Best of 2015: The Doggie Life

Eating, drinking, shopping, and other adventures for you and your pal to share in Orange County

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Upscale Pet Boutique
Muttropolis has it all, from fun and engaging toys to high-quality food and treats, and unique fashion accessories from O.C.-based brands such as The Dog Squad and Rockin’ Doggie. The Fashion Island shop also hosts monthly breed gatherings and adoption events. 865 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949‑717‑6888,

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Posh Pooch Party

An upscale but still dog-friendly resort, the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel holds a monthly outdoor “Yappy Hour.” It’s free to attend, and your pup can indulge in complimentary treats and flavored water. Burgers, brews, and wine are available for purchase, with proceeds donated to Canine Companions for Independence’s Wounded Veterans Initiative. 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, 949‑240-2000,

dog circlesCorgipalooza
Corgi owners and lovers of the breed congregate quarterly for SoCal Corgi Beach Day, a free, fun-filled day of meet-and-greets, doggie limbo, costume contests, and more. The event, which has drawn national media coverage, first began in the fall of 2012 with 15 dogs. This month’s meet-up is expected to attract more than 600 corgis. Check the Facebook page for details. Huntington Dog Beach, 100 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach,

dog circlesCanine College
There are lots of trainers out there, but for a truly comprehensive education in a positive group setting, we love Wags & Wiggles’ five-week classes that include obedience levels one and two, College Prep, PhD Training, and Real World Training. Your pup won’t learn calculus, but he’ll be the best-behaved dog at the park. $199 per five-week class. 14402 Chambers Road, Tustin, 714‑368‑7077; 23171 Arroyo Vista, Rancho Santa Margarita, 949‑635‑3117;

dog circlesMemorable Holiday Photos
Whether you want to capture your German shepherd in a gingerbread house, your Maltese with a menorah, or your patriotic poodle dolled up for Independence Day, the Pawtographer has you covered with glamour portraits to make you proud. $25 to $75 sitting fee; purchasing prints is extra. 4131 S. Main St., Santa Ana, 949‑969‑7297,


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Is your best friend all sandy from the Huntington Dog Beach?
Drive five minutes to Dirty Dog Wash, designed for washing your grubby pal in raised tubs, with warm water and natural shampoo and conditioner. They supply aprons, towels, brushes, and a high-powered blow dryer. $15. 504 Main St., Huntington Beach, 714‑960-7002,



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