Each August, International Dog Day rolls around, much like a dog in mud. If you and your pup want to celebrate this canine-centric year in a way that you can both appreciate, head to one of these dog-friendly locations.
Muddy Paw incorporates its love of animals into everything from its moniker to its mission. The tiny coffee shop welcomes pets, and the drinks have names like Puppy Love and Salty Old Dog. As their slogan—“Have a cup, save a pup”—suggests, they raise funds and awareness for local animal rescue organizations. They sell empanadas and other snacks for hungry humans, and the dog treats on the counter are free. (3320 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake)
Up for a hike? If your dog has sniffed everything there is to sniff at Runyon and Fryman, find a new trail to explore in Griffith Park—and, while you’re there, stop by Trails Café (2333 Fern Dell Drive) for breakfast or lunch. They serve baked goods (including great pie), sandwiches, Stumptown coffee and fresh-squeezed lemonade. All of the seating is outdoors and several of the picnic tables are in the shade.
While most of the beaches in Los Angeles County are off limits to dogs, you can find dog-friendly beaches within driving distance. Whether your dog wants to splash in the surf or run on the sand, Rosie’s Dog Beach is basically a beach party for pets. Dogs are allowed off leash, but only one dog is permitted per adult. (Ocean Blvd. between Granada Ave. and Roycroft Ave., Long Beach)
If you’d prefer to bond with your dog on a less crowded stretch of beach, head to Leo Carrillo State Park. Dogs are permitted on North Beach, located north of lifeguard tower three, but must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet. Check a tide table before you go, because at high tide, there’s not much room to roam. (35000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu)
At Golden Road Brewery, you and your four-legged friend will find lots of room to relax. While the dog-friendly seating is technically outdoors, most of it is shaded. The pub has a full menu that includes seasonal, local ingredients, with vegan options available. They even serve a dog-themed beer: Wolf Pup IPA. (5410 W. San Fernando Road, Atwater Village)
You can also have a pint with your pet at Angel City Brewery. The whole place is dog friendly, aside from the brewing area, which is, understandably, off limits (nobody wants dog hair in their beer). Well-behaved, leashed dogs are even allowed inside the Public House. Angel City is a great place to bring your dog for a night out, and they occasionally host dog-themed events. (216 Alameda St., downtown)
Does your dream décor involve dog photos on every possible surface? You’ll appreciate the interior design at Blue Dog Beer Tavern. The walls—and even parts of the ceiling—are covered in framed photos of cute canines. The sports bar has a full menu, and dogs are welcome on the outdoor patio. (4524 Saugus Ave., Sherman Oaks)
If you’re a dog lover who’s currently dogless, make a reservation at the Dog Café. For a $15 fee (drinks sold separately), you can spend an hour in the dog lounge, petting and playing with rescue dogs. All of the dogs in the café are available for adoption, so it’s up to you if you want short-term cuddles or more of a commitment. Check their website for special events, like the chance to do yoga with the dogs. (240 N. Virgil Ave, unit 12 and 12B, Westlake)
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