of interests

Waterfront Promenade and First Street Green

Pedestrian and bike trails parallel to the waterfront, from Benicia Marina to West 14th Street

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Benicia State Recreation Area

1.5 Miles of the outskirts of Benicia on I-780. Take the Columbus Parkway Exit.

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The city of 28,000 residents — and an estimated 2,000 canines — is ranked fourth among the nation’s top dog-friendly towns, according to Dog Fancy magazine’s annual Dog Town USA contest.

Criteria used to select the winning cities included plenty of dog-friendly open spaces and dog parks, events celebrating dogs and their owners, ample veterinary care, abundant pet-supply and other services and municipal laws that support and protect all pets.

Benicia also has an ample number of veterinarians

Suisun Valley, a verdant agricultural area with many dog-friendly wineries, farmstands and even pumpkin patches where you can sample home-grown produce and introduce Fido to new sights and smells.

What’s a waterfront town without a dog-friendly beach or two? The pair of splash spots on the Carquinez Strait at the end of First Street in Benicia are nothing spectacular, but hey, they’re wet—and the community spirit behind them counts for a lot.

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in Benicia is a community of dog lovers who worked hard to create amenities such as Phenix Community Dog Park, and a pair of leash-free beaches on the Carquinez Strait at the edge of downtown. Many shops and restaurants along First Street, the main drag, welcome wet noses at their sidewalk tables. “You can get anything from pizza to filet mignon with your dog by your side,” says Canine Coalition founder Gretchen Burgess. Favorite meet-up spots include the dog-friendly Union Hotel and the eclectic First Street Café. Work up a pant by hiking the San Francisco Bay Trail along the coast, or trek from the dog park up to city-owned Lake Herman.

http://www.visitbenicia.org/businesses/restaurants

http://www.beniciadogs.com/dog_park_maps.php

http://www.visitbenicia.org/visitor/itineraries

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Gold country pet friendly

There is still gold in them THAR hills. When you are looking for a peaceful, quiet, and relaxing getaway, you will definitely want to visit the Courtwood Inn, high on a hill, overlooking the forest and the town of Murphys. It is a new lovely modern and spacious log cabin home with a tennis theme. The pet friendly room is downstairs (the Davis Cup) so that you and your pooch can come and go through the outside patio door.

Each of the five rooms offer Microsilk spa tubs and fantastic views. Our bed was so high, I needed a step stool to get in and out of it. And Innkeeper Chris Parker provided wonderful wines and cheeses for an afternoon refreshment and a delicious fruit parfait with yogurt and Dutch baby egg dish for breakfast.

Cici was very fond of Chris from the start. She slobbered on her and just followed her around to be near her. Of course Chris DID give her lots of attention and a toy and treats.


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Innkeepers Chris and Larry Parker, former tennis instructors, are planning to offer tennis courts and lessons by summer of 201. They also offer wine tours to some of the 23 wineries in the area.

Pet friendly wineries include Twisted Oak, and others.

Pet amenities: a gift basket filled with a toy that Cici chewed up immediately. There were also some gifts for me. A few samples were held for me at the Art on Main store (a necklace) and a spice sample at the Spice Tin. And a collapsible water bottle that can be filled up.

Louise, the K9 Personal shopping Assistant at the Dog Store on Main Street is an extremely gracious, knowledgeable and kind shopkeeper. She fitted Cici with a brand new harness and leash (purple) and we discussed tips on handling dogs (which I will write about in another blog post). She offers a full range of dog items and accessories from food to treats, toys and clothing. She totally believes that dogs are miracles with paws.

You can read more about the inn and/or book your reservation here:

http://www.courtwoodinn.com/rooms_davis_cup.htm

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Relaxing Spa in the Desert

If your dog could speak s/he would tell you to Leave the hustle, bustle, traffic, noise and smog behind and bring them to The Dog Spa Resort and Wellness Center for a fun time together. The DogSpa is the pet friendliest place on the planet, never mind Palm Springs and it is for both humans and canines. Talk about dogitude. The place oozes dog friendly vibes. For one thing, dogs go unleash everywhere, there are no pet fees, no restrictions in terms of size, weight and breed, and you can leave the dog in the room if the dog will behave.

That does not mean there are no rules. Guests are reminded not to feed their dogs in public, no treats in common areas, to pick up after their dogs, and to supervise their dogs at all times. The DogSpa is the brainchild of Paula Terifaj, a holistic vet, who knows dogs, knows dog body language and she watches out for any problem dogs. She wants the DogSpa to be a really fun relaxing place for everyone. She also rescues dogs and wants to get the many dogs in shelters adopted into forever homes.

“I wanted to create some place unique, different, a really dog friendly place for people and their four legged family members, to unwind, unplug and relax with fresh air, sunshine and mineral water pools,” she explained. The soothing mineral water is what really attracts people to this area. Year round swimming in a hot springs pool and getting a stress-releasing massage, who could ask for anything more?

Paula bought the intimate hotel in 2009 and spent two years renovating it to her specifications. There is a dog park that is fenced that dogs can enjoy. Dogs Vacation Free here. And if your dog happens to fall into a pool with you, well then, whoopsie. This resort takes dog friendly into a whole other realm.

The point is for you and your dog to share the experience. You do not want to have your dog stuck in some kennel or room while you are away having fun. People benefit from the whole experience and their dogs get to be part of it, too.  Imagine lazy days lying in the sun, swimming in the pool, enjoying the hot tub, and your dog is lying on a towel next to you relaxing, too.

A dog named black lab mix named Jake greeted Cici and I. He was running around the pool with a ball in his mouth that he would not let go of come heck or mineral water. Cici also met one of Paula’s dogs, Brad Pit, a brown beagle and pit bull mix. He was guarding the area between the kitchen and the dog park (a relaxation area). We did not get to meet her other dog, Black Beauty.

 

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We stayed in a luxury Suite 4 (with café kitchen).Cafe Kitchens feature a full sized refrigerator, ice, coffeemaker, microwave, toaster, sink, and dinnerware. There are only six unique rooms including Wellness rooms with purified water, air, magnet beds and so much more.

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Ahhhhhhh….

  • Two hot mineral pools kept at the perfect temperature year around. Large swimming pool at a comfortable 88° F and Jacuzzi at a therapeutic 102° F. Both heated without gas by an underground hot water well.
  • Complimentary health conscious buffet breakfast from 8am until 10am.

If you live in LA or San Diego and want to spend a weekend or vacation and enjoy the mineral hot springs pool in Desert Hot Springs (a few minutes from Palm Springs), then this IS the place to visit. It is only two hours from LA and San Diego and you can bring your pooch(es).

 

Speaking of dog parks, Paula suggests:

l. Be prepared and be vigilant.

2. Bring a spray bottle of water, know where there is a hose, or bring an air horn or a whistle to use if dogs are not getting along.

3. Be mindful

4. Keep your eyes and ears on your dog at all times.

5. Be aware of the weather. Dogs should NEVER be left along in a hot car and in the summer, the pavement may be too hot for their paws and can burn their pads.

If you are seeking a small intimate healthy environment to do workshops or seminars or retreats, you may be able to rent the entire property for a yoga workshop, a cooking, meditation, or healthy retreat.

Ask for the Double the Fun special as well as a dog spa gift certificate. You and your dog deserve stress-free pampering time!   Click on the link below to find out more.

http://www.dogsparesort.com/

You can also go shopping with your dog at The River (a dog friendly shopping mall in nearby Palm Desert, yes indeed)…

and there are hiking trails. Click the link below to find out all about the trails, dog park and where to eat with your pooch, too.

http://www.dogsparesort.com/dogs-welcome

 

There are some other dog parks in the area in case you want to visit (but you will enjoy the one at the Dog Spa Resort more than any of the others, we betcha plus who wants to drive all the way to Palm Desert or Indio when you and your pooch came here to stretch your paws and woof it up !

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