The New Dog Days

The Dog Days Are Over…Well, the Old Ones Anyway

We all know how the popular Florence & the Machine song goes: “The dog days are over.” And maybe they are, but there’s a new dog day in town! Yep, gone are the days of dog that were considered slow-moving and generally unpleasant. The new dog days are all about, well, dogs.

Dogs have always been beloved, it’s true, but these days they are basically royalty. Everyone is catering to our four-legged fur babies! Austin is especially geared toward making dogs (and their owners) feel welcomed and comfortable. Let’s take a look at some of the places around town that are responsible for these new-and-improved dog days.

1. D Pet Hotels Austin

This national chain of fancy dog hotels, of course, added a location in Austin; why wouldn’t they? As guests at this hotel, your dog can enjoy Queen beds (or Twin, if they don’t need the extra space), flat screen TVs, and paw massages. This place will make your dog feel more pampered than any of us will ever feel.

Photo Credit: D Pet Hotel

2. In-House Dog Sitting

If your dog isn’t a huge hotel fan, you’re in luck! Pet Care by Cynthia offers not only overnight pet care but also at-home visits and pet walking. When Cynthia isn’t making your dog feel comfy in their own home while you’re away, she’s taking care of her own 3 pups: Precious, Buster Brown, and Cookie.

You can also call up The Pet Butler who offers at-home visits, and will even stay overnight with your pet! In true butler fashion, they will also come chauffeur your pet to and from any vet or dog grooming appointments they might have.

Photo Credit: The Pet Butler

3. Bitchin’ Treats

Dogs these days even get to ride the ever-popular food truck wave! Bitchin’ Treats is a mobile dog treats trailer that will attend your dog-friendly event and help keep the pups fed and happy. Book them soon for one of your “barkday parties” or a “yappy hour”!

Photo Credit: Bitchin’ Treats

4. Grocery Pup

It can sometimes be hard to know what to feed your dog. You want it to be healthy, but you also want them to love what they’re eating! Look no further than Austin’s very own Grocery Pup, who cooks your dog’s food sous-vide. They boast food that is human-grade, non-GMO, and has no added hormones!

5. Pupsicool

With summer only a few months away, what could be better than a treat that not only tastes delicious but also helps keep your dog cool? Pupsicool offers venison bone broth ice pops for pups. Their ice pops are also healthy for your furry loved one — they are dairy-free, sugar-free, sodium-free, and low-calorie. I almost want to try them myself! 🙂

Photo Credit: Stephanie K. Cree

6. Yard Bar

If you still have any doubt about how awesome the new dog days are, wait until you check out Yard Bar. Yard Bar is a full bar just for dogs! Yes, their owners are allowed in too, but the bar caters fully to dogs featuring an off-leash dog park and Bark Rangers to make sure all the doggies get along while owners enjoy their burgers and beer.

7. Pet Photographers

Or “petographers”, as I like to call them. There are multiple awesome photography companies in Austin whose focus is fully on canines and whatever other adorable pets you may have.

Zilker Bark is a photography company who offers packages of photo sessions for your dog, or for you and your dog together. They also have a very active event life and host lots of fun events around town. You can purchase their adorable photobook, “Dogs of Austin – The Book” here.

Photo Credit: Ruff Adventures

You could also take your dog on an epic adventure with Ruff Adventures. This photography company takes your pup on a photography journey around Austin, snapping adorable pictures of them at iconic hot spots around town. Don’t take our word on how adorable they are, decide for yourself!

8. Fashion / Boutiques

Move over, Victoria’s Secret: dog fashion is a thing now. Places like Pupology and The French & I  live to make your pup look fierce and runway-ready.

Photo Credit: Pupology

Pupology, in addition to all-natural treats and chew toys, specialize in shirts, dresses, and sweaters. At The French & I, you can shop dog bandanas and hoodies and can even get some human accessories for yourself!

As you can see, Austin (the world, really) has been taking major steps in showing love to fur babies and their owners. With more and more businesses popping up every day to be inclusive and dog-friendly, and to make the lives of owners easier, we can say for certain that the dog days actually aren’t over.