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Kirsten McMillan (Dog Club LA, 818-259-2023) is a third-generation animal trainer. Lions, tigers, and bears don’t faze her. Dogs are a cinch. Listen and learn

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Animals big and small can get what they need at this funky country store (so can humans in search of wind chimes and garden gnomes).

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“Animal custom fabrication”—that’s one way to describe what Bischoff’s Taxidermy (818-843-7561) can do for you and your pet, may it rest in peace. Founded in 1922, the Burbank institution can preserve just about any animal, from mice and hamsters to horses (they immortalized Roy Rogers’s Trigger in 1965).

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Master groomer Trerak Rakkandee has been certified many times over in everything from shampooing to blow-drying to dental hygiene. She knows the history of every AKC dog breed and understands the needs of each (she once spent five hours dematting a sheepdog to make him “100 percent perfect”).

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Check out the menu at Birds Café-Bar (323-465-0175), the rotisserie chicken place in the heart of Hollywood, and you’ll find that a nonfeathered animal gets prominent mention. “Doggie Chicken for your canine children (served with L.A.’s finest tap water), $2,” it says, right below the Kid’s Plate.

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It has always been the insult after the injury: that hard plastic cone your vet insists the dog or cat must wear to keep postsurgery chewing to a minimum. Hard and inflexible, the headgear, also known as an Elizabethan collar, looks like a torture device as your pet runs into walls and door frames.

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Roll over, CNN. When it comes to digging up headlines on pets, there’s no guiltier pleasure than Dognewsdaily.com. The L.A.-based blog documents upcoming dog events, dog-friendly hotels, and includes a “celebrity dog news” feed that keeps readers up to date on critical information.

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James Ellroy is sitting in a corner booth at the Pacific Dining Car, the 6th Street steak joint, brooding about women. It’s the perfect place for it. The last time L.A. fiction’s Demon Dog, as Ellroy likes to be called, recited wedding vows, he was right here in this windowless cave of a room. On October 4, 1991, he married his second wife, the writer and critic Helen Knode

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Bill Harris is drawn to unlikely collections. Two years ago Los Angeles magazine featured his trove of personal checks written by everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Charles Bronson.

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On the research he did to prepare: Oliver Sacks had this long blackboard in his office, and when he was talking about savants, he made a chalk mark on the blackboard. He said, “You know that’s one. You don’t have to count that.” I said, “Right.” He made another stroke and said, “You know that’s two.

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