Do You Take Your Dog to The Costa Mesa Dog Park? Please Read!

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If you live in Costa Mesa, or the surrounding area, and take your dog/s to the Costa Mesa Bark Park read on…

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Valentine’s Day 5K through Irvine Regional Park – Feb. 14th

If you and your furry friend want to start off Valentine’s day helping a great cause, check out the Paws for Pink 5K taking place in Irvine Regional Park (located in Orange) on February 14th.  The event starts at 7:00am and is $38 per person(dogs are free) which goes to Susan G. Komen Orange County.   If you haven’t been to the Peter’s Canyon area, it’s definitely a scenic hike, so why not hike for a good cause?  If you are interested in signing up, or just want more info, click on the picture link below.  If you pre-register before Saturday you will save $2 a person.  Enjoy!

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Dog Friendly Beaches in Orange County

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As our short Winter seems to be fading away all too quickly, it will soon be time to head back to the beaches.  If you think you’re excited to get your toes in the sand, just wait and see your dog’s reaction when they see the waves again!  If you have ever taken your dog to a beach, you probably already know what I’m talking about.  I know any time we get within a few miles of the beach, our dog Sierra, losses her mind.  As soon as she smells the salt water, it’s all over.

Every beach in Orange County has different regulations when it comes to allowing dogs, so I’m going to list the beaches in order of dog friendliness to make it easier to plan your next trip to soak in some California sunshine.

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What do you Need to Bring When Camping with a Dog?

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UPDATED: May 2018

I go camping with my dog, Sierra, multiple times every year, and each time it’s a new adventure.  I know she has as much fun, if not more, than we do when taking a trip to explore the great outdoors.  In my opinion, if you can bring your 4-legged friend along for the adventure, it makes the whole experience better for everyone involved.  If you’ve been thinking about taking your dog camping, try it out! Just make sure you are prepared.  Before you head outdoors, you’ll need to make sure you, and your dog, are prepared with the right equipment.  Planning starts before you even book the camping trip. When looking for a place to camp, it’s important to verify your dog is allowed in the campground.  The worst way to start a trip is to get to the campsite only to be turned away because you have your dog with you. Most National and State parks will allow dogs, but have different restrictions, always check before you plan a trip.  Once you get your trip booked, it’s time to start gathering everything you’ll need to make sure you dog stays safe and comfortable during your trip. Below, I have compiled a list of some of the essential gear that I’ve used while camping. Every trip is different(weather, terrain, length of trip, etc) so this is not an all inclusive list, but it’s a great starting point for the basics for most camping adventures.

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Summer Lake Tahoe Trip

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It’s been a while since my last post but I wanted to get this one out before the end of the year. Over the summer, we took a camping trip to Lake Tahoe with Sierra. First things first, if you enjoy camping with your dog, Tahoe needs to be at the top of your list of places to go in California. There are trails, two dog beaches, rafting adventures, and dog friendly restaurants everywhere. Most of the trails are dog friendly and there are so many to choose from, you will never be able to get to them all. They range from easy to difficult, which means there is something for every type of hike you are in the mood for. Some trails require a leash but others allow your well-trained dog to wander off leash to explore. The two beaches are on opposite sides of the lake, so you are never too far from one. The restaurants that are dog friendly have patio seating and some even provide doggie menus as well. We were even able to go river rafting with Sierra, which was one of the highlights of the trip and the whole Tahoe experience wouldn’t have been the same without her. As anyone who has a Husky, or any other high energy dog knows, they are almost impossible to tire out. This was the first trip where I think we actually accomplished this seemingly impossible feat. I couldn’t believe it. There are so many options for dog friendly activities in Tahoe, you could spend all summer here and still barely scratch the surface. In this blog, I will go into detail about everything we were able to cram into the 1 week we spent there.

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Yosemite Part 1 – Planning and Getting to the Park

Taking a vacation with a dog, a good idea or bad?  I would say that it depends.  There are pros and cons to taking a dog with you, and we’ll discuss them here.

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