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Thought Austin loved its dogs? Think again. Report shows other major cities are even more obsessed with their pups
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Austin sure does love its dogs—all 193,600 of them. While no two pet owners are exactly alike, Austin dog owners have some characteristics that set them apart from the rest of the pack.


So what does owning a dog in Austin say about you?

Rover, a site that connects pet parents to dog sitters and creates dog-centric content, put Austin head-to-head against nine other major cities in the U.S. to see how each city's dog owner personality traits ranked against each other. According to the survey—which included more than 5,000 dog owners from Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland and San Francisco—dog owners in the capitol city are only of mediocre status compared to other major cities.

Austin dog owners fell around the middle in most categories: Austin ranked sixth in both most sociable and most indulgent, eighth in most active, and ninth in both most obsessed and most eco-friendly.



According to the survey, up to 80% of Austin dog owners say they would be likely to strike up a conversation with a fellow dog owner while walking or at the park. Falling just behind Dallas and Los Angeles for most sociable, Austin's dog owners are accustomed to the question, "can I pet your dog?" and most of the time the answer is "yes." After all, to Austinites, dog ownership is about community, so why own a dog if you won't share the love?

Austin is famous for throwing dog-themed events, like Puptopia Fest, having bougie animal stores and hotels, like Pet Paradise, and bringing their pets everywhere as an accessory, including plenty of restaurants.

Dog-friendly restaurants:

While Austin may not have topped any categories, 97% of pet parents said they have bonded more with their pup since the start of COVID-19, which is all that really matters.

Austin company The Zebra offers stipend for employees to adopt pets

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A mortgage banker walks us through the math on purchasing a 'mid-price' Austin home
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So you want to buy a house?

To anyone trying to get on the "housing ladder," it's been a discouraging couple of years as prices skyrocketed in a market crowded with buyers bidding against each other for just about any available home.

Things may be calming down, with the Austin Board of REALTORS reporting fewer sales and more available homes this summer.

Mortgage rates have more than doubled in the last year, from around 3% to well over 6% on a 30-year fixed rate loan, getting even more of a bump this week after the Federal Reserve raised bank rates on Wednesday.

So how affordable are homes right now? That, of course, depends on what you want and how much you're able or willing to pay, but here are some rough estimates of what a typical buyer would pay to buy a $650,000 home, which would be considered "mid-price" in today's market.

Mortgage banker Chris Holland (NMLS 211033) of Austin's Sente Mortgage ran some numbers for Austonia to illustrate a typical purchase.

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Fall camping: Camp Fimfo Waco offers one-of-a-kind experiences in the heart of Texas
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Camp Fimfo Waco, a brand new camping resort, is kicking off football and fall camping season in style! With top-notch amenities, premium accommodations, and 10 weekends of fall fun, there’s no better place to have a fall camping getaway, especially if you’re a Baylor football fan!

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