East L.A. has been the subject of more news stories than almost any other area of the city. It has also been the subject of a Martin Cheech spoof song, "Born in East L.A." It is a densely populated area full of single-family houses, duplexes, and apartment buildings. Living in this area means having to drive if you want a decent restaurant or parks to take Spot to for a run. Pet stores are also a bit of a drive away, so this may make running errands a bit of a hassle.
Living in East L.A. means moderate winters with temperatures in the 40s and 50s. All you need to take Spot out for a daily walk is a light jacket. During the summer months, the temperatures can hit the 90s which can make your walks a bit challenging. A better choice might be to take your walks early in the morning before things heat up.
The terrain in East L.A. is urban-meets-suburban with moderately-sized homes and suburban yards. The residential areas are densely packed, but most of the streets have sidewalks for the two of you to enjoy. Unlike many other neighborhoods in L.A., the terrain here offers gently rolling hills instead of flat plains. This is a great way for you and Spot to knock off a few pounds and have fun while you are doing so.
Since most of your walking will be done on paved surfaces, be sure to start out slow and give your pup's paws time to toughen up enough to be able to handle longer walks. Keep in mind that in July and August, the pavement can reach temperatures of 135 to 145°F. Take your walks in the early morning before the sun has had time to heat up the concrete to the point where it can cause burns and discomfort for your pooch.
This area of L.A. has very little in the way of serious green spaces. There are a couple of small parks and a large cemetery. But if you want some serious green space, you need to pop Spot in the car and head to the hills and hit Griffith Park. This park has a reputation for being one of the most popular parks. It is home to the old Los Angeles Zoo that is now an interesting place of abandoned buildings, animal cages, and enclosures for you and Spot to explore.
The park spans more than 4,300 acres and includes the new L.A. Zoo and the Griffith Observatory located on the south slope of Mount Hollywood. Best of all, there are 53 miles of rugged trails for the two of you to explore and the park is open all year round, making it the perfect place to get out in the fresh air.