The Dog Lover's Companion to Los Angeles Join Maria Goodavage and her four-legged assistant Jake as they reveal all the best places to "ruff" it in Los Angeles and beyond in this brand-new tail-wagging guide.

The Dog Lover's Companion to Los Angeles
1st Edition • Maria Goodavage • ISBN 1-56691-923-1 • US $17.95

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Maria Goodavage and JakeJake, by way of Maria Goodavage

Jake the Yellow-Lab-Sort-of-Dog has traveled throughout Southern California to check out some of the most dog-friendly parks, beaches, lodgings, and restaurants in the world. As part of his research, he's ridden on ferries, gondolas, and steam trains. He's visited drive-in movies, kitschy tourist attractions, and dog-friendly wineries. He's eaten at restaurants where dogs are treated almost like people (except they never get the bill). He's stayed at the best hotels, the worst motels, and everything in between. His favorite saying: “You’re not really gonna leave the house without me, are ya?” (This is usually accompanied by all his extra folds of neck skin drooping forward into his face, his floppy ears hanging especially low, his tail sagging dejectedly, and his big brown eyes looking remarkably tearful.)

Since Jake is a dog without a driver's license (his furry feet don't reach the pedals), he relies on Maria Goodavage, former longtime USA Today correspondent, to be his chauffeur. Maria is well qualified. She started chauffeuring dogs in 1989, when her pooches joined her during some of her statewide travels for the newspaper. The results: Her book The Dog Lover's Companion to California is a best-seller, now in its fifth edition. Maria is also the author of the popular book The Dog Lover's Companion to the Bay Area, in its fifth edition as well.

Although Jake lives near the beach in San Francisco with Maria, her husband, and her daughter, he spends so much time in Southern California that he's considering buying a second home there.

To get more information or offer a suggestion about dog-friendly travel in California, visit Maria’s website,

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