Our Favorite Austin Dog Companies

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Tired of spending hours googling reviews for a local dog trainer, vet or any other company you need for your dog? We wanted to make it a little easier on our fellow dog owners, so we put together a list of our favorite local dog companies. You’re welcome. We are familiar with and love every company listed. This includes vets, pet supply stores, trainers, clothing and even a few of our miscellaneous obsessions. We hope it helps!

Veterinarians

·       Paz Veterinary, @pazanimalcollective

·       Firehouse Animal Health Center, @firehouseanimal

·       West Lynn Veterinary Clinic

Pet Supply Stores

·       Bark ‘N Purr, @barknpurrpetcenter

·       Tomlinson’s, @tomlinsonsfeed

·       Barkin Creek, @barkin_creek

·       Kriser’s Natural Pet, @kriserspets

Clothing

·       The French and I, @thefrenchandi

·       Chiva Pets Closet, @chivapetscloset

Collars and Leashes

·       Geaux Pup, @geauxpup

·       Blue Collar Co., @blue.collar.co

Trainers

·       Kristin Reno – Dog Trainer ATX, @dogtraineratx

·       Conscious Dog Training, @consciousdogtraining

·       The Stellar Dog, @the_stellar_dog

Photography

·       Dogs Around Austin, @dogsaroundaustin

·       Zilker Bark, @zilkerbark

·       Ruff Adventures, @ruffadventuresatx

·       Kristopher Rutherford, @krutherfordphoto

Boarders, Pet Sitters & Dog Walkers

·       Amanda Quick, @aquicksit

·       Sidekick Pet Care and Recreation

·       Jumping Jack Dog Ranch, @jumpingjackdogranch

·       The Pet Butler, @thepetbutleratx

·       Melanie Demi, @meldemi_

Groomers

·       As the Fur Flies, @asthefurfliesaustin

·       Tracy Abrahams, @tracypetstylist

Doggy Daycare

·       Austin Pup Culture, @austin_pup_culture

Food & Treats

·       Grocery Pup, @thegrocerypup

·       Barkin Creek, @barkin_creek

·       Chow Hound Raw, @chowhoundraw

·       Pawsome Dog Treats – Dog Treats Delivered, @dogtreatsdelivery

 Misc.

·       Work and Woof, @workandwoofatx

·       Dog Spot, @dogspot

·       Dog on Fleek, @dogonfleek

·       BYOD, @byodaustin

Bully Breeds Welcome… Cyber Bullies Not!


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First and foremost, let us say that Dogs Around Austin has zero tolerance for bullying! Unfortunately, the anonymity provided by the internet often empowers unhappy people to say things they know are wrong or hurtful. If you’ve been picked on, made to feel unwanted at events, received cruel messages, or threatened to be “blacklisted” in Austin or on Instagram, know that you are welcome here!

It broke our hearts to discover the vicious conversations and harassment happening in our own community, so we want to take this opportunity to make sure you know that Dogs Around Austin is a safe space. We want to help victims of bullying understand that this reflects on the bully and not you! We want to provide you with a support system of resources on what to do if you are being bullied or harassed. We want to help pair you up with other genuine people and pups so that you can confidently attend events regardless of who else may be in attendance. And of course, we want to host gatherings of friends that are eager to support and encourage one another! This is community, not competition. Let’s be for one another!


Remember, this isn’t about you! Let’s talk about why bullies bully:

 POWER

Cyberbullies want to create the illusion that they have power and can get away with doing hurtful things. If someone tries to manipulate you by referring to their “influence” or threatening to “blacklist” you, walk away! That is not your friend and the only influence and power they have is manipulation itself.

ENTERTAINMENT

This one is particularly hard to accept. To cyberbullies, hurting other people can seem funny and entertaining. They will usually seek an audience in the form or group chats/messages or cliques at parties. Having a group to laugh at their cruelty only intensifies their illusions of grandeur.

FRUSTRATION

When someone doesn't know how or chooses not to deal with their own negative emotions, like frustration or anger, they commonly take it out on whomever they see as an easy target.

ANONYMITY

Bullies are most often unhappy and uncomfortable with their authentic self and create an online personality that's completely different in order to say things they know are hurtful. They label their behavior as “sassy”, “bitchy”, or “telling it like it is” when in reality, it is self-loathing spewing out in the form of hate and cruelty. Most often the characteristics they target on others (i.e. physical appearance, success, happiness, etc.) are the things they actually hate about themselves. You cannot take to heart anything a bully says about you. Know that they’re manifesting their feelings about themselves and you are just a platform on whom they’ve redirected.

 

SYMPATHY

This may seem contradictory but bear with us. Some bullies target others as a way of gaining sympathy. When their bad behavior is brought to light, they will begin to play the victim. They are highly effective at getting you to overlook warning signs you see or sense.  They will tell you how someone took advantage of them or life dealt harshly with them. They’ll blame anxiety, depression, personality disorders, and circumstances to con you into sympathizing with them and wanting to help them. This is a form of manipulation used to alienate you from anyone who might expose the truth about the bully as well as to justify their actions to you so that they seem less heinous.  

REVENGE

Remember, bullies make bullies. Often people will side with a bully to try to get out of being a target themselves. It’s a vicious cycle of those that were bullied perpetuating hate to escape being a victim. Those that were bullied grow to see this as normal behavior or they retaliate by hurting their abuser or others to gain back some semblance of control and power.


If you have been cyberbullied, please make sure to talk to a friend, family member, or physician! As a victim, you can speak out! Bullies operate under the cover of anonymity and often just taking that away will put a stop to their destructive behavior. It also allows you to warn others so that they can steer clear and not become a victim too.

Even if you’re not ready to speak out, don’t  be afraid to block, block, block! Protect yourself! Blocking a toxic account will only improve your quality of life. Regardless of their online presence and threats of blacklisting, you absolutely have the right to choose not to allow them to contact you anymore. Trust us! We block cyberbullies and it has only made our online experience happier and richer than ever!


Dogs Around Austin will not keep quiet.

We will not tolerate bullying of us, our friends, or our community.

If you’ve been targeted and aren’t comfortable attending local events alone, do not hesitate to reach out and we will pair you with other amazing Austinites. And always keep an eye out for @pennytheluckdragon and @babyknuck when you’re out and about!

 

We love you, Austin, and you can always sit with us!

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Where to Drink with Your Pooch in the Holiday Spirit

What are the two things Austin loves most? Drinking and dogs, obviously. Our Pawsidents, Penny and Knuckles, took the time to explore some of the most dog friendly breweries, distilleries and watering holes with wonderful holiday drink specials. It was a ruff adventure but they navigated it graciously. Austin is full of so many delicious watering holes but these were the ones they loved the most.

Austin Eastciders

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  • Drink: Spiced Cider

  • Made with a mixture of sweet and zesty spices including cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves, this cider is slightly spicy with a smooth and sweet finish.

  • Taste: Medium bodied, floral, crispy, zesty, subtle and spicy bite upfront

  • Aroma: Cinnamon, herbal

Austin Eastciders is a staple for dog loving drinkers. Dogs can be indoors or outdoors. They host a ton of dog friendly events and if you ever want a beautiful backdrop for a photo of your dogs , this is the place. Not to mention their cider is delicious.


Iron Wolf Ranch Distillery

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  • Drinks: Hot Buttered Rum & Hot Toddy

  • The hot buttered rum is made with the owner’s grandmother’s recipe. IT IS SO GOOD. With these two classics, you really can’t go wrong. Noteworthy holiday drink, their Iron Hot whiskey. Give us the cinnamon all day, every day!

Iron Wolf is so incredibly dog friendly we couldn’t believe it. The employees gave all the pets, all the love and all the attention. They even have a beautiful dog “wolf” of their own. It’s a bit of a drive from central Austin but so incredibly worth it.


Treaty Oak

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  • Drinks: Hypnotize – Red handed, angostura bitters, lemon juice, house-made orgeat, house-made maraschino liqueur.

  • O.P.P. – Waterloo antique, house-made amaro, house vermouth served over progressive cinnamon, anise, and juniper ice cube.

These cocktails are as delicious as they are pretty. Another wonderfully dog friendly place where dogs are allowed outdoors as well as selected indoor areas. So much to do for the whole family here. Definitely worth your time over the holidays!


Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden

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  • Drinks: Seasonal Hot Cocoa - An adult twist to the holiday favorite, hot cocoa. Add a booze of your choice to this chocolaty delight.

  • Holiday Cocktail Topper - For a limited time, add this holiday topper to any cocktail or coffee of your choosing.

Talk about a good time! This place has dogs, drinks, and java all in one place! Not to mention food trucks. Need we say more? Four paws up for this spacious, dog friendly patio!


Lazarus Brewing Co.

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  • Drinks: Achilles Heel - dry stout, served on Nitro and loaded with roasted chocolate and hints of biscuit.

  • Jolted Phoenix - infused with 18 lbs of house roasted Costa Rican coffee. Immensely drinkable with notes of toasted nuts, caramel and dark chocolate, 4.8% ABV.

  • Despereaux French Saison - Saisons were first brewed for thirsty farmhands toiling in the rural French countryside. Pale and crisp, with spicy undertones - we hop ours with Melon & Blanc for layers of honeydew, peaches, and mango. Here’s to unlikely heroes in unexpected places (and a really great book about a mouse that mattered).

  • Dragon’s Hoard –  No Description but dang it was scrumptious!

  • Signs and Wonders – Rich layers of molasses and cacao combined with a biscuity roastiness and just the right amount of alcohol for chilly winter days. Think of it as 310 gallons of “manna from heaven”, just waiting to fill your glass with hope and cheer!

  • Solomon’s Fancy –  Solomon had a thing for pomegranates. So do we. As a style, Bière de Garde originates in Northern France, a rustic farmhouse ale for thirsty workers during Fall harvest. We brew ours with Texas malt, French hops, and a bold infusion of fresh pomegranate juice for a rich, passionate, romp in the hay. Just like Solomon's Song.

  • Recently Added Holiday Brew: FIRST NOËL – (not pictured) released 12/1/2018 -  An adventurous Winter Wild Ale carefully crafted from two strains of Brettanomyces, re-fermented with figs. Nicely balanced. Super dry. Tastes like liquid mistletoe.

A Fun place to bring the dogs, eat some tacos and enjoy some delicious brews! Located in the heart of East 6th Street. The atmosphere, scrumptious brews and convenient location make this a top notch location to visit during the holidays with your family and pooch!

Austin Instagram Dogs You Need to Follow Right Now

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With Austin, Texas being one of the most dog friendly cities in America, it is, of course, overflowing with adorable Instagram dogs. We’ve done the thoroughly enjoyable research to find you the 10 best Austin Instagram dogs you need to follow right now. Keep scrolling for an adorable bonus we just couldn’t resist.


Rocco the Pug + Weldon

@roccothepug

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Rocco is the most adorable Pugtender serving up mouthwatering cocktails on Instagram. The photography, creativity and sheer talent for mixing cocktails makes this account one to follow. Not to mention Rocco has an adorable brother Weldon making cameos along with guest bartenders. If there is one Austin dog account to follow, this is it.


Mojo & Lola

@atx.gooftroop

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We love this account simply to watch the ever entertaining and goofy personalities of these two ridiculously good looking boxers. Their owners always seem to capture the most hilarious and heart warming moments between these two.


Roscoe Chu-Ferrer

@roscoetheshibafox

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If you’re looking for a beautiful dog captured by equally beautiful photography, look no further. Roscoe’s account combines his foxy good looks, killer tricks, and his pawrents’ extreme talent for photography to present to you these lovely and heartwarming photos.


Apollo, Brooklyn & Cooper

@greatgoldenweenie

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This insanely cute trio has been one of our favorites since day one. The adorable dogs, variety in breeds (and sizes), and humor in the captions makes this an account for the books. You can usually find this trio all over town on the weekends hitting up Austin’s hottest dog parties. Give them a follow and every post will certainly brighten your day.


Appa & Momo

@appa_the_pug

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Turns out we have a thing for super adorable pugs and these two definitely top the list! These little loafs bring the cute factor of Austin’s Instagram up by twenty points. Talk about all the snugly pugly feels!


Rhett Muttler The Cavalier

@rhettmuttler

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Cavaliers have been an Instagram staple since the app first started and Rhett does not disappoint! His little smiles and bubble chasing adventures with bring a smile to your face with every photo.


Kouga

@themagicalsamoyed

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Kouga’s Instagram handle is no exaggeration. This is the most magical Samoyed we’ve ever seen. We aren’t sure what is more beautiful, the dog or the photography. Never has the use of props been so perfect.


Suzi + Fenley

@suzi.and_thefenster

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These “shiblings” are living it up in Austin, Texas. Their photos and play times take us from the comfort of their home to the outdoor beauty of the Texas Hill Country. The lovely photography isn’t their only eye catching talent either. Word on the streets is they slay at Halloween.


River the Plott Hound

@rivertheplotthound

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This brindled beauty is living the good life and it definitely shows in her feed. We absolutely love this cutie and all her adorable photos. Check her out when searching for that next dog you want to follow and love as much as your own.


Neeko Freako & Phife Dawg

@freakyneeko

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Hittin’ you hard with two more pugs because we just can’t get enough. These brothers slay in their humor and will give you more clothing envy than Carrie Bradshaw. We beg you, if you want to follow an account that is sure to make you laugh, make it this one!


As for that bonus we just couldn’t resist… Our Pawsidents!

Knuckles & Penny

@babyknuck & @pennytheluckdragon

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