Dog-lover Rose McGowan shows us why LA is the ideal city for four-legged friends.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Rose McGowan; Three Dog Bakery Los Angeles;a portrait of Happy shot by Grace Chon at Shine Pet Photos; Tailwaggers; Hollywood Pet Wash can help make your pup a clean pup.
I LOVE LOS ANGELES for many reasons, not the least of which is how dog-friendly it is, which makes my life much easier since I have two Boston terriers, Happy and Bug. There are so many places to go with your pets, you have no excuse to leave them at home.
Shine Pet Photos
It’s a splurge, but photographer Grace Chon has a way with animals that allows her to perfectly capture your pet’s personality. You’ll have a beautiful photo that will last forever. Visit shinepetphotos.com.
This is one of my favorite pet stores in LA. It’s got every toy, healthy dog food and pet accessory you could ever want. It’s on a funny little street, but it’s well worth finding. Plus, it holds adoption fairs. 1929 N. Bronson Ave., Hollywood, 323-464-9600; tailwaggerspets.com
Three Dog Bakery Los Angeles
I’m not gonna lie: I have purchased many a doggie birthday cake from here. Bug is now 14 years old and Happy is 10. That’s a lot of birthday cakes. Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., No. 710, Los Angeles, 323-935-7512; threedogla.com
Beverly Oaks Animal Hospital
Bug likes to get sick at 3 AM. Thankfully there are amazing vets on staff here 24 hours a day. They’ve saved Bug’s life more times than I can count. Beverly Oaks also has a huge network of specialists for any medical need. Dr. Laurie Leach is the best in the business. 14302 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818-788-2022; beverlyoaksvet.com
Laurel Canyon Dog Park
It feels like a dog party every day at this park, which has a special area for smaller dogs. I’m fairly sure Happy is offended because he thinks he’s large and mighty, but it’s a good way to ensure the safety of your little pooch. 8260 Mulholland Dr., Studio City, 818- 769-4415; laparks.org
Bronson Canyon and Runyon Canyon
If I’m in the mood for a doggy hike and solitude, Bronson Canyon is the spot. The beautiful views make me feel as if I’m in a Maxfield Parrish painting. If my dogs and I are feeling social, we head to Runyon Canyon. People and dog watching distract me from my huffing and puffing on the steep incline. Bronson Canyon, 3200 Canyon Dr., Los Angeles; Runyon Canyon, 2000 N. Fuller Ave., Los Angeles; laparks.org
Hollywood Pet Wash
Happy is a total boy, and he likes to get messy. Pet Wash grooms him and restores him to sparkling perfection—just so he can go lie in the dirt again. 7357 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 323-882-6855; hollywoodpetwash.com
PHOTOGRAPHS BY JEFFREY MAYER/WIREIMAGE.COM (MCGOWAN); GRACE CHON (HAPPY); ISTOCKPHOTO.COM (PET WASH)
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.