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.

I absolutely love the Capitol holiday tree (and Menorah).  Make sure to go after sundown as the tree changes colors and does various light shows. You can get some really great photos with the Capitol in the background.

While you’re there I’d recommend scrolling the Capitol grounds. I love walking the Capitol grounds at night; there is something pretty majestic the building being lit up at night. It’s definitely worth the stroll on the grounds.

When: now – New Years

Location:
The Capitol
1100 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701

Happy Thanksgiving! I love to start the holiday with a joke, Q. If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? A. Pilgrims.

So many people are looking for ways to give back this year. Here is a way for you to give back while getting a little pre turkcy workout in. The Turkey Trot has raised more than $2 million, donating the proceeds to Caritas of Austin. Caritas is a nonprofit organization that helps increase stability and self-sufficiency for those suffering from poverty or homelessness

The Turkey Trot is not a 5K, its 5 miles! So by the time you finish you’ll be sure to have earned your turkey!

Registration Starts: 7:30 am

When: today, November 27th

Location:
The Long Center

http://thundercloud.com/turkey-trot/

As much as us humans love patio season, I’m sure our favorite furry companions love this springtime weather even more.

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Whole Foods at the Domain hosts a ‘yappy hour’ every Thursday, and it’s the perfect opportunity to spend some time with your dog in a relaxed setting. Come out and enjoy live music and craft beers on their patio, while both you and your pet mingle.

Admission: Free

When: Every Thursday

Time: 5-7 pm

Location:
Whole Foods Domain
11920 Domain Drive
Austin, Texas 78758

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/events?store=386501&date=2014-04#node-398966

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First off, good morning and congrats to all the marathon runners! Sunday is upon us again and there’s no better way to spend a Sunday than some Sunday Funday action.

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As if this Rainey Street gem couldn’t be any more enticing, on Sundays they host a Big Band Brunch that’s simply amazing. They have a special brunch menu that will make any meat eaters mouth water, and drinks that are dangerously good.

Their ManMosa is a liter mug filled with a bottle of champagne; yes, a whole bottle, topped off with a splash of cranberry or OJ. If that’s a little too aggressive, you can check out the Build Your Own Bloody Mary bar. There’s live music from noon until 3:00 p.m. and your pup is always welcome to come join the party (they even have a special sausage just for dogs!).

When: Sundays

Time: noon – 3:00 p.m.

Location:
Banger’s
79 Rainey Street
Austin, Texas 78701

http://bangersaustin.com

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Name: Cashew
Sex: Spayed Female
Breed: American Bull Dog Mix
Age: 3 year old
Days in Shelter: over 100 Days
Animal ID: A665350
Location: Kennel 16 Town Lake Animal Center

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Cashew has been with the shelter over 100 days now! She has beautiful blues eyes and a heart of gold. She is a high energy girl and needs an active owner. She would make an excellent running/walking  companion for someone with some dog experience. Meet her at Town Lake Animal Center in kennel 16 and go for a walk! Cashew has a video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvyRPSqQ6hQ

If this not the pet for you, check out one of our previous Pet of the Week’s.

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Name: Dina
Sex: Spayed Female
Breed: Pit Bull Mix
Age: 3 year old
Animal ID: A633389
Location: Kennel  52 Town Lake Animal Center

Dina

Dina is lovely 3-year-old pit bull mix who has never met a person or dog she didn’t like. She was adopted as a puppy and then returned by her owner when they moved into an apartment. Dina has been back in the shelter since August, 2013. She is one of the shelter’s most affectionate and well-mannered dogs, and she’s played well with every dog that she’s been matched up with. Come meet this great family dog at Town Lake Animal Center, 1156 w. Cesar Chavez. Check out Dina on Time Warner Cable News as Pet of the Week!

http://austin.twcnews.com/content/search/297076/pet-of-the-week–dina

If this not the pet for you, check out one of our previous Pet of the Week’s.

 

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Are you ready to eat your hearts out for a good cause? Jo’s is hosting their annual chili cook off all in the name of raising money for the Sustainable Food Center.

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It’s going to be a beautiful day to hang out, drink some beer and eat as much chili as you can handle. Jo’s has a day full of food, fun and live music ahead.

Participants  include Ranch 616, La Condesa, Foreign & Domestic, Bubblin’ Red, Grateful Red and Buckeye on the Bayou (among others).

Remember dogs always welcome at Jo’s!

Admission: $20

When: today, January 26th

Time: noon – 3:00 p.m.

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/1385782801678966/

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Gourmands, you are amazing. Now I learn that you host a trivia night on Wednesday nights, does it get any better?

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If you haven’t been, Gourmands is a little spot on the Eastside that serves up some of the best sandwiches in town. They have fresh bread delivered daily, and the prices are surprisingly low for the size and quality.

Trivia might be the greatest weeknight activity outside of happy hour. It’s a great way to get out of the house, have a few drinks with friends, and still make it home at a decent hour.

You should definitely go hungry though. If you’re just looking for something to snack on, their queso is some of the best in town. They serve it up with these thick-cut tortilla chips that really make it a home-run.

When: Wednesdays

Time: 8:00pm

Location:
Gourmands
2316 Webberville Road
Austin, Texas 78702

http://www.lovethysandwich.com/events/quiz-night/trivia-every-wednesday-at-8pm/

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Austinites love their pets, and Bryce Dishongh of Coat & Tails Pet Portraits commemorates them like no other: by dressing them up in Victorian outfits. Or famous people.

Photo by Lisa Hause Photography (http://lisahause.com) / shirt by Vonstreicher Goods (www.etsy.com/shop/vonstreichergoods) / reproductions of Bryce’s drawings by Skyline Art Prints (www.skylineartprints.com)

Photo by Lisa Hause Photography (http://lisahause.com) / shirt by Vonstreicher Goods (www.etsy.com/shop/vonstreichergoods) / reproductions of Bryce’s drawings by Skyline Art Prints (www.skylineartprints.com)

“I base my portraits on Victorian or Edwardian conventions because they’re usually highbrow and formal; by contrast, cats and dogs, especially those wearing clothes, are anything but. I aim for highbrow form and lowbrow content. I also want my portraits to show the pet’s personality and role in the family. Anthropomorphizing them helps tell that story in a humorous, symbolic, and conceptual way.”

Portrait of Louis, who is “absolutely obsessed with squirrels, and not in a good way!”

Portrait of Louis, who is “absolutely obsessed with squirrels, and not in a good way!”

You can choose from three different styles:

The styles are named after types of dog coats - Black Ticked, Brindle Fawn, and Blue Merle

The styles are named after types of dog coats – Black Ticked, Brindle Fawn, and Blue Merle

Bryce also helps raise money for local rescue groups. He gives 25% of the proceeds from his live portraits to them, and sometimes has fundraisers for specific causes. For example, in July of 2013, he worked with Austin Pets Alive! to help raise money for heartworm-positive dogs, and in November of 2013, he worked with Austin Dog Rescue to help raise money for adoptable dog Mary Lou and her litter.

Customized poster used in the Austin Dog Rescue fundraiser

Customized poster used in the Austin Dog Rescue fundraiser

 

Portrait of Tanner and Clementine for Alex Boske of Round Rock

Portrait of Tanner and Clementine for Alex Boske of Round Rock

Although Coat & Tails is relatively new to the scene, Bryce plans to expand his custom work to include non-custom, animal-related pieces–such as posters, themed T-shirts, and drawings–to his portfolio.

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Follow his work at the links below:

Website
Facebook
Tumblr
Instagram
Twitter

Bryce Dishongh can be contacted at bryce@coatandtails.com

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Name: Jack
Sex: Neutered Male
Breed: Chihuahua Mix
Age: 2 year old
Animal ID: A669936
Location: Condo A2

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Little Jack here was found running around on East 51st street. He was underweight and very fearful. He has been with us over 3 weeks now and we have found him to be charming, playful and a great companion to go for walks with. He lives easily with other small dogs and rides great in the car. He has tested positive for Heart Worms and needs to be treated for that. Speak to our own personal veterinarian about treatment and preventative. If you are considering adopting a pet, come meet Jack!

If Jack is not the pet for you, check out one of our previous Pet of the Week’s.