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West Hollywood Dog-Friendly Guide

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If you’re visiting Los Angeles, West Hollywood is the place to go. This neighborhood is super trendy with a fun nightlife, especially on Santa Monica Blvd, known as “Boys Town.” You can find LGBTQ-friendly bars, clubs and lively shops.

Don’t forget the infamous Sunset Strip with live music venues like Whiskey a Go Go, comedy clubs (Comedy Store + The Laugh Factory) and the Sunset Plaza — a shopping area with restaurants lining the sidewalk. Stroll down Sunset Plaza with your pup and grab a coffee at The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker with a side of people-watching. 

Get ready to explore these dog-friendly spots in West Hollywood!

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West Hollywood Dog Park: a well-maintained, manicured dog park with separate gated areas for small dogs and large dogs. Tip: park in the library parking structure (2 minute walk) for free one hour parking. 647 N San Vicente Blvd.

Paul Smith store: I know, I know. The iconic bubblegum pink wall is overplayed on Instagram and with bloggers but if you’re already on Melrose Ave, you can’t miss it. Take a photo with your pup against the infamous pink wall — just do it. 😉

 

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The Henry. Beautiful dining room includes huge outdoor patio with chic vibes. New American classics like truffle fries, shrimp cocktail and braised short rib. 120 N Robertson Blvd.

Zinque. Airy, outdoor patio with a slick Parisian vibe — definitely a popular spot in Weho. They serve a nice Happy Hour menu (4 – 6:30pm) with dishes like prawn tacos, flat breads (get the mushroom gruyere) and average price for a glass of wine is about $9. The dishes we tried were decadently savory and herb-y. Just how I like it! 8684 Melrose Ave. 

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Gracias Madre serves vegan Mexican dishes and even if you’re not a vegetarian, this is the spot to try! Lively outdoor patio with meatless dishes that are just delicious and of course, lots of mezcals and tequilas. 8905 Melrose Ave.

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Strings of Life. Right down the street, you’ll find this super cute cafe tucked away (look for their bright yellow sign!). Founded by Australians, the menu offers a hearty breakfast burrito, brekkie sandwich, fresh salads, burgers + more. 609 N W Knoll Dr.

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Shake Shack. This location is one of the best — large outdoor patio and right across from Healthy Spot, if you need to stock up on poo bags! Don’t forget to order the Pooch-ini (vanilla custard and dog biscuits) for your pup. 8520 Santa Monica Blvd.

Connie & Ted’s. One of my fave restaurants. New England seafood classics like fish of the day, fish + chips, raw seafood bar and the best Manhattan chowder in town. Lots of room for your pup(s) with its huge grass-covered patio (converted from their parking lot). 8171 Santa Monica Blvd.

Mauro’s Cafe at Ron Herman. Delicious Italian food served in a huge outdoor area (you can choose the shaded patio or the “garden” — their parking lot with cute tables and umbrellas) for lunch and shopping next door. My favorite dish is the spaghetti marinara and ask them to mix in some broccoli, spinach and peas — a delicious way to get your greens! 🙂 8112 Melrose Ave. 

Bacari on 3rd. Walk through a small, cave-like entrance and find yourself at this hidden gem. Feels like a cozy Italian backyard with delicious share plates. 8030 W 3rd St #3/4.

nikki fira at coffee shop conservatory hollywood

Conservatory. Head to the trendy little cafe for a latte and fresh dishes like salads, breakfast burritos + fish tacos or the restaurant for dinner in the beautiful dog-friendly outdoor patio. 8289 Santa Monica Blvd.

Eveleigh features farm-to-table comfort food and an enchanting outdoor patio. The pups felt right at home on their beautiful covered patio. 8752 Sunset Blvd.

 

 

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GBK Shop at La Peer Hotel: check out this unique concept store at the Kimpton La Peer hotel (which is dog-friendly, of course — no additional fee for pets). GBK specialize in gifting suites for the Oscars + other prominent awards shows, so you’ll find the hottest must-have products in this store, including a pet goods section!

Vanderpump Dogs: opened by Lisa Vanderpump and her family, this elegant dog boutique offers grooming, trendy dog toys + dog clothes and adoptable puppies! Feel good knowing that all profits support dog rescue efforts. 8134 W 3rd St.

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Healthy Spot. Clean facility on Santa Monica Blvd offering retail, grooming, day care, obedience classes + more! 8525 Santa Monica Blvd.

Urban Pet. Shop this zen-like space with all grain-free foods and a huge selection of toys (the largest collection of cat toys in the city). 7515 Beverly Blvd.

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Tailwaggers. “Holistic. Healthy. Happy.” is their motto! 801 N Fairfax Ave. (1 of 3 locations!)

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Ron Herman. California lifestyle boutique offers exclusive women’s + men’s clothing, shoes, accessories and chic home goods. I’ve even spotted dog accessories here! 8100 Melrose Ave. 

Check out my Top 6 Dog-Friendly Outdoor Shopping Malls in Los Angeles!

 

1 Hotel. Located on the Sunset Strip, 1 Hotel is a luxury hotel all about organic, earthy interior and eco-friendly features. Walk down the striking staircase to an equally stunning lobby. I love coming here for lunch at 1 Kitchen and soak up all the interior inspo. Up to two pets allowed with no additional fee!

Mondrian. Newly renovated, the Mondrian is chic, glam and a staple on the Sunset Strip. Perfect spot for socializing. Check out the infamous Skybar and pool. One pet up t0 20 lbs for $100 per stay. 

Kimpton La Peer. Although it’s a Kimpton hotel, La Peer Hotel definitely has it’s own chic boutique-like feel. Located right off Melrose Ave in the Design District, you’ll find beautiful decor, lots of art and a very “if you know, you know” vibe here. No additional fee for pets!

Edition. Designed by Ian Schrager, expect nothing less but luxe contemporary digs and sexy, design-forward rooms. All rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, Le Labo toiletries and plush, white bedding. Up to two dogs 100 lbs or less for an additional fee of $150 per stay.

The Pendry. Sophisticated glamour on the Sunset Strip with beautiful views of the city and a chic rooftop pool. There’s even a bowling alley! Up to two dogs for an additional fee of $150 per stay.

 

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5 Dog Friendly Hotel Restaurants Not To Miss in Los Angeles

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5 Dog Friendly Hotel Restaurants Not To Miss in Los Angeles

There’s something about hotel restaurants that I just love. Walking through a hotel lobby to get to your table just feels so much more chic. The pups can get way more exploring in too. In Los Angeles, there are plenty of restaurants that offer outdoor patios with a spectacular, sunny view but which ones allow pups?

Well, we recently did a little food tour to scope out the best dog friendly restaurants in Los Angeles — all inside beautiful dog friendly hotels with gorgeous decor.

Viviane at Avalon Beverly Hills

The Avalon is tucked away like a hidden gem in the residential neighborhood of Beverly Hills — and what a gem! Step into the world of the 1950s to a hourglass-shaped pool, mid-century meets modern vibes (designed by famed Kelly Wearstler) and old school California cool.

Grab your sunglasses because Viviane‘s outdoor patio is poolside. We loved the California-inspired cuisine and the matching backdrop! The food was yummy with Mediterranean-inspired dishes like hummus, olives and herbed carrots dressed with tahini. By the way, if you decide to book a night with your dog at the hotel, the Avalon welcomes two pets up to 40 lbs for an additional fee of $100 per pet, per stay.


FIG at Fairmont Miramar Santa Monica

The Fairmont is the hotel you choose if you want to be oceansideFIG is located inside the hotel with a beautiful patio facing the beach. Locals know this spot all too well, as the Happy Hour is legendary! From 5-6pm, get a table at the FIG for 50% off the menu (even bottles!) and enjoy the beautiful view.

We love this spot for all the reasons above, including the delicious food. Did you know you can even order some dishes for the pups? Try the Tail Wagger (beef tenderloin, sweet potato + green beans), Rise & Fido (scrambled eggs, carrots + brown rice) or the Bow Wow (organic chicken, potato + peas).

If you’re looking to stay, the Fairmont just introduced their new Dog Be With You program which offers free charge for pets, all natural dog treats, a fluffy dog bed, dog toys and daily in-room breakfast for both you and your furry one!

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Short Stories Hotel + Restaurant

Short Stories Hotel just opened earlier this year and what a gem. This bespoke boutique hotel features 66 rooms with a breezy, Californian aesthetic and Instagrammable spots everywhere (the lighting is *chefs kiss*). Read my full hotel review here

The outdoor patio feels as if you’re transported away to a #vacay and you’re right across the street from the Grove and a multitude of walking areas. The restaurant menu is thoughtfully crafted by Peruvian chef Ricardo Zarate – my fave dish is the Salmon (perfectly crispy!) bowl with green rice, jalapeño salsa and roasted Farmer’s Market vegetables.

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Cattle & Claw at Sofitel Los Angeles

Cattle & Claw is very much about the “claw.” Lobster pizza, lobster rolls, lobster tacos, lobster & waffles, lobster Bloody Mary’s. Yeah, that’s a thing. Alongside all of that are huge, juicy burgers (hence the name Cattle) and the perfect french fries. 

The outdoor patio is also a good one — blocked off from the traffic of Beverly Blvd (the hotel is located right across the street from the Beverly Center) with spacious grounds so you don’t feel like you’re disturbing your neighbor. 

The Sofitel hotel is also dog-friendly with no extra charge for pets — cheers to that! Read my full hotel review here

 

Nelson’s at Terranea Rancho Palos Verdes

One of the biggest resorts in Southern California, Terranea boasts 102 acres and is perched atop cliffs alongside the Pacific Ocean. The views are just spectacular

Enjoy a getaway (for Angelenos, it’s only a 30 minute drive from LAX and feels like you are worlds away from LA) with tons of room and plenty of hikes with your pup. Hungry? Grab a bite at dog-friendly Nelson’s and take in the sunset.

For hotel stays, Terranea welcomes two pets of any size for a $150 fee. Read my full hotel review here.

 

Top 6 Dog-Friendly Outdoor Shopping Spots in Los Angeles

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Where to go to find LA’s best shopping – with your pup

If you’re anything like me, you love bringing your pup with you everywhere. Living in LA usually means I’ll be out and about and making sure I can get my Vitamin D most of the day. So that leads me to take Weston and Fira with me almost everywhere – I don’t like to leave them at home by themselves for too long!

The good thing is, there are so many dog-friendly places in Los Angeles. If you’ve been living here a long time or just visiting for a few days, LA makes it super easy to bring your pup along shopping.

I’ve been in Los Angeles for over 15 years, and so I’ve found a lot of favorite spots for dog-friendly shopping in LA. Wherever you need to go in LA, there’s usually something you can find outdoors. Super convenient, right? Running errands has never been easier.

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1. The Grove

You guessed it! The Grove is one of my favorite dog-friendly outdoor shopping spots in Los Angeles. It’s also top on the list for tourists to see. Browse the latest fashions at Nordstrom, Topshop, Zara, and more, then hang out on the lawn with your dog right by the fountains.

I also love strolling through the Farmer’s Market, which is another dog-friendly place right at The Grove. It’s been a favorite destination for locals and tourists since 1934. There are tons of restaurants (Monsieur Marcel  is my fave) and places to buy fresh produce.

 

2. Westfield Century City

I love bringing Weston and Fira to Westfield Century City. They have everything. Especially good food like Eataly…. definitely a top favorite. This super dog-friendly outdoor mall in Los Angeles is great for shopping, dining and people-watching. Find Bloomingdale’s, H&M, Oak + Fort, Aritzia, and more.

The design of the place is perfect for bringing your dog shopping and taking pics. There’s even a pet relief area on Level 2, right next to Healthy Spot. Definitely get a cute photo lounging on one of the photogenic chairs. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with your pup.

 

3. Platform Culver City

You must go to Platform Culver City! You and your pup will love it. This dog-friendly shopping mall is super clean and features really nice boutiques and pop-ups from local brands. Weston and Fira always have a good time here and there are so many great photo spots. If you love Reformation, there’s one at Platform. Pick up a Blue Bottle Coffee first thing, then when you’re done shopping, grab amazing sushi at Little Fiish.

I love all the creativity in the space. At every corner there’s inspiring decor or street art. The shops are all boutique, and the whole place has a very cool chic vibe. Highly recommended for dog-friendly shopping in LA. Oh — and there’s even a beautiful dog-friendly park here!

4. Row DTLA

The Row is an urban enclave of creative, forward-thinking retailers, restaurants and boutiques —  all with a very historic feel. It’s similar to Platform but with more of a DTLA look. You’ll see dogs all around. Think super cool Japanese pottery shops, Korean-owned brands (fashion + market goods) , pop-up shops and adorable food spots. You’ll definitely feel like an LA native! 777 S Alameda St.

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5. Melrose Place

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Of all the shopping areas in LA, Melrose Place is the most charming and oh so “European,” in my humble opinion. This beautiful, tree-lined street features floral alleyways and chic luxury brands like Chloe, Isabel Marant, Oscar de la Renta, Bottega Veneta, Violet Grey and more.

Take your pup on a beautiful walk exploring all the outdoor dog-friendly shopping spots and Alfred’s Coffee. It all has a very glamorous “LA” feel, if you’re just in town for a few days and are looking for an upscale afternoon. If you’re in the area on a Sunday, there’s a weekly Farmer’s Market from 10am-2pm. Plus, it’s at the heart of LA’s Design District, so it’s great for lovers of Restoration Hardware, Design Within Reach, Serena & Lily, and more. Just make sure your pup doesn’t jump on the furniture!  

6. Abbot Kinney Venice

The one spot on this list that’s also close to the beach! You could come for a beach day and then head over to Abbot Kinney with your pup, which is another trendy spot for dog-friendly shopping in LA. There are so many coffee shops! Definitely stop by Intelligentsia for some of LA’s best coffee.

Abbot Kinney has some name-brand stores like Warby Parker, Rag & Bone, and Away, but also cute boutiques like Principessa. Don’t miss it! My fave restaurants in the area with a dog-friendly outdoor patio are Neighbor + Tasting Kitchen or get a pizza to-go from GTA takeout window.

DIY: Turkey Veggie Meatloaf for Dogs

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Looking for a Homemade Meatloaf recipe for dogs?

Raise your hand if you love meatloaf. Why is this such a love or hate food? Lol. I guess it’s the texture? I personally love it — it always tastes homey and comforting, although funnily, I never ate meatloaf growing up.

Meatloaf is one of the easiest things to make! You just throw in all the ingredients in a pan and let the oven do the work. It’s also a great way to hide tiny diced vegetables inside. So, here is a dog-friendly version of meatloaf that is super easy, healthy and a cinch to serve. I love that you can pre-cut slices or cubes so you don’t need to measure it out for the pups later.

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey 
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1/3 cup diced tomatoes (from the can, no sodium, keep some liquid)
  • 1/2 cup green beans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrots, grated
  • 3 – 5 tablespoon dog supplement (I use Canine Complete)
  • 4 – 6 capsules joint supplement (I use Just Food For Dogs Joint Care or Natural Dog Company Liquid Glucosamine)

ingredients for homemade meatloaf for dogs

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients in large bowl. 
  3. Spread mixture into a loaf pan. Bake for 45 minutes.

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Make sure you get a can of no sodium diced tomatoes and don’t drain the liquid! The liquid will add some moisture to the loaf and help meld the ingredients together.

I added green beans and carrots, but you can definitely add whatever your dog likes! Zucchini, broccoli, pumpkin, spinach…

I like to use my Magic Bullet Kitchen Express because it’s so easy and small but any food processor will do — or a good ole cheese grater!

Green bean benefits for dogs?

Vitamins B6, A, C + K, full of fiber and low in calories which helps your dog feel full! It’s also a good, healthy alternative as a treat (for those diets!). 

Carrots also help with your pup’s digestion and are loaded with beta-carotene. Whenever I make homemade dog food for Weston + Fira, I always add carrots. 

Now for the supplements…

supplements to add to dog food

My go-to is always Canine Complete. It is full of nutrients like kelp, flaxseed, fish protein powders, calcium, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. It’s a green powdery substance and totally smells like kelp! 

I like to add Joint Care too but totally optional. You can add a small amount of coconut oil, prebiotics or other supplements your dog may regularly have. 

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By the way, I just found out Canine Complete even makes one with a joint supplement combined! So that is going to be my next purchase when I run out. 

I lined my pan with parchment paper but you can grease it with some coconut oil too. After 45 minutes, you get such a satisfying loaf that’s easy to slice and chop!

 

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Two pieces is about enough for one meal, depending on how you cut them. 

I never throw away what’s left, so any extra green beans, the leftover tomatoes from the can, and oats can be pre-measured and thrown into a ziplock bag for when I’m ready to cook this homemade meatloaf for the dogs again. Next time you have ground meat, you can easily pop your bag of ingredients out of your freezer or fridge, add your raw ingredients (egg, meat, supplements) and bake a loaf in no time!

Hope you enjoy making this and your pup loves! Let me know what you think. 🙂

 

things you need for homemade meatloaf for dogs

  1. Natural Dog Company Liquid Glucosamine. 15% off code: WTFRENCHIE
  2. Farberware Nonstick Loaf Pan Rose Gold. 
  3. Parchment Paper Nonstick. 
  4. Teak Wooden Spoon.

 

Curious if your dog has food allergies? Try this at-home test.

DIY: Homemade Nose And Paw Butter For Dogs

How to make your own dog nose and paw moisturizer

Weston + Fira’s noses get pretty dry and cracked often. I think it must be common in most dogs, especially French Bulldogs. It just looks so uncomfortable when there are cracks! So, I wanted to find a solution for their little noses. I decided to make my own dog nose and paw balm.
 
There are so many different brands out there, but if your pup is super sensitive, I’ve found homemade dog nose butter to be the best and it is actually really easy to make. It’s fragrance-free, preservative-free and extra clean. You can even apply it on their paws too. 
 
Ready? Here’s what you’ll need:
 
 
Ingredients for homemade nose and paw butter for dogs:
Supplies:

The ingredients in this homemade nose and paw butter are super clean and simple, so even if your dog is licking their nose or paws a little bit afterwards, it’s okay. It feels really good to give the pups something relaxing that I can make right at home.

You can easily find all these items for the homemade dog nose balm at your local beauty supply, health food store or arts & crafts store. I like to support my local small businesses when I can but if you prefer ordering, I’ve linked Amazon links to most of the products.

First, place your large glass jar in a medium pot. Start filling the pot with water. Once the water is halfway up the jar, take the jar away. This way, it helps you see how much water you need — if you put too much, the jar could float and tip over. Bring to a boil. 
 

While that’s heating up, add in all your ingredients to your jar (the Mason jar, in my case). 
 
Side note: if you only find a block of beeswax at the store, it will work! Just grate it into small pieces so it’s easier to melt.
 
Once the water is boiling, you can set heat to simmer. Carefully place your mason jar in the pot. This is called the “double boiler method” and it is perfect for slowly melting ingredients. The controlled heat prevents the contents from burning (don’t use the microwave — it could cause an explosion).
 

The shea butter and coconut oil melted right away but the beeswax pellets took a little longer, around 8-10 minutes.  I stirred the mixture vigorously with a spoon and it helped melt much faster. It started looking more like a dog nose butter and less like separate ingredients!

 
 
Next up in this recipe for dog nose and paw butter: Pour into your 2 oz jar/tin and allow to cool. I’m using a wide flat tin that used to be a lotion bar. It worked perfectly for this dog nose butter! You can easily empty a lip balm jar, moisturizer etc and use that. 
 
You might be tempted to add some essential oils but I skipped that since dogs can react negatively to these too much. If you’re sure your dog is okay with certain essential oils, feel free to add a few drops (but remember, less is more!). You can have a great dog nose and paw moisturizer without a scent.
 
 
 
Ta-da! Isn’t it gorgeous? It is sooo soft and creamy, yet stays a solid balm. You just need a teensy scoop and apply to your pup’s nose and paws. The moisturizer lasts a long time, which is really great. It’ll keep their nose and paws super moisturized and the best part is, it’s completely natural, preservative-free and works
 
 
If you’re looking for another DIY balm, check out this article I wrote for Chewy. We made a DIY Foot Treatment for Pawdicures. It uses all the ingredients that are in this nose butter!
 
Interested in making your own homemade dog food for your pups? Check out my tried-and-true recipe here.
 
Let me know in the comments if you try out either of the recipes!
 
 
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