Entertainment Industry

Latest from the Entertainment Industry

April 17, 2019

Very Independent Filmmaking

by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
April 04, 2019

The Lodge

by Raleigh Barrett
March 26, 2019

Very, Very Independent Filmmaking - Finding a Story and Your Film.

by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
March 19, 2019

Jae Blaze Is Dancehall Dynamite

by Lisa Bianconi
March 19, 2019

Play Reading vs Staged Reading

by Fran Montano
Seascape III, 2018; Tyrone Layne
March 04, 2019

De Plume: Tyrone Layne | Dystopia

by Raleigh Barrett
February 26, 2019

Boy Boi is Jazzy

by Lisa Bianconi
via Samantha Ronceros
February 12, 2019

Very, Very Independent Filmmakers - Where Did All the Passion Go?

by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
January 29, 2019

LA Art Show

by Raleigh Barrett
January 28, 2019

Business of Acting 2019

by Fran Montano
December 27, 2018

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG)

by Raleigh Barrett
December 20, 2018

Exercises you can do at home – Character Fantasy #4

by Fran Montano
December 10, 2018

Becoming an Overnight Success - One Decade at a Time

by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
November 26, 2018

The Montalbán: Shades of Water

by Raleigh Barrett
November 20, 2018

Exercises you can do at home – Personal Fantasy - #3

by Fran Montano
November 08, 2018

Whole for the Holidays

by Luckie
October 30, 2018

Cabinet of Horrors

by Raleigh Barrett
October 29, 2018

Discovering Yourself as a Director

by NoHo - North Hollywood
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 12:33

Pet District - From Coast to Coast: Why Your Pet Thanks You For Choosing California

Written by
Rate this item
(0 votes)

My entire past week was spent experiencing the many different cultures and environments during a cross country road trip from Virginia to California. What I discovered, (or should I say confirmed), is that we are the best pet owners in the nation! First, let me acknowledge that I’m perfectly aware how impossible it is for me not to be biased on the subject since I was born and raised here. Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, hooray Californians! We are the BEST! Not only do we live the good life, our pets do too! They’re the most exotic, talented, happy and loyal pets I’ve seen, and it only took a handful of states to compare to for me to realize it. 

Dogs on the East Coast don’t get to play outside


Outdoor activities are generally avoided in cold weather states. While stopped in Virginia, Tennessee and Arkansas, I could count the number of people I saw walking their dogs on one hand! The few I did see out with their pets were heavily bundled up, and their pets looked more cold than happy. Since there were so few other people outside, I wonder how often dogs get to play and interact with other dogs. Somehow, the dogs on the east coast look pale compared to west coast dogs, and their personalities seemed less excitable. The east coast lost a few more points when I noticed that businesses were significantly less pet friendly than California’s. So, not only were people not out walking, biking or skating to run errands with their pets, their pets weren’t welcomed even if the owners had brought them!

Everything is bigger in Texas…except for the dogs


I was expecting to see some of the most exotic large breed dogs during my visit through Texas. I imagined they’d be running free through the many off-leash parks. Instead, I saw that most people had designer breeds that could fit in your purse! Confused, I did the research to find that the most popular breeds in the state are actually larger breeds, but in the common areas like Dallas and Fort Worth, the cutesy small types are the dogs most commonly out and about with their owners. Texas is by far a much better state as far as pet friendliness and respect. It’s the first state I passed through with a monument dedicated to military working dogs – bonus!

Avoid the desert at all costs!


Okay, it’s actually not that serious. As I got closer to home, I realized pet life got better in quality. New Mexico and Arizona are unique weather states for pets, but they make do! Although I still did not see many owners out with their pets as often as I do in California, I did notice there were many more than the previous states. My biggest concern of them all was how much Scottsdale and Tempe Arizona reminded me of Cancun during spring break. Humans need their fun, too, but the huge party life made me wonder who was taking care of all the pets! It seems both cities are large attractions geared towards young party people and less toward families and their pets. But who knows, maybe there was an area where they let the dogs out.



We’ve got everything. Your pet might not know it, but it’s very lucky that its owner lives in a state considered being one of the top pet friendly vacation spots in the world! I’m almost certain California takes the cake on number of businesses that are pet friendly. In addition to that, there are pet hotels, celebrity pet grooming services available to everyone, designer pet shops, annual dog surfing competitions, acting and photography opportunities (only in Hollywood!), and endless more outrageous places and events for our pets! Veterinarians make house visits, and restaurants know to have outdoor seating. No need for bulky harnesses and sweaters here, our pets enjoy the sunshine year round! Hands down, California pets and owners are the best! Bravo!

Read 2143 times
Sarah Serrano

Sarah Serrano was born in Los Angeles California. She has lived in multiple states around the country and recently returned for good to the North Hollywood Arts District. She is a Marine Corps veteran currently working and training in the performing arts. Sarah’s passions include psychology, singing, acting, dancing, dogs (and pets of any kind), the military, fitness, writing, and small business. She is slowly but aggressively creating strong ties to her community, building rapport with local businesses and organizations by supporting and promoting what she believes in.

Leave a comment

Do you have an event, video or news to share?  Drop us an email and you may see it on NoHoArtsDistrict.com