“Hey ladies, it’s me, Kai. I’m a big, strong young man who is looking for my forever love. I’m a fit guy who likes to stay active and would enjoy a partner who is into health, as well. I like spending my days hanging out with lots of human friends, but I’ll always come to you doll. Need a little fun in your life? Well look no further, Kai is here.”
“Hi, I’m Marla. I’m a shy, reserved gal waiting for a calm home to blossom in. I am very sweet one-on-one with adults but I get scared and overwhelmed around younger humans. If we take things slow, I know we can bond and be best friends!”
Do you know how to act around a service dog? Austin360 team member Chloe Gonzales is a volunteer with Guide Dogs for the Blind, and she brought Dodson, her current service-dog-in-training, to our HQ Wednesday. She discussed the do’s and don’t’s for interacting with a person and a service dog and answer questions about getting involved in training. Watch the video below.
So close! Austin dog Whiskeytown Dalwhinnie Brie finished second (!) in the Sporting Group on Tuesday night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Brie, a 4-year-old Wiredhaired Pointing Griffin who won best in breed for the second year in a row, was bested by an Irish Setter named Adrian. Another Texas dog, Golden Retriever Elphaba out of Houston, was a crowd favorite and got what sounded through the TV like the biggest cheers for the group. She came in third. Great showing Brie and Elphaba!
Austin’s own Whiskeytown Dalwhinnie Brie — just Brie when not competing — won best in breed on Monday night in the Wiredhaired Pointing Griffin competition at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The 4-year-old, who won her breed last year, too, will be back in the ring Tuesday night for the Sporting Group at Madison Square Garden. If she wins that, it’s on to Best in Show. Owners Donna and Gino Troy of Austin are there to cheer on Brie, along with Donna’s sister, Debbie Elliott, who tipped us to the victory and shared a photo. Go, Brie!
Looking to adopt a pet? This weekend is the time to do it, because all of Austin’s animal shelters are offering free adoptions all weekend long – that’s right, every single one of them.
The Austin Humane Society, Austin Pets Alive! and the Austin Animal Center are waiving fees on all adoptable pets from Feb. 10-12 as part of the Petco Foundation’s national “Discover Love” event, which is providing funding to cover the cost of the waived adoption fees.
“At any given time, there are 2,000 pets of all ages, sizes and breeds waiting in Austin shelters for new families,” said Austin Animal Center Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond. “This is an exciting opportunity for our shelters to come together, with support from the Petco Foundation, to find homes for hundreds of homeless pets.”