DIY: Salmon Quinoa Homemade Dog Food

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Try this healthy homemade dog food recipe for your dogs! It’s full of antioxidants, healthy fats and omegas. My French bulldogs do so well on salmon — it’s definitely become their favorite.

Salmon for dogs?

Salmon is so beneficial for dogs with its high protein, amino and omega-3 fatty acids that they need. It helps boosts their immune system, reduce inflammation and even reduce skin allergies. Amino acids are a must in an animal’s diet. Dogs that do not get enough of the essential amino acids can have healthy issues ranging from: weakened immune systems and skin and coat allergies.

This homemade dog food recipe includes baked salmon, raw shredded veggies, cooked quinoa and pureed pumpkin (lots of fiber). This one’s a variation of the original dog food recipe I’ve posted before. Weston can be really picky and has been known to skip meals but with this version, he hasn’t missed a meal yet!

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HOMEMADE DOG FOOD RECIPE:

Total cost of this recipe: $94.24 (not including the Canine Complete + coconut oil, so we could round this up to $100)

This number changes depending on the cost of the salmon and produce. The salmon cost me $84.22 for 6 lbs at $13.99/pound, but you can definitely plan for deals + sales. To lower the price of the recipe, you can do half salmon, half turkey or beef instead, too. 

 

1. Bake salmon in oven 375 degrees for 30 minutes.

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2. Cook quinoa with water until quinoa soaks up all liquid and fluff with fork. You’ll have over 4 cups of cooked quinoa.

3. Shred all veggies with grater.

4. Mix all ingredients together!

How many servings for this recipe?

This recipe makes 26 cups of food.

I feed Weston (24 lbs) about a cup of food per meal; breakfast and dinner. I store all the food in a few gallon-size ziploc bags and freeze them. They’re easy to thaw (just transfer a bag to the fridge the night before) and easy to portion. This recipe should last 2 weeks for one dog.

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RECIPE:

  • 6 lbs salmon
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 3 zucchinis
  • 2 yellow squash
  • 4 carrots
  • 2 cans pureed pumpkin
  • 7 oz melted coconut oil (almost a cup)
  • Any supplement/vitamin you like or recommended by vet (try Canine Complete)
  • Bake salmon in oven 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
  • Cook quinoa with water until quinoa soaks up all liquid and fluff with fork. You’ll have over 4 cups of cooked quinoa.
  • Shred all veggies with grater.
  • Mix all ingredients together!

 

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

 

Los Angeles Dog-Friendly Guide

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Where to take your dogs in Los Angeles?

Hello, Dog Angeles! Whether you are visiting or have lived here for years, I think we’ll all agree that LA is one of the most dog-friendly cities there are. With its sunshine and abundant space, Los Angeles offers lots of things to do with your dog. I’ve lived here for over 15 years and I’m still covering ground — this city is big! I’ve listed my favorite places to play, eat, shop + stay with your pup. Welcome to the best coast — the West Coast!

 

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Lake Hollywood is a must, especially for that infamous pic under the Hollywood sign! There’s a fun little leash-only dog park below that’s usually dotted with pups and picnics — one of the most popular dog-friendly parks in Los Angeles. 3160 Canyon Lake Dr.

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West Hollywood Dog Park is a beautiful, manicured park across the street from the Pacific Design Center. Fully fenced areas with artificial grass for large dog + and a separate fenced area for small dogs. Take a quick 5 minute walk to Zinque for delicious, French small plates + their happy hour. 647 N. San Vicente Blvd.

Bluff Creek Dog Park: for those on the Westside, this super clean park offers artificial grass and a small man-made creek. 12604 Bluff Creek Dr. Playa Vista.

Griffith Park is massive and the perfect place for a nature lover. The park stretches over 4,210 acres of land which makes it one of the largest urban parks in North America. You can explore the Travel Town Museum which features an old railroad track, have a grassy picnic or just have a nice walk around.

If you’re into hiking, put on your workout gear and get your Instagram photos in at Runyun Canyon. The steps will really have you work up a sweat!

 

Read the post: Best Dog Parks in Los Angeles That Aren’t Overcrowded

You would think Southern California’s beaches would be filled with pups running up and down after tennis balls, but LA has very strict rules on bringing dogs to their beaches. Many are not dog-friendly — there are just a few beaches near Los Angeles that allow dogs off-leash.

Dog-Friendly Off-Leash Beaches in Southern California:

  • Huntington Dog Beach: 100 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648.
  • Rosie’s Dog Beach: between Granada Ave + Roycroft Ave. 5000 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803.
  • Leo Carrillo: located north of lifeguard tower 3. 35000 W Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA.

 

Fun tip: if you have a French bulldog, check out the So Cal’s French Beachdogs Meetup group. Frenchie owners + their pups get together for a playdate at Rosie’s Dog Beach!

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. 😉

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 alley ways and chic luxury brands like Chloe, Isabel Marant, Oscar de la Renta, Bottega Veneta, Violet Grey and more.

 

My favorite place to shop is Century City Westfield because they have everything. Bloomingdales, Nordstrom’s, Container Store, H&M, Zara, Oak + Fort, Aritzia… and can’t-miss restaurants like Eataly, Javier’s and Din Tai Fung. It’s also just a beautiful place to walk with your dogs — gorgeous sitting areas with to-die-for furniture, beautifully crafted planters and urban chic decor. 

 

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Hang out at The Grove! After some shopping (Nordstrom’s, Topshop, Zara, Sephora + more) grab a dairy-free frozen yogurt from Pressed Juicery and hang out on the grassy lawn right next to the main fountain. There are wooden chairs and the Grove provides blankets to stretch out on the grass as well. They even offer complimentary doggie treats. If you’re in the mood for a cocktail, make sure to grab a table at Fountain Bar!

 

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ROW DTLA is an urban enclave of creative, forward-thinking retailers, restaurants and boutiques. Think super cool Japanese pottery shops, Korean-owned fashion brands, pop-up shops and cute food spots. You’ll definitely feel like an LA native! 777 S Alameda St.

 

Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice is a fabulous way to spend an afternoon. So many must-see stores (Cuyana, Le Labo, Parachute, Shinola + more) and artisanal cafes + restaurants fill this popular area. Every Saturday, check out Artist + Fleas for a flea market with 50+ local vendors. 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

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Sitting on the base of Rodeo Dr is the iconic Beverly Wilshire Hotel (yes, a la Pretty Woman) It is also dog-friendly with no pet fee which is much-appreciated (dogs 15 lbs max). 9500 Wilshire. Just across the street, stop for lunch at Two Rodeo Drive at their upstairs outdoor patio and enjoy the view. It’s definitely touristy but super fun for people-watching. Complimentary 2 hour valet parking. Stroll along this historic road and visit the flagship stores of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Cartier, Harry Winston and more.

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In the mood for a film? The Rooftop Cinema Club has three locations in Los Angeles (DTLA, Arts District + El Segundo). Bring your pup and watch a fun movie outdoors with a great view of the city skylines. They show classic movies like Pulp Fiction, Friday, Breakfast at Tiffany’s — we watched Legally Blonde! You can also get snacks and alcoholic beverages. 😉 

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Connie & Ted’s. 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.

Check out the trendy Ron Herman for curated beauty products, trendy clothing and kitchy home decor. In the front, take a break at Mauro’s Cafe — authentic Italian classics with a modern, cafe atmosphere: my fave dish here is the pomodoro spaghetti with broccoli and peas added in and the Fred’s Pasta! They also offer lots of outdoor seating in their expansive parking lot (it really remains one of the few places in LA with free, ample parking!) 8112 Melrose Ave.

Zinque is one of my favorites in LA, especially for Happy Hour. Happy Hour menu features French mini bites and lotsss of wine. 8684 Melrose Ave.

 

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Eveleigh features farm-to-table comfort food and an adorable dog-friendly outdoor patio. The decor here is to die for and the pups feel right at home on their beautiful patio. 8752 Sunset Blvd.

Check out my other top 10 Dog Friendly Eats in Hollywood.

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The LINE hotel has made its mark in Los Angeles, highlighting Koreatown as a hip, vibrant spot to explore. 12-story hotel features concrete walls and industrial aesthetic. Read more here. Pet fee: free!

 

With twelve lush acres, the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel has so many spectacular areas to walk around in, especially near the bungalows. Enjoy the giant palm trees, the iconic pink + green shades and palm leaf prints. I just love the old Hollywood vibes of this hotel. Read full review. Pet fee: $35 per pet, per stay.

Now you can find 1 Hotel in West Hollywood! This eco-friendly hotel fits right into the LA lifestyle with native greenery and natural touches like reclaimed wood and organic zen decor. The lobby feels like an oasis and one of my favorite places to have lunch and bring my laptop (and pups). Pet fee: free!

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Looking for French glamour? Sofitel perfectly combines Hollywood Glamour and French Elegance. One of the perks of this hotel is its location; walking distance to the Beverly Center, restaurants + more. Gorgeous spa, fitness center, and the best part: no pet fee! Read my full review here

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With 38 rooms and tucked away in a residential area, the Palihotel in Santa Monica is almost hidden and completely peaceful. No pool but this three-story, 1920s Revival building greets you with an enchanting garden with tall greenery, a fountain and even a bocce ball court. Pets stay for $125 and the hotel provides comfy dog beds, bowls + homemade treats. Read full review.

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Silverlake Inn + Pool features 54 rooms, an elevated pool deck and a gorgeous coastal Italian-inspired, outdoor restaurant downstairs called Marco Polo. The rooms feel spacious and airy with cozy accents like speckled terrazzo nightstands, real trees in planters and jute rugs. $125 per pet, up to 2 dogs. 4141 Santa Monica Blvd.

If you’re looking to stay at the beach, Shutters Hotel in Santa Monica is iconic. Built directly on Santa Monica Beach, the beach-chic rooms are plush and and you’re just steps away from the sand, perfect for beach romps with the pup(s)! $125 per dog (25 lbs max), up to 2 dogs. 1 Pico Blvd.

 

Ojai Dog-Friendly Guide

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Only 80 miles north of Los Angeles lies a picturesque, off-the-beaten-path little town called Ojai. Nestled in between the magical Topa Topa mountains, Ojai has hiking trails, quaint shops, cozy food spots (and lots of crystals, if you’re into that!). It’s also one of the most dog friendly destinations in America. 

There are ranches here, olive groves, wineries and farms (taste the amazing fruits of labor at the Farmer’s Market every Sunday 9am-1pm).

By the way, have you heard of an energy vortex? An energy vortex is a specific location on Earth containing more energy than any normal place and there are only a handful of these special spots in the world — including Ojai! Because of this, Ojai has a peaceful, spiritual air that draws people from all over. Be prepared to replenish and experience your own personal wellness retreat — even if it’s just for the day.

Another fun fact: “Ojain” means “the nest” or valley of the moon (in Chumash) and it is one of the few cities in California with an Indian name.

Since Ojai is only an hour and a half from Los Angeles, Angelenos come to escape the city’s bustle and enjoy the hiking trails and the Pink Moment — when the sun sets, it casts a beautiful pinkish hue on the surrounding mountains. 

Now here’s what you can do in Ojai with your dog…

 

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Ojai Avenue Shops. Take a relaxing stroll down the main road (downtown Ojai is pretty much just one main street less than a quarter of a mile) and check out the mom-and-pop shops. Ojai embraces its local businesses, so you’ll find unique art, homeware + clothing stores with plenty of charm + love. The town has kept its original Mission-style architecture and its sense of community evokes a simpler time. 

Libbey Park. After exploring the shops, stop by this park in the center of town if your pup needs more exercise. There’s a small playground, tennis courts and plenty of shade. Tip: grab a couple tacos across the street from Ojai Tortilla House (104 N Signal St) and have a mini picnic at the park! 210 S Signal St.

 

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barts books ojai

Bart’s Books: This unique outdoor book store, founded in 1964, is truly a gem in Ojai. Rows and rows of used books in every category, sit “inside” with a book in hand next to a palm tree. Note: sadly, they don’t allow dogs inside anymore, but you can still peruse the books on the shelves lining the outside of the store. 302 W Matilija St.

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Shelf Rd Trail: Take Signal St all the way up to the end. A gentle walk on mostly flat grounds with a stunning view of Ojai with the scent of blossoming orange trees following you — so dreamy, right? To and from, it should take 1.5 hours to complete.

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Tipple & Ramble. After the hike, relax and have a glass of wine at the charming outdoor patio of this adorable part picnic shop, part wine bar and browse the curated housewares. (Open Wed-Sun) 315 N Montgomery St.

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Ojai Vineyard Tasting Room. Ready for more wine? Stop by this dog-friendly tasting room and try up to 21 different quality wines. Wine flights are $18 or try the aged + reserve tasting for $28. I always bring home a few bottles! 109 S Montgomery St.

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Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. A trip to Ojai isn’t complete without a stop at Ojai Valley Inn! Stretching over 220 acres, this is a dog (and dog-parents) dream. Rolling green hills with plenty of space to explore for a few hours, wine glass in hand. The Oak is one of the main restaurants here with dog-friendly tables. The Parker rolls are complimentary — stay for the rolls. They are divine: the fluffiest buttered bread rolls topped with flakey sea salt, baked fresh daily. Grab an ice cream at Libbey’s Market and lay out a blanket (you can ask them for one) on the grass. Be sure to stay for the Pink Moment at sunset! 

 

 

Take a relaxing stroll down Ojai Avenue and check out the mom-and-pop shops. Ojai embraces its local businesses, so you’ll find unique art, homeware + clothing stores with plenty of charm + love (and on top of that, support small businesses!). The town has kept its original Mission-style architecture and its sense of community evokes a simpler time. 

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Fig Curated Living. The most enchanting shop for home + garden, specializing in handmade, local and fair trade goods. A quirky, plant-filled alleyway welcomes you in to unique gifts, pottery + more. 327 E Ojai Ave. 

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Summer Camp. Converted from an old gas station, fill your basket up with artisanal goods, home decor, vintage finds, candles, crystals and locally-made Ojai souvenirs. They even offer custom framing services. 1020 W Ojai Ave.

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deKor. Named one of the best design shops (owned by an interior designer, of course) by LA Times, stop by if you’re looking for some new home + wardrobe additions. Beautiful selection of high-end furniture, rugs, lifestyle apparel and clean, luxe beauty products. 105 S Montgomery St.

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Over the years, more and more charming, delicious restaurants + bars in Ojai have popped up! Because of the beautiful, fresh local produce, an appetite for healthy fare and more chefs moving up to Ojai, you’ll find a great range of food options up here. 

Side note: there’s a ban on corporate chains, so local favorites only! 🙂

 

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Ojai Rotie. My new favorite spot for juicy Lebanese-style rotisserie chicken + side dishes (the skinny cucumbers + potatoes!) and plenty of outdoor seating. Oh, definitely order a fresh organic sourdough loaf to-go! 469 E Ojai Ave.

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Farmer & The Cook. He’s the farmer, she’s the cook! Organic Mexican vegetarian fare made fresh. They also serve vegetarian burgers, pizzas + sandwiches (but the Mexican dishes are the stars here). 339 W El Roblar Dr.

Rory’s Place. Lively spot with fresh Californian cuisine and really fun ambience for dinner. One of my fave dog-friendly restaurants in Ojai. 139 E Ojai Ave.

Osteria Monte Grappa. Authentic homemade Italian pastas with an outdoor patio in the back! 242 E Ojai Ave.

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The Nest. A popular spot with a large outdoor patio and options for everybody, like fried chicken sandwich, vegan cauliflower tacos, fish tacos, pizza + more. 401 E Ojai Ave.

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The Duchess. An adorable spot for breakfast, coffee + yummy pastries. They also serve Burmese-Californian lunch and dinner. PS: there are a few outdoor tables in front and a back patio. 457 E Ojai Ave.

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Topa Topa Brewery. Grab a fresh craft beer and some delish eats like tater tots, wagyu cheeseburger and the pickle plate! 345 E Ojai Ave.

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Ojai Valley Brewery. They call themselves a Native Ingredient Brewery & Tap Room with Indigenous botanicals and new world beer. How very Ojai! 🙂 Huge outdoor patio (it feels like a dog park!) with fire pits, corn hole, pool table + other games. 307 Bryant Street.

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Jimmy’s Pub. Located in the Ojai Valley Inn, get an outdoor table facing the golf course and mountains and enjoy the view. Homemade seasoned potato chips are complimentary and addicting. 905 Country Club Rd.

Agave Maria’s. Craving enchiladas, tacos and rice + beans? Delicious Mexican plates, endless chips and huge margaritas! 106 S Montgomery St.

 

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. You can’t go to Ojai without a visit/stay at the Inn & Spa! View my in-depth review of this acclaimed and iconic resort here. $150 per pet, per stay. Tip: take your pup to the Herb Garden to frolic and play a game of horseshoes. Rooms start at $550.

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Blue Iguana Inn. Charming, quirky and only $20 per pet, per stay. Tip: Upgrade to a Casita — a little house with your own yard. Rooms start at $159.

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Ojai Rancho Inn. A great review of this bohemian motel here. Only $20 per pet, per stay. Rooms start at $200.

Capri Hotel. Newly remodeled, this midcentury-modern hotel is centrally located and even has a pool! The pet-friendly rooms include a large patio. Two dogs up to 50 lbs for an additional fee of $35 per pet, per stay. Rooms start at $200

 

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Hop on the adorable Ojai Trolley Service to get around even more easily! Only $1.50 or $4 for a day pass. 

And if your pooch is needing a bath after all the hiking and adventure, drop him off with the nice folks at Ultimutt Pet Spa. 323 E Matilija St. (805) 646-7048. Pick up dog food, treats + toys just a few steps down at Dharma & Dog. 215 E Matilija St.

 

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Pasadena Dog-Friendly Guide

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The Ultimate Pasadena Dog-Friendly Guide

My Favorite Dog-Friendly Spots in Pasadena

Beautiful weather, a historic city life, tree-lined streets, and plenty of shopping — what more could you ask for? That’s why I love Pasadena, a city part of Los Angeles County, home to the Huntington Library +Botanical Gardens, Norton Simon museum and Rose Bowl Stadium. Although, the aforementioned spots are not dog-friendly, I recently explored this city with Weston and Fira, and I know you and your furry friend will love it too. 

I’ve rounded up my favorite dog-friendly spots in Pasadena below!

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Float. Located inside the picturesque Burlington Arcade alley (inspired by the original in London), stop here for a coffee + sandwich in an Instagram-worthy setting. This retro storefront is so charming, you’ll want to snap a pic right away! I nibbled on a sandwich and ordered a latte when I was there with Fira. They have an assortment of baked goods too, and also ice cream. 380 S Lake Ave.

Just a few steps down, don’t forget to take a pic in front of the darling red telephone booth. 🙂

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Little Flower. An adorable cafe and candy kitchen with handmade caramels, fresh baked goods and a sweet gift shop. Browse the pantry items + confectionaries while waiting for your latte + lunch. Such a sweet, dog-friendly spot in Pasadena. Look how much Fira loved it! 1424 W Colorado Blvd.

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Coffee & Plants. If you’re looking for a European aesthetic plus lush flowers galore, this is one of the cutest coffee shops I’ve visited. Gorgeous lattes (including a blue lavender one), boutique seating outside with wicker chairs and gorgeous umbrellas, and of course, a flower wall. The sea salt chocolate chip cookies are amazing. Definitely don’t miss this dog-friendly spot in Pasadena. 62 W Union St.

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Republik Coffee. Another popular dog-friendly spot in Pasadena, just off South Lake Ave. I love this coffee shop because it serves a delicious brunch and has a nice neighborhood vibe. You can get a classic avocado toast or try their signature Black Vanilla Latte, which is made with activated charcoal, espresso, and bourbon vanilla syrup. 854 E Green St.

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Agnes Restaurant + Cheesery. Gorgeous decor, gorgeous food + lots of cheese! Walk into a full market in the front, so you can pick up some meats, cheese + wine for your own at-home charcuterie night. Both nostalgic yet modern, you’ll find elevated cheese boards, creative dishes, an open concept kitchen and full bar. One of my favorite dog-friendly spots in Pasadena, and plus, you can give your dog a little cheese to snack on, too! 40 W Green St.

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Raymond 1886. Contemporary American cuisine and yes, it was built in 1886. It has an old charm and the food was superb. My fave dish was the Little Gem salad and the french fries with homemade ketchup. Sit on the dog-friendly patio next to the fireplace! They have two patios so there’s plenty of space. 1250 S Fair Oaks Ave. 

Foothill. Laidback spot with a large outdoor patio under striped umbrellas — you can’t miss it! Craft beers + cocktails and modern food menu. The charcuterie board with meat + cheese, grapes, olives, fig jam, wild honey + sourdough bread can’t be missed. 2835 E Foothill Blvd.

 

If you’re looking to shop with your dog along with you, look no further than Pasadena. You and your pup will love strolling down Colorado Blvd in Old Town Pasadena, which has a lot of boutiques but also well-known brands like Anthropologie + Free People. You can also head to Lake Ave for artisanal shops and bring your furry pal along. Your dog will get plenty of exercise! Take a peek at a few of my favorite dog-friendly spots in Pasadena:

 

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Old Pasadena Colorado Blvd. The 5th Avenue of Pasadena, also referred to as Old Town. Find Parachute, Restoration Hardware, Tiffany & Co, Salt & Straw and more! It’s so pretty here, especially during the holidays.

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Commons. Open air shopping plaza with favorites like Sugarfish, Lemonade, Mercado, Williams Sonoma. It’s very new and clean here, plus tucked away from the busy street. 

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The Dog Bakery. Located just off Colorado Blvd, you’ll be drawn in by the scent of cinnamon and baked cakes. Shop for dog toys, fresh treats and maybe even a cake for your pup? They make the doggie birthday cakes on the spot (only takes ten minutes) customized with their name and whatever else you’d like written on it. We got the grain-free pink coconut carob cake! 36 W Colorado Blvd.

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Pasadena City Hall. While you’re out and about, take a stroll through Pasadena City Hall. Built in 1927, the architecture is stunning. You’ll probably run into engagement/wedding photos being taken here (there was a couple right behind the Christmas tree!).

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Desiderio Park. Neighborhood park tucked away beneath the Colorado Street Bridge and the 134 freeway. While there isn’t an official dog park here, it’s a nice park to take a stroll with your pup on-leash. 10 N Arroyo Blvd.

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South Pawsadena Dog Park. Separate areas for small and large dogs. 650 Stoney Dr.

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Alice Dog Park. Inside Vina Vieja Park, this park is full of trees and grass. There are separate sections for big and small dogs, fully fenced in. If you prefer grass, this park is great. 3026 E Orange Grove Blvd.

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Playhouse Village Park. Brand new park that is well-manicured with small and large sections for the pups. This is a great dog-friendly spot in Pasadena! 701 E. Union St.

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Eaton Canyon Falls Trail. If you love to hike, come to Eaton Canyon Falls Trail. This dog-friendly trail has views of the San Gabriel Mountains and Santa Monica Mountains. Plus you’ll get to see the 40-foot waterfall at the end! If you come at springtime, you’ll see a ton of wildflowers in bloom. 1750 N. Altadena Dr.

 

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Langham Hotel. Set on 23 acres, this 5 star hotel brings royal elegance and luxury to Pasadena. Read my full review here. Doggie program ($135) provides a plush pink dog bed, bowls and a Doggie Newsletter. Rooms start at $350/night. 

Westin Hotel. If you’re staying in town, Westin Pasadena is in a great location and an affordable option. Your pup will love sleeping on one of their Heavenly® beds! $50 per night, per dog. Rooms start at $179/night.

Pasadena Hotel & Pool. Built in 1926, this historic hotel is one of the most pet-friendly spots in Pasadena. Complete with a pool deck and cocktail bar, you’re going to love this rare gem of a hotel. $75 per pet. Rooms start at $150/night.

 

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Langham Hotel Pasadena

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Luxury in Pasadena… The Langham Hotel

Need a dog-friendly hotel in Pasadena? Look no further. 

The Langham Hotel is the only luxury hotel in Pasadena and you will definitely feel the grandeur the moment you pull up to the property. During my stay, I found myself surprised at how big and grand this hotel really is!

The hotel features palatial ballrooms and lush gardens, all housed in a beautiful, historic building that has been restored and renovated to offer modern amenities and facilities. Set on 23 acres, the hotel offers 379 rooms including 36 specialty suites and 8 private cottages situated in garden settings — a true, full-service 5 star hotel!

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The Langham is also full of dazzling history. The first Langham was built in 1865 in London and soon, the hotel became a popular choice for Victorian high society, royalty, artists and musicians from around the world. Other locations include the Langham Boston, Fifth Avenue (NYC),  Chicago, Auckland + Melbourne. 

langham hotel pasadena dog

langham hotel pasadena dog

 

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Langham Hotel Doggie Program

Doggie program ($135) provides a plush pink dog bed, bowls and a Doggie Newsletter! Dogs of all sizes welcome.

 

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The Japanese Gardens on the property is a perfect stroll with your pup. Lush, greenery with an adorable little red bridge over a small stream. Fira loved peeking her head over to look for fish and even spotted some squirrels. 

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langham hotel pasadena dog terrace cafe

If you’re looking to dine with your pup, try Terrace Cafe or The Hideaway (both next to the heated pool). For a drink, there is luxe bar called the Tap Room.

Check out my Pasadena Dog-Friendly City Guide to find more restaurants, shopping + things to do with your dog.

The guest rooms and suites at the Langham are elegant and comfortable, with flat-screen TVs and marble bathrooms. You can also book a private cottage with a patio and mountain views — perfect for your pup(s), right?

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Since the Langham is located in an upscale neighborhood, why not take a walk around outside the hotel to view the beautiful historic homes? Many of the homes in the area were built in 1910 – 1940, so you’ll find houses with tons of charm and character (and considerably large!). 

Looking for more to do in Pasadena with your dog? Check out this post: Pasadena Dog-Friendly City Guide

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Now that I’ve lived in LA for 16+ years, I’ve had plenty of time to explore the city’s many parks. While it’s true there are a lot of parks in LA you want to avoid for one reason or another, there are some dog-friendly parks in Los Angeles that are quiet and not too crowded. 

Meaning you and your pup can have a quiet afternoon off or on-leash without too many other people or even other dogs around. Bring a book, picnic, snap some pics or play fetch with the pups — perfect for those dogs who get overwhelmed around a lot of dogs, like mine.

girl in park with french bulldogs
aesthetic photo park with french bulldogs

Weston is usually okay in a dog park with only a few dogs. Once it turns into a crowd, he starts to fixate and “sheriff” all the dogs! So, a crowd is our cue to leave. Fira doesn’t really love dog parks, but it’s good to take her once in awhile to sniff different scents and have a change of scenery.

Maybe you’ll find a new fave spot with this list of quiet, dog-friendly parks in Los Angeles!

bluff creek dog park french bulldog

Bluff Creek Dog Park

This gorgeous park in Playa Vista is still fairly new to the LA scene, so only those who live in the area typically go here. If you go to Bluff Creek Dog Park really early in the morning, you can have it virtually all to yourself. This spot is usually kept really clean and there are separate sections for small and big dogs.

The dog park here is typically not overcrowded, but definitely try to avoid high-traffic times. There is even a hidden hike called Bluff Creek Trail not far from here which you can take your pup on, too.

 

los angeles historic park french bulldog

LA Historic Park

Great views of downtown. While there isn’t a fenced-in area specifically for dogs, this is probably one of the best dog-friendly parks in Los Angeles to avoid crowds. Spreading over 32 acres, there is plenty of space to explore, including tons of grass.

Great running track (dirt/paved) here too if you like to run with your dog. Super clean and safe spot to chill out with your pup for the afternoon. Dogs must be leashed at all times.

eagle rock dog park french bulldog

Eagle Rock Dog Park

Eagle Rock Dog Park is a great choice on the Eastside. There’s an astroturf lawn in the center of this park, which gives your dog soft padding when he/she runs on it. It also makes your pup a little less dirty after running around at the park all day. 

Because Eagle Rock is quieter part of LA in general, it means this dog park is a little bit off the beaten path and hence not usually overcrowded. This off-leash dog park has lots of trees and shade. Overall a really nice vibe.

alice dog park pasadena

Alice Dog Park

Also known as Alice Frost Kennedy Dog Park, this one is in Pasadena. Inside Vina Vieja Park, this park is really big and full of trees and grass. 

There are also separate sections for big and small dogs, fully fenced in. There is so much wide space that it rarely gets overcrowded. Definitely a hidden dog park in Los Angeles you won’t want to miss.

platform culver city french bulldog

Platform Park

Although not a “dog park”, I take Weston + Fira to the Platform (Culver City) a lot. The park area is almost always empty which is the perfect spot for them to sniff, explore and then go for a nice walk around this gorgeous shopping center. You’ll find chic stores like Aesop, Broome St General Store + specialty pop-up shops that allow on-leash dogs. 

 

Check out the post: Top 6 Dog-Friendly Outdoor Shopping Malls in Los Angeles

 

boneyard dog park french bulldog

Boneyard Culver City

This is a good park to come to if you’re looking for a less-crowded dog park especially if your pup is timid. There are gated areas for small and shy dogs, big dogs, and even an area for time-out where your furry friend can cool off and take a break.

dog park time out area

It is a dirt dog park instead of grass, so keep that in mind! You might want to time it right before you give your pup a bath. Generally it’s pretty quiet here – last time I was here, I even overheard someone saying: “I don’t come here that often because there’s hardly ever any dogs.” When I was there on a weekday afternoon, there were about 4-6 small dogs and 6-8 large dogs on the other side.

[ photo: Wag! ]

Sepulveda Basin

If you live in the Valley, this is a great spot for you. Or, if you’re looking for a little bit of a getaway from the westside of LA for the day, heading up the 405 to the Sepulveda Basin can be a great option. This quiet dog-friendly park isn’t overcrowded because it’s so big.

Roam around the park with your dog on the paved path around the pond, which is a nice, easy walk. Then head to the off-leash dog park section where there’s a super fun obstacle course! Your dog will love running through it. This spot is mostly grassy, although there are some parts that have more dirt so watch out for dust or mud.

 

And there you have it! These are my favorite dog-friendly parks in LA that aren’t overcrowded. Be sure to pack your pup’s favorite treats and water bowl while you’re there too – especially if they’re off-leash. 

Want more ideas on where to take your dog in Los Angeles? Check out my Los Angeles dog-friendly guide here.

 

DIY: Healthy Homemade Dog Food Using Frozen Veggies

Easy + Healthy Homemade Dog Food Recipe

Make delicious homemade dog food in less than 30 minutes!

I originally found this easy healthy homemade dog food recipe on a popular French Bulldog Facebook Group. Almost everyone in the group was feeding their Frenchie this recipe or at least had tried it, because of allergies or stomach issues. It’s very popular, so I had to try it myself! Plus, keep reading on for an easy and healthy homemade snack for dogs.

The original recipe has a few cans of beans in it but I omitted those — beans seem way too heavy and unnecessary. Plus they might even give your dog excessive gas. This recipe started with recommended mashed potatoes, too, which you could do but I wanted to leave those out since it also seemed pretty heavy. Weston is allergic to potatoes too. I’ve adjusted this healthy homemade dog food recipe over time and it’s much better for Weston + Fira, in my opinion. 

homemade dog food recipe with frozen vegetables

homemade dog food recipe with frozen vegetables

For the healthy homemade dog food, you’ll need these ingredients: 

  • 6 lb protein
  • 2-3 bags of frozen vegetables (mix + match: peas, green beans, spinach, carrot/cauliflower)
  • 1 can (14 oz) pure pumpkin puree
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • Any supplement/vitamin you like (I’ve used crushed up calcium powder, a probiotic supplement for dogs and a joint supplement for dogs)

Canine Complete is an all-in-one supplement that I use more than any others. It has everything your pup needs in one go!

homemade dog food recipe with frozen vegetables

Now that you have all the ingredients you need, here are the steps you need to make your own healthy homemade dog food, which is great for dogs with allergies. It’s super easy and makes a pretty large batch. 

  1. Cook the meat with 3 tbsp olive oil and drain the excess fat. If it’s beef, I wash off all the extra oils and fat in a strainer. 
  2. This step is optional but I like to grate the frozen vegetables in a food processor, so they’re small and easily digestible for the pups. 
  3. In a large bowl, mix the meat, pumpkin puree, vegetables, 3 tbsp coconut oil and supplement.
  4. Spoon into ziplock bags and freeze until ready to use. That’s it!

homemade dog food recipe with frozen vegetables

 

[ Disclaimer: Use your own judgment and of course, speak to your veterinarian if you have questions/concerns. ]

 

Curious if your dog has food allergies? Try this at-home test, which I love.

I’ve used this NutriScan allergy test for both Weston and Fira. Thanks to the NutriScan test, I found out that Weston is allergic to poultry, pork, white fish, potatoes, and dairy. Fira is allergic to pork! 

You might actually be pretty surprised to find out what your dog is allergic to. Your pup might be scratching because they just ate chicken (which seems to be very common), and it can be hard to correlate those two for some dog parents. I tend to test Weston and Fira every five years or so, since things can change sometimes. 

Then, when you find out your pup has allergies, it can be really hard to find dog food that makes a good fit. That’s why I love making this easy healthy homemade dog food — I always know what’s in the food I’m feeding my pups and I can customize anytime.

Can my dog eat frozen vegetables?

The answer: Yes. I know it might seem strange at first to toss your pup a frozen carrot, but it can actually be great to give to puppies who are teething. It’s also a fun thing to chew on for older dogs.

The frozen vegetables are a healthy and easy homemade snack for dogs, filled with fiber and other important vitamins. You can give your dog frozen apples (cut into pieces), butternut squash, cucumber, and spinach. 

Are there certain frozen vegetables you should avoid feeding your dog? Definitely. The ones to watch out for are onions, and also technically this is a fruit, but grapes. Grape and raisins are highly toxic to dogs so do NOT give them those, ever.  

Also, don’t overdo it. You might think you’re giving your dog a healthy boost, but your pup doesn’t need SO many veggies. Just a few a day is fine or give them as a treat every so often. It’s really a great low-calorie snack for dogs, and good for their teeth.

 

Did you try making this easy and healthy homemade dog food? Or did you try giving your pup frozen vegetables? Let me know — I’d love to know how it went. 

If you’re looking for more helpful solutions for your dog’s allergies, try this oatmeal paw bath, which is great for dogs who constantly lick or scratch at their paws. 

 

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