Send us your cat photos for National Cat Day

Dear cat lovers of Austin,

We want to see how you’re celebrating National Cat Day, so send us your photos of your favorite feline friend! Tweet us at @austin360 or  tag @austin360 on Instagram. We will compile the photos in this blog, so check back with us later for all the cat photos you could ever want.

Photo by Rachel Corbelli
Photo by Rachel Corbelli

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Austin named a ‘getaway for dog lovers’

A vacation without your favorite four-legged friend is nothing special, according to Condé Nast Traveler. yard-bar

The travel magazine’s newest roundup, aptly titled “5 droolworthy getaways for dog lovers,” provides a number of ideas for how to travel with your dog, from truffle hunting in Oregon to “Bikejorging” in Vermont.

What is there to do for pets and their companions visiting Austin?

“Day drink,” according to Condé Nast, citing Austin’s many pet-friendly hotels, bars, restaurants and dog parks where you can drink alongside your dog.

In addition to a much buzzed-about cat cafe, Austin is home to Yard Bar, a bar that also serves as a dog park. Similar to Yard Bar, Dog House Drinkery is not too far away in Leander.

And when you’re done drinking for the day, Condé Nast suggests the Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin as the place for you and your pooch to rest. The historic hotel provides homemade dog biscuits as well as “Driskill Doggie Business Bags.”

Does this mean Austin will see more tourists drinking with their dogs?

See photos from what might be the world’s first quinceañera for a cat

Ever felt guilty that you don’t celebrate the birthdays of your favorite furry companions?

Maybe it’s time to start, because this San Francisco woman did and the photos she got from her cat Ponette’s quinceañera are pretty impressive.

Credit: Kira Stackhouse
Credit: Kira Stackhouse

Ponette’s owner, Kira Stackhouse, told Cosmopolitan she spent months creating Ponette‘s quince outfit, which included homemade jewelry and a homemade dress.

“Ponette has really blossomed in the past few years and 15 is quite an accomplishment, so a quinceañera seemed like the perfect way to celebrate,” Stackhouse, who specializes in pet photography, told Cosmopolitan.

Credit: Kira Stackhouse
Credit: Kira Stackhouse

For more photos of the feline fiesta, check out Stackhouse’s Instagram or her photography blog.

Credit: Kira Stackhouse
Credit: Kira Stackhouse


What are the top dog names in Austin?

Did you know that the top name for a chihuahua in Austin is “Cowboy?”

McKenzi Popper, 11, celebrates with her dog Remy after he won his race to advance to the quarerfinals. The 18th Annual Buda County Fair and Weiner Dog Races was held at city park in Buda Sunday April 26, 2015 sponsored by the Lions Club. Photo by Ralph Barrera
McKenzi Popper, 11, celebrates with her dog Remy after he won his race to advance to the quarerfinals. The 18th Annual Buda County Fair and Weiner Dog Races was held at city park in Buda Sunday April 26, 2015 sponsored by the Lions Club. Photo by
Ralph Barrera

Or that Daisy is the most popular Beagle name and third most popular dog name in Austin overall?

This data comes by way of by, a neighborhood-focused social media site, in honor of National Dog Day.

Check out the infographic below to see if the name of your furry companion is one of the top dogs in Austin.

Then, give us your thoughts on why Austinites’ favorite name for a Shih Tzu is “Bourbon.”


Looking for more ways to celebrate National Dog Day? Check out Matthew Odam’s list of dog-friendly restaurants, Ari Auber’s scoop on North Austin’s answer to Austin’s cat cafe and these pictures of dogs who look like Willie Nelson.

City of Austin and two Texans among nominees for first ever ‘Pet Parents’ Choice Awards’

The city of Austin and two Texans are among those nominated for the first ever “Pet Parents’ Choice Awards” put on by pet blog Pet360.

The awards, which include the categories of “Most Inspiring Rescue” and “Best Pet Viral Video,” are designed to celebrate pets and pet advocates.

Photo by Ralph Barrera
Photo by Ralph Barrera

The story of a 13-year-old boxer named Annie went viral last year when it was reported that her stay at Austin Pets Alive!, had exceeded an almost unprecedented 1,000 days. In 2014, 22-year-old Lauren Flickinger of San Marcos finally adopted Annie despite her medical issues after seeing her picture on a Facebook post. Flickinger is now one of the five nominees up for “Most Heartwarming Adoption” of the last year.

Arlington’s Sgt. Gary Carter, who famously rescued a pit bull after crossing paths with the dog a number of times while on the job, is also nominated for “Most Heartwarming Adoption.”

The winner will receive $1,000 to donate to a local animal shelter of their choice.

Noting our big Texas-sized hearts, Pet360 also recognized Austin’s citywide pet friendliness, referencing our no-kill policydog-friendly restaurants, off-leash parks, pet-friendly hotels and cat cafe, which is coming soon. Seattle, Tucson, Ariz., Charleston S.C. and Portland, Ore. are the other four cities up for the top honor of “Top City for Pets.”

The city that receives the most online votes will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize, to be given to a local animal shelter. If Austin were to win, the prize money would go to Austin Pets Alive!

Voting opens next Monday and will run through Aug. 2. The winners will be announced Aug. 5.