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Dogs big and small, some in tandem or with their owner, participate in the Unleashed Surf City Surf Dog contest in Huntington Beach on Sept. 27.

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  • You're not the only one who can fly first class; now your dog or cat can too

    You're not the only one who can fly first class; now your dog or cat can too

    Love to fly first class? Now your cat or dog can come along in its own personal cabin rather than being placed under a seat as carry-on. American Airlines has started offering what it's calling First Class Pet Cabins on its fleet of A321T aircraft. The cabins are available on selected flights between...

  • You can bring your dog along when you golf at this California resort

    You can bring your dog along when you golf at this California resort

    If you've ever wanted to bring your dog along on the golf greens, here's your chance. The Chalet View Lodge, about 50 miles north of Truckee, Calif., in the High Sierra welcomes pets on the resort's nine-hole golf course. To be clear: Your dog won't be given clubs and a caddy; it's just a chance...

  • These animal lovers rush to the rescue for unwanted pets

    These animal lovers rush to the rescue for unwanted pets

    It's drag queen bingo night at Hamburger Mary's Bar & Grille, and a sold-out crowd has gathered in the West Hollywood restaurant to have fun while raising money for the evening's designated nonprofit beneficiary, Pug Nation Rescue L.A. Before Porsha, mistress of ceremonies, begins calling out numbers,...

  • Pudgy pups win best in show -- could their fame be making your pet fat?

    Pudgy pups win best in show -- could their fame be making your pet fat?

    Animals who compete in dog shows are supposed to be exemplars of their breeds, the very ideal of health, strength, beauty and poise. But when a a pair of veterinarians evaluated nearly 1,000 photos of recent competitors at the large Crufts dog show in Britain, they found that more than a quarter...

  • How pit bulls became the 'bad boys' of the dog world

    How pit bulls became the 'bad boys' of the dog world

    Before being branded as the Al Capone of dogs, pit bulls reigned as one of America's most beloved pets. Petey, the canine sidekick in the "Little Rascals" comedies, was a pit bull. So were the mascots for RCA Victor and Buster Brown shoes. Even the White House welcomed pit bull offshoots under...

  • These SoCal animal rescue groups count on you to help spare lives

    These SoCal animal rescue groups count on you to help spare lives

    Pet adoption groups are united in their animal-saving mission — and in their passion, a trait that sometimes gets them labeled as fanatics and perceived as a little off-kilter. Yet the most passionate people are often perfectly suited for the needs of their favorite animals, especially those that...

  • How to mind your manners around pets -- and pet owners

    How to mind your manners around pets -- and pet owners

    On many days, Linda Buesching, past president of the West Valley Bird Society, likes to take her hyacinth macaw, Maxine, out and about for a bit of socializing. She generally knows what she's in for. "It happens all the time: People will come up to me and tell me it's terrible that I keep birds,...

  • When it's you versus the dog: New book 'Stepdog' tackles the blending of families with pets

    When it's you versus the dog: New book 'Stepdog' tackles the blending of families with pets

    You're not sure it's going to happen for you, but it does: You find the mate of your dreams. He has an enviable Pacific Palisades address and you both have top journalism jobs. So, can a galoopy mutt named Eddie — granted, one whose antics prompted the post office to put the house on a "do not...

  • Oh, we Americans love our pets! Here's proof:

    Oh, we Americans love our pets! Here's proof:

    What with Grumpy Cat and therapy goats, $150 granite cat food bowls and $2,600 Gucci dog carriers, it's easy to think that a society that has dedicated pet bakeries, canine-only cable channels and a cat with more Twitter followers than the Dalai Lama has (forgive us) seriously gone to the dogs...

  • Small pet stores thrive by offering unusual products, personal service

    Small pet stores thrive by offering unusual products, personal service

    Chicken patties, grain-free kibble and animal carriers fill an eight-shelf floor-to-ceiling display behind the register at Rock Dog & Cat. Regulars dash into the small Eagle Rock pet store to pick up organic dog treats or feathery cat toys. They chat with owner Peter Berman and pet Vinny, the store's...

  • Clothing essentials for the fashion-forward dog

    Clothing essentials for the fashion-forward dog

    Bruiser Woods (or his handler) might have been onto something in the 2001 movie "Legally Blonde." The fashionable Chihuahua companion to Reese Witherspoon's Elle Woods seemed to be in a new outfit as often as his mistress. Fourteen years later, the dog fashion industry is intent on making sure...

  • How high-tech treatments add hope, and cost, to keeping a sick pet alive

    How high-tech treatments add hope, and cost, to keeping a sick pet alive

    If your golden retriever was diagnosed with cancer 10 years ago, you were likely given two options: chemotherapy or compassionate euthanasia. Today, you may have access to a variety of advanced treatments, such as stents that deliver high doses of chemotherapy straight to the cancerous growth,...

  • Top 10 names for pets: No, 'Fido' did not make the list

    Top 10 names for pets: No, 'Fido' did not make the list

    Fido? Rover? Tiger? Nonsense. Nowadays, dogs and cats are more likely to be named Lily or Charlie or Max or Bella. According to rover.com, a website that connects dog owners with dog sitters, 18 of the 20 most popular dog names in 2014 were also among that year's top 50 baby names. Perhaps it's...

  • 'Table for two. One of us will sit on the floor.' Pet-friendly L.A. restaurants

    'Table for two. One of us will sit on the floor.' Pet-friendly L.A. restaurants

    If you're a pet owner, you know "the look." Just as you've grabbed your keys, tied your shoe laces and zipped up your jacket, your dog sits in the doorway, head down, sad eyes looking up forlornly, tail immobile on the floor. The only thing left to do is grab the leash and pick a dog-friendly restaurant...

  • Do you follow? These pets are viral sensations on social media

    Do you follow? These pets are viral sensations on social media

    Grumpy Cat (David Livingston / Getty Images) The world's come a long way since 1993, when the New Yorker published Peter Steiner's cartoon of two canines above the caption: "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog," making us laugh at the absurd notion of household pets on the World Wide Web....

  • How to pamper your pooch with massages, parties, photo sessions and more

    How to pamper your pooch with massages, parties, photo sessions and more

    Pet parties, pet massage, pet sitters — there's a world of service and luxury out there for your four-legged companion. Here's a sampling of what's available: Concierge vets 911 Vets: Offers both a clinic and concierge vet services to all of Los Angeles County. In addition, 24/7 emergency services...

  • 17 dog-friendly parks and beaches in Southern California

    17 dog-friendly parks and beaches in Southern California

    Every dog must have its day — to get off-leash and play with others. Here are a few places to let your canine companion roam free. Dog parks Alice's Dog Park, 3026 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays to Mondays. Barrington Dog Park, 333 S. Barrington Ave., West L. A., sunrise...

  • Why dogs make the perfect stand-up paddle-boarding buddies

    Why dogs make the perfect stand-up paddle-boarding buddies

    She and I only knew each other for 10 minutes and didn't speak a word when we were together. But during that time, I knew I'd felt something. Something very special. Her name was Tonka. She was an 8-pound Alaskan Klee Kai and Chihuahua mix. I'd borrowed her from her owner and taken her into San...

  • Are exotic pets your thing? Then you'll need to know this:

    Are exotic pets your thing? Then you'll need to know this:

    Perhaps you appreciate the affection that people have for their cats and dogs, but you yearn for a pet of a slightly more exotic nature. A bearded dragon, perhaps, or a white-faced pied cockatiel? Before you pull out your wallet, you might want to consider that many animals are outlawed as pets...

  • L.A. chefs whip up meals fit for King, or Prince, or even Rover and Lassie

    L.A. chefs whip up meals fit for King, or Prince, or even Rover and Lassie

    Chef Bryant Ng's chicken rice recipe calls for jasmine rice cooked in a ginger broth and poached Mary's free-range chicken. It's a minimalist dish, without any of the Singaporean-Vietnamese flavors, the fermented shrimp paste and sambal sauces that Ng used at Spice Table or that will load the menu...

  • Why vets are adopting nontraditional approaches to healing your pet

    Why vets are adopting nontraditional approaches to healing your pet

    If you don't know the term "integrative veterinary medicine" and you have pets, you might want to become familiar with it. Not only is it the Next Big Thing in modern veterinary care, it is, to an increasing extent, already where pet care is today, particularly in California. Integrative medicine...

  • Americans just spent $60.59 billion on pets. A by-the-numbers look at our obsession:

    Americans just spent $60.59 billion on pets. A by-the-numbers look at our obsession:

    According to the 2015-16 American Pet Products Assn. National Pet Owners Survey, 54.4% of all U.S. households own a dog, and 42.9% are home to a cat. There are 85.8 million cats in the U.S. versus 77.8 million dogs — but freshwater fish swim to the top of the list with a head count of 95.5 million....

  • How burial, memorials and support groups can ease the pain of a pet's death

    How burial, memorials and support groups can ease the pain of a pet's death

    When a pet dies, the human survivors face a series of practical decisions: how to dispose of the remains, how (and whether) to inform friends and colleagues. Many of us will ponder a memorial or a tribute on social media. And some of us will seek assistance in dealing with grief, which can't be...

  • Thomas Edison, inventor of ... the cat video?

    Thomas Edison, inventor of ... the cat video?

    During an interview with Internet Cat Video Festival founder Scott Stulen, he explained that, though the Internet may have popularized cat videos, the phenomenon predates the Web — by a lot. "Some of [Thomas] Edison's earliest films are of cats boxing," Stulen said. "He created this little loop...

  • Make the world a better place: Watch a cute animal video

    Make the world a better place: Watch a cute animal video

    Does owning a pet or even watching those ubiquitous YouTube animal videos make us more empathetic? Apparently so. Loving those creatures may unlock ways to make you less lonely and make the world a better place. "Interacting with a pet can increase oxytocin, beta-endorphin and dopamine levels as...

  • Think you can claim your pet is an 'emotional support animal'?

    Think you can claim your pet is an 'emotional support animal'?

    Your sidekick is loyal. Clever. A great comfort to you and others. But does that mean your animal companion deserves access in public places that other people's pets don't get? Maybe. The law is murky and the answer depends heavily on your animal's skills, your frailties and your conscience. The...

  • How did cats take over the Internet? 'Cat Video Festival' founder explains it all

    How did cats take over the Internet? 'Cat Video Festival' founder explains it all

    No member of the animal kingdom has conquered the Internet like Felis catus, the humble house cat. YouTube is home to an estimated 10 million cat videos, which, to put it in perspective, works out to an upload rate of roughly two cat-related pieces of content every minute over the last decade....

  • Haute dog! Stylish pet furniture that suits your home decor

    Haute dog! Stylish pet furniture that suits your home decor

    We dote on our pets, snapping up designer dog beds and kitty condos (with the hope they will stop clawing and curling up on our favorite sofas and bed pillows). All that gear can wreak havoc on the interior-obsessed homeowner. Does Bella's bed match the bedroom curtains? Will the new aquarium look...

  • Shawn Buckley's secret ingredient at JustFoodForDogs: real food

    Shawn Buckley's secret ingredient at JustFoodForDogs: real food

    Dismayed by the ingredients he found in commercial dog food, Shawn Buckley decided to make his own, and before long, JustFoodForDogs was born. The first location opened in Newport Beach in 2011; a fifth is opening soon in Pasadena. With Oscar Chavez, a veterinarian and former professor of clinical...

  • Hey, fat cat: Overweight pets are unhealthy pets, vets warn

    Hey, fat cat: Overweight pets are unhealthy pets, vets warn

    Garfield is not the only fat cat around. According to the Assn. for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than 50% of the nation's cats and dogs are overweight. And just as concerning, more than 90% of their owners don't recognize that their pet is carrying around extra pounds. "People automatically think...

  • Natural, grain- and gluten-free pet food. It's costly, but is it needed?

    Natural, grain- and gluten-free pet food. It's costly, but is it needed?

    For some pampered pups, the days of smelly food from a can are a distant memory. Instead, they might dine on freeze-dried turkey hearts or pheasant patties, organic raw food or gluten-free meals. There are many grain-free options, from companies big and boutique, and those that advertise that their...

  • Instagram star in the making? 6 tips for photographing your pet

    Instagram star in the making? 6 tips for photographing your pet

    Your pet is doing that thing again. It's the cutest thing ever, and it must be snapped, shared and forever immortalized on social media. Cats and Dogs of Instagram, here we come. But what happens? Just as you reach for the camera to compose the killer shot, your subject bolts. The moment is gone...

  • Finding love in -- and out -- of a fishbowl

    Finding love in -- and out -- of a fishbowl

    Ditty was my first companion after relocating from Michigan to Los Angeles. He was my partner through the chaos of adjusting to life in a new city, and he was drama free, unlike my out-of-work actress roommate. Did I mention Ditty was a goldfish? He was part of my life before Greg, whom I met one...

  • No pussyfooting around: CatConLA has feline fanciers purring

    No pussyfooting around: CatConLA has feline fanciers purring

    They came in on little cat feet with meowing ringtones. They came sporting giant Siamese cat heads, kitten-themed T-shirts that read “Downton Tabby” and “Cats are the New Kids.” Nearly all wore cat ears -- from green foam to black lace, some of simple bent wire, others crafted from delicate dried...

  • Do cats really give better on-screen performances than dogs?

    Do cats really give better on-screen performances than dogs?

    A disclosure: A little over a year ago, I became co-owner/caretaker of a cat. This is my first pet. Until now, I never thought of myself particularly as a cat person or a dog person, and really, I still do not. I am, in my own mind, animal agnostic. Which is prelude to a second disclosure, which...

  • Pet cemetery lets best friends stay together after death

    Rhona Levy gazed into the small oak casket and stroked the soft hair lying on the white satin pillow. "I will always be with you," she said, leaning down to kiss the tiny forehead. Then Levy removed a pendant from her neck and clasped it around the throat of her loved one: Twinkie. The 16-year-old...

  • Cats in laundry hampers or existential turmoil: Why we love cat videos

    You’ve seen them online and you know you secretly, or not so secretly, love them: the cat riding a Roomba vacuum cleaner in circles around a kitchen.  In a shark costume.  (Why ask why? Simply marvel at a cat owner who got her cat into a shark costume.) Then there’s the cat who compulsively keeps...

  • The movie theater is no place to take a chimp

    After animal trainers escorted two young chimps to the opening night showing of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” at a Myrtle Beach, S.C., multiplex theater, the publicity stunt was roundly condemned by officials of animal welfare organizations and primate sanctuaries.  As well it should have been....

  • Erin Auerbach got it wrong; all pets die too soon for us humans

    I feel for Erin Auerbach, the Los Angeles writer who spent much of a 13-year period nursing three dogs -- all of them from shelters -- through serious and ultimately fatal illnesses until the last one died in November. I have only respect and admiration for people who devote themselves to the draining...

  • Erin Auerbach may be the most criticized dog owner in America

    No good deed goes unpunished, they say. And you can say that in spades about Erin Auerbach, a Los Angeles writer who devoted 13 years of her life to providing loving care and, ultimately, extremely expensive medical treatments for three dogs she had adopted from animal shelters. The last months...

  • Psychotherapist borrows horse sense for book on human behavior

    Psychotherapists have plumbed all sorts of relationships in their quest to understand and improve human communication, so perhaps it was only a matter of time before they studied horse sense. Herd behavior, changing habits, building trust — it seems that people have a lot to learn from Equus ferus...

  • Home designs with pet projects: dog doors, built-in bowls and more

    Gayle Plessner and her husband love their dogs, but the sound of the rain on the roof of their Westlake Village home made them lament winter, the season of muddied paws, in 2012. "I remember thinking that it would be great if we had a mud room for the dogs," Plessner said. So when the couple decided...

  • Ideas for traveling on a budget with a dog

    Sometimes it's not your kids or your traveling partner that make your vacation plans expensive; it's your dog. Traveling with a dog — and 80% of respondents to a recent Petplan Pet Insurance survey say they want to travel with a pet, an increase of 10% from 2012 — doesn't just call for patience...

  • How to keep your pets safe in an earthquake

    The safety of family members is the first concern for most people during and after a major earthquake. For many of us, family also means our family pets. Monday's magnitude 4.4 earthquake in Los Angeles was a good reminder to be prepared with an earthquake plan and emergency kits. If you're a pet...

  • How to ask dog owners to keep their pets out of stores

    What's the correct way to ask someone to remove their dog from a store? That's a question I'm still being asked in response to an earlier Ask Laz about whether dogs are allowed in businesses, especially businesses that sell food. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions I acknowledged that...

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