Keep Austin Dog Friendly

Through Responsible Dog Ownership.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Dogtopia of Austin Hosts Annual Charity Dog Wash to Support Working Canines

Dogtopia, a full-service dog day care, spa and boutique, prides itself on being a place where pets are valued as family and­ where dogs enjoy endless playtime and spa treatments in a positive environment. Amy Nichols, president and founder of Dogtopia, began her campaign to raise awareness for military dogs, as well as working dogs of all kinds in July 2005. To accommodate the success of the campaign, she established a permanent charitable wing of her company called K-9 Support, where all dog wash donations in Austin will go toward.

On Sunday, July 18, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., you're invited to bring your dog for a spa treatment.  You (the human) will get to enjoy tasty nibbles, games, raffles, and other activities 


Dogtopia of Austin 
2105 RR 620 South
Building 1, Ste.101
Lakeway, TX 78734


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Bark in the Park, July 17th

Want to spend a day playing with puppies and learning about responsible pet ownership?  You won't want to miss Bark in the Park. With oodles of fun vendors to informational sessions, join other Austin dog owner at Zilker Park this weekend for mingling, learning, and chowing down picnic style.  Information follows:

Bark in the Park Austin

The day-long gala benefits several local area  non-profit rescue organizations, while bringing awareness to education, outreach and accessibility within the Greater Austin canine community. Activities begin at 8:30,  and ends at 3pm.

Location: Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater, Located in Zilker Park across from Barton Springs Pool.

Bark in the Park Austin attendees will enjoy panel discussions, demonstrations, product testing, shopping, contests, raffles and giveaways while they learn how to participate in local causes and support the local service providers and retailers in our area.

The day will kick off at 8:30 am with “Breakfast with the Beagles” – of course ALL dogs are welcome.
($5 donation)

The park area will feature:
Eco-Dog (fitness, eco-friendly products, clothing, demos, etc)
Wellness and Vet Care (food, Vets, general care, massage, alternative medicine)
Training and Behavior/Other Services (includes grooming, boarding, and individual services)
Retail & Rescue (retail shops, product sales other than food / treats, specialty… and rescue groups)

Attendees should pre-register online for a $10 fee.  Check in at the registration table to receive your wristband and back pack.
•           Onsite registration is also available to receive the backpack or for breakfast, as quantities last.
•           Kids under 10 free.
•           Limited concession items will be available throughout the day. Picnics encouraged!

A silent auction will deliver a mix of art, jewelry and gift baskets which will go home with the highest bidders. Proceeds to benefit “Share.Care.Sandy.” project.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bastille Day Celebrations that will make your tummy happy and poodle happy.

Bastille Day is tomorrow, which means tomorrow is full of celebrations. I've copied this post over from my Misohungry blog. Not only does it have fun food and drink events, but there's also a poodle parade at the AMOA!

Peche on 4th Street is offering $2.50 St. Germain cocktails from open until close. If you haven't had St. Germain or been to Peche yet, you are missing out. Get there! Also, here's the blog post from the St. Germain Dinner at Fino.
Mirabelle is also hosting a Bastille Day Dinner with some French wines for your inner wine fancier. Information follows.

Bastille Day Wine Dinner, Weds, July 14th, @ 7pm. $65 (inclusive of tip/tax) 346-7900
We had such a great response to Michael raiding the cellar for the All American Wine Dinner, that he has been sent down again to find French wines for the celebration of Bastille Day. And what a set of wines: a terrific French 100% pinot noir sparkler, something old (2001 Puligny Montrachet) , something new (New World style Bordeaux), his favorite score from the acclaimed 2007 Rhone vintage, and a little Sauternes to send everyone home sweet. Michael obtained these wines over the years and on futures, so take advantage of his purchasing prowess and enjoy this Bastille wine dinner at half the price of its value.

Mirabelle Restaurant
Bastille Day Wine Dinner
Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 7:00pm

Truffled Brie Gougeres
(NV) Brut D’Argent Sparkling Rose

Pan roasted Monkfish with Crispy Shallots
Avruga Caviar-Chive Remoulade and Sauce Meuniere
2001 Puligny-Montrachet, Domaine Gerard Chavy

Butter Roasted Quail with Herb-Bread Stuffing
Green Peppercorn Sauce
2006 Chateau GRAND DESTIEU Grand Cru
(Saint-Émilion, 90 points Wine Spectator)

Boeuf Bourguignon ala Julia Child w/ Les Halles Frites
2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, MAS DE BOISLAUZON
(94 points. Robert Parker)

Brillat-Savarin Crème Brulee with Pear & Apple Compote
2006 Sauternes, Chateau Roumieu-Lacoste

Le Cordon Bleu is offering a four course French menu for just 17.89 on July 14th.


The Austin Museum of Art is also throwing a Bastille Day Celebration, complete with a Poodle Parade.

July 14, 2010 from 5:30-9 pm
Austin Museum of Art-Downtown 823 Congress Ave at 9th Street
All proceeds benefit the AMOA’s exhibition and education programs
For everyone with a French flair for excitement…all ages!
Admission Tickets: $10-AMOA Members / $15-General Public
Join AMOA today and receive a free ticket benefit.

OOO-LA-LA! Party Features:
Poodle Parade and Prize Promenade/French Music/"Picture Yourself in Paris" collaborative mural/food and wine on a sidewalk café/photograph opportunities/berets and other great souvenirs.

Poddle Parade

Poodle Prize Package:
  • Lunch for two at Chez Nous,
  • a 8x10 pet portrait and sitting by Robin Jackson Photography,
  • a gift basket from Lofty Dog, and a trophy designed by Carl McQueary.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Fourth of July with the Four-legged.

Fourth of July can be a fun holiday for humans, but oftentimes a frightening and dangerous holiday for pets. With the noisy fireworks and parties, many pets are anxious and may break out of their crates, homes, or yards. Here's some links to helpful hints on how to keep your pet calm and safe.

Sacramento SPCA 
Best Bullstick Dog Blog
Dumb Friends League

And if you're so inclined, Lakeway Spa and Resorts is having a pet parade at 11am.  Check out the hotel's website here.  Call for more details.