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Dog Airbnb? App lets locals rent yard space for man's best friend

(Sniffspot)

Dog-lovers in Austin and worldwide are joining forces through a rising app to make their communities a better place to be a pup.


Sniffspot has been allowing homeowners worldwide to rent out their land by the hour since 2018—Boston-based founder David Adams said dog-loving Austin was an early adopter of the app with listings popping up shortly after the official launch.

Adams thought up the idea when his wife told him she was struggling to find open space for her Basenji-Husky-Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, Toshii, to exercise while traveling for work.

David and his wife, Rebecca. (Sniffspot)


“The bigger picture of Sniffspot is it’s not natural for dogs to live the way they live in the modern world, where they live their life on leashes and in apartments,” Adams said. “I want to make it possible for anyone, anywhere that loves dogs and wants to make the world a more dog-friendly placed at a spot.”

There are over 8,000 listings across 1,700 cities—over 100 of which are in Austin and some as far as New Zealand—and range anywhere from $3-$20 per dog/hour. Adams said some hustling homeowners have earned up to $3,000 per month and that figure is on the rise.

With Sniffspot’s “park” diversity, there is a spot for every need: Adams said he’s seen listings with dog splash pads, gift bags, custom dog treats for customers and buckets of toys. Adams’ favorite Sniffspots usually have wide-open, fenced-off pastures or hiking trails.

The Elm Lodge Dog Heaven has plenty of space to run and water to cool off for $12/hour. (Sniffspot)


“We've got your standard neighborhood backyards that are available, we've got dog waterparks, we've got fields, we've got dog hiking and trails with hundreds of acres sometimes we've got agility centers,” Adams said. “It's almost like if you can imagine it, you can find it on Sniffspot.”

Plus, while public dog spaces are necessary for providing free access to all, Adams said booking a private park eliminates the risk of contamination, disease, dogs fighting, maintenance issues and your dog eating something harmful.

“Our hosts are doing this because they love dogs—it's nice for them to make money… it can be extremely lucrative,” Adams said. “But in the end, hosts are primarily doing it because they love dogs, and they just get really into it, having fun providing a great experience for the dogs.”

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway