I’m an Austin Dog Owner – now what?

That’s the question  I luckily got to ask myself recently – meet Toby – my new kid. He’s part pug somewhere, and part probably terrier seeing as he looks like the Lorax, I adopted him from Pug Rescue of Austin and we all love him terribly.

So now I’m part of that club! I get to buy cute bone shaped dog treats, shop obsessively for new squeaky toys, and best of all parade him about for all to adore at the many dog friendly places and events around Austin!

So I figured now that I am in the club, I would share some of my fave places, stores, things and upcoming Austin dog events!

First the events! Sooo many are coming up, I gotta get this post out fast!

Dogtoberfest – Saturday October 2oth at the Domain from 10 till 4 – this sounds like a blast, with a Dogtobertrott 1k “run”, doggy costume contest, and more. The event benefits a bunch of different rescue groups  Check the website for details! – DOGTOBERFEST

Barkitecture – Saturday November 10th at 2nd Street District – noon to 4 – a designer dog house auction, silent auction and canine fashion show.

The Great PugKin Fest – OMG a herd of pugs is the cutest thing ever! Hosted by Pug Rescue of Austin it’s held the Woodlands Park at River Place out on 2222, Saturday October 27th from 9-noon – check out this adorable video PUGKIN FEST VIDEO

Pit Bull Awareness Day – October 28th  – parade at 11:30 at 305 S. Congress. Festival 12:30 to 4:30 – put on by Austin’s Love-A-Bull, it’s a Texas-Sized Pittie Parade, lots of vendors, trainers & rescue groups will be there. All breeds are welcome in the parade!  Check out the website – LOVE-A-BULL


My favorite leash free park is West Austin Park in Clarksville, but I also love good old Zilker Park by the Rock Island, you always meet such cool people there.  Another fave is Auditorium Shores, looks like a great scene there


I haven’t had Toby long, but so far I adore Groovy Dog Bakery, they are so sweet there and Toby loves the doggy ice cream! I can’t wait for his 1st birthday so I can buy a birthday cookie

I strolled through Woof Gang Bakery recently and it’s pretty darn cute! They also do grooming

One of the coolest things ever though is Great Outdogs – a mobile dog store! It goes to events and dog parks and other active areas around Austin. How amazing is that!


So far Toby has been groomed at the wonderful Dirty Dog – I always drop him off for full service grooming, but the coolest thing about Dirty Dog is that it’s also a self serve dog wash, with big sinks and all the supplies and several locations around town. What a brilliant idea.

I can’t speak about any others yet! But I am sure there are many favorites around town.

Another business I am going to try out soon is Southpaws Playschool – I won 5 days of Daycare at the Puppy Mill Awareness silent auction!

And finally – boarding – i just took Toby for his first camp stay at Mother Rock Star Dogs for a weekend. He had such a blast, so much space to run around and play with other dogs, I picked him up today and he has been sleeping non stop he had so much fun

Oh, I almost forgot Dog Friendly restaurants – my new obsessive discovery – so far I’ve taken Toby to Spider House, Counter Culture and Mozarts Coffee Shop in Tarrytown.

The best place to find wayyyyy more information and places, including vets and many other resources is HauteDog magazine, it’s chock full of stuff and lots of articles and colorful adds for all dog stuff in Austin.  They have a great article right now about Halloween Hazards for pets!

What are some of you favorite dog haunts and businesses, I would love to hear about them and about your dog!

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