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Canine mixer welcomes Downtown Dogs only (and their humans)

By Hayley Fox
Published: Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at 01:00PM
Gary Leonard

A Dog Day Afternoon takes place tomorrow evening in DTLA.

Pups and people will mingle tomorrow at the Downtown Dog Day Afternoon taking place on the plaza of a Temple Street cathedral.

This is the sixth year for the event, which was created in 2007 by Hal Bastian of the Downtown Center Business Improvement District and his dog at the time, Buddy, along with the cathedral's Monsignor Kevin Kostelnik, and his pup Joaquin.

In the early 2000s, Bastian was leasing apartments on 4th and Main streets when then neighborhood "was beyond rough," he said, and in an effort to "loosen it up" he decided to make the units dog-friendly. He brought Buddy to work with him everyday and as long as prospective pups were friendly, they were allowed in the building.

Now, according to a 2011 demographics study, 43 percent of Downtown residents own a pet and 28 percent have a dog. These numbers are evidenced by the abundance of dog friendly housing, pet services and the push for more Downtown parks.

Wednesday's Dog Day Afternoon is for downtown LA dogs of "all shapes, sizes and faiths" (and their humans), and is for no other purpose but to bring together the canine-loving DTLA community, said Bastian.

"The whole agenda of the event is there is no agenda," he said.

Taking place on the plaza at the cathedral, the event goes from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m and will include food and drink for both humans and doggies. Levy, the company who supplies Dodger Stadium with their edible goods, is catering the festivities so in addition to beer and wine, there will be true-blue Dodger Dogs. They'll only sell the hot dogs to humans -- not to the dogs, Bastian said.

Last year the event attracted about 800 dogs and 1400 people, but the co-founder reiterated that the gathering is "really for downtown LA dogs only." It's not a regional event or the Olvera Street blessing of the animals, it's specifically to build the DTLA's canine community.

All dogs must be social and on a leash, and if you don't have your own you will have a chance to adopt one at the event. There will even be pet photography available for owners who want their own personalized poster.

Parking is $5 per car at the Cathedral lot.

The cathedral is located on Temple between Hill and Grand

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