Whether on the job or just hanging out, winery dogs are a cherished part of many North Coast wine-making families. Man’s best friend can chase deer out of a vineyard or simply provide comfort at the end of a 14-hour work day.

At Mendocino County’s Navarro Vineyards a sheep dog herds the flock of Babydoll and Panama sheep that weed the vineyard rows.

St. Francis Winery loves pets so much, they hold a blessing of the animals every year.

Click through our gallery of beloved vineyard and winery pups.

Have a wine dog you would like us to feature? Send your photos to janet.balicki@pressdemocrat.com and we will add it to the gallery.