Dear Friend of Pets Unlimited,
The holidays have come and gone but it seems like most of us have a small reminder of the past few weeks. We're looking at you, unsightly tummy bulge. And, if exercise is at the top of your list of New Year's resolutions (or even the bottom of it), we've got a list of Bay Area hikes that you AND your dog will enjoy. Because what makes exercise more fun? A buddy!
Our staff carefully selected their favorite Bay Area trails and outdoor spaces in collaboration with their canine hiking buddy. Do you have a spot you'd like to share with fellow animal lovers? Post it on our Facebook page or send us an email - we'd love to hear from you!
North Bay: Cataract Falls
Recommended by Dr. Polly James and Jax
Are you and your four-legged companion searching for a short yet moderately difficult trek to work off those holiday pounds? This 2.6-mile hike is an on-leash trail with beautiful views of - you guessed it - Cataract Falls!
Peninsula: McNee Ranch State Park & Montara Mountain
Recommended by Erika Dokman and Harold
This hike is not recommended for novices, human and canine alike. The 8-mile hike starts with a difficult climb to the top of Montara Mountain but hikers are rewarded with gorgeous views and an all-downhill return to civilization.
East Bay: Point Isabel
Recommended by Skip Swanlund and Penny
Does your dog need some extra off-leash exercise? Though there is a hiking trail at Point Isabel, most people come to let their dog roam the 21-acre park, which offers gorgeous views of the Bay with the added bonus of ample parking.
San Francisco: Fort Funston
Recommended by Shelley Smith and Enzo
Though hiking can be considerably easier at Fort Funston, the squishy sand and your off-leash pup can help to burn those extra calories. This location is especially popular with aquatic dogs but be sure to bring a towel for those sandy paws!
Trail Tips: When exploring a new trail or park, we recommend that your dog stay on-leash to keep the wildlife and your pup within a safe, but still sniff-able, distance. Don't forget to bring lots of water for you and your buddy and, most importantly, have lots of fun!
Your Friends at Pets Unlimited
Spirit Boats to Honor Pets
Join us on Saturday, March 16th for a workshop led by Jennifer Ewing and Dr. Betty Carmack, which will include:
- A short ceremony honoring the relationship between you and your departed pet
- All materials for you to make a model Spirit Boat
- Step-by-step boat making that will hold memories or objects to commemorate your pet
- A chance for you to express your grief with a take-away totem of your experience