When the Domain goes to the dogs, Halloween can’t be far behind. That’s because Dogtoberfest, one of the area’s most popular annual dog festivals is held there each October.
Sure,. the Domain is always dog-friendly. But during Dogtoberfest, the upscale shopping and dining center is transformed into dog and dog-people heaven.
I lost count of the wonderful rescue groups there, each working to bring together people and pups (including my personal favorite, Austin Boxer Rescue (we have a rescued boxer mix, so we’re biased!) Add to that dozens of booths offering information on training and boarding, another dozen or so more for gourmet dog treats and healthy pet food, and a bunch of places to buy really cool dog toys, collars and other accessories, and you have the perfect day for spoiling your four-footed family members.
And because Dogtoberfest is around Halloween, you even get to dress your pups up for the festivities, and compete for prizes. I saw everything from simple sweaters to elaborate team costumes complete with movable sets! The “I Love Lucy” group won this year, but sadly my photo of that team didn’t come out
If you missed the festival this year, take heart! There’s always next year’s festival — and now you have plenty of time to plan that perfect costume!
Yes, Austin loves its dogs…and this festival is just one more fun, silly piece of that!