Deep in the Heart of the San Gabriel Valley and under a half hour from Downtown Los Angeles lies the tight-knit community of South El Monte. South El Monte is known as the "City of Achievement," living up to its name by growing from a city of under 3,000 residents in the 1950s to a booming metropolis to that swells to a daytime population of over 44,000 residents.' The pet-friendliness is "pup-it-table" in South El Monte, felt in the friendliness neighbors share, flourishing in the parks and dog-friendly restaurants in the neighborhoods.
Pet parents can choose from 7 different veterinarians in South El Monte and plenty more in the greater area. There are also a dozen pet shops where pet parents can get everything they need for Fido. Looking for recreational activities? South El Monte hovers above the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, which is the trailhead for tons of different walking paths your four-legged 49er is sure to love! After a day in the California sun, it's time to grab some grub! Finding a pet-friendly restaurant is easy when the weather's amazing and outside seating is a must! Pet parents have options from burgers, wings, and all California cafes between!
Is your dog a Los Angeles Chargers fan? Then he knows the best place to start the game off is at Wingstop — right in the Rush Street-Thienes Avenue neighborhood. This Wingstop location has opened their doors to the doggos who can enjoy themselves in the outside seating area. Wingstop has the classic, boneless, and crispy tender wings with over 11 sauces to toss your wings up. Bring a friend who can wait with Fido while you order, because there's no table service. Also, make sure that friend orders the Garlic Parmesan wings!
Do you have a dog that loves to run fur-ever? If your dog is up to the challenge, the Valle Lindo neighborhood has a 38-mile hiking trail that is mostly for bikers, but Fido can tackle it a few miles at a time. Hiking along the San Gabriel River trail offers amazing views of scenic vistas and the surrounding San Gabriel Mountains and, further down the trail, the Pacific Ocean. You can park at the northern trailhead in Azusa and walk a mile before turning back -- unless your doggo's a Dalmatian. Then you might be the one calling it quits before him!
Does your dog just love to lounge in Cali sun, soaking up all the West Coast vibes? Then he'll love the Pellisier Village neighborhood, which sits right above the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area. Whittier Narrows is a 1,492-acre park that offers everything you and Fido could ever want in a day outing. You can swim, hike, camp, or picnic in this California jewel. One of the most gorgeous hiking trails is the LARIO trail, which passes through Whittier Narrows. The trail begins above South El Monte and ends past Los Angeles at the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, you'll enjoy some spectacular views!
Does your dog have an affinity for the Asian culinary scene? Then he can get his fix at Au 79 Teahouse in the Rosemead neighborhood. At Au 79, you have tons of options in traditional, milk, and Genke teas. The teahouse has Honey Original Oolong tea, which is meant to be steeped up to 12 times! Or, you can try an almond milk tea or iced peppermint coffee. Also available are a few entrees like Taiwanese spaghetti, curry chicken with rice, and egg noodle soup. Confucius say, bring your dog to the teahouse, but bring him a treat so he doesn't get jealous of your food! Confucius also say, he'll probably still get jealous...
Does your dog think that dieting is a serious faux-paw of life? If your pupper loves the greasier side of life, then he'll pawsittively love Jim's Famous Quarterpound in the Rose City neighborhood. Two things haven't changed at Jim's — the amazing food and old-school decor. This is a local favorite place for the same two reasons! Oh yeah, and Fido can come along, but don't give him too many fries. You won't want to because they're addicting! Also, try the fried zucchini and onion rings at Jim's. As far as burgers go, try them every style you like it. You can't wrong at Jim's!