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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.

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


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!–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.


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.

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

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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?


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

2316 Webberville Road
Austin, Texas 78702

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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 ( / shirt by Vonstreicher Goods ( / reproductions of Bryce’s drawings by Skyline Art Prints (

Photo by Lisa Hause Photography ( / shirt by Vonstreicher Goods ( / reproductions of Bryce’s drawings by Skyline Art Prints (

“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.



Follow his work at the links below:


Bryce Dishongh can be contacted at

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


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.

Are you looking to bring a furry friend home for the holidays? The Austin Animal Shelter is currently holding an adoption event where you can adopt any animal for $20.00.

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If you can’t commit to an adoption, they’re also in need of treats, toys, collars, jackets for large dogs, and dog houses.

Adoptions: $20

When: Now – January 5th

Austin Animal Shelter
7201 Levander Loop
Austin, Texas 78721

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Tonight is the night, the famous Zilker Tree will be lit for the first time of the season..


I am so excited about the Tree Lighting this year as it is also a reminder that the Trail of Lights will be back this year as well. The Trail Of Lights will run December 8th – 22nd.

This 155-foot tall “tree” is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25-watt bulbs totaling 3,309 lights. It’s really something to be seen and an absolute icon as you go past the park in December.

The Zilker Tree lighting dates back to December 10th, 1967.

The Zilker Tree will be lit every night from now – December 31st, 6 p.m. – midnight.

When: today, December 1st

Time: 6:00 p.m.

2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

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I personally love all the F1 madness- free shows, free booze and if you know the right people, free entry into parties that people from around the world are spending tens of thousands of dollars to get into. That being said, I get that it’s not for everyone.

Moontower Saloon Main

If you’re one of the many folks who miss ‘Old Austin,’ taking a trip to The Moontower Saloon (away from the downtown chaos) can be refreshing. Located on Manchaca Road just South of Slaughter Lane, Moontower regulars have named this bar and the beautiful outdoor venue surrounding it Awesome, Texas.

It’s hard to believe they’ve done so much with this place in just a year. I went not long after it opened and it reminded me of the ‘turn-a-house-into-a-bar’ concept that was completely revamping Rainey Street. What makes The Moontower different though, is the plot of land it sits on and how they’re developing it into a massive playground for adults.

The owners were born and raised in Austin, and created a venue that they would want to hang out at themselves. They’re constantly improving the place, and there’s a good chance that by the time you’re reading this they’ve added more, but here’s a short list of some of the ‘things to do’ there:

  • Live Music (always free). They’ve hosted Dale Watson, The Whiskey Sisters and a bunch of other great Austin artists.
  • ‘Outdoor beer games.’ I define these as games you can play whilst holding your beer. They have a soft grassy area with corn-hole (that beanbag game) and well-maintained ‘washer pits.’ I can beat you at both.
  • They hang a massive TV off the backside of the bar every night, and last time I was there they’d hooked up the original Super Mario Brothers.
  • Some of the nicest sand volleyball courts in town. We put a team together for the blog this past season through Austin Sports and Social Club, and even though we never won a game, I still highly recommend it.
  • Food trucks: They’ve rotated a few throughout the year but I’ve never been disappointed. Check their website or follow them on Facebook for the latest offerings.
  • Just sitting out under the trees around a campfire. Ultimately, it’s the beauty of this place that keeps me going back. And how often do you really get to wear that scarf and beanie in Austin? Ladies, they have furnaces too if you don’t want that new jacket to smell like smoke.

Moontower Saloon Campfire

They’ve already bought another plot of land to expand from five acres to ten in 2014; a Trailer-food Park has risen on the adjacent property, and there are rumors of a Hotel San Jose-style boutique hotel and restaurant/bar in the works just up the street. The Moontower is at the forefront of what will eventually be a nightlife and weekend destination for much more than just South Austin residents.

Check the blog this Sunday for more info on their Flood Relief Benefit.

Old Austin Fact: Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic in 1985 was held about a mile away from The Moontower, where the Southpark Meadows shopping center now sits. Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, and Willie headlined the annual event that still runs today (obviously not in the same location).

Willies Picnic 1985

Hours: 11am -2am Monday through Saturday. Noon-2am Sunday

Location: 10212 Manchaca Road     Austin, TX    78748


I know, I know, two outdoor movies in a row but when they are just two classic movies it seems like a crime to not write on it. Ghostbusters, just yes. Plus, this weather is pretty incredible for Austin and you would be doing yourself an injustice if you didn’t get outside and enjoy it in some way, shape or form.


There’s just something about watching a movie outside that takes me back to the 1970’s. Ghostbusters is always a classic!

Make sure to bring a blanket, lawn chair (if you desire), snacks, and bug spray! Also, feel free to bring your dog this evening!

Admission: free

When: today, October 24th

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Republic Square Park
422 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas 78704

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Name: Smiley
Sex: Spayed Female
Breed: Flat Coated Retriever
Age: 1 year old
Days in Shelter/Foster Care: over 100
Animal ID: A655092
Location: Kennel T 02


Take one look at Smiley and you will know how she got her name. Grinning from ear to ear with that signature smile. Smiley came in as a stray back in May 2013 with some knee injuries. She has undergone 2 surgeries and is scheduled for a more invasive one in the near future. Here is what this adorable gal needs:

  • A safe home where she can heal from her future surgery
  • A dog savvy person or people( please, no children under 16)who will work with her on a few of her behavioral challenges such as:
  • Socialization and confidence building with human beings. She warms up quickly and bonds to people but will need you to be the type of person that will expose her to other dog savvy people.
  • Basic obedience training. It seems Smiley did not receive this as a puppy so she could benefit from learning sit, stay and any other basics.
  • Helping her with boundaries surrounding food and treats. Using food as a reward for commands and obedience.
  • Setting her up for success by offering her a stable environment to learn how to be a companion and by allowing supervised play dates with other well balanced dogs.

We are offering the foster or adopter behavioral support and will help you help her heal both medically and socially.
Smiley has been treated for Heartworms and is up to date on Vaccinations and is spayed. She would be best as an only dog.
If you think you can help this black beauty, please contact Austin Animal Center @

If Smiley is not the dog for you, please consider one of our other Pet of the Week’s still looking for a forever home.

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