Happy New Year…and here’s to hoping that you’ll have a happy time attending festivals with your canine companion in 2019! January is traditionally a quiet time for dog-friendly activities in Texas, but here’s the 411 on a few fun dog-friendly Texas events taking place this month!
Hair of the Dog
January 1 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Yard Bar at 6700 Burnet Road
Ring in New Year’s Day by helping to create the dawn of a new day for dogs and cats in need! Benefiting The Austin Humane Society, the Yard Barn’s annual party will include a variety of competitions for both pups and their people, including Hairiest Dog; Best Dog Beard, Mohawk and Hairstyle, as well as Best Dog/Owner Look Alike and Hairiest Dog Owner.
Fun with Furiends: Launch Event
January 12 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden at 121 Pickle Rd., Set 111
Get in the game in 2019 and help dogs and cats in need! Celebrating the launch of the mobile game Furiends, this puppy party (which benefits Austin Pets Alive!) will include the opportunity for pet parents to freeze a moment in time thanks to a winter-themed photo booth for Fidos; giveaways for both people and pets; themed cocktails that help a paws cause; adorable adoptables, and much more!
BYOD Houston Masquerade Pawty
January 5 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Batanga Houston at 908 Congress Avenue
New Year’s Eve may have come and gone, but Rovers in H-Town are still reveling at Batanga! Celebrating Spots can sip “Woof Clicquot” (a Fido-friendly champagne) as their humans nom on latin tapas, check out a divine dog jewelry line, and pose with their pets for the “pup” arazzi! The fete for our four-legged friends benefits BYOD’s educational events on dog training. (Both two- and four-legged attendees are invited to don masquerade masks!)
Krause’s Cafe and Biergarten
148 Castell Avenue
January 20 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Are you the pet parent of a sausage dog? If so, let your fleet-footed Fido make a dash for the finish line at Krause’s Cafe’s Dachshund Races! A free event, the stampede of tiny Spots also helps a good cause, with donations to food and supplies collected for the HSNBA.
North Richland Hills
Lone Star Brahmas Operation Kindness Pet Adoption Day
NYTEX Sports Centre
If you are a sports buff whose New Year’s resolution is to welcome a four-legged friend into your heart and home, you can find your MVP (Most Valuable Pet!) during the Lone Star Brahmas Operation Kindness Pet Adoption Day. Once again offering an assist to the North Texas area’s oldest and largest no-kill shelter, the venue where the North American Hockey League team plays their home games will be the place where pups from Operation Kindness will get the chance to meet potential pet parents who will give them a forever home.