Thursday, April 7, 2011

Join HOTLR on a Historic Walking Tour of Austin

Seriously, temperatures already hitting the 90's? Phew, it looks like we are in for a long hot summer. So my recommendation is that you cling on to the last few "cool" days of Spring, and spend as much time as you can outdoors with your canine companion.

Not sure where to go? How about spending some quality time with your pooch downtown? A leisurely Sunday afternoon stroll with your pup will not only be good for your dog, but it will be good for you too!! So, join Heart of Texas Lab Rescue (HOTLR) this Sunday for a walking tour of Congress Avenue and E. Sixth St. The tour departs from the south entrance of the Capitol Building at 2pm. This is a free guided tour of the Capital and E. Sixth Street area that will familiarize you with many of the historic buildings making up the heart of downtown Austin. You'll learn about the Old World architecture of a few churches and the histories behind some of Austin's oldest buildings. Want to know more about the sites you'll see on the tour? Click here for the walking tour brochure. For more on touring Austin by foot, click here. Be sure to sign up on our Events link on the HOTLR website so we know you're coming!! You'll sign up as a "volunteer" but there is no work involved at this event. Just head out and have a good time!!!

Afterwards, consider chilling out with your dog at one of the local downtown dog friendly restaurants. It may be necessary to load your dog up in the car and drive a little, but it will be well worth it. Opal Divine's is a great place for a post-walk bevvy and an early dinner. Scholz Beer Garten is another iconic Austin establishment that shouldn't be missed. Also, consider the Dog and Duck Pub a little further uptown. For a complete list of dog friendly restaurants, click here.

We Austinites are seriously lucky to be part of a town and community that is so dog friendly. Do your part and show these establishments your gratitude by visiting them frequently with your pet. It's a great way to meet new people and brag about Heart of Texas Lab Rescue too...You don't need no Mighty Texas Dog Walk to march the streets of downtown with your dog. Do it this Sunday. You'll be glad you did!!