High-Rise Living: Going to the Dogs

Dogs and downtown living go hand in paw in many cities–but how about when those dogs are living in a high-rise? We were interested to hear what one new high-rise opening next spring, The Austonian in Austin, Texas, were doing to attract pet families to the 56-story condo building.

10th Floor Dog Park

The luxury high-rise condo includes a dog park and an area dedicated to pet grooming. Knowing that leaving the building is not always the most convenient alternative, a dog park offers a secured outside area on the 10th floor of the building. The surface of the park includes a Synlawn synthetic grass surface with a sanitary drainage system.

Adjacent to the dog park is a pet grooming area with a raised bathing area where owners can groom their own pets or a professional groomer from locally-owned Dirty Dog can provide in-building grooming service. These spaces created for pets are part of the 40,000 square feet of amenities The Austonian offers and are supported by a 24/7 staff of Austonian Assistants.

Pet Care Services

The pet-friendly areas within the building are complemented by a selection of pet care services provided by locally-owned specialists.

Pet food delivery, personal shopping, pet sitting and taxi service to and from appointments outside the building are examples of services provided by Lofty Dog, which is headquartered two blocks away from The Austonian. Pet grooming is provided by Dirty Dog, which will provide professional, on-site grooming by appointment for a specified fee based on breed. There will also be a self-serve tub and dryer available if a quick bath or rinse-off is all that is needed.

Veterinary Services

Full-service veterinary care is provided by Austin Urban Vet Center, located just blocks from The Austonian at 710 West 5th Street. Austin Urban Vet Center will provide state-of-the-art veterinary medical, diagnostic and surgical services, dog play care services with indoor park, pet suite boarding services for dogs and cats, onsite grooming with Dirty Dog, and bakery services provided by Groovy Dog Bakery. Local veterinarian Dr. Erin Homburg and the staff at Austin Urban Vet Center will also provide pet care education, canine rehabilitation services, dog training and holistic veterinary services to building residents.

Nearby Dog Facilities

The Austonian is located in the heart of downtown Austin, adjacent to the 2nd Street District (photo of downtown Austin during Mighty Texas Dog Walk, above). The Hike and Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake, which includes places for dogs to swim and play leash-free, is just two blocks away.

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