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About Us


Do you love to celebrate life with your dog? Of course you do! Our love of including our dogs in every aspect of our lives–from restaurant dining to daily walks to weekend getaways–inspired us to launch DogTipper in 2008.

I’m Paris Permenter, co-founder of DogTipper along with my husband, John Bigley. Based in Austin, Texas, we’re longtime travel guidebook writers, cookbook authors, day trip afficionados–and, most importantly, devoted pet parents.

Paris Permenter, cookbook author

John and I are the authors of The Healthy Hound Cookbook (Simon & Schuster), Texas with Dogs (Simon and Schuster) and 35 other pet and travel books.

Our latest cookbook was featured in USA Today, Woman’s Day, Rachael Ray Every Day, Natural Awakenings, Mother Earth News, Dogster and other magazines.

We live in the country just outside Austin, Texas–and the favorite parts of my day are my dog walks–and making dog treats!

We love taking our dogs on our day trips and daily excursions, whether that’s a fun day trip to a local lake or river, a lunch at a dog-friendly patio restaurant, or just running errands with our four-legged family members.

About Our Dogs

Visiting the Old Yeller statue in Fred Gipson’s hometown of Mason, Texas.

We share our homes and our hearts with rescue dogs. In 2008, we adopted Irie and Tiki (above), and they inspired us to launch DogTipper that same year. After Irie’s loss to cancer in 2018, we adopted Bärli, and he quickly took to day trip travel and treat tasting.

John and I came to the pet writing world after 20 years as travel guidebook authors. We’ve written over 35 guidebooks and 2,000+ magazine and newspaper articles covering destinations ranging from Jamaica to Jordan, the Bahamas to Borneo–as well as numerous guides to Texas including Day Trips from Austin, Day Trips from Houston, Day Trips from San Antonio, Texas with Dogs, Texas BBQ, and Insider’s Guide to San Antonio.

Did You Know We Also Have a Store?

Along with DogTipper, we’re also the founders of YUCKY PUPPY, an online store featuring our exclusive YUCKY PUPPY® dog walking bags, poop bag carriers and biodegradable poop bags.

We also publish two other blogs: CatTipper and Best Texas Getaways.

Professional Membership

Paris is a member of:

Dog Writers’ Association of America