I'm a 3rd generation Oakland native and I created this site because I'm always looking for new hikes and I can never find enough accurate information in one place. I've exhausted the lists of trails on other sites and I wanted to share my extensive list with other dog lovers - you'd be surprised how many dog-friendly hikes the Bay Area alone has to offer! Hit those trails and keep your pooch happy and healthy! I hope you and your dog enjoy these adventures.
Bailey was a 14-year-old yellow lab mix who passed away on August 17th, 2020. She had a lot of energy up until the last 6 months or so of her life. She enjoyed hiking as much as me, loved to swim, and was able to go on 10-mile hikes at 12 years old. I know I was really lucky to enjoy all those years with her, and I also attribute her great health and long life to all the hikes we went on together. I adopted her when she was about 5 years old from the Manteca Animal Shelter, following an extensive search to adopt a dog. My search began on Petfinder, and when I saw her picture, I felt she was special, and I knew I needed to meet her.
When I called the shelter, I was told that because she was so skinny, she needed to stay in the shelter for 2 weeks to gain weight. I drove out from Oakland to Manteca on the first day she was available, and arrived before the shelter even opened so I could be sure to be the first one there. When I first saw her, she jumped up on her hind legs in the cage and barked at me, which startled me. I was expecting a docile dog, and it took me aback. I actually turned around and walked out until I re-grouped and decided to see what she was like outside of that cage. I will never forget that moment. As soon as she came out of the cage, she sat with me outside in the grass, I petted her, and she melted. She was very calm and gentle, and such a sweet dog. She was still very skinny and had a scab on her nose from trying to push her snout through her cage. I remember being told that she looked sick and I probably shouldn’t adopt her, but I instantly felt a connection with her, unlike anything I’d ever felt with another animal.I took her home that day and she fell asleep during the car ride home. After a vet checkup, I found out that she had thyroid problems, which was partly the reason for her weight, and also the reason why she would fall asleep so easily. After about a month on hyper-thyroid medication, she was like a new dog with tons of energy. However, she also had stomach problems, so I initially cooked her stews for meals, and tried a number of very expensive grain-free dog foods until I found one that worked. Prescription Science Diet was our food of choice initially, but I switched her to a less expensive option, Purina Pro Plan Sensitive Skin & Stomach Dry Dog Food mixed with rice at every meal.
Bailey was happy and healthy and fully recovered about 6 months after I adopted her. She was always super sweet, got along with all animals (even my chinchilla!), and was always up for an adventure. I still can't believe that day she barked at me at the shelter. That never happened again, and it made me sad to think how scared she must have been. I miss her everyday but I want her memory to live on. We will continue our hikes with my husband's dogs, Keisha and Roxy, but I'm still having a difficult time after losing her, so updating the site often may take some time.
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