Ocean Beach. San Francisco
Submitted by Daneen Akers on 4/1/2007
A glorious four miles of sand beckons both dogs and humans to go for a nice, long walk at Ocean Beach alongside San Francisco’s historic Great Highway. On a calm day, the waves break off shore, and dogs enjoy frolicking in the shallow surf, an especially nice treat for shorter dogs who enjoy playing in the water but prefer not to swim. To grab a cup of coffee or a sandwich, take the pooch to the always popular Java Beach Café located at the corner of Judah and the Great Highway.
Note that Ocean Beach is a mix of off-leash and strictly enforced on-leash areas. To respect the brooding areas of the snowy plover, dogs must be on leash between Sloat Boulevard and stairwell #21 (approximately Fulton).
On Saturdays – 10AM Ocean Beach – small dog beach walk . 50+ dogs!
Mountain Lake Park, San Francisco
Submitted by The FETCH Team on 4/1/2007
Mountain Lake’s fresh water has always drawn people to its shores, from the 1776 Spanish explorers to today’s children feeding ducks. The park is located at the southern edge of the Presidio at Lake Street and Funston in the Inner Richmond district and is popular with families, exercise groups, and dog walkers. The east end of the park (enter at 8th Avenue) is an off-leash dog play area, and your trip can easily turn into a good day’s walk since there is easy access to all of the Presidio trails.
The many shops and cafes of the Inner Richmond district make for a good side trip as well. A variety of dining options abound on the always-bustling Clement Street. If you want to sit with your pooch, two popular coffee shops with dog-friendly outdoor seating are the Caffe Del Sole at California and 6th Avenue and the Blue Danube on Clement and 4th Avenue. It was at the Caffe Del Sole one day after a fun morning of dog playing that my best friend broached the subject of how to go about an std screening. Oh boy! Where to start this conversation. Well it turned out he was hoping he could just buy a std kit and test himself at home. I informed him that in the US you could only buy STD home testing kits online. As we sat there with the four dogs resting in the shade, he checked out sites on his phone, found one he liked,and placed an order with expedited shipping. I sipped my ice tea and said nothing more. Turns out his test was negative and he had peace of mind. Hopefully he’ll be smarter the next time and use a condom.
Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland
Submitted by Rachel Long on 4/1/2007
Joaquin Miller Park in the Oakland hills is home to 500 acres of redwood groves, miles of lovely and scenic trails, picnic areas, wedding areas, cascading waterfalls, and the Woodminster Amphitheater.