Awards season 2014 is right around the corner and so is the best time of year to be in Los Angeles. Travel is not the same without a companion and if you can include your dog, why not? When you are new to town, traveling or have a new puppy, it is a challenge to find the best resources for your pets. Lets take a look at some of the hotspots, where the stars go and places with the best expertise.
Last month, Dr. Ian Dunbar was in town from the UK, who is not only a veterinarian and award winning writer, but one of the world’s top animal behaviorists and trainers. His training methods are the seed of every dog trainer across the globe. His website Dog Star Daily is a tremendous resource full of articles; audio, video and free downloads.
His workshop was given at LA Dogworks, internationally recognized as one of the best dog care centers in the world. The grooming is exceptional and dynamic. In the salon, they have a Snyder Dryer, a high-tech drying system, a machine, which the dog physically gets into after bathing that is temperature controlled. All they do is relax, while they dry. Pretty cool and they know how to cut large and small breeds, even a miniature Shih Tzu. Looking for classes? The Canine Enrichment Center has everything from “Puppy 101” to the more advanced “Set Ready.”
Traveling with your dog? The perfect location, unassuming and right in the heart of LA, is The Orlando Hotel, bordering West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Having recently undergone a $6 million dollar hotel-wide renovation, The Orlando has returned to its acclaimed position as one of Los Angeles’ chicest boutique hotels. Their offerings for pet and owner are generous. The “Bow-Wow” Package includes doggie pick-up and shuttle to a full day of play daycare service at the nearby Chateau Marmutt, plush bed, doggie turn-down service, a special treat and take home water bowl. Starting at $299. This beats having to leave your best friend at home, paying for boarding fees or additional fees that some hotels tack on, up to $100.
In the neighborhood, there is a ton of retail and restaurants. Some favorites: Magnolia Bakery, Alexis Bittar, The Little Door, Kate Spade Saturday Joan’s on Third, Izaka-ya by Katzu-ya and Juice Served Here. In fact, there are actually 3 juice bars on 3rd Avenue alone, including the Orlando Hotel’s very own, Clover Juice Bar. Their full-service restaurant and bar is called The Churchill, which this season, has been a popular place to host private Christmas parties. The Churchill, is a Gastropub with and extensive list of handmade signature cocktails, 20 regional craft beers on tap and a wine menu focused on California vintages.
Life has not only gone to the dogs in Hollywoodland. There are plenty of places for both owner and pet to go. Happy Holidays to you and your VIP (Very Important Pet.)