Irie and Tiki Get Ready for Day Tripping


This week has been one of the coldest of the winter here–but we’re making plans for many days of travel in the coming weeks. We will be updating our Day Trips from Austin guidebook (Globe Pequot). This book, which features trips within a two-hour driving radius of Austin, was our very first book; the first […]

Why I Love Stray Dogs


As our regular readers know, both Irie and Tiki are former stray dogs. Tiki was found by the shelter; she was sitting on the side of the road. Irie was running through town before being caught by a Good Samaritan and taken to the local no-kill shelter. Before Irie and Tiki, we had another generation […]

Our Big Announcement: PawZaar! #GIVEAWAY


Happy Valentine’s Day! Fifteen years ago today, we launched our first website, our romantic travel site. Today we are super excited to announce that we are launching a new site that combines both our international travel and pet loves in one:! is an online retail store focused on international goods for pet lovers. […]

We’re One Week from a Big Announcement!


Valentine’s Day has been a big career milestone for us since Feb. 14, 2000 when we launched our romantic travel website. For the next eight years, that site grew to become a bigger and bigger part of our livelihood until in 2008 we launched DogTipper. Well, this Valentine’s Day we are launching another new site–but […]

25 Things You May Not Know About Us & DogTipper


One of my goals for 2015 is to get personal here on DogTipper. Recently a reader wrote to us, asking for advice from someone within our company. Well, while I’m flattered that some people think DogTipper is a larger organization, this is definitely a Mom and Pop company. So one of my goals this year […]

Confused About Which Products to Buy?


Let’s face it: the pet market is bursting with good products. The final numbers aren’t yet in for 2014 but spending in the pet market was projected to be $58.51 billion. Pet supplies make up nearly $14 billion of those purchases, and the options are innumerable for dog beds, dog toys, treats, chews, cleaning aids, […]

Looking Ahead and Looking Behind


On this cold, rainy New Year’s Day (a far cry from the predicted ice storm we’d braced for this week),  we’ve enjoyed having the chance just to relax and snuggle with Irie and Tiki and our cats. In this season of looking behind — and ahead at the year that awaits — we’ve been quietly […]

Happy New Year!


Irie and Tiki want to wish you a very happy New Year!! We’ve got a quiet evening planned here at home with the TV turned up a bit louder than usual to drown out any fireworks. Irie’s Thundershirt is standing by, and we’ve got some bully sticks ready, too, which always seems to distract them […]

Tiki vs. the Polar Bear!


Today we’ve been traveling with Irie and Tiki in La Grange, Texas, a small town near the even smaller community where John grew up. We stopped for lunch at Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites, perched high up on a hill over the Colorado River. The park’s holiday decorations were still in place […]

Irie and Tiki Wish Everyone a Happy Holiday & Merry Christmas!


Irie and Tiki — and ALL of us — want to wish everyone a very happy holiday and Merry Christmas! Irie and Tiki have been busy today unwrapping then chewing (and chewing!) their present from Santa: big tendon chews from Merrick! Both Irie and Tiki took the task very, very seriously… Tomorrow we’ll be back […]