Celebrate the end of Summer with Splash Days and wine tastings

Splash Days in Templeton, CA, September 6-8, plus pet-friendly wine tastings in Paso Robles – a perfect summer’s end for dog lovers. Photo: bringfido.com

WASHINGTON, August 23, 2013 — For the seventh year in a row, dogs are invited to celebrate the end of summer by diving into the community pool in Templeton, CA. The annual event is a major fundraiser for Vineyard Dog Park, a canine paradise fully funded through donations.

Dogs only are allowed in the pool during the event that runs Sept. 6 -8. These canine swimmers do not run short of exuberance and comic antics in their pool activities. If Fido doesn’t swim, there are doggy swimming lessons available. Or participants can feel free to sit on the sidelines with their pooch to watch. Experienced dog handlers will be in the water to ensure safety. And dog life vests, beach balls, retrieval toys and ramps are available.

Templeton is near the famed central California wine region of Paso Robles. It is the same viticulture region – but also has the microclimate of cooler afternoon coastal breezes that cut through a gap in the Santa Lucia mountains. This is referred to as the ‘Templeton Gap’. Mid-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco and just 30 minutes from the San Luis Obispo Regional Airport, this breath-takingly beautiful part of the world offers a centrally located respite for people traveling with their pets with a vast wine region to explore — including more than 200 wineries, many of them pet-friendly.  Visitors will also find farm-fresh cuisine, great beaches, the Hearst Castle nearby, a quaint downtown area filled with local artisan shops and galleries, and a wide selection of accommodations. Paso Robles offers something for everyone- including four legged family members.

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Dog Parks in Paso Robles and Templeton, CA
There are several dog parks in the vicinity besides Vineyard dog Park. The Sherwood Dog Park is fully fenced, set on 1.25 acres with a separate area designated for small, timid, or senior dogs. Amenities include park benches, picnic tables, shade, a swim area for dogs to dunk, and a toy bin for assorted retrieval toys.  The Toro Creek Dog Beach is on Hwy 1 in Cayucos, about 35 minutes away.

Pet-Friendly Hotels and Inns in Paso Robles, CA
There are several options to choose from when planning a stay in Paso Robles. The newly renovated Paso Robles Inn welcomes canine guests in style. Located in downtown Paso Robles, this historic property is in the heart of the enchanting Paso Robles wine country. There is a nightly dog fee of $25 with a two dog maximum per room. 10% of the dog fee is donated to Woods Humane Society, a local non-profit, privately funded organization dedicated to the humane care of unwanted animals in San Luis Obispo County. Rates start at $143 a night.

Other pet-friendly properties include La Quinta Inn & Suites, Paso Robles Vacation Rentals and The Oaks Hotel & Suites.

Pet-Friendly Vintners in Paso Robles Wine Country
As one of the nation’s fastest-growing wine regions, Paso Robles offers dog lovers plenty of options when it comes to wine tasting. (Note: your dog may be smart but is not your designated driver.) Here’s a list of tasting rooms you and your pooch won’t want to miss:

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Adelaida Cellars, B & E Vineyard, Christian Lazo Winery (by appointment only),  Derby Wine Estates, JUSTIN Winery, Steinbeck Vineyards and Victor Hugo Winery, located in Templeton where the dog swim event takes place.  Click here for a full list of pet-friendly wineries.

Paso Robles’ Pet Friendly Restaurant Patios
Several restaurants in the area are pet friendly with special patio areas for pets and their owners.  Big Bubba’s Bad BBQ, home of the best “Bad to the Bone” Barbeque, welcomes pets – but don’t give your dog any of the bones from the delicious oak-wood fired BBQ tri-tip, ribs, burgers and other specialties (they can cause choking in dogs). Pappy McGregor’s Irish Pub, an authentic Irish Pub, is also dog friendly. Voted by locals as the Best Pub/Best Bar every year since opening in 2006, Pappy McGregor’s features live entertainment and late night cocktails.    

Dog Boarding in Paso Robles
Don’t fret if you have to leave your dog behind for the day or even overnight during your visit. Canterbury Tails Dog Resort features air-conditioned canine casitas, comfy beds, lavender baths, chicken and rice dinners and more. Paso Robles Pet Boarding provides overnight stays and also day care while you are on wine tasting excursions. They have several play yards for every size of dog.

For more information regarding Paso Robles visit www.TravelPaso.com or call (888) 988.-PASO (7276).

Susan Hartzler is Washington Times Communities’ canine confident. Her expert reviews on pooch-tested pet products and services can be found on Alpha Dog


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As a consumer dog product and service expert, Susan Hartzler is up to date on the latest trends for dogs and their guardians. Dogs are her passion; so naturally, the subject is something she knows about from both a personal and professional basis.

An award winning writer, Hartzler is a contributor to New World Library’s “Dogs And The Women Who Love Them,” an Oprah pick, and Simon & Schuster’s best selling “Divinity of Dogs.” A short story she wrote about her first therapy dog, Baldwin, was published in Animal Wellness Magazine and awarded the Angel on a Leash Award from the Dog Writer’s Association of America.  Hartzler has developed a loyal following of dog lovers for her serial blog, http://sleepwithdogs.blogspot.com, a personal journey about dogs and men. She and her dog Bliss are a therapy dog team and visit children in the oncology ward at County USC Medical Center. For more information, please visit www.alphadogpr.com.


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