Dogs of Los Angeles–only in L.A.?

You’ll have to tell me.

Is taking your pooch shopping and to restaurants common where you live?

I was totally distracted from my own meal watching this gentleman play and caress his little dog right at the table. It is a cute dog, but at a public dining table?

This dog was outdoors, but in a crowded mall setting. Can you see the large bone he was carrying? Sorry the photos aren’t better or more direct. I’m a very uncomfortable undercover photographer.

In my favorite bookstore…

In a mall department store…

Grabbing a cup of coffee. Sure, why not?


I caught the initial escape, but this little ball of white fur made his way around our dinner table at an upscale hotel before a server did ask that the pup be put back in the purse. There’s a sentence you don’t say every day.

At the Broad Museum of Contemporary Art…apparently not an art lover?

Now here’s a compromise! Bring your dog and let him stay outside your dining window!

And my favorite…

Only in Los Angeles? Well, technically this big beauty was on a walk in Huntington Beach, but the broader Southern California area breeds originality.

Of course, this is my favorite Los Angeles dog. I hope Zena doesn’t feel disappointed we don’t take her shopping with us!


She’d love the lights!






54 thoughts on “Dogs of Los Angeles–only in L.A.?

  1. dodgeblue December 18, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    Society has definitely become more loose in its dog rules, at least in So Cal! I wonder though, what the response is when a dog does his business? It is a dog after all.

    • Debra December 19, 2017 / 7:49 pm

      Love your name, dodgeblue! πŸ™‚ Thank you for stopping by. I am a dog lover and when a few years ago I noticed more dogs invited to be with their owners in outdoor, dog-friendly restaurant patios I wasn’t all that bothered. I didn’t think I wanted to bring my dog out, however. But it’s getting ridiculous. What about people who aren’t comfortable with dogs? It sounds like you’re from SoCal, too, and so you know how it is! I cannot imagine that all of these dogs are so well trained that they never leave “business” where it should not be! The museum was my favorite. I just would never have the nerve.

  2. Ray Laskowitz December 18, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    I think you did a good job taking pictures. As far as dogs in New Orleans go, they can go to coffee shops and sit outside, but rarely do they go inside or where food is served.

    • Debra December 19, 2017 / 7:54 pm

      Ray, the “proliferation” of dogs in public places has me flummoxed. I’m comfortable with dogs, but my mom isn’t, and many people I know are also not at home with dogs they don’t know. And they are everywhere! I am going to get a little bolder in my photo taking. It occurs to me that if these people are brazen enough to cart their animals around, I shouldn’t be uncomfortable taking a photo! Some of my favorites are the women who take their dogs out in public pushing them in strollers. LOL!

  3. restlessjo December 19, 2017 / 12:09 am

    My husband hates being taken shopping, but he doesn’t mind dining out. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Strange old world, Debbie! Thanks for your good news and here’s wishing you a healthy, happy Christmas and peace in 2018.

    • Debra December 19, 2017 / 7:55 pm

      Thank you for the Christmas wishes, Jo. I hope that you, too, have a wonderful season with those you love and hold dear! It is a strange old world, my friend. I shake my head a lot! πŸ™‚

  4. Anonymous December 19, 2017 / 4:01 am

    I have not seen that in VA, nor in Seattle (so far!) The shopping wouldn’t bother me though there is the initial surprise, but in a restaurant, at the table?? I’d draw the line!
    : 0

    • Debra December 19, 2017 / 8:03 pm

      It’s really getting crazy, Gail. Nuts! Some of my favorites are the women, young and old, who take their dogs in strollers and go into the malls! Can’t you just see me waltzing through public places with Zena? I think servers and mall employees are just intimidated and don’t want to confront someone with their animal. I also have to admit that Californians are a bit of a strange breed overall. LOL!

  5. Jim Stewart December 19, 2017 / 6:44 am

    Don’t get me wrong, I love dogs. But in a restaurant? Nah. I think it’s a bad precedent. If the guy in the bookstore had been looking at my book, well, that’d be different. The one the bugs me most is on an airplane. “Service” dogs are all the rage up and down the West coast. We have it in Oregon, too, mostly the Willamette Valley. Drives Laura nuts also. Good work on the undercover photos. Maybe a new hobby? πŸ™‚

    • Debra December 19, 2017 / 8:13 pm

      You know, Jim, it started a few years ago with people “sneaking” their pet indoors in a carrier or even a baby stroller! But now, there isn’t any attempt to disguise their action. I just don’t understand why this is being completely accepted by businesses. The first photo was a really nice restaurant, not that quality of the eatery should necessarily be a factor. i love dogs, too. It’s a crazy world! LOL!

  6. Catherine Wade December 19, 2017 / 7:32 am

    Don’t even get me started. Besides the restaurants, the one I hate the most is the grocery stores. I am not an animal hater but I also do have one nor to I care to have one. Why do I have to be subjected to animals in the store. Maybe I need to start saying I allergic. What would the store owners do then. I have never objected to service dogs but now it seems like everyone has a service dog. All you have to do is say you can’t cope without them. Let me stop before I offend everyone. Merry Christmas to you and the family. Hope to see you soon.

  7. Catherine Wade December 19, 2017 / 7:33 am

    Wow, I got on such a rant, I didn’t even check for errors. Please excuse my mistakes.

    • Debra December 19, 2017 / 8:14 pm

      I love your rant, Catherine! LOL! You said it well and represented many of my thoughts as well!! Merry Christmas, my dear friend!

  8. December 19, 2017 / 9:41 am

    I’m not a big fan of dogs in stores, let alone restaurants. I’m not sure why people think that their dogs need to go everywhere they go, but there are some very good reasons to leave them home. I have heard that it’s pretty easy to obtain a fake service dog certificate (or whatever designation one needs) through the internet so it’s meaningless now. Thank you for your post… I’m happy that I’m not alone in my feelings.

    • Debra December 19, 2017 / 8:31 pm

      At first I was a bit amused by the few dogs I saw being “sneaked” into public places! But after I began to note that we were never out in public that I didn’t find dogs, some quite large, in eateries and department stores I was simply shocked. But children in public are often actually more of a problem to me! LOL! I was in the UPS store shipping packages a week ago and the poor woman behind the counter had to ask a mother to tell her child to stop jumping on packages that were piled on the floor waiting to be picked up for delivery! Jumping on packages! So I think the problem is beyond animals, certainly, but when you’re in the mall with a Great Dane, as I was recently, you do wonder if we’re all on Candid Camera? LOL!

  9. Andrew Reynolds December 19, 2017 / 10:12 am

    We are starting to see this up here in NorCal. There’s a bit more resistance to it and more than a few claiming “service dog” when it’s not a service dog.

    now bringing a dog into the local PetSmart for a little doggie shopping makes some sense …

    • Debra December 19, 2017 / 8:36 pm

      You’re right, Andrew. I recall when I first found dogs on leash in PetSmart I thought that was just fine! But it’s become epidemic “down here” and people are really brazen, with no attempts to smuggle the dogs in! I wondered at first about the service dog status, but I think most of what I see is not even a bogus service animal!

  10. Kate Crimmins December 19, 2017 / 10:29 am

    In my state it’s illegal to have a pet other than a service dog in a restaurant serving food. However, you will see them at sidewalk cafes or restaurants with an outdoor eating area. I haven’t seen them shopping except maybe for a purse pet or two.

    • Debra December 19, 2017 / 8:39 pm

      Purse pet! I like that, Kate. Most establishments have signs stating “no animals other than service pets” but people apparently disregard the warning! If the rate of increase continues, I hate to think! LOL!

  11. Amy December 19, 2017 / 10:50 am

    Not common in Texas… Only in LA, I guess. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Debra December 19, 2017 / 8:40 pm

      You know, Amy, I may try to fight many of the stereotypes attributed to Southern Californians, but some things I just cannot explain away! LOL!

  12. Cathy December 19, 2017 / 11:18 am

    At first I thought how small the dogs are that you saw, but then the Irish wolfhound jumped out at me! (I love wolfhounds…) We see a lot of dogs in restaurants here, as it is relatively normal. Last year we stayed in a wonderful hotel where dogs were welcome and there was even a separate dining area for guests with dogs! The waiters were fine with them too. But we took our wolfhound to a restaurant once when she was still young and she suddenly decided to get up and go and look at what the people at the next table were eating… she was so tall that she was literally looking down at their plates. Their expressions were precious and I apologised profusely, but I am afraid I also had to laugh! πŸ™‚

    • Debra December 19, 2017 / 8:54 pm

      You may have given me a clue, Cathy! We have a large European and Asian population in Los Angeles, and perhaps if they are accustomed to a more generous spirit towards their animals then they don’t see the problem in the first place. You can see by other comments that this is a change in what has always been a more prohibitive environment! Thank you for sharing from Germany! Your viewpoint is very helpful. I am very comfortable with dogs and don’t struggle too much with what I see, but I have been curious about the changes I’ve observed. πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas, my friend.

      • Cathy December 20, 2017 / 12:50 am

        I have had a look at some of the other replies and am a little shocked! We are definitely more relaxed and dog-friendly here! πŸ™‚ (And my dog is probably a lot cleaner and better behaved than a lot of adults! LOL!)

        • Debra December 21, 2017 / 8:21 pm

          I’m afraid we Americans get very “uptight” about a lot of non-essentials, Cathy, and in that regard, we have a lot to learn! I do think that perhaps being a little more open to the presence of the animals might bring some of our anxiety and tension down! I’m going to definitely look at it that way. I’m so glad you shared your perspective, however, because it really was instructive to me!

  13. philipstrange December 19, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    I loved this post, Debra, you made me smile. I hadnt heard of the concept of “service dog” apart from guide dogs for the blind.
    The town where I live is, however, a bit barmy about dogs although the line is drawn in restaurants.
    One day my wife was walking up the main street behind a lady with her dog on a long lead so that the pavement was blocked by doggy and doggy lead. In frustration my wife took hold of the lead and yanked doggy out of the way. She was nearly assaulted by doggy owner!

    • Debra December 19, 2017 / 9:07 pm

      Now you’ve made me laugh, Philip, thinking of your wife taking the situation in hand! Good for her! But also, risky, knowing how defensive a pet owner might be! And oh no! We don’t just have service dogs, we have service PETS! Currently a Florida man is working his way through the courts in an attempt to keep his “emotional support squirrel” in his condominium. I can’t actually remember the last time I saw a true guide dog for the blind! I do wonder where this will all lead! LOL!

  14. Chatter Master December 19, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    I’m trying to remember if I’ve seen dogs in stores or restaurants. I don’t think so….. I’m not sure if it would bother me or not.

    • Debra December 19, 2017 / 9:15 pm

      LOL! California does often live up to its stereotypes, Colleen! This is a relatively new liberty that I feel is rapidly growing. I was with a Great Dane in a mall the other day! I couldn’t get a photo, but he was the size of a small horse! Truly!

      • Chatter Master December 20, 2017 / 4:57 pm

        If I had a dog I don’t think I’d want to take him into a public place like that. You never know what an animal, OR people will do!!!!

  15. Stacey December 19, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    Haha the pig?! Only in LA πŸ™‚ I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, Debra! Miss you and hope you all are well this holiday season πŸ™‚ xoxo

    • Debra December 19, 2017 / 9:17 pm

      Didn’t you love the pig, Stacey! Miss you, too. We must get caught up after the holidays. I went out to APU today to say hi to “the gang,” and enjoyed some warm memories. Our little corner of the office is no longer part of CASLR. Hugs…and let’s talk soon! Loved your Christmas card and that sweet boy! πŸ™‚

  16. nrhatch December 19, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    I shared this with you in a comment on SLTW, but I’ll share it again here:

    In a bird sanctuary (posted with a sign β€œNO DOGS ALLOWED”), I saw a young woman with a PUPPY running around creating a ruckus while she talked on her smart phone. I interrupted her to explain the reason for the rule and to point out that there are 3 neighboring preserves that encourage people to bring their pets. In response, she gave me her best smart-ass smile and said, β€œit’s my emotional support animal.” So I gave her my best smart-ass smile back and said, β€œI can see why you would need emotional support.”

    P.S. I love the PIG! What an oinker! πŸ˜€

    • Debra December 19, 2017 / 9:22 pm

      Fantastic! Some people are just clueless, and others simply rude! Your response to her rudeness was spot on! Children have been allowed unbelievable liberties in public for years, so I suppose pets are just the next wave! πŸ™‚

    • colonialist December 29, 2017 / 1:55 pm

      That was a classic retort of the kind one thinks of too late to make. Good for you, getting it in!

  17. aFrankAngle December 20, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    First of all, great idea for a post! I’ve seen dogs in a few stores here, but not to the extent as you have captured … but a great ending with the pig!

    • Debra December 21, 2017 / 8:16 pm

      The pig was such a surprise! People are so brazen, and here I am, timid in even taking a photo! LOL!

      • aFrankAngle December 22, 2017 / 4:38 am

        Brazen … the perfect word for a large segment of society.

  18. reocochran December 25, 2017 / 4:43 am

    I dropped by, Debra, to read and to send you hugs and wishes for your merriest Christmas! I know you will have grandies, family and lots of love surrounding you, πŸ’ž (as we have these great joys in our life.)

    PS. We have a new ordinance (it passed!?) allowing pets on public restaurant or cafe patios. I am against this!
    No one should have to have an unknown dog come up and sniff your shoes, leg or put their tongue on your toes while eating! (Sandals on my feet, end of summer. . .)
    We allow companion dogs inside public buildings for which they have been well trained. . . Our library used to allow a homeless man to bring his dog inside while he was on the computer. I kept thinking (a little judgmenentally): “What if it had fleas or lice?”

    • colonialist December 29, 2017 / 1:48 pm

      On the whole, I think you’ll find the dogs behave far better than most of the patrons and are probably cleaner, more pest-free and hygienic, too.

      • reocochran December 30, 2017 / 7:17 am

        Oh, this is a good and positive take. My daughter had a dog bite on her face where it revealed her bone above her eye. After thousands of dollars of plastic surgery ($19,000), I think it is best dogs not be on cafe patios with food.
        I rightfully fear dogs who are unknown around food. In a dress shop or a barber shop, I would have no problem! Honestly, my grown children would prefer to leave their dogs at home rather than to have to leash them. They have fenced in yards to roam, doors to go into cool houses and enjoy air-conditioning and water.

        • colonialist December 30, 2017 / 11:52 am

          A complex issue. Dogs not properly trained in being round food and children and in public places should not be there. On the other hand … paw … the human easy way out of prohibiting everything outright instead of finding ways to accommodate all parties is pure laziness and often has the effect of inconveniencing the many for the benefit of the few.

          • Debra January 4, 2018 / 8:31 pm

            That’s a good point, really. I suppose just because it’s “always been” one way is a very poor reason to be critical of change. I’m comfortable with animals and not at all personally bothered, but I’ve been with friends who are really bothered and it creates a little conflict!

        • Debra January 4, 2018 / 8:33 pm

          How frightful, Robin. That must have been a very distressing time to see your daughter injured in that way! I feel similarly about my own dog being left at home. She’s larger, so there’s that factor, but honestly, it’s more responsibility having her out in public and I think we are better off with her guarding the home when we are out! πŸ™‚

          • reocochran March 12, 2018 / 6:28 pm

            Thank you for understanding my point of view, Debra. I really love my little grandies, who all have dogs in their families. My son and DIL have two with his combination of 5 kids, while my daughter and SIL have one adorable beagle pup (ten months old) who they still cage while at work. I have had many dogs, both as a child and a married woman and mother. πŸ’ž

  19. Karen December 25, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    I’ve not seen this happening in our small town but you never know. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas Day.

  20. roughwighting December 26, 2017 / 6:07 am

    Oh my gosh, I love these photos and chuckled throughout. CA seems to have become more “French” in regard to bringing dogs everywhere. We live in New England now, but visit the bay area often (our ‘home’ town) and see a difference. Just there early this month, and dogs were everywhere. Perhaps it’s just too cold to do that here in the Boston area – the dogs are much happier home in front of the fireplace. ;-0 Merry Christmas with your furry friend….and family.

  21. Donald Wilden December 26, 2017 / 9:42 am

    How funny I could see it at a special doggie plus owner place which they have but a reg one very interesting! Much Love and Merry Christmas! Debi

  22. colonialist December 29, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    Too lovely. I wish they were more tolerant of dogs in our part of the world. The trouble is that the people here are too backward to take the responsibilities of being allowed to take a dog to public places seriously. Training and cleanups when training fails don’t happen.
    We have had cats trained to public places. Trouble is that they can’t resist chasing dogs if they encounter them, and the surprise factor has the dogs fleeing, screaming blue murder.

  23. Dee Ready January 2, 2018 / 12:08 pm

    Dear Debra, my parents have been dead for many years: Mom died at age 58 in 1968; Dad died at age 69 in 1975. So many, many years have passed. Sometimes I wonder, as I did when I read this posting, what they would say and do and think if they had a day back on earth–alive and with loved ones who shared with them what life is like in the United States in January 2018. I think they would be surprised and awed and perhaps shocked–I think the dog in LA photos would totally bemuse them.

    My hope of course is that they would be pleased with who I have become. They both loved me so much and I would never want to disappoint them. They wanted my brother and me to be good citizens and to have a deep spiritual life and to have many friends. Their dreams for both of us were realistic and yet full of belief that we could be whatever we set out to be.

    Well, I traveled far from LA and from the dogs there! I just wonder what Mom and Dad might say. I think of taking the three cats with whom I live out to a restaurant or mall and shudder! Peace.

    • Debra January 4, 2018 / 8:29 pm

      I chuckled at the picture in my mind of you bringing three cats out for a public stroll or lunch! I have seen people with their cats in a cat carrier, pushed in a baby stroller at the mall. This was before I started taking photos! But yes!

      I think it’s an interesting question wondering what our loved ones would see in us, and in the society we move in, long after they’ve left us. I have even thought of that this year with my dad only being gone such a short time. I wonder what he’d think of the current President and all his nonsense. He died just before Trump took office.

      From what you’ve shared of your life and all that you’ve both accomplished personally and the dedication you’ve placed into social justice issues, Dee, I have no doubt but that your parents would be amazed at you! I know I have been. πŸ™‚

  24. Karen January 4, 2018 / 8:35 am

    Just wanted to stop back by and wish you all the best in this new year.

    • Debra January 4, 2018 / 8:15 pm

      Thank you, Karen. I do hope you enjoy good health and peace in 2018! Blessings!

  25. Otto von MΓΌnchow January 12, 2018 / 3:39 pm

    I don’t really react to any of these pictures as peculiar. Maybe I am just too used to animals, but I see it all over, but maybe Californians are more inclined than people in other parts of the world.

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