Sure, people are tired of me telling them how Southern California is great, but in this case it really is. Really.
When I had the first two dogs (Ashford and Hastings), they were acquired in Northern California, and vaccinated in San Mateo. The Vet talked about tick diseases that I had to understand because they didn't have them in LA.
I loathe ticks. I actually loathe anything that gets stuck under my skin: ticks, splinters, mosquitoes - they freak me out.