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Desert Dogs

  • Desert Door 211 Darden Hill Road Driftwood, TX, 78619 United States (map)

At Desert Door, we love our furry friends and welcome all pets to our tasting room. On National Dog Day, we are celebrating man’s best friend with ZilkerBark and Austin Pets Alive!

Visit our tasting room and bring your dog for a portrait by Austin’s most beloved pup photographer. Photos are $35 each and net proceeds will benefit Austin Pets Alive!. Photos can be purchased on Sunday before or during the event. APA! will be on site to talk adoption and all things pets. While waiting on your session, enjoy sotol craft cocktails and outdoor games. 

Event Photo: @idgybean

Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping to Keep Austin No-Kill. Since 2008, APA! has saved more than 25,000 dogs and cats from being killed at Central Texas shelters.

For almost three years now, ZilkerBark has been celebrating the dogs of Austin by photographing floofin’ pups and letting them have their very own five-minutes-of-fame on the beloved ZilkerBark Instagram account. Everyone believes their own dog is the best, most well behaved, cutest, and floofiest pup around, and the ZilkerBark account act as a platform for the world to see just how special each and every Austin dog is! 

Alex began ZilkerBark three years ago, sort of as a hobby at first. His own dog, Sid, grew quickly in popularity on Instagram and with Zilker Park right down the road, Alex conjured up the idea to not only photograph his own dog, but every Austin dog that visited the park. The Instagram account really took off, thanks to the Austin community of dog lovers and animal enthusiasts. The account is now a local dog phenomenon thanks to the Austin community that has grown so fond of Alex's work (many times chasing him down in the park for a chance to get a photo of their own dog). 

ZilkerBark has also had a prominent charitable presence in the Austin dog community. Since Alex began ZilkerBark, $100,000 has been raised for local animal non-profits in the Austin area. Alex raises these donations through events and collaborations. If there's a charitable dog benefit going on in the area, it's likely that you can find Alex either attending as a guest with his own dogs, photographing dogs to raise money, or headlining the actual benefit himself as ZilkerBark.

Earlier Event: August 26
Paddle for Puppies 2018
Later Event: August 26
NATIONAL DOG DAY FEST