Pups of all shapes and sizes came out dressed in their best and ready for the seventh annual Dogtoberfest. To start the day’s events, the third annual DogtoberTROT took place in Phase II of the Domain. The rest of the festival occurred in the other side of the Domain, where pets and people could enjoy the fest, including highlights like the Wiener dog races and canine costume contest. In addition, Whole Foods sponsored a photo booth that was open for the entirety of the fest and allowed attendees to capture the moment with their pet. All the donations and fees for the KXAN costume contest, photo booth and Wiener dog races went back to the rescues.
Rescue, Hound Rescue, Pug Rescue of Austin, Texas Sweeties Dog Rescue and Wee Rescue. Other nonprofits, like Emancipet, spent the day on site to spread the word and get locals involved in their important work. This clinic has both permanent locations and mobile units that drive to areas of Austin and provide services for pets such as spay and neuter surgeries, vaccinations, heartworm tests and microchipping. Because they have no income qualify, anyone can take advantage of their services.
Dogs loved the races and the contests, but Dogtoberfest gave something for humans too. The first demonstration was presented by Cheryl Chance of CPR for Pets and People and gave pet owners some information on how to save their furry friends in an emergency. She began by explaining that since there is no 911 for animals, it is sometimes necessary for people to act quickly to save a life. Additionally, in the afternoon, Austin Police Department gave their demonstration on how the dogs on the force work to protect citizens. The biggest crowd-drawer of the day, though, was the Wiener dog race, which took place just after noon. Little Dachshunds ran to prove themselves the fastest wieny while owners cheered them along. Many, unaccustomed to racing, never made it even out of the gates, or more accurately their owners hands. All the funds raised from the race went directly to Central Texas Dachshund Rescue, which helps to place this adorable breed in good homes.
Outside the events and demonstrations, many organizations and businesses came out to support the event and the rescue
organizations. Businesses gave a portion of sales back to the groups present or other animal groups. Local restaurants also participated by giving back a percentage of sales and allowing visitors, along with their pups, to take a break and a snack. The eight rescues and other groups had a table to show off adoptable dogs and raise funds by accepting donations or even selling dog-themed apparel and other items.
To cap off the day, KXAN’s costume contest brought in eighty registrants, all of whom gave back to the non-profits with their entrance fee. The contest consisted of five categories: Best Dog/Owner Duo, Best Dog Duo, Fairytale/Fantasy, Best Superhero and Television Shows and Stars. Winners ran the gamut across breeds and age, with some dogs well into their teens and others only a few weeks old. Altogether, owners and dogs had a blast strutting their stuff on the stage with Jim Spencer announcing them and giving a fun fact about each canine. Exhausted from the long day, pets and their owners went off home after an enjoyable afternoon working to help
dogs in need of homes.