Do You Believe In Miracles!?!? Yes!!

As I watched what seemed like gallons of coffee pour onto my laptop on Friday morning, I was certain that it would never turn on again.  Thanks to some sage advice from a number of readers I dried out all the components over the weekend, and voila, we are back in business, baby!  Sure my laptop now permanently smells like a Starbucks, but it’s a small price to pay for a miraculous recovery.

We had a whirlwind weekend winding our way up from Los Angeles to San Francisco along the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway.  Take a deep breath and see if you can keep up with this rapid fire rundown of what we’ve been up to!

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No, this photo is not the result of an Eko cloning experiment.  On Thursday afternoon we met up with Marci, a local LA resident and Ridgeback owner.  I met Marci thanks to Barbara, another Ridgeback owner who posted on the blog.  Marci also happens to be a casting director, so hopefully she can get Eko a part in the next blockbuster she casts for!

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On our our way out of LA LA we stopped by Three Dog Bakery and saw this for sale. Did I have any idea what it was? No. Did I buy it? Obviously. Turns out that it’s just pure beef broth with some glucosamine and vitamins – Eko loves it as a treat!

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 Before we hit the Pacific Coast Highway we spent Friday Night in Morro Bay at the Bayfront Inn.  They really knew how to make their guests, both human and canine, feel right at home

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The squirrels in Morro Bay were entirely unconcerned that Eko was just a few bounds away from their Friday night dinner party. Luckily for them I had a tight grip on the leash

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Gracious as always, Eko allowed me to join him for dinner at Dockside Too in Morro Bay

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I need to figure out where Dockside gets its signs

dog friendly californiaWe started off Saturday with a trip to the Morro Bay Dog Beach – you can see Morro Rock half-lost in the morning fog.  I managed to momentarily subdue Eko for this stoic shot…

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…and then he went right back to his usual happy-faced romping

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Our next stop was the Elephant Seal Rookery. Although it appeared like these seals may have partied a bit too hard the night before, we learned that they were actually just resting before their northern migration.

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“Hey seals, meet me at dog beach!”

dog friendly californiaIt may take longer to drive the Pacific Coast Highway, but the views are well worth it.  The road had plenty of points where you can pull over and get some amazing photos. 

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The views are so incredible that you’ll just feel like hugging the nearest creature

And so after an adventurous few days we find ourselves in San Francisco.  The first order of business is to buy an external hard drive so I won’t have to worry about losing all my data again.  After that, we’re off to find the best Bay Area pet-friendly adventures.  We’re finishing up our time in California this week, so if you have any last minute suggestions be sure to let me know.

Never A Dull Moment

I’m not exactly a morning guy, but I usually am able to trudge through it without causing too much damage.  However, I just spilled coffee all over my laptop in the middle of writing today’s post.  That, as we say in the business, is not good.  I have taken measures to dry the laptop but I don’t know if it will ever turn back on.  In any event, hope everyone enjoys the weekend, and one way or another I will get back to posting asap!

Dog Friendly Los Angeles: Manhattan Beach Strand

The bustle of downtown LA was fun, but Eko and I didn’t miss the crowds when we went for a run on the Strand in Manhattan Beach.  With a beautiful beach on one side and multi-million dollars homes on the other side, the Strand offers plenty of eye candy.  What’s also nice is that the there are separate tiers for walkers/joggers and bikers, so everyone gets to have their own space.

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It’s nice to have a dog that doubles as my personal trainer

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Enjoying the view

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Eko saw surfers catching some gnarly waves and he dreamed he was out there with them

I have been trying to keep up with Eko for close to a year now and I was interested to see if I had gotten any faster.  Luckily on our way back from the beach I got the chance to clock our top speed…

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Catch us if you can, coppers!

Back at the hotel, Eko flopped down to sleep and I thought it would be funny to take a photo of him with one of the treats we bought downtown.

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I thought I was being funny…

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But Eko got the last laugh when I tried to take a second photo

The Manhattan Beach Strand is definitely worth the trip.  Park on any one of the side streets and then enjoy the ocean air with your pup.  You will be hard pressed to find a nicer place for a stroll with your dog in all of LA.

Marking Our Territory Goes Hollywood

Hollywood is known for its trendy people, but Eko and I discovered that the city’s dogs also do their best to wear the season’s latest styles.  (Full Disclosure: I have no idea what the phrase “the season’s latest styles” actually means, I just heard it on TV once).  We stopped by the D.O.G Pet Boutique to take a look at what the hottest dogs in Hollywood are wearing.

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Even the fire hydrants in LA have style

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From the looks of things, dogs in LA dress better than I do

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And smell better than I do too! That’s right folks, there is actually a cologne for dogs

It turns out that all the hottest dogs in Hollywood are 1/16 the size of Eko because there wasn’t a thing in the store that would fit him.  I told him not to worry about it – ridges are always in style in my book.  Eko is always more concerned with eating than fashion, so I picked out a few treats before we left and he was as happy as could be.

Our next stop was Hollywood Boulevard.  Like a lot of popular tourist destinations we have visited, Hollywood Boulevard is extremely crowded, so you should only bring your pup with you if he/she is comfortable navigating in traffic.  That said, you won’t be disappointed by what you see if you do make the trip.

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Just a transformer casually hanging out on the boulevard 

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Look, it’s Jamie Foxx! The wax version, but hey, you take what you can get 

Hollywood was fun, but well, it’s a bit too hollywood for our tastes! We’ll leave the fake adventures to the actors, we have real ones we need to get to! Today Eko and I are going to stretch our legs with a run on Manhattan Beach and then plan our next move – suggestions welcome!

Dog Friendly Los Angeles: The Hollywood Sign

We kicked off our LA adventure yesterday with a visit to the world famous Hollywood Sign. The hike to the top is around three miles, but the incline is very gradual and much of the hike is on a paved road.  You and your pup should have no trouble making your way to the top and you will be rewarded with a beautiful panoramic view from the top.

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Wow, it looks so much different in the movies…

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Oh, there it is!

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Eko gets his kicks by watching me struggle to keep up

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As always, hiking pups need to stay hydrated, so be sure to bring water

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Overlooking Hollywood

Hollywood is not exactly know for its hikes, but the trek to the top of the sign was quick and fun.  So before you hit Hollywood Blvd and the rest, be sure to take in the view on top of the  Hollywood sign.