Congrats– you'll LOVE it! I wish I still lived in L.A. to meetup with you. You'll find it's very dog-friendly. Ava never lived there, but Spencer grew up and lived most of his life there. He went to coffeeshops, sidewalk cafes, outdoor restaurants, even shopping in stores. Dogs are welcome almost everywhere, except in the indoor malls and beaches, but you see them there, too. Dog parks, hiking trails, outdoor concerts-- dogs rule. You'll have no problems meeting dog lovers, though you probably won't see many Basenjis. Spencer had one Basenji friend, but most of his playmates were Goldens, Labs, Shibas and GSDs. When I was in L.A. earlier this year, I saw Doodles everywhere.
Thanks everybody! Ah, that's reassuring to hear about LA - coming from the UK, where dogs are welcome off leash in most parks and can go to quite a few restaurants and cafes, I've worried that I'd find the rules in the US too constraining. But I already have lots of friends with dogs out there, and I'm sure they'll help me find the best walks. I've already found a training place within short distance of our house!
Seems the Saturday morning meetings are still happening! We went this morning and met 5 other Basenjis, which was really wonderful.
Sabocat, Laskiblue, if you can make it to Laurel Canyon dog park on a Saturday morning, let me know! It'd be great to meet!