On Saturday we took Cooper on his first walk to Runyon Canyon. We drove up Laurel Canyon and took the infamous Mulholland Drive to start our walk at the top of the park.
Runyon Canyon is a 160-acre park in L.A. at the Eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains and has great views over sprawling L.A. It is extremely popular with dog walkers (as it has an off-leash trail), hikers and fitness enthusiasts alike, plus it's not unusual to see some celebrities out for a walk with their dog or some shirtless gym buffed body running by to inspire you.
Sadly no celebrity sightings on Saturday, but we were accompanied by our friends plus Cooper's gal-pals, Dot and Ginger.
We met at around 5.30pm so as to be a bearable temperature for Cooper, who's usually no good outside before 6pm.
Our pup was brilliantly behaved on the three mile walk. He's not so great on his leash at the moment (so roll on his training classes), but we took the risk of leaving off his leash and he loved it.
Having his favourite gal-pal Ginger and our friend Barry to follow like a shadow meant there was no danger of him running off, although I was more concerned about him knocking someone down on the steep trail or going over the edge if he got too adventurous.
He was far too preoccupied trotting along, meeting new dogs and getting complimented by all the passersby he met - everyone loves a Lab puppy!
Runyon Canyon is a great walk and took us about an hour. There are fantastic views of L.A.'s sprawling cityscape, from the world renowned Hollywood Sign, the Griffith Park Observatory, Downtown skyline, the streets of Hollywood and beyond.
It's very hard to get any perspective in L.A., so it's a lovely place to get up high and get a view of the surrounding area.
Not only is the trail very scenic, but it's also great for giving your dog a fantastic walk. I was quite surprised that Cooper made it all the way around.
He had a few rests along the way and there's lots of watering stops (plus we had our handy travel water bowl to hand), but our group plus all the fellow walkers helped keep him moving and motivated.
I'm sure it won't be long before this is a daily occurrence, although I'm told Runyon Canyon is even busier in the weekdays when everyone is walking their dogs before and after work.
Come back tomorrow for part two of Cooper's first walk at Runyon Canyon...