Neighbors at Hacienda Place in West Hollywood ushered in Daylight Savings Time early this Sunday with the launch My Pup’s Patch, a beautifying initiative that aims to transform the unkempt forlorn patches of earth on the streets of WeHo into pup pooping paradises, replete with pee-resistant plants.
A group of residents who live along Hacienda Place joined their neighbor John Keitel and his four-legged best friend Bodhi to kick things off with the adoption of the parcel outside their building. They tilled and enriched the soil before adding an assortment of herbs, grasses, and other perennials that can handle and even thrive on higher doses of nitrogen and salts.
“Pups have to do their business,” said Keitel. “This is a way to encourage everyone to do their part and keep the neighborhood looking and smelling great.”
West Hollywood Disabilities Advisory Board Member, Patrick Ryan Blood, joined the celebration outside of his building. “The disability community in particular, have found extra comfort in their pets during the pandemic,” he said. “Those who are immunocompromised may not be comfortable taking longer walks during the pandemic due to possible Covid-19 exposure. Teaming up with fellow members of the neighborhood on this effort will benefit not just the appearance of our beautiful city by taking care of these neglected plots, but importantly will provide those of us with disabilities easier access when our four-legged pals need a potty break.”
Patrick tells WEHO TIMES that they got permission to plant in front of their building.
“We’re going to try to encourage others to adopt a dirt patch with such permission, of course,” he said. “Hacienda Place legit has no grass or anything, but these dirt patches, it is bizarre. And I am sure other spots do too. So first Hacienda since we live on it, then will try to branch out to beautify other parts of the city as we engage more folks. Anyone with dogs basically is coming aboard. Obviously while pretty, it also is a better place to potty than dirt.”
Neighbors at Hacienda will gather on Sunday, March 21, to adopt more plots and celebrate the arrival of Spring.
For more information, or to adopt a patch, email MyPupsPatch@gmail.com or follow and DM @MyPupsPatch on Instagram or Twitter.