Thursday, May 24, 2012

Commute, 5

If I take the right fork and continue on Beverly Blvd. I'll be in downtown Los Angeles in a few minutes. But I don't do that. I follow the straight arrow (straight arrow, that's me) onto Silver Lake Blvd. and head home.

Where these two roads meet I pass the Ambassador Dog and Cat Hospital, which has an interesting vintage sign. I've driven past this place many times and until yesterday I never saw anyone enter or leave the place. But sure enough, they had a customer. In fact, if you look at their reviews their average isn't great, but all their recent reviews (like, in the past year) are five-star. A change in staff, maybe?

It doesn't matter much to Boz because I don't take him to work with me very often. But sometimes I do. It's good to have a back-up plan.

16 comments:

Kris said...

Where does he sit if he goes in to work?

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Calgrove Kennels use to be in business before the '94 earthquake... they treated dogs, cats like humans... spoiled them rotten..The owners would socialize the dogs in small groups, give them fresh bedding, turn the radio on at night for them in the building they slept in....and yes, had individual rooms for them and sometimes paired the dogs up that they knew got along well.. They took in geriatric cats that owners could no longer care for.... It was a Disneyland for 4 legged animals... Its hard finding a place to board your dogs/cats... There's a place in north Hollywood we tried once... Sadly my husband only remembers the name of.... (he's no longer around)

Susan Campisi said...

I get confused at that intersection. I've ended up downtown when I didn't mean to. Very cool vintage sign. I hope you never have to use your back-up plan.

Shell Sherree said...

I'll bet you have a back-up plan for every Boz contingency, Petrea. Good thinking!

Kelly said...

We were in South Carolina last summer, and on a day trip into Georgia passed a small animal hospital with more than a dozen vultures sitting on the roof.

They have perhaps had a change of staff recently too.

Petrea Burchard said...

Good question, Kris. He doesn't like the sound studio because it's too loud. He usually stays in the lobby. The receptionist likes him and he likes being liked.

KBF, that sounds like pet paradise. We don't like boarding Boz because we haven't found a place he likes (even perfectly nice places, but he's so timid).

It depends on how long I have to be away from home, Susan. He'd probably be fine but as he gets older we take more special care.

Shell, we find we must constantly revise.

Kelly, you made me laugh out loud.

altadenahiker said...

I don't know, that place has always kind of creeped me out. I recommend I Dig My Dog, which is one of those outdoor, all the dogs play together and get in the swimming pool, kind of places. Albert has had many a good time there.

Petrea Burchard said...

Boz wouldn't like I Dig My Dog but I would. I'd hang out there all day and have a blast.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

your commute can easily send me to the side of the road scrambling for the Thomas guide under my seat and reading glasses in the glove compartment

Bellis said...

Love that vintage sign! And the picture of vultures sitting on the roof is very funny.

Pets don't like boarding unless they're sociable boy-dogs. We used Paradise for Pets in Las Tunas canyon, which is the Rolls Royce of cage-free boarding, with humans sleeping in the bedroom with them at night. But animals still prefer to stay at home, which is why I use petsitters. I have an excellent one, whom my pets really like. In fact, when she's packing up ready to leave for home before we get back from the airport, Abby sits in her car and refuses to get out!

Petrea Burchard said...

PA, I'm happy to just tell you my route. It changes from time to time but it's pretty regular.

Bellis, Boz stayed at that Paradise place one weekend. He was supposed to be bathed and ready for us when we returned. Let's just say he wasn't. They were also missing all the items we'd brought for him (leash, toys, prescription food). Boz was miserable there but that's not saying much. He's miserable anywhere that's not familiar.

Margaret said...

I don't like to thiink of you needing a back up.

Petrea Burchard said...

John and I try to make sure one of us is with Boz at all times, and because we freelance it's usually possible. But not always. Now that he's getting older (Boz, not John) we don't like to leave him alone. It's silly, I guess. But he hasn't been feeling his best lately. (Boz, not John.)

Ms M said...

I hope Mr. Boz feels better soon.
We understand. We have a geriatric kitty who has medical problems and who we have to keep a close eye on.

Adele said...

This sign makes me smile. I picture a lot of very regal pets in there. It's so sad when our pets get older, but the relationship seems to get stronger every day. We had a very dear cat who passed away last year. She was 17 and had some health problems. We definitely made a point to be with her whenever at all possible, ash she liked no one but us. We think she missed out on a lot of love and pets from admirers. Spencer is making up for this - he's robustly gathering all the pets he can get, from any and all admirers.

Petrea Burchard said...

I think you do understand, Ms. M. I suppose we could leave him alone for a little while but we just don't want to.

Adele, your Spencer is a go-getter. I'd like to meet him one of these days, he's quite the charmer.