WATCH NOW: Zilker Bark Sweet Barks Dog Party
Every year, Austinites flock to get their dog's picture taken by Zilker Bark.
An event called Sweet Barks takes place around Valentine's Day annually in Austin, Texas. Benefitting Austin Pets Alive!, the local no-kill shelter, dog owners bring their dogs to get their portraits taken by local dog photographer, Zilker Bark.
Zilker Bark rose to fame from his Instagram handle, which he started in 2015. Photographer Alex Hopes basically hung around Zilker Park, the beautiful green space overlooking downtown Austin, taking really good photos of cute dogs.
Hey all 👋 I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Alex (@alexhopes) and this is my regal beagle, Sid @myregalbeagle). Most days, you'll see Sid and me at Zilker, the greatest park on earth! And if you do, be sure to say "hello"! _______________________________________ Sid and I will be staying in Austin over the holiday. We'll have room to board couple of dogs. If your dog(s) need a place to stay, shoot me an email for rates! I'd love to host them, and take lot's of pictures of them! [email protected] Happy Sunday, y'all! Hope you're enjoying this weather.
Austin dog owners, including myself and my dog Boone, loved his work and the rest is history.
Soon, Austinites were commissioning him for dog portraits and the idea to start a Valentine's Day event was born. The popularity of the event grew, last year photo reservation slots sold out in under an hour. This year's event at the ABGB made sure to have double the spots, keeping Alex very busy.
But not busy enough to keep from talking to Wide Open Pets.
We’re live with Alex from Zilker Bark!
Posted by Wide Open Pets on Saturday, February 10, 2018
The day was full of friends, cute dogs, great sponsors including H-E-B and PAZ Veterinary, fantastic vendors, and fabulous prizes. Fine Southern Gentlemen came with some specially-printed t-shirts and fine art prints. Austin Pets Alive! brought out some adoptable dogs and there was even a doggie kissing booth. Even though the weather was a little gloomy, happy dogs brightened up the day.
And everyone got to celebrate with their true Valentines: their dogs!
Tell us what you think of the cute Sweet Barks event in the comments below.
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