The Dog Lover’s Companion to California has the inside scoop on the best dog runs, parks, beaches, hiking trails, camping areas, pet-friendly businesses, and much more. Local author Maria Goodavage and her trusty companion Jake have dug up many surprising resources available to dogs in the Golden State, such as baseball games, summer camps, and pet parades. For the less outdoorsy dog, there are doggy spas, art openings, and even winery visits! Packed with helpful maps, up-to-date leash laws, and a useful "paw" ranking system for all locations in the book, The Dog Lover’s Companion to California is a pet’s best friend.

The Dog Lover's Companion to California
6th Edition • Maria Goodavage • ISBN 1-59880-020-5 • ISBN-13 978-1-59880-020-3 • US $24.95

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Maria Goodavage and Jake the Yellow-Lab-Sort-of-Dog have traveled throughout the state to check out some of the most dog-friendly parks, beaches, lodgings, and restaurants in the world. As part of their research, they've ridden on ferries, horse-drawn carriages, cable cars, and steam trains. They've visited drive-in movies, kitschy tourist attractions, and dog-friendly wineries. They've eaten at restaurants where dogs are treated almost like people (except they never get the bill). They've stayed at the best hotels, the worst motels, and everything in between. Jake's favorite saying: "You're not really gonna leave the house without me, are ya?" (This is usually accompanied by all his extra folds of neck skin drooping forward into his face, his floppy ears hanging especially low, his tail sagging dejectedly, and his big brown eyes looking remarkably tearful.)

Since Jake is a dog without a driver's license (his furry feet don't reach the pedals), he relies on Maria, former longtime USA Today correspondent, to be his chauffeur. Maria is well qualified. She started chauffeuring dogs in 1989, when her intrepid Airedale, Joe, joined her during some of her travels for the newspaper. Joe and Maria sniffed out enough dog-friendly places that they came out with their first book, The Dog Lover's Companion to the Bay Area, shortly thereafter. The Dog Lover's Companion to California was born next. (Each book is now in its fifth edition!)

After 13 years of traveling with Maria, Joe recently left for Dog Heaven, where all the cats are slow and no one tells you not to eat horse manure. Jake says he's proud to be following in Joe's pawsteps.

Jake lives near the beach in San Francisco with Maria, her husband, and their daughter. To get more information or offer a suggestion about dog-friendly travel in California, visit Maria’s website,

California's First Ever . . . Golden Bone Awards"

Avalon Travel is pleased to announce that Maria Goodavage, author of The Dog Lovers Companion to California and The Dog Lover’s Companion to the San Francisco Bay Area, and her furry friend, Jake, have bestowed GOLDEN BONE AWARDS" on businesses in California that are especially hound happy places!

If you would like to learn more about The Dog Lover’s Companion series, interview author Maria Goodavage, or request a review copy, please contact Jodee Krainik, Publicist: 510.809.3824, .
The highest honor a place of business can get from the world of dogs is a Golden Bone Award". A Golden Bone Award" recipient is a special breed of non-dog oriented establishment (usually a restaurant or lodging) that rolls out the welcome mat for dogs in a particularly wonderful way, taking dog-friendliness to new heights.

Golden Bone window decals and award certificates give dog owners a clue to which businesses will not only tolerate their dogsbut will make them feel utterly welcome. A Golden Bone Award" doesnt necessarily entail being the best or the fanciest; after all, thats not what dogs care about. Golden Bone establishments make them feel relaxed and happy, and completely at home . . .


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