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10 Pet Travel Tips! (Revivalanimal.com)

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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Going on vacation is always a fun treat for the whole family and it’s even better if you get to take your canine companion along with you. To make the trip a great experience for you and your pet here are a few travel tips:

1. CARRIER - it is important to bring a carrier that is big enough for your dog to sleep and turn around. They like a place to help make them feel secure.

2. BED- Make sure to bring a dog bed, rug, or blanket that they like to sleep on at home. Place it in a spot that is out of the way, but near you and show them where to nap. Sleep is important for all puppies and dogs.

3. SEAT COVER- this applies more to those who travel with their pet outside a carrier. Train them to stay on a rug covered back seat or use a seat cover. This will definitely help with clean up on a rainy day or a trip to the beach. For a longer trip, place a bed on top for comfort.

4. LEASH- it is always important to leash your dog before opening the car door and especially important that the leash cannot slip.

5. STRESS RELIEVER- If your dog is a nervous traveler, start a calming agent like Doc Roy’s® DOCILE DOG. Start this treatment two weeks before the trip. It is not a tranquilizer, but will take the edge off for any added stress.

6. FEED LIGHTLY- make sure to feed your pet lightly before you leave. You can sprinkle something like shredded cheese in their food to encourage them eating 1 hour prior to leaving. If your pet is prone to car sickness, feed ginger snaps two hours before leaving and repeat one hour into the trip.

7. FOOD/WATER BOWLS- this one goes without saying, but it is especially important to bring these along with a mat to go under the bowls to decrease the mess.

8. GREETING- On arrival, bring the dog on a leash to greet people. Keep the dog on the leash when setting up the dog bed and food/water dishes. Let them take a drink, go on a short walk so they empty their bladders before getting too excited! Once they have calmed down from the excitement, they can be taken off the leash.

9. SETTING UP THE CARRIER/BED- Place the pet carrier in your bedroom and open the door for access. The bed should be in a common area like a family room. For a cat, place the bed on the furniture you have previously ask permission to use and put the cat on it (cats like being up high).

10. WHEN LEAVING- Always place the pet in their carrier when leaving the house (if not taking with you). Never lock them in a room or a bath, stick with the carrier since it is something that is familiar to your pet. It helps to put a treat or toy in the carrier with them and will keep them busy for plenty of time!

Source: http://www.revivalanimal.com/articles/Ten-easy-pet-travel-tips.html
For a printable source: http://www.revivalanimal.com/shared/images/pdf/articles/Ten-Easy-Pet-Travel-Tips-6-24-14.pdf

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Quirky Pet-Friendly Pit Stops!

Monday, June 16th, 2014
Looking to take a road trip with your canine companion? We found this wonderful list full of quirky and fun pit stops that you can visit with your dog! A great idea for a Summer road trip!
1. Dog Bark Park Inn, Boise, Idaho A three-story freestanding hotel room in the shape of a Beagle. Enough said. dogbarkparkinn.com
2. Dog Mayor Sunol, California In 1981, a dog named Bosco was elected mayor in a town just an hour outside San Francisco. Thirty years on, you can visit his animatronic replica at the local bar—lift his leg and he pees beer! boscosbonesandbrew.com
3. Charles M Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa, California For all things Snoopy. The documentary film is particularly charming; apparently the real life Snoopy loved nothing better than riding in cars. schulzmuseum.com
4. Mutt Lynch Winery Sonoma, California Canine connoisseurs are welcome at this laid-back vineyard offering Fou Fou Le Blanc Sauvignon (featuring a chi-chi white Poodle on the label), Merlot Over & Play Dead (gruff Bulldog) and a great life motto: Bark Less, Wag More! muttlynchwinery.com
5. Drive-thru tree Leggett, California Dogs love to pee on trees, humans like to drive through them. My dog Bodie and I actually did the similar Tour-thru Tree three hours north. drivethrutree.com
6. Bobbie The Wonder Dog mural Silverton, Oregon This is so touching: in 1923 a family were on a road trip in Indiana when they lost their beloved Collie. Broken-hearted, they returned to Oregon without him. Six months later he turned up all scrawny and tattered of paw, having walked nearly 3,000 miles home. What a legend. silvertonor.com
7. Wizard of Oz Museum Wamego, Kansas Cairn Terrier lovers will find an abundance of Toto memorabilia and cheeky treasures in the gift shop, not to mention Toto’s Tacoz next door. ozmuseum.com
8. Wild West portrait with your dog Breckenridge, Colorado What can I say? Bodie is such a natural-born outlaw. Breckenridge Old Time Photo, 326 South Main St. Tel: 970 453 4444
9. Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina If you’ve always felt that you and your dog were “to the manor born,” you have to visit the wondrous Biltmore Estate where you can spend the entire day strolling the elegantly landscaped grounds—8,000 acres complete with fountains, woodlands, and sunflower-trimmed bicycle paths—with a silver-topped walking stick and a monocle, if you fancy. At $59 per person it’s not cheap, but this does include entry to the grand 250-room French chateau and though your dog is not permitted inside, they do have kennels where he can kick back while you are marveling at the priceless artifacts. Afterwards you can dine at Cedric’s Tavern, named for George Vanderbilt’s beloved St Bernard, Heaven. biltmore.com
10. AKC Dog Show Many locations throughout the US Never mind the parade of purebreds, check out the astounding range of doggie beauty products. I got myself a great dogprint salon robe for when I wash Bodie! akc.org

– See more at: http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/have-dog-will-travel-quirky-us-pit-stops/26629#sthash.mzLeuXkA.dpuf

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Dog-Friendly Chicago!

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

We found some wonderful dog-friendly restaurants for all of our families in Chicago, IL! Enjoy!

Feast Restaurant & Bar (Chicago Gold Coast & Wicker Park/Bucktown): Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Feast is a great dining choice any time of the day. The Gold Coast Feast location provides ample outdoor seating, the food is exceptional, and the atmosphere is chic, yet casual. I try to hit Feast at least once a week for lunch and I strongly recommend you do the same.

P.J. Clarke’s (Chicago Gold Coast & Streeterville): If you’re in the mood for a burger and a beer, drop by P.J. Clarke’s, with two separate locations located at 1204 N. State Parkway and 301 East Illinois. The food at this classic Chicago bar and restaurant is delicious, the games are always on the HD TVs, and the drink menu is extensive. What else do you need?

Penny’s Noodle Shop (Wicker ParkDepaul & Wrigleyville): With three locations in Chicago, Wicker Park, DePaul, and Wrigleyville, Penny’s Noodle shop is a local favorite for tasty Asian cuisine. Patrons can get anything from Vietnamese spring rolls and Japanese Gyoza to signature Pad Thai and Fried Rice dishes. If you’re craving Asian food, Penny’s is always a great choice.

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House (Chicago Gold Coast): Serving arguably some of Chicago’s best sea food should be reason enough for you and your pooch to make a trip over to Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House. However, the upscale vibe around the restaurant and the surrounding Gold Coast neighborhood make this a must visit, no matter where you live in Chicago. And while you’re there, don’t forget to try the crab cakes-you’ll be glad you did.

The Kerryman Irish Bar & Restaurant (River North): As a true Irish pub setting, the Kerryman outdoor dining space is absolutely spectacular. My favorite time to visit this one-of-a-kind place is for brunch (the Bloody Mary’s are terrific), but no matter the time of day or night, the Kerryman won’t disappoint, and the menu offers a wide-variety of Irish and American dishes.

The Fifty/50 (Wicker Park): The three-level Fifty/50 restaurant and bar is a great place to catch a game, mingle with friends, or simply enjoy a drink out on the front patio. As the Fifty/50 website says, the menu centers around three main sections: smoked food, fried foods, and sandwiches. Need I say more?

O’Briens Restaurant & Bar (Old Town): As one of my favorite Old Town joints, O’Briens offers casual dining in the heart of one of Chicago’s most historic neighborhoods. The menu at O’Briens features seafood, sandwiches, burgers, salads, steaks, and more, so there’s definitely something for everyone at this long-standing Old Town restaurant and bar.

Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar (Lakeview): Located almost directly off the Paulina Brown Line stop, Frasca offers delicious specialty pizzas, endless pasta dishes, and a very extensive wine list. The pizzas at Frasca are very reasonable priced, the selection is tremendous, and the atmosphere is true Italian. If you haven’t been over to the Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar, make a trip this weekend and try the Spinaci-it’s AMAZING!

Bar on Buena (Buena Park): If you haven’t been to Bar on Buena before, shame on you. The beer and whiskey menu here is long enough to fill a book, and the atmosphere is quite relaxing. In addition, the patio is nicely shaded, which is an absolute must during some of these hot Chicago days we’ve seen over the past week. If you’re a beer lover, you have to check this place out.

Here are some other dog-friendly restaurants in the Chicago area also:

  • Bad Dog Tavern & Grill
  • Scozzi
  • Harry Caray’s Tavern Navy Pier
  • Cody’s Public House
  • Big Star
  • Wrightwood Tap
  • 90 Miles Cuban Cafe
  • Super Dawg
  • The Grill on the Alley

Source: http://www.seechicagorealestate.com/blog/chicago-dog-friendly-restaurants.html#.U4ZQBvldWxt

Source: http://www.bringfido.com/restaurant/city/chicago_il_us/

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DIY Eat- Mix & Match Dog Treats!- Modern Dog Magazine

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
We always LOVE to try new recipes for our dogs and this one is easy, low in cost, and gives you the option to choose between many different ingredients. This is especially good if you have some leftover ingredients (such as brown bananas) that you want to use up.
DIY Eat – Mix & Match Dog Treats
Healthy, fast and budget-friendly, these mix and match treats are sure to please
By Maxine Matishak

Step 1: Choose your add-in (choose just one)

  • 1/2 c sweet potato, cooked and mashed
  • 1/2 c tuna or salmon
  • 1/2 c canned or cooked pumpkin, puréed
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 c sardines mashed
Tip
Have too-ripe bananas stored in the freezer? Thaw one to use in this recipe! (Peel bananas & throw them in a Ziplock bag before freezing for ease of use)

Step 2: Choose your healthy flavour booster (choose 1 – 2)

  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 Tbsp shredded, unsweetened coconut (soaked for 1 hour)
  • 1 tsp chia seed (soaked for 1 hour)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped

Step 3: Mix 2 cups all-purpose flour (or one cup whole wheat and one cup all-purpose if preferred), 1 egg, your choice of add-in and healthy flavour booster in a large bowl.

Step 4: Roll mixture into 1 – 2″ balls and place onto lightly oiled baking sheet. Press flat with a fork if desired.

Step 5: Bake at 325° F for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom.

Step 6: Cool and share! Store in an airtight container. Treats will keep for up to a week (freeze any extras).

– See more at: http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/diy-eat-mix-match-dog-treats/52777#sthash.VkTTeRwt.dpuf

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10 Chain Stores that Welcome Dogs

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
We always like to hear about the stores that are dog friendly since we love to take our furry friends out with us as much as possible. We came across this great list of dog-friendly chains and had to share it with all of our dog lovers out there!

By . Published November 16, 2012.

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dog friendly storesIf you want to go shopping but don’t want to leave your pooch at home, the following major retail chains allow you to bring your well-behaved dog inside many of their stores.

Your dog must be on a leash, and some stores may require that you carry him in your arms or a pet carrier. Due to health codes, only service dogs are usually allowed in any indoor areas where food is sold or served.

Since the dog-friendly policy often varies by location, be sure to call your local store in advance to confirm that both you and your dogs are welcome.

  • Banana Republic – Although it started out selling tropical-themed clothing for men and women, this chain with 600 stores around the world now sells a variety of modern, refined apparel, and allows customers to bring their dogs along.
  • Barnes & Noble – Why buy books online when you can bring your pooch along to browse and purchase them in person? This bookseller currently has more than 680 locations across the U.S.
  • Bloomingdale’s – This upscale department store chain, which began way back in 1861, allows dogs to shop along with their two-legged customers. Just make sure you have a little poop bag in addition to the store’s famous “little brown bag.”
  • Gap – Gap stands for Genuine American Product, and the largest specialty clothing retailer in the U.S. is genuinely dog friendly.
  • Home Depot and Lowes – Some of these home improvement stores allow your pooch inside to help you, say, pick the perfect paint color and lumber for a dog house.
  • Petco and PetSmart – Naturally these two major pet retailers allow your pooch to accompany you inside their stores. But be aware that if you want to drop off your dog while you shop, Pit Bulls are not allowed in PetSmart’s Doggie Day Care Camp.
  • Pottery Barn – “Transform the place you live into the place you love” is a motto of this upscale home furnishings chain, where your dog is welcome to accompany you as you shop for the items to make that transformation.
  • Restoration Hardware – This purveyor of luxury home furnishings, lighting, bath fixtures – and yes, hardware – has 100 dog-friendly stores in the U.S. and Canada.

PHOTO: Imgur

Source: http://www.ilovedogfriendly.com/2012/11/10-dog-friendly-chain-stores/#.UvAaJ_ldWHY

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Dog-Friendly Lodges- The Bark

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
Are you looking to take a fun vacation any time soon and want to bring your canine companion along? We found this great list of dog-friendly lodges all across the United States! Check it out!
Dog-Friendly Lodges
Summer Adventure Planner
By The Bark
Dog Friendly Accommodations - Chico Springs

Open space, quiet mornings filled with bird song, the cozy comfort of pinepaneled walls and rag rugs: something about bunking in a classic lodge or rustic cabin flips the summer-vacation switch in us.

Paradise Valley, Mont.: Chico Hot Springs Resort and Day Spa sounds a lot more posh than it is. In fact, this Old West lodge, nestled in the foothills of the breathtaking Absaroka Mountain Range, is more swinging door than Golden Door, with a down-home hospitality that extends liberally to dogs — plus, it’s hard to argue with natural, mineral-rich hot springs outside your back door. From $55 to $225, plus $20 per pet per stay; chicohotsprings.com

Klamath Falls, Ore.: The 1892 homesteadturned- fishing-lodge-turned-gourmetgetaway Crystalwood Lodge is dogcrazed — from its 133 poison oak–free acres of meadows, marshes, ponds and streamlets and the nearby Fremont-Winema National Forest to amenities such as a grooming hut and lint brushes in the rooms. Take advantage of dog day care for a guilt-free visit to Crater Lake National Park, which is epic but not for dogs. From $95; crystalwoodlodge.com

Lyme, N.H.: Loch Lyme Lodge has no telephones or televisions, no video arcade, no hot tubs, no air conditioning, no microwaves and no bar with nightly entertainment — nothing to come between you, your pup, 120 acres of fields and woodlands, the lake (with a special canine swimming area) and the picturesque Connecticut River Valley. From $130; lochlymelodge.com

Grand Marais, Minn.: You and your dog can sniff around the pristine Northwoods and/or canoe a few of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes from your base in the piney cabins at Gunflint Lodge on the north shore of Lake Superior. Woofta Uffta and Waggalot Dog Lover’s weekends feature K-9 Olympics, dog socials, special presentations on pet health, training, communication and more. From $59, plus $20 per pet per night fee;gunflint.com

Frostburg, Md.: Adorable yellow Labs Koko and Karma welcome their brethren to Savage River Lodge near the Savage River State Forest. The great old-world lodge, with its 700 acres of trees, giant Frisbee field and fresh-baked dog biscuits, is the stuff of canine dreams. From $185, plus $30 per pet per night (dogs in cabins only);savageriverlodge.com

Shenandoah National Park, Va: As national parks go, this one is rare: dogs are allowed on nearly all of its 500 miles of trails. It’s a perfect place for you and your pup to soak up the quintessential American lodge experience at Big Meadows Lodge, which the Civilian Conservation Corps built with stones cut from Massanutten Mountain in the late 1930s. From $109, plus $25 per pet per night (up to two pets);nationalparkreservations.com 

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Dog Friendly Cafes in Los Angeles (L.A)

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

We really like to feature different cities and show you how dog-friendly they really are. For all you Californians living near Los Angeles, this article is perfect for you! We found this list of dog-friendly cafes in L.A.that you and your dog are sure to love!

Dog Friendly Los Angeles

By . Published December 21, 2012.

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cafe dogLos Angeles has a reputation for being one of the best places you and your pooch can call home (or visit). There’s lots you and your dog can do together in L.A., like visiting one of its dog-friendlybeaches, going for a hike in the “Hollywoof Hills” or dining at one of the city’s wet-nose welcoming restaurants orbars.

It’s no surprise then that L.A. is also home to several dog friendly cafes that serve both hot or cold coffee bliss that are perfect for enjoying all year long.

1. Intelligentsia Coffee – 1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice (map), 310-399-1233

With three locations in VeniceSilver Lake and Pasadena that are each only a few blocks away from a dog-friendly park, Intelligentsia has prime locations close to where you and your pooch will already be walking. With blends like El Gallo, which features hints of silky milk chocolate; a tart Honey Badger espresso; and a premium Santuario Geishi blend that combines jasmine, orange and black currant flavors, Intelligentsia is serving up more than just your everyday cup of joe.

Dogs are allowed outside at each of its three locations, where Intelligentsia’s internationally recognized baristas will brew you a made-to-order cup of coffee or hand-craft you a spectacular espresso drink. Intelligentsia even has its own iPhone app that allows you to view their current, in-season brews. Hours vary by location, so be sure to check their app before you go.

2. LAMILL Coffee – 1636 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake (map), 323-663-4441

Named one of Bon Appetit’s ”10 Best Boutique Coffee Shops,” LAMILL’s boutique location in Silver Lake not only offers finely-crafted cafes, but phenomenal food as well. For foodies who want to enjoy breakfast or lunch with their pooch, this is the place to go. Their menu includes warm brioche donuts topped with ice cream or poached eggs for breakfast and speciality sandwiches for lunch. The coffee is brewed in a Clover machine, or as Bon Appetit calls it, “the Ferrari of coffee makers.” Some of their signature beverages include the crème brulee; an espresso and caramel concoction; and an orange-infused cappuccino that’s topped with cacao.

Intelligentsia

Dogs are welcome on the patio and the Silver Lake dog park is less than a 10-minute walk away. LAMILL is open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. everyday, except Fridays and Saturdays when they close at 11 p.m.

3. Fix Coffee – 2100 Echo Park Ave. (map),  323-284-8962

Just a short walk away from dog-friendly Elysian Park, Fix Coffee proudly serves an assortment of L.A.’s finest foods and beverages. Brewing Intelligentsia coffee, tea from Art of Tea and sandwiches from BreadBar, this L.A. coffee shop is a great place to sit with your pooch and enjoy different foods in one spot. Featuring free Wi-Fi, a fire pit and spacious outdoor seating for you and your pup, you’ll want to get your coffee fix here.

4. CoffeeBar LA – 600 S. Spring St. (map), 213-327-1157

Nested in Downtown L.A.’s burgeoning Old Bank District, CoffeeBar is where you can grab a cup among the city’s coffee aficionados. CoffeeBar meticulously creates each cup it serves, making sure the detail is up to par down to the very last drop. The downtown location is perfect for those who want to grab a quick bite or mid-work-day pick me up. Dogs are welcome to accompany their pet parents on the outdoor patio. CoffeeBar opens at 7 a.m., Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and closes at 6 p.m. daily.

5. Alcove Cafe and Bakery – 1929 Hillhurst Ave. (map), 323-644-0100

Located near Griffith Park, Alcove is a great spot to grab brunch after a morning hike with your pooch. Housed in two historic bungalows and with a dog-friendly garden patio, Alcove not only serves hand-roasted coffee, but also teas, artisan baked goods and cocktails. The Alcove menu has delicious selections for breakfast or brunch, including a shrimp and crab omelette, brioche french toast, crepes, grilled paninis and a great salad selection. Be sure to check their hours before you paw on over to this cafe.

PHOTOS: Michael FraleyIntelligentsia Twitter

Source: http://www.ilovedogfriendly.com/2012/12/dogfriendly-coffee-shops-los-angeles/#.Uuk7ihBdWnK

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Dunham Cellars – Dog Friendly Winery in Walla Walla, WA

Thursday, January 9th, 2014
Learn all about this dog-friendly winery in Walla Walla, Washington. We are proud of our local businesses here in Washington that make their companies dog-friendly! If you are in the area, be sure to check it out!
Walla Walla winery

Written by Sara Schneider

Walla Walla, WA

Play: At funky, dog-friendly Dunham Cellars(www.dunhamcellars.com), two wines are named for dogs: The “Three Legged Red” ($19) is a meaty red blend; the “Four Legged White”($14) is a lush, balanced Riesling($5 tasting fee).

Stay: Crash comfortably at downtown’s Marcus Whitman Hotel ($$, $20 per night pet fee; www.marcuswhitmanhotel.com)

Source: http://www.sunset.com/travel/dog-friendly-vacations-00418000068527/page16.html

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Dog Friendly San Francisco

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Did you know that San Francisco made the list for the Top 10 Most Dog Friendly Cities, ranking in at #8? For all of you that live in the San Francisco area or are looking to travel to the area, we wanted to share some dog-friendly hotels and restaurants to take your furry friend!

dog friendly sf

One of our favorite websites for dog-friendly places such as restaurants, bars, cafes, and more, is www.bringfido.com and our featured city today is San Francisco, CA!

To check out some dog friendly restaurants, check out the website here

Looking for a place to stay in San Francisco, check out some dog friendly hotels,  check out the website here

HAPPY MONDAY!

Source:  http://www.bringfido.com/lodging/city/san_francisco_ca_us/

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5 Dog Friendly Coffee Shops In Los Angeles

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

A great blog post for our California dog lovers! This lists 5 of the best dog-friendly coffee shops in L.A!

1. Intelligentsia Coffee – 1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice (map), 310-399-1233

With three locations in VeniceSilver Lakeand Pasadena that are each only a few blocks away from a dog-friendly park, Intelligentsia has prime locations close to where you and your pooch will already be walking. With blends like El Gallo, which features hints of silky milk chocolate; a tart Honey Badger espresso; and a premium Santuario Geishi blend that combines jasmine, orange and black currant flavors, Intelligentsia is serving up more than just your everyday cup of joe.

Dogs are allowed outside at each of its three locations, where Intelligentsia’s internationally recognized baristas will brew you a made-to-order cup of coffee or hand-craft you a spectacular espresso drink. Intelligentsia even has its own iPhone app that allows you to view their current, in-season brews. Hours vary by location, so be sure to check their app before you go.

2. LAMILL Coffee – 1636 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake (map), 323-663-4441

Named one of Bon Appetit’s ”10 Best Boutique Coffee Shops,” LAMILL’s boutique location in Silver Lake not only offers finely-crafted cafes, but phenomenal food as well. For foodies who want to enjoy breakfast or lunch with their pooch, this is the place to go. Their menu includes warm brioche donuts topped with ice cream or poached eggs for breakfast and speciality sandwiches for lunch. The coffee is brewed in a Clover machine, or as Bon Appetit calls it, “the Ferrari of coffee makers.” Some of their signature beverages include the crème brulee; an espresso and caramel concoction; and an orange-infused cappuccino that’s topped with cacao.

Intelligentsia

Dogs are welcome on the patio and the Silver Lake dog park is less than a 10-minute walk away. LAMILL is open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. everyday, except Fridays and Saturdays when they close at 11 p.m.

3. Fix Coffee – 2100 Echo Park Ave. (map),  323-284-8962

Just a short walk away from dog-friendly Elysian Park, Fix Coffee proudly serves an assortment of L.A.’s finest foods and beverages. Brewing Intelligentsia coffee, tea from Art of Tea and sandwiches from BreadBar, this L.A. coffee shop is a great place to sit with your pooch and enjoy different foods in one spot. Featuring free Wi-Fi, a fire pit and spacious outdoor seating for you and your pup, you’ll want to get your coffee fix here.

4. CoffeeBar LA – 600 S. Spring St. (map), 213-327-1157

Nested in Downtown L.A.’s burgeoning Old Bank District, CoffeeBar is where you can grab a cup among the city’s coffee aficionados. CoffeeBar meticulously creates each cup it serves, making sure the detail is up to par down to the very last drop. The downtown location is perfect for those who want to grab a quick bite or mid-work-day pick me up. Dogs are welcome to accompany their pet parents on the outdoor patio. CoffeeBar opens at 7 a.m., Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and closes at 6 p.m. daily.

5. Alcove Cafe and Bakery – 1929 Hillhurst Ave. (map), 323-644-0100

Located near Griffith Park, Alcove is a great spot to grab brunch after a morning hike with your pooch. Housed in two historic bungalows and with a dog-friendly garden patio, Alcove not only serves hand-roasted coffee, but also teas, artisan baked goods and cocktails. The Alcove menu has delicious selections for breakfast or brunch, including a shrimp and crab omelette, brioche french toast, crepes, grilled paninis and a great salad selection. Be sure to check their hours before you paw on over to this cafe.

PHOTOS: Michael FraleyIntelligentsia Twitter

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