Everything you and your pooch need to know to wag your tails through Carmel-by-the-Sea. But being dog-friendly Carmel doesn’t do justice to the canine-crazy people and businesses we want you to know about.

Unlike other adviser sites offering lists of dog-friendly cities across America, Carmel Dog Tales™ is brought to you by local blue-bloods, mixed-breeds and mutts. We shareAll the Poop That’s Fit to Scoop!” 

In other words, what to see and do – the people and places who take dog-friendly Carmel to a new level. These pooch-passionate folks will make sure you and your Best Furry Friend Forever (BFFF), have the best Carmel experience ever!

Recommendations have all earned a 4 Woof Rating.

  • Bistros to wine and dine
  • Where your dog can shop… and even sniff out something
    nice for you!
  • Pooch-praiseworthy lodging.
  • For complete Carmel-by-the-Sea visitor information, and book a hotel, check out: http://carmelcalifornia.com/

CDT recommendations are special places that pamper and celebrate your BFFF. They LOVE dogs. Humans…? Better behave yourselves. (You know who you are!)

But that’s only part of the story. Carmel Dog Tales™ also features…

 America’s 1st 

PAWlitzer Prize™
Best Dogged LITTER

Winner in Drama is:
Susan Hartzler,
“Disciples of God”

Winner in Humor is:
     Bonnie Folster
 “The Man in My Life”

Honorable Mentions in Drama:

Laura Lamar, “MeMe is Here”  —  Jill Hedgecock, “Time for Mandy”

Honorable Mentions in Humor:

Barbara Rady Kazdan, “Sweet Lady and Me”  —  Kristine Jepsen, “Old Dogs Walking”

Congratulations to our Winners, Honorable Mentions, and everyone who sent in a heartfelt story of life with their Best Furry Friend Forever — or in some cases,  your pooches’ story about life with you!

 Carmel “Wag ‘n Woof” Dog Walk

Money-saving K9 Coupons offering howling good discounts at pooch-passionate restaurants, retails shops and canine services.

Stay Healthy 

Our Carmel Dog Tales recommended veterinary partner,Annette Richmond, DVM, gives you monthly tips on keeping your BFFF healthy, naturally.

Pooches in Paradise!

Check out some of our local blue-bloods, mixed breeds and mutts. Then submit stories and photos of your adventures in Carmel with your Best Furry Friend Forever!

Woof of the Week

All the Poop That’s Fit to Scoop!
Insights, observations, and the latest poop on upcoming events in Carmel, Pebble Beach, Carmel Valley, and Big Sur.

“I’ve seen a look in a dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.”
John Steinbeck

Causes We Support

The SPCA’s doors are open to all animals in need from dogs and cats to horses, wildlife, exotics, and more. We shelter homeless, neglected and abused pets and livestock, and provide humane education and countless other services to the community. We are the local agency you call to investigate animal cruelty, rescue and rehabilitate injured wildlife, and so much more.


By providing financial resources for those in need and educational resources to our community, BirchBark Foundation empowers people to make informed decisions in times of crisis and to be better advocates for their pets. We offer assistance grants to animal owners who are unable to cover some or all of the cost of their pet’s medical care.


Carmel Beach photo by Michael Cole. Email: mcmikecole@hotmail.com  www.absenceofduck.com

Home page sketches courtesy of Lisa Bryan – Specializing in Village scenes and commissioned portraits of animals and homes.  Email: wildreach@me.com   www.sketchesofcarmel.com


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