In my next life I’d like to come back as a pampered Los Angeles Dog. In a good mood my dog Danny might agree although usually he’s in a bad mood and disagreeable. I was thinking about this today as we drove home from the Laurel Canyon Dog Park. I mean, take a look at this..
Sometimes I’m in the mood for a change and off we go to the Hollywood Dog Park, nestled at the foot of the Hollywood sign, take a look at this ….
Now that I’m on this bloody diet Runyon Canyon is calling out to us …. Runyan Canyon is one of the gorgeous canyon hikes between West Los Angeles and the Valley, this one is officially called Runyan Canyon Dog Park. And is usually a fabulous place to take your dog, but you do have to watch out for rattlesnakes ….. hee hee ….. watch out for rattlers, yeah right, more like “don’t look down and they’re not there”.
All the parks are kept in really good shape and each one has its own unique incentives to pick up the dog poo, long-handled scoopers, plastic bag dispensary thingies placed strategically everywhere. The hottest days of the year might be the days I would choose to stay away from the dog parks for obvious reasons.
Los Angeles is an amazingly dog friendly city and my neighborhood is filled with animal lovers who rescue, foster and adopt, and who seem to crawl out of the woodworks the moment there’s a whiff of an animal in distress. I love this about my neighbors. I know all the dogs’ name but only half of the owners’ names, and I am sure the same is true for them. No matter what time of day or night we go walking we’re bound to bump into a friend. Most of the time (if the dog is bigger than my Chihuahua) we have to cross the street so we don’t attack them. Oh dear. Not so proud about that.
Vets make house calls in L.A. (for a fee), so do dog groomers. We have a chain of stores (salons) called U-Wash-Doggie where you can take your pooch to wash and blow dry in a dog-friendly environment. Some professional dog walkers make more than your average attorney or accountant. Take your dog window shopping down Rodeo Drive to look at the fashions then head east to actually do your shopping (cheaper). Lots of hotels are dog friendly (even the 5 star ones) and if they aren’t they can usually suggest luxury lodgings nearby for Rover.
Around the corner from my house is the D Pet Hotel where rooms are equipped with single, double or king size mattresses, flat screen tv’s, boutique and a spa! I know this cause I went to do a site inspection myself for a friend. I wanted to move in!