Dog Friendly Archives - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX
Austin is a very dog friendly city so you're sure to find no lack of places where you can have fun with your dog. There are many dog friendly places in Austin, Texas and dog friendly events.

Pets in Austin have it made. Sunshine, sidewalks, beautiful weather, and parks galore! Now they also have the pack of pet lovers at Kriser’s Natural Pet standing by to help them live happier, healthier lives, naturally.

Founder Brad Kriser was always at his happiest sitting on the floor, surrounded by pets. Upon giving up a career in the dot-com world in 1999, he opened a grooming, daycare, boarding and retail business, seeking a day-to-day life that he could be more passionate about. In doing so, Brad also discovered the benefits of feeding his pets an all-natural diet and vowed to stock only natural products in his stores.

Fast forward 10+ years, and Brad is still happiest on the floor surrounded by pets, only now that floor is in one of his Kriser’s Natural Pet stores, including the newest one on Research Blvd (next to Sprouts).

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“I love our stores, our customers and the Kriser’s Pack so much, and feel honored to get to do as a career,” says Brad, with a content grin. “Having all the pets and their people around, educating pet parents, helping organization and rescues with our support, and getting to meet so many new faces…it just makes me feel great about why we turn on the lights every day. Each store is a new opportunity to help a group of pets discover the healthy pet movement.”

Brad and his entire Kriser’s pack are 100% dedicated to the helping pets in Austin by providing a selection of 3000 items that are Kriser’s Approved. The store is a pet paradise, with an array of natural food, treats, supplies and accessories, all selected by Brad himself, and a professionally staffed grooming salon.

“The items that we call ‘Kriser’s Approved’ are all carefully selected for what they can bring to a pet’s life, whether it’s the best nutrition, toys for physical and mental engagement, or high quality accessories we are proud to carry,” said Brad. “For instance, our food products contain no corn, soy, wheat or animal by-products, and our treats are all sourced from responsible, trusted locations, never from China.”

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While the Kriser’s brand has extended beyond Texas, this family-run business still operates every store like it’s the only one, and Brad has staffed each location with a remarkable group of passionate pet lovers to help ensure the wellness of pets. Brad notes, “We train our Pack Members to be exceptional educators and provide outstanding customer service. We get excited about every customer that allows us to be part of their pet’s lives, and strive to exceed expectations every day. We want Kriser’s to be somewhere that pets and their humans LOVE to visit, not just an errand on their list.”

For more information about Kriser’s, Kriser’s Approved brands, and store hours and events, please visit www.krisers.com.

Tomorrow is National Dog Day! Here are some ways to celebrate!
What:
Little Woodrow’s and Vodka for Dog People, the charitable arm of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, are hosting a “Dog Days of Summer” Yappy Hour to raise funds for local dog charities! The event will feature drink specials with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, free treats, giveaways, Tito’s for Dog People merchandise, a photo booth and more. Stop by with your pup to sip, mingle and have fun while fundraising for canine charities!
When: Friday, 8/26 from 5-7 p.m.
Where:
Yappy Hour will take place at each of the following Austin locations:
• 12601 Tech Ridge Dr., Austin, TX 78753
• 6301 Parmer Ln., Austin, TX 78729
• 520 W. 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701 (with Tito’s representative)
• 5425 Burnet Rd., Austin TX 78756
• 9500 S Interstate 35 #100, Austin, TX 78748
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What:
Ski Shores and Vodka for Dog People, the charitable arm of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, are hosting a “Dog Days of Summer” Yappy Hour to raise funds for local dog charities! The event will feature drink specials with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, free treats, dog pools, giveaways, Tito’s for Dog People merchandise, and more!
When: All Day Friday, 8/26
Where: Ski Shores, 2905 Pearce Road, Austin, Texas 78730
 
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What:
Uncle Billy’s and Vodka for Dog People, the charitable arm of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, are hosting a “Dog Days of Summer” Yappy Hour to raise funds for local dog charities! The event will feature drink specials with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, free treats, giveaways, Tito’s for Dog People merchandise, a photo booth and more.
When: Friday, 8/26 from 4-7 p.m.
Where: Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse, 1530 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704
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What:
Join BarkHappy in celebrating National Dog Day at Jo’s Coffee on South Congress, benefitting Austin Dog Rescue. You and your pup love each other—so you must take a pic in front of the iconic “I love you so much” mural! A professional photographer will be on-site. You can email the photo to yourself and share it with the world!
When: Friday, 8/26 from 5-8 p.m.
Where: Jo’s Coffee on South Congress
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Austin is full of sprawling green spaces and beautiful scenery, but no destination compares to the mecca of outdoor fun: Zilker Park. It’s comprised of 351 acres that were donated to the city in three parts by a local banker named Andrew Jackson Zilker. This included the surrounding spring-fed pool now known as Barton Springs. These days the park is regularly bustling with festivals, performances, and holiday celebrations. For locals, it’s an essential part of living the good life in Austin. Here are the things you don’t want to miss.

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For the Kids

Do you have kids? Kids love trains, trees, and kites. If it’s the first Sunday in March you’ll want to take your little one to visit the Zilker Kite Festival where you’ll revel in hundreds of colorful kites dotting the big Texas sky. If you find yourself looking for an activity on a December evening, take the tykes to see the magnificent 155-foot-tall Zilker Tree, lit up bright with more than 3,000 lights. If it’s literally any other time of the year between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., take a ride on the Zilker Zephyr, a miniature train that takes a 20-minute tour of the park.

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Nature

Do you enjoy plants and outdoor sculptures? It sounds like the Zilker Botanical Garden and Umlauf Sculpture Garden are for you. At the botanical garden, check out the rose, cactus, and herb gardens, plus the butterfly and escarpment trails. Opened in 1991 with pieces donated by sculptor Charles Umlauf, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum is a xeriscaped garden filled with a waterfall, streams, and, of course, dozens of bronze and stone sculptures at which to look at and ponder life peacefully.

Cooling Down

Do you like to swim? This is a trick question, because everyone likes to swim. Barton Springs Pool is a three-acre, spring-fed pool that is consistently between 68-70 degrees. Now this may seem frigid, but if there’s a better cure for a hangover in 100-degree weather than a dip in the springs, we haven’t found it yet. It’s open most days, except for a large chunk of Thursday, when this federally protected habitat is methodically cleaned. The endangered Barton Springs Salamander is thankful for this.

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Lastly, there’s some recent good news and bad news in regards to Zilker Park. Bad news first? You know those parking meters that have sprung up all over the East Side in the past year? They’ve made their way to Lou Neff Road at the northeast end of the park as of March 5. The good news is, these meters are seasonal, meaning they’ll coincide with festival season, and turned off after Labor Day, according to KLBJ.

Is your dog your Valentine again this year? Or is he/she the third wheel that keeps your relationship rolling? Or, are you just a crazy dog lady/guy who has a few too many pets?

Regardless, this is your opportunity to immortalize your relationship with a photo from local dographer, Zilker Bark!

Zilker Bark is teaming up with Drink and Click (a social Photography group founded in Austin, yeehaw!) and Precision Camera to create lasting memories for you in the form of a hight quality photo print.

But we haven’t even told you the best part!

Donations of cash or physical pet goods (see list for item wish: http://www.austinpetsalive.org/donate/wish-list/) will be given to Austin Pets Alive! in an effort to keep Austin a No Kill City!! (We’re so cool)

Here are a few more details:

  • There will be a lighting setup in front of the “I love you so much!” wall at Jo’s Coffee. 
  • There is no limit to the number of people/dogs you can have in a photo, but the fewer the better!
  • If you don’t have a dog, and would still like to support APA, you can fly solo, or pose with my little beagle mix, Sid.
  • The recommended value of donations is $15.
  • You’ll be given a number for your photo that will go onto an online album for you to select for ordering and pick up at Precison Camera.
  • You can select more than one photo to have printed, but remember, one donation = One photo.
  • Hotel San Jose will be hosting a movie night and drink special, so be prepared to hang out!
  • Please share this event with friends! We’d love to have this be a huge boost in APA!’s funding.

When: today, February 11th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Location:
Jo’s
1300 South Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704

https://www.facebook.com/events/223924971275775/

Of course there is a Mardi Gras dog parade in Austin today because why not?

The ABGB is having a day full of festivities celebrating both Mardi Gras and your dog. Here is the rundown!
THE BIG PARADE!
A Doggie Mardi Gras Parade! Come have your pup “bark for beads” with our friends from BarkHappy @ 5pm. All dogs dressed in costume can bark for beads and be registered for a chance to win a special raffle contest! Everyone that shows the BarkHappy app on their phone will receive beads and a special treat!

A MEETUP!
Come hang with all your favorite BarkHappy folks and pups.

And a whole lot more:
FOOD!
There will be special stuff on the menu via Chef Tim!

CAKE!
King Cake, that is!

LIVE MUSIC!
Inside, on our stage, will be some of favorite musicians:
Greg Izor 3p
Gumbo Ce Soir 7p
Jimmie Dreams & The Crescent Soul Revue 10p

When: today, February 6th

Time: 5pm

Location:
The ABGB
1305 W Oltof Street
Austin, Texas 78704

https://www.facebook.com/events/151418951899064/

Your pet deserves a night out on the town! Bring your furry friend out tonight to enjoy FREE Amy’s Dog Ice Cream and Treats, door prizes, 80’s music and more!

Austin Pets Alive will be on site with adoptable dogs.

When: today, November 19th

Time: 5 pm – 9pm

Location:
Lone Star Court
10901 Domain Drive
Austin, Texas 78758

https://www.facebook.com/events/1649750771947395/

One of Austin’s oldest and longest running festivals is back! The Pecan Street Festival is one of those classic Austin festivals.

If you’ve never been, it’s a gigantic street fair with music, art, kids activities, jewelry, giant turkey legs, and all kinds of other cool stuff. It’s actually the largest art festival in Central Texas, attracting over 300,000 people!

They have tons of distinctively Austin attractions, including a facial hair groomer. It’s just a good time and a perfect activity for the kiddos.

Be sure to bring your appetite. They’ll have food vendors all over the place for you to grab a bite.

For other fun happening around town, here is a list of our Weekend Top Picks!

Admission: free

When: today, September 26th & tomorrow, September 27th

Time: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Location:
Downtown Austin
6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

For a map visit, http://pecanstreetfestival.org/contact-page/festival-map/

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Outdoor enthusiasts are pretty lucky here in Austin. We’re graced with scenic trails and beautiful views right in our own backyard (see: Town Lake (Lady Bird) and the Barton Creek Greenbelt).

For those who have ran the trail and hiked The Greenbelt countless times, we’ve put together a list of our favorite hidden gems in Austin that may not be on your radar. All the trails are free and are within a 30 minute drive from downtown. Check ’em out!

 

1. For the challenger – River Place Nature Trail

Surrounded by greenery and tall trees, this trail will take you to a different world; a world that is shaded and cooler (great for the hot, summer months). After climbing many stairs, your heart rate will soar and you’ll reach high levels of elevation that you wouldn’t find anywhere else in Austin. The trail is extremely clear and is impossible to get lost on. Make sure you stop at the creeks and waterfall to cool off. If you’re looking for a challenging hike, this ones got your name all over it!

Pro tip: If you’re a moderately-experienced runner, run the trail. It’s worth it!

Distance: 5.5-6 miles (round trip; no loop)
Dog friendly: Yes
Terrain: Mostly dirt, stairs, some water crossings

 


 

2. For the explorer – Walnut Creek Trail

This neck of the woods is a popular spot for both hikers and mountain bikers. Comprised of a huge, 15-mile mass of land, Walnut Creek is an explorer’s dream. There are tons of unmarked paths, so you may get a little lost; but that’s more fun, right? With multiple winding paths and few obstacles, undertaking part of the trail is perfect for beginners. The hike offers plenty of overlooks, so don’t forget to stop and smell the roses on the way up. And of course, cool down in the beautiful creek on the way down. 

Pro tip: Wear good shoes. The rocks can be pesky!

Distance: 15 mile loop
Terrain: dirt, loose gravel, small and large rocks, tree roots
Dog friendly: Yes; dogs must be on a leash

 


 

3. For the solitude seeker – Turkey Creek Trail

Located near The Emma Metropolitan Park, you may be lucky enough to see some wildlife on the drive up! This trail is a very cool, secluded spot where you’ll find a creek that runs along the trail. Although primarily flat, you will find parts of the trail that have moderate elevation changes as well as water crossings. This is the place to be one with nature; but, don’t forget that bug spray!

Pro tip: No, really, lather yourself in bug spray. Horse flies are not your friend.

Distance: 2.8 mile loop
Terrain: Loose rocks, dirt, tree roots
Dog Friendly: Yes


 

4. For the peaceful adventurer – St. Edwards Park

Referred to as the “country within the city,” St. Edwards Park is a perfect balance between finding peace and chasing adventure. Surrounded by forest-like areas, there are lots of hidden trails, great elevation, phenomenal views, a waterfall, and a creek. This trail has everything you need for a peaceful getaway and truly is the best of both worlds.

Pro tip: If you’re looking for a more challenging trail with elevation, take the hill trail. Keep your eyes peeled on the way down and you will find a rope swing and swimming hole for all your adventure needs!

Distance: 2-4 mile loop (depending on the trail – hill or creek)
Terrain: mostly dirt, rocks, gravel, and some tree roots
Dog Friendly: Yes; dogs must be on a leash

 


 

5. Don’t forget about the convenience of Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve

Located off of Loop 360, you can access the preserve easily, making it a great spot for families and visitors to Austin. It’s a short trail comprised of multiple paths and terrain (dirt, large rocks, loose gravel, tree roots). There are some hills with relatively high elevation, and multiple overlooks that show off a great view of Austin. With a perfect, easy-to-get-to location, be sure to check out this trail for a weekend adventure. 

Pro tip: Trails are marked very clearly, but here’s a trail map to help out since there are multiple networks of trails.

Distance: 2.5 mile round trip
Terrain: Dirt, loose gravel, rocks, tree roots
Dog Friendly: No

Written by Danielle McIntosh

 

Austin Footwear Labs (AFL) is a local sustainability-focused company that keeps tires out of landfills by producing high-quality, eco-friendly footwear. Who says you can’t go green and look good at the same time? AFL has found a way to promote and practice sustainability without sacrificing on looks. You may be wondering, just how does AFL do this? Well the answer is technology!

Austin Footwear Labs uses APX®, recycled rubber compound made from scrap tires through a process that transforms the rubber into a new virgin rubber compound substitute. This makes it possible to make a high quality and durable shoe that also promotes conscious living. The sandal outsoles are made of 50% recycled rubber from scrap tires that would have ended up in a landfill or burned!

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The first line of sandals consists of two styles each for men (colors available: Red River, Bat Black, Burnt Orange and Espresso) and women (colors available: Purple Haze, Turquoise, Sand and Onyx). The sandals are uniquely Austin, featuring a laser etched 1921 map of Austin on select sandal straps and a logo that resembles a bat in reference to the city’s largest urban bat population! AFL is hosting their launch party right here in Austin, TX on Tuesday, August 18th! The launch party will be co-hosted by Bat Conservation International (BCI) and will take place at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, located at 79 Rainey Street. Bring the family and your furry friends out to celebrate the launch of a local Austin company that is saving the Earth one pair at a time!

Check out the sandals at austinfootwear.com and be sure and RSVP to the event via Facebook at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1467505140215480/ or at eventbrite using this link: http://bit.ly/1NnKIwa 

 

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You better get to taking your annual bluebonnet photo before the season is over. There are several spots around town that I enjoy but this one is my favorite. I drove through campus yesterday and there are so many opportunities to stop for pictures, bluebonnets as far as the eye can see.

There’s a hill covered with patches of bluebonnets with downtown in the distance, so that makes for an excellent photo op. I would recommend going early evening, the sun is best around that time.

For more places to check out the Bluebonnets around town visit this list: 5 Best Places To See Bluebonnets in Austin

Location:
St. Edwards University
Corner of St. Edwards & University Loop Drive
Austin, Texas 78704