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3 pet-friendly date ideas in LA

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Photograph: Courtesy of Flickr/Michael Gil Keep your significant human and non-human happy at these date spots.

Dating in LA can be tough. One thing that can test a promising new relationship is the introduction of a four-legged friend. How will he or she handle your mutt? How will your dog get along with his or her dog? How much butt sniffing will actually take place? Pets can be protective in their homes, so meeting at a neutral dating site can sometimes be the best introduction. Here are three dates you can bring your significant human and non-human to that should satisfy both.

1. Arts District Dog Park + Angel City Brewery. For a cool Downtown date, start at the Arts District Dog Park. Let Fluffy run around and make some friends while you and your date chat in this volunteer-run dog park. When the pooch is all tired out, walk over to Angel City Brewery and split a flight of locally brewed beer. Dogs are allowed inside as long as they stay on-leash.

2. Griffith Park + Alcove. Work up a sweat and get some exercise with a Griffith Park hike date. The view of the city from the Griffith Observatory is romantic enough, throw in a puppy and your date will find you irresistible. Keep the charm coming by taking them to Alcove for a post-hike brunch. Grab a seat on the patio and be ready for your date to swoon.

3. The Waffle + Melrose Trading Post. Get an early start with a Sunday morning date at The Waffle in Hollywood. You and your sweetie can enjoy red velvet waffles while your furry companion munches on a parmesan and whole wheat flour "Woofle." After breakfast migrate to the Melrose Trading Post (known to the cool cats as the Fairfax Flea) and sift through racks of vintage wares. Tag your pics #dogsofMTP, and your pup might get featured on the market's Instagram!

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