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Petinerary's Top 5 Dog Restaurants in Los Angeles and Southern California

Top 5 Restaurants for Dogs in Los Angeles

We asked the folks at Petinary for some recommendations for some dog-friendly places in Southern California.  We don't know about you, but we LOVE enjoying the sun and palms with our little best-four-legged-friend. Here are the top five suggested dog restaurants in Los Angeles and Southern California. To complete the mission they sent out of one of their Ambassadors from Brazil, Ernesto, to review and take pictures!

THE IVY

113 N Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles


"Ernesto had a wonderful time at The Ivy, and we did too. The food is amazing. The atmosphere is very romantic with a beautiful patio."

TRUE FOODS

7007 Friars Road, San Diego


"We were offered the outside tables to stay with Ernesto. Their food is health-driven so expect lost of seasonal flavors. It's so fresh you can taste it."

THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL

9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills


"That's what Ernesto loves. True pampering including an LA style red carpet. As we arrived in our room, Ernesto had freshly baked cookies with his name on it. Amazing service."

STARS AT WALK OF FAME

Hollywood Blvd at Vine St, Los Angeles


"A visit to LA wouldn't be complete without a quick stop to see the stars. Ernesto went straight to see his favorite actress star, Judy Garland's."

GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY

2800 E Observatory Rd., Los Angeles

"In the city of stars, a 'must go to' stop is the Observatory. "Are they shinning just for me?" It surely feels so. Ernesto visited everything there was to see with us.

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What to get...BEFORE you get your puppy!

As you scroll through pictures of puppies online, and visit your local shelter to pick out the perfect companion for your family, be sure to also check out local resources and supplies. Don't worry if you've already found the perfect puppy -- most shelters will be more than happy to keep her for an extra day or two so that you can be sure your home is ready for the arrival. Below are the top things to have lined up before the puppy comes come:

Puppy zone: set aside a portion of your home to be puppy-friendly. Make sure there are no cords or chewable items, set up a kennel, and possibly a puppy play pen (a miniature moveable fence) to ensure the area stays secure. This is especially helpful if you have children at home, as it provides a safe barrier between the dog and kids that will prevent problems all around. It also helps set up a routine for the puppy -- they have a safe place to go where they know what to expect.

Kennel or crate: you may want to purchase one large enough for your puppy when he is full grown, if you know how big that will be. Crates should be large enough for dogs to stand up, turn around, and lay down comfortably, but no larger. Many come with a moveable partition so you can slowly expand the available area as your pup grows. Look at your local pet store and online for one that will work for your dog.  You may want to get bed or blanket to put in the bottom and fleece blankets work well (they can easily be washed during the early months of house training). 

Food and water bowls: choose ceramic or stainless ones, which are easier to keep clean.

Food: talk to the shelter about what they are currently feeding your puppy -- you'll want to start with the exact same food for the first week or two, then you can gradually transition over to a new food if desired. Don't worry about grain-free or high protein diets (they aren't actually any better for your dog--it's just good marketing!), but DO select a food for your type of puppy. All dogs should eat a puppy food (instead of an adult dog food) until 10-14 months old, depending on the breed. Large and giant breeds (labradors, great danes, etc.) should eat a food formulated for large/giant breeds (these have a different balance of minerals and nutrients to help joint growth), and small breeds may benefit from the smaller kibble size of small breed puppy foods. Choose a bland protein (e.g. chicken or lamb) to avoid upset stomachs, and keep the food consistent -- don't switch between brands, formulas, or flavors unless absolutely necessary. 

 

Toys: look for sturdy fabric and soft rubber toys for chewing. Avoid hard plastics (these can break teeth) and rawhides (which can be swallowed and cause obstructions). Your local pet shop is guaranteed to be well stocked, and there are infinite options available online.

 

Veterinarian: ask around for recommendations, and look online for options. You'll want a practice that is open during the hours convenient for your schedule AND the local emergency hospital in case of out-of-hours problems (in some areas these will be one and the same). Get in touch with the office before you get a puppy and ask to talk to someone about what your puppy is likely to need. Puppies should receive vaccines every few weeks until they are 16 weeks old, as well as deworming treatments, parasite preventatives, and basic screening tests. Set up an appointment at the office for the day after your new puppy comes home so you can make sure he is healthy and on track.

Trainer: your puppy is guaranteed to need some training. Most of this you will be doing at home, but having professional guidance will make the process faster and less stressful. House training and obedience work can begin as soon as your puppy comes home (well, give him a day or two to settle in!). Different breeds (and mixes) will have widely varying needs for routine and a trainer can help you set up the best option. They are also a wonderful resource before you get your puppy as they can help you understand what breeds are a good fit for your lifestyle. Most will be more than happy to talk to you before you get a puppy to offer some advice and set up a time to help you start your puppy's education. The early weeks and months are critical for socialization, and having a plan in place ahead of time will help your puppy grow into a calm, confident dog.

 

Insurance: you may not be able to start pet insurance before you bring the puppy home (and in some cases, have your first vet visit), but researching options beforehand is a good idea. Veterinary care can add up quickly, and have a financial plan in place ahead of time is critical. If your puppy breaks her leg, do you have enough in savings to cover the cost? What if she develops diabetes in 5 years? Starting insurance coverage when your puppy is young and healthy will prevent pre-existing conditions from being excluded from your policy, and will help keep the long term rates as low as possible. Talk to someone at the insurance company/ies about what is and is not covered by their various plans, so you have a full understanding of what you are getting. 

Once you have the above lined up, you are ready to get to the main event, your new puppy! Enjoy the next few months of adorable cuteness as she settles in!

 

About Dr. Wolff
Dr. Sarah Wolff lives in New York City with her menagerie--two dogs and a trouble-maker cat--and works with cats and dogs across the city. She is especially interested in preventative medicine and behavior, helping our pets be healthy and happy members of our families. She graduated with distinction from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh after studying biology at the University of Virginia.


SOIDOG.org

How a retired couple in Phuket changed the lives of hundreds of street dogs

We got the chance to interview Martin Turner from Soi Dog Foundations about the organization and his role there.

When John and Gill retired to Phuket in 2003, they were horrified by the tens of thousands of sick and injured street dogs and cats, and that nobody was doing anything about it. The number of animals was increasing year on year, and they determined to do something.  For these reasons, they established Soi Dog Foundation, whose Mission Statement is as follows: "To improve the welfare of dogs and cats in Asia, resulting in better lives for both the animal and human communities, to create a society without homeless animals, and to ultimately end animal cruelty”

With another recent retiree and using their own funds they started sterilizing the dogs at temporary clinics in schools and temples, utilizing volunteer vets from overseas. When no volunteers were available they would take animals including any sick or injured street dogs or cats they came across to local vets for treatment. Following the publicity generated by the Asian tsunami in 2004, when the eyes of the world were on the region, the foundation had many volunteer vets and held multiple clinics around the region, as a result of this they received an international grant enabling them to employ their first full time vets and staff and begin the expansion which has led to Soi Dog as it is today.

On being the Marketing Director for Soi Dog organization

We asked Martin what his favorite moment to date working for the organization has been: "Seeing an end to the trade in dogs from Thailand to Vietnam for meat. On a local level seeing street dogs that had no hope restored and now living in homes."

And when asked what he would do if he wasn't the Director of Marketing, it's obvious is an animal lover: "I would be in Africa working on animal conservation projects."

How to support Soi Dog?

You can visit their website at www.soidog.org to see the many different ways you can help out; volunteering at the shelter, accompanying an adopted animal to its new home in Europe or North America (as a flight volunteer), sponsoring one of our shelter animals, joining one of our funding clubs, making a general donation. or helping raise awareness in their home country of the plight of street dogs and cats in Asia, as well as the Asian dog meat trade.



The Story of Shauna and Brownie

When we heard about the following story, our hearts just melted.

In honor of all the hard-working mothers out there and since Mother's Day is just around the corner, we have decided to dedicate this week's newsletter to Shauna and Brownie. For most people expecting for the second time with a human toddler running around the house is a stressful enough scenario. But for expecting mother Shauna Sullivan this all changed when she made aware of expecting dog, Brownie.

Westbury CARE rescued Brownie from the streets of Houston undernourished and expecting, and needed a home. After some deliberation, Shauna decided that she would open her home to Brownie and her puppies.

Shauna says: I think more people need to be aware that simply fostering one animal is not just saving a life, but a rewarding experience in itself.

Read their story below:

Brownie's Maternity Photo Shoot

"I wanted to give Brownie a maternity photo shoot. She was a little shy." - Shauna

We think it turned out great and such a good idea.

 

 

 

 8 puppies are born 

Brownie did it! How cute are the names?
 
Shauna: The names were a collaborative effort from friends and family. My husband is an Ohio Buckeyes fan and so we, of course, had to include a namesake. The names subject to change by the rescue group, and, of course, the adopting families.  

 

Food for 8

The puppies are growing every day!

Shauna: I have no idea how they are all fitting around the breakfast table. Amazing Brownie is doing a fantastic job!

 

 

 

  

Living with 9 dogs 

With a toddler, one on the way, and 9 dogs where does Shauna get the energy?


Shauna: Haha I don't even know! I will admit, sometimes I wake up and want to cry knowing I have to clean up puppy poop for an hour. But the best answer is mind over matter, I can do this. So inspiring! You are a rock star!

 

 

Thank you, Shauna and Brownie, for sharing your story with us. If you would like to support Shauna and more stories like this, please consider donating to Westbury Care in Houston.

Any amount helps. If you have the ability to donate - we encourage to donate here.



Kids may be small but they can make a big difference

Kids may be small but they can make a big difference. As the Founder of PEP! The Pet Education Project, it's my mission to educate kids on respect and responsibility for their pets. Caring for a pet is a valuable lesson that can enrich kids as they grow older. When kids learn to properly care for their pets by being responsible for something that is more vulnerable than themselves, it instills empathy and nurtures the bond between the child and their pet. Sadly, many kids view pets as toys; and when a child gets bored with a toy they simply throw it away. This burden of caring for the pet often falls on the parents but the true burden falls on the animal. 
Owner surrenders and overpopulation contribute to over 6,000 animals are euthanized each day in the United States. Pets are surrendered into shelters for many reasons including kids becoming bored with and not caring for them. My approach to educating kids on pet care is to make it fun and challenging. Raising a pet is a huge responsibility and the daily tasks that come along with it should be divided between the entire family! Rotating tasks like walking, brushing, cleaning the litter box, and feeding can help keep things exciting and fresh. Also, consider setting up a rewards chart in your home for every pet care task completed by your children.
Pet care can be fun if you choose the right pet for you and your family! Always research the breed of your pet before adopting or shopping. Owner/ breed compatibility is key to making everyone happy and building lasting relationships. Be sure to check out our website www.ilovepep.org to learn about our programs, books, and magazines to teach kids responsible pet ownership. We also offer videos for kids on our youtube www.youtube.com/peteducationproject and musical.ly channel @ilovepep.