Upcoming Dog Events in Texas

Some of the craziest things are going on this month in Texas! There will be potential world-record-breaking dog walks, along with stadiums transformed into dog playing fields!

Dog Bowl

Cotton Bowl Stadium at Fair Park

Dallas, Texas

April 11

The Dog Bowl will be a crazy event that will go on from 1:00 PM-5:00 PM!

Dogs can run around the grounds of this stadium leash-free with human companions. There will be live music, along with an agility course, flyball demonstrations, splash pools, dog contests and caricatures. It is free to attend!

Mighty Texas Dog Walk

1st Street Bridge at Riverside Drive

Austin, Texas

April 17

This will be the third annual giant dog walk, which has broke the Guinness World Records for the past two years as largest dog walk! It is a three-mile stroll through downtown Austin that will go on from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. Upon completion of the walk, dogs will receive gold metals and humans will receive T-shirts. Vendors will also be there to give away dog product freebies.

To participate, it costs $25 if you pre-register, and $30 if you register the day of the event.  It is meant to benefit the Texas Hearing and Service Dogs organization.

Spring Bark

North Shore Park

The Woodlands, Texas

April 17

Spring Bark will be the sixth annual fundraiser that will go on from 9:00 AM-2:30 PM. It will feature lots of fun events, including agility and frisbee demonstrations, dog good citizen classes, various contests, a silent auction, booths for local rescue groups and $20 pet microchipping. There will also be raffle items.

If you wish to attend, it is $25 for pre-registration, and $30 for registration at the event. Part of the proceeds will go to local rescue groups.

Paw Paw’s Pooch Pow Wow

Paw Paw’s Dog House

Arlington, Texas

April 17, 18

This Pow Wow will be an Art Show/Pet Adoption Weekend, and dogs and families are encouraged to attend. There will be over 30 independent vendors, a bounce house, hot dogs, costume contests and more. Local rescue groups will be there with pets up for adoption. It will go on from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM both days.

Paws for a Cause Dog Walk

University of Houston: Clear Lake Campus

Houston, Texas

May 2

This dog walk will be to benefit the Jori Zemel Children’s Bone Cancer Foundation. It will be a 3K walk/run that will begin at 1:00 PM and end at 4:00 PM. Admission is $10; registration entitles a free dog bandana!

Upcoming Cat Shows in the South

There are many fun cat shows coming up in the South this month. Some of them are open to the public! Check with the individual shows’ websites on show rules and prices for entering your cat.

Cotton States Cat Club Championship Show

Gwinnett Center

Duluth, Georgia

November 7

This show will take place from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. It is open to the public, and is $7 for adults, $5 for children. There will be six rings and cats of all breeds.

Eyes of Texas Cat Club Show

Travis County Exhibition Center

Austin, Texas

November 7

This show has been going on since 1984. It will have commercial vendors, designated parking, gate admission, handicap access and public transportation. It will occur from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. There are seven all breed rings. Concession food will be available there.


Greater Baton Rouge Cat Club Championship Cat Show: Meow De Gras

England Airpark Community Center

Alexandria, Louisiana

November 14, 15

This show will be 6×6 format, have 6 rings and 225 entries per day. Breeds of all kinds will be there.

Allbreed CFA Cat Show

Sportsplex Indoor Sports and Event Center

Winchester, Virginia

November 14, 15

This event will combine the Cat Fanciers of Washington and Capital Cat Fanciers, and there will be 350 entries.

CFA International Cat Show

Georgia Convention Center

Atlanta, Georgia

November 21, 22

This is the largest international pedigreed cat show in the Western Hemisphere. It is held annually every weekend before Thanksgiving, and moves around to a different location each year. There are 750 cats in this show, hailing from the United States, Canada, Asia, Europe and South America, so expect to see some exotic kitties! There are many different competitions in this show, such as best longhairs and shorthairs. There will also be breed booths that offer information about what makes each breed so special. Tons of vendors will be present, selling things like arts and crafts, pet holiday houses, cat food, cat hammocks, and Siamese cat rescue gifts.

Cat Club of the Palm Beaches

Central Florida Fairgrounds

Orlando, Florida

November 28

This is a six-ring all breed cat show. The show is air-conditioned and handicap accessible. There is a 225 entry limit.

Paws for Thanks by Tarheel Triangle Cat Fanciers

Holshouser Building of the North Carolina State Fairgrounds

Raleigh, North Carolina

November 28

This show has six all breed rings, and a 225 cat limit. The building is heated and handicap accessible.

Great Pet Stores in Austin, Texas

loftyAustin is probably the coolest city in Texas, which is why it has some of the best pet shopping in the state! Many of these stores have a hefty history of serving the community for decades, and others offer a selection of locally made products.

Lofty Dog

This store is well-stocked and fun to look around in, and also is involved with community events, such as this dog fashion show. They have many pet toys and accessories. They have a great selection of dog food, including premium foods, raw alternatives and premium dog treats. The have great cat foods and litter. They offer a wide range of locally made products, including natural treats, puppy pillows and even unique pet jewelery.

Bark N Purr Pet Center

This store is stocked with great, healthy pet food options like raw food and healthy treats that don’t have filler. It is good if your pet has allergies to things like wheat, soy or corn. They also have pet beds, litter, litter boxes, natural flea products, leashes and more. It is a great place to shop for dog travel, as they carry seat covers, car seats, belts and life jackets for dogs! This store has served Austin for over half a century.

The Plush Pad

This is a grooming salon for cats and dogs. It has some top-notch stylists who have been grooming for over 30 years. You get to choose what kind of shampoo they will use on your pet, such as tea tree, degreasing, oatmeal or tearless puppy. Dogs get a bandana or scarf, and cats get a catnip mouse to take home. They also work as a boutique, and offer a selection of designer apparel, coats, shampoos, conditioners, hats, rainwear and more for your pet.


Tomilson’s has been open since 1946 in Austin, and has had a South Austin location for 20 years. They are offering discounts throughout specific days in October. They offer many brands of pet food.


This is the place for people that have exotic animals. They claim to be the best exotic pet store in Texas! They have many crazy species of animals, with anything from millipedes, to sugar gliders, to hedgehogs, to newts to tortoises. They have a good stock of supplies too, and they produce their own crickets and superworms.

Great Dog Parks in Austin, Texas

With warm weather most of the year, you will want to take your dog to the many outdoor attractions during your visit in Austin, Texas. It is complete with gardens, access to the Colorado River, three human-made lakes, hiking trails and many creeks that are dog-friendly.

Dog-Friendly Parks:

Barton Creek Greenbelt Preserve

Leashed dogs are allowed in this park, which includes about 7 miles of hiking trails and many popular swimming holes. Some natural attractions include cliff walls and beautiful vegetation. The water in the creek usually runs in the spring.

Town Lake

People and dogs love this hiking and swimming area, but keep in mind that dogs must be on a leash, with a maximum length of six feet. There are ten miles of trails, and there are playgrounds, picnic tables and restrooms on the premises. Many beaches surround the lake. From March through November, you can watch bats fly out from the Congress Avenue Bridge at dusk. There are many good restaurants with outdoor patios close to the park.

Zilker Metropolitan Park

One of the popular parks in Austin, you can have fun along its 350 acres and 1.5 miles of trail. Dogs must be leased, but cannot enter any of the buildings. However, you can bring it to the Zilker Botanical Gardens. This park comes with a playground, picnic tables and restrooms.

Onion Creek District Park

This park is not very crowded, and has hiking trails with dense vegetation. It is meant for those who are more into facing , as the trails can get muddy after rainfall. In August, the grass can grow up to six feet tall! The entire park is off-leash.

Red Bud Isle

This park has a designated off-leash area for your dog. It is a small island situated between Tom Miller Dam, Lake Austin and Town Lake. There are several short hiking trails, and your dog can go in the water. The hikes are easy and many people take their dogs.

Bull Creek District Parkdog-bull-creek

This is a great park for dogs, and has an off-leash area called BCDOG. There are 32 square miles of limestone seeps, springs, waterways, cliffs and waterfalls. Designed with dogs in mind, many people take their dogs swimming here. The park comes with restrooms and picnic tables. The dog area is located behind the restrooms and is not fenced.

Click here for the rules and regulations about off-leash parks in Austin.