A coworker of mine recently told me about a charity event where a local dog photographer, Alex and crew from Zilker Bark, was taking Valentine’s Day portraits at a charity event. I immediately was all in once she told me about this opportunity! My initial reaction was that I’d selfishly have a great, professional picture of Fiona in her all her grey glory (pictured in a flower crown provided by Ben White Florists!!). It’s pretty much all I need right now since she’s getting to be an older girl!
Proceeds from the event were going to a local dog rescue called Lizzy’s Animal Hospice. This is not just any dog rescue… it’s a senior dog rescue! By experiencing the aging process with Fiona I have a soft spot in my heart for senior dogs! The incredible wisdom and love they provide are unmatched. I also find their temperament to be way more my speed than a puppy’s: very chill, self-assured, calm. It’s one of the many reasons why I chose to love and live with mastiffs at the end of the day – they’re super low-key.
The event was open to the public (although you did have to preregister for the photos) and it was pawesome! When we showed up, there was a giant line (no worries as that was a good thing) to check-in. The gal who checked us in was so kind and complimentary of both Fiona and my friend’s dog Murphy (Instagram @goldenboyatx). As they were being fitted for their crowns, Fiona’s chin strap broke immediately because I think her head was too big for it. Yep, that’s a giant dog problem! Once we got the crown locked into place, up she went to quickly get her pictures taken! Click! Flash! I absolutely LOVED the experience!! Once we got home, the photographer posted that they photographed 240 dogs in 3 hours!! Talk about a wonderful experience and terrific contribution to the community!
Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden
I had never been to Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden and it blew my mind. They atmosphere was so hospitable and very dog friendly! Like a lot of Austin eateries, it had a substantial outdoor area with ample seating. There were a couple of food trailers there as well but we had already eaten so didn’t sample the cuisine. Seems like another reason for us to go back (when it warms up 🙂 )!
Top Reasons to Visit Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden:
- Dog friendly outdoor spaces!! It got a little muddy with the rain sprinkles and cold weather so wear shoes you don’t mind covered in a bit of dirt if the weather looks dicey. They had a lovely fenced in garden too which I thought was awesome!
- Great beverage selection! A small group of us stayed to hang out after the session was over and this place had a variety of beverages! Beer, coffee, kombucha, sparkling water, list goes on! Oh yeah and tons of water for our dogs!
- Considerate and nice staff! The weather was crazy cold and we were able to sit outside because the staff kept outdoor fire pits fed with cedar logs!
If there were any down side, I’d have to say parking was tight. We lucked out as someone was leaving just as we were pulling in. Outside of that, it was easy to find and get to!
I have zero complaints about this wonderful event! There were so many cool dogs to look and at a really great venue! Hopefully they’ll continue with this in the future as it seemed to create so many happy and smiling faces while giving back to a noble cause! Valentine’s Day is only a couple of days away but you would have thought it was on Saturday because there was so much love in a little brewery in Austin!