Aloft In His Perch: Eko’s Favorite Spot In Dallas

The Aloft Hotel in downtown Dallas has a lot going for it – great location, easy parking, no weight limits for pets and a bunch of other nice perks.  But as far as Eko was concerned, there was only one amenity he cared about – the perch.

Aloft was converted into a hotel from an old warehouse, so between the desk and the wall there was a small ledge at window height.  Eko fell in love with that little nook and basically spent the entire week there sunbathing and watching the world go by.

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Eko watched over the city like Batman

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And checked in with me to see how the posts were coming

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“Hey Will, are there any treats left?”

We had a great week at Aloft for a lot of reasons, but Eko would like to personally thank whoever decided to build that ledge.  It really made his week.

The only thing I know about Oklahoma is that the state borders were designed in tribute to the “We’re #1” foam finger, so this week should be full of discoveries.  We had an amazing three weeks in Texas so a big tip of our imaginary cowboy hat to Houston, Austin and Dallas.

See you in OKC!


Dog Friendly Dallas: A Dog Park Urban Oasis

As a general rule, you usually don’t want to be hanging out underneath the freeway.  However, some brilliant minds in Dallas turned one of the most undesirable urban locations into a really great dog park.

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I give you, the Deep Ellum Bark Park

The park isn’t huge, but it’s plenty big enough for your dog to get in a good run.  Each pillar in the park was painted by a different artist and the portraits and graffiti are definitely worth checking out.  During our trip to Bark Park this afternoon Eko made fast friends with a German Shorthaired Pointer.  The two wasted little time before turning into side by side blurs bouncing around the park.

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Runners on your marks

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We’re headed to Oklahoma City tomorrow, but Eko had so much fun at Bark Park that we may just have to make one more stop before we get on our way.

Lastly, one of our readers from Oklahoma named Sara wanted to meet up with us at her favorite park in OKC, but unfortunately she didn’t leave any contact info.  Sara (and all other OKC residents) drop us a line at so we can set something up!

Dog Friendly Dallas: Day Of The Dog Park

Somebody should  call up Guinness, because I’m pretty sure Eko and I have to be getting close to the record for “Most Dog Parks Visited In One Year.”  We added two more Dallas dog parks to our list yesterday afternoon.  We started off with a visit to Wagging Tail, Dallas’ newest dog park.

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Eko loved darting through the small groves on either end of the park

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And of course he had to check out the new four month old puppy

Next we stopped by White Rock, Dallas’ first dog park.

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Two dog parks in one day?  Even Eko couldn’t believe his good luck

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If your dog likes to swim, White Rock has an area where dogs can hit the river

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After the park we took another ride on the trolley, but Eko was a bit more tired this time around

We’re still figuring out our St. Patrick’s Day Eve plans, so let us know if you have any ideas!

Dog Friendly Dallas: Trolley Tour Update

Since our subway ride in Boston, we hadn’t found another city that welcomes pets on public transportation.  Thankfully that trend was broken this week with Dallas’ pet friendly M-Line trolleys.

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You and your pup can hop on the trolley anywhere you see this sign

Not only are the trolleys free, but they are also the best way to take a tour of uptown Dallas.  You can hop off to take a walk along Turtle Creek Park, and then catch the trolley at the other end of the park to continue checking out the sights.

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Eko assumed the role of the tour guide and welcomed aboard all new passengers

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Just your average tourist

There is definitely something relaxing about cruising around in a trolley and we had a great time taking in the sights of uptown Dallas.  Eko enjoyed the trolley and today I can tell he’s looking to do some cruising under his own power. We’ll be checking out two of Dallas’ dog parks, Wagging Tail and White Rock, so let us know if you’re around or if you have your own favorite off-leash spot in the area.

Eko On Board



Eko and I are taking a tour of the city on one of Dallas’ historic trolleys.  It’s a very cool way to see the area and it sure beats driving.  So if you’re in the area, be on the lookout for a Ridgeback with his head halfway out the trolley window.

Dog Friendly Dallas: The Time Traveler Edition

After wrangling steer yesterday morning, we continued our history lesson with a visit to Dallas Heritage Village.  The Village is a grouping of restored structures from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Dogs aren’t allowed in the buildings, but they are welcome to join you on a tour of the grounds, which is definitely the best part of the park.

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Unbeknownst to me, Eko and a small child had a Wild West standoff

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Even Eko might have a tough time chasing down this lion

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Thankfully this did not turn into a Ridgeback in a hen house situation

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I can also tell you that the fences at the village are very well built and your dog couldn’t wriggle into the sheep’s pen if he tried.  And boy did he try

 We’re going to continue our journey through time with a ride on one of Dallas’ vintage trolleys. If you know any good stops along the way, be sure to drop us a line.  And thanks to @LadyHawk875 for the recommendation!

Dog Friendly Dallas: Rodeo Practice

There is no way we are leaving Texas without wrangling some cattle, but there is no way we have even the slightest qualifications to do so.  Luckily we found a perfect solution right outside our hotel doors.  The Dallas Pioneer Plaza Cattle Drive is the largest bronze sculpture of its kind in the world and consists of three cowboys and seventy steers.  For the morning at least, it also contained one Ridgeback.

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Eko dreamed of steering steer

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And leading them across the plains of Texas

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No steer would be lost with Eko on the prowl

Pioneer Park is also the large park downtown, so in addition to being a great place to pretend you’re a cowboy, it’s also the best spot in the area to take your dog for a walk.

It looks like the clouds followed us up from Austin, but hopefully the rain holds off while we explore the city this afternoon.

Let us know if you have a favorite pet-friendly Dallas destination we should visit!

Decker Creek Bed and Breakfast and Biscuit: A Dog Friendly Austin Paradise

Before we even set foot/paw in our cabin at Decker Creek Bed and Breakfast (and Biscuit) I knew we were going to have a great stay.  When I made the reservation with Pat, one of the owners, I let her know I would be traveling with my dog.  “Of course you are,” she replied in a voice which made it sound like I would have been crazy not to bring Eko along.  And she was right.

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Our front porch was the perfect spot to kick back after a hard days adventuring

With just about every possible dog-friendly amenity you could imagine, Decker Creek was an amazing place to spend our week in Austin.  Usually we’re excited to leave our hotel each morning to search for adventure, but Eko was always reluctant to hop in the car at Decker Creek.  With dozens of acres to roam, a stream to splash around in and a full agility course on site, why would a dog ever want to leave?  Our cabin had a fenced in backyard, an outdoor shower and even some homemade dog treats.  Best of all, Eko was welcome at breakfast, so while Pat, Byron and I ate, Eko was free to romp with their dogs.

Put simply: life is good at Decker Creek. Especially if you’re a dog.

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Homemade treats for all! What can I say, my cookie hand is faster than my camera hand

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Eko was free to run his heart out

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Or just kick it with me out back on the hammock

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Pet photographer Jay Herman snapped this awesome photo which captures just how much fun Eko had at Decker Creek. You can check out more of Jay’s work here.

Decker Creek is about twenty minutes outside of Austin, but if you’re traveling with your dog there is nowhere you would rather stay.  We’ve stayed at some amazing places, but as far as Eko’s concerned, Decker Creek is tops.

There are only two cabins on Decker Creek’s property, so if you’re visiting Austin with your pup make sure you book in advance!  And make sure you say hi to Pat, Byron, Beau, Shiva and Razor for us!

Let’s Play!


With a face like that, who wouldn’t want to play with Eko?  Austin people, grab your dogs and bring them down to Zilker Park this Saturday at 10 am.  We’re meeting at Pride Rock, aka the rock in the above photo.  We also have a ton of great giveaways, so come on out for a fun time.  If you don’t like fun, then this is not the event for you.


Special thanks to the people at Austin Offleash for helping us get this organized!

Dog Friendly Austin: A Few More Turkey Trot Shots

I love running with Eko, but that almost always means I have to put him on a leash.  The trail at Turkey Creek is the first place we’ve visited that explicitly has an off-leash policy.  The rolling trail crosses the creek at multiple points and it is a beautiful place to go for a run or hike with your dog.

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While I stuck to the trails, Eko torpedoed up and down the slopes

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Eko had fun splashing at the world’s smallest waterfall

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And he made me take this photo so that he could tell all his lady friends he once jumped up a waterfall

Turkey Creek is a great place to go if you’re looking to ditch the pavement and ditch your leash.  It is absolutely worth the short drive from downtown.

If any Austinites haven’t gotten their caffeine fix this morning, come meet up with Eko and me at Mozart’s Coffee.  We’ll be hanging out between around 9 – 10.