The A.W.E.S.O.M.E Awards – Dallas, Texas

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It is good to be a dog in Texas.  Over the past three weeks we have found some of our favorite destinations in the whole country and it was tough leaving those places behind.  Here are some of the awesome places we’ll miss in Dallas:

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Eko will definitely miss his steer buddies

A.W.E.S.O.M.E Dog Park Bark Park – We visited Dallas’ three most popular dog parks, and while each one had something going for it, Bark Park won us over with it’s unique design and atmosphere.  We always love it when dog parks can help make the community   come together – even if it’s under a freeway.

A.W.E.S.O.M.E Tour – M-Line Trolley– Kick up your feet/paws on a ride in one of Dallas’ historic trolleys.  There is no better way to get a (free!) tour of Uptown and your pup will enjoy cruising the streets in style as much as you do.

A.W.E.S.O.M.E Time Travel Trip – Heritage Village – For nine bucks you can take a stroll through time to see how Texans lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  The grounds are a great place for a walk and you can check out some really cool historic homes on the way.

A.W.E.S.O.M.E Park – Pioneer Paza– It’s worth the trip just to see the bronze statues, but the plaza also has a Civil War era cemetery and plenty of green space.  If you’re downtown, you should definitely swing by.

A.W.E.S.O.M.E Hotel – Aloft – One word: perch.  Thanks to Aloft, I may have to build a permanent perch for Eko when we aren’t living in a car anymore.  Aloft is a cool hotel in the heart of downtown and it puts you close to Bark Park and tons of other great spots.

In sum: Texas you have a special place in our hearts and you have set the bar for the rest of the trip!

We dodged some flash floods getting to OKC and it now looks like we may have to contend with Thunderstorms for the week.  But if Ben Franklin and his key could handle it, then Eko and I got this no problem.


The A.W.E.S.O.M.E Awards – Austin, Texas

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The rain washed out our weekend, but we still had an amazing week in Austin.  The city is packed with tons of pet-friendly destinations and we could probably spend a month here checking them all out without visiting the same place twice.  Here are our favorite stops from the week.

Awesome Hotel: Decker Creek B&B&B – Not only the best pet-friendly lodging in Austin, Deck Creek may just be the best pet-friendly lodging in the country.  Be sure to book well in advance!
Awesome Run: Turkey Creek – Turkey Creek is the only place we’ve found with trails that are specifically designated as off leash.  The creek and the surrounding area provide a beautiful backdrop for a run or hike with your dog.
Awesome Pet Store: Lofty Dog – Usually it’s a battle just to get to the register with Eko trying to eat his treats before we leave the store.  At Lofty Dog well behaved pets (and Eko) are welcome to hang out off leash while you shop in peace.
Awesome Restaurant: South Austin Trailer Park –  Only in Austin will you hear “trailer park” and “great food” in the same sentence.  With a bunch of different trucks to choose from, you can’t go wrong grabbing lunch here. Your dog can beat the Texas heat lounging under the picnic tables with some ice cold water from one of the public jugs.
Awesome Park: Zilker Park – Zilker Park is a triple-threat, you can take your dog on-leash around the paths, you can let your dog off leash in the wide-open designated off-leash area and adventurous dogs are more than welcome to hop on a canoe with you at the boat rental shop.
We had a unbelievable trip in Austin, but it’s time for us to finish up our Texas three-step with a visit to Dallas.  Stay weird, Austin, and stay pet-friendly!

Pet-Friendly Houston: Where To Eat

We needed some adventure fuel to power our week in Houston, so yesterday we visited Barnaby’s Cafe, a local restaurant named after the owner’s dog.  And there are just a few clues at the cafe which might lead you to believe it’s dog friendly.

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As we waited for the table, Eko thanked me profusely for my choice of restaurant

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Now the menu just might tip you off that dogs are welcome, but just in case…

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The sign spells it out for those of us slow on the uptake. (Side note: Eko and I have never looked as refined as the individuals in that diagram)

While I enjoyed a delicious lunch Eko was kept content with a water bowl and a massive milk bone.  Barnaby’s has a few locations in the city, so wherever you are in Houston with your pet, you should be sure to swing by.

Today we’ll be all over the city and I’ll post some updates on the go.  If you see that we’re in your neighborhood be sure to let us know.  First stop, Bill Archer Dog Park!