Thought Austin loved its dogs? Think again. Report shows other major cities are even more obsessed with their pups
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.
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.
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Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff is here to stay as the Club announced he signed a three-year contract extension.
Wolff, who was previously an assistant coach for the U.S. Men's National Team, will coach Austin FC through the end of 2025 under the new contract.
Wolff has been the Austin FC head coach since November 2019. In the team's first year, some hoped to oust Wolff as the team was at the bottom of the Western Conference. But this year, the team is at the top, ranking No. 3.
“This is still a young, growing Club but seeing our vision for Austin FC come to life on and off the field has been one of the great honors of my career. My staff and I will keep working every day to represent the city, and to develop our team both competitively and as human beings. The best is yet to come," Wolff said.
Austin police are investigating the killing of Moriah "Mo" Wilson after she was found with gunshot wounds inside an East Austin home.
Wilson, a gravel and mountain bike racer, was visiting Austin from Colorado in preparation for the Gravel Locos race on Saturday taking place in Hico, a small town 2 hours from Austin.
On Wednesday, her roommate came home and found Wilson unresponsive with "a lot of blood near her,” police said, on Maple Avenue near East 17th Street. Officers and EMS performed life-saving measures before she was declared deceased at 10:10 p.m.
The Travis County Medical Examiner's office conducted an autopsy and determined the official cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds, and the manner of death was a homicide. It is being investigated as a suspicious death and as of Saturday, police said they have a person of interest.
Wilson, 25, recently had become a full-time biker after winning a slew of races in the past year.
This story was updated on May 15 to include that police have determined a person of interest.