Austin Dogtown was founded in the fall of 2006 and has been operating in the heart of South Austin since May of 2007. Our goal is to create a home-away-from-home environment for people to leave their furry children in when they are busy with work or away on vacation. We are dedicated to providing the best, safest, and most fun pack environment for pups in Austin. Dogtown is committed to running a solid, professional business and maintaining quality customer service at all times– and giving back to the animal welfare community however possible.
Dogtown is owned and operated by Rebecca (Becca) Brannian, a local Texan who has been in Austin for over 25 years and caring for animals all of her life. Becca grew up in Dallas riding horses and caring for dogs, cats, rabbits, iguanas, birds, hamsters… and basically any animal she could sweet talk her mom into bringing into the house – as well as those of her friends and family.
After years working in the “real world”, Becca decided to take the huge leap to combine her business and animal care experience to create a career that she was truly passionate about. Over the years, Becca had never felt comfortable boarding her rescue pups (Lucy- who guided her through college… and then Gypsy and Bella- who helped her grow into an adult) at a traditional boarding facility and she wanted to create someplace where she would feel safe leaving her own dogs. Someplace where they were not locked up all day and were allowed both plenty of 2 and 4-legged friend time, in a safe and relaxed atmosphere… and so the vision of Austin Dogtown was born!
Becca plays an active roll in everything that is Austin Dogtown—from every day operations/staffing/business management and development to involvement in the rescue community—Dogtown is her life and she thinks of each of the Dogtown guests as a member of the family! Becca’s own 4-legged family works hard every day at Dogtown; while the original canine-founders of DT have crossed the Rainbow Bridge (but will forever be watching over everyone at Dogtown), her other rescues- Leah, Annie, Chula, & Chloe continue to manage the daily grind.
Laurie has been a part of Dogtown family since the fall of 2009 and is now a co-owner and the General Manager of Dogtown.
After graduating college and working in marketing/event planning for several years, Laurie knew that dogs were her “true” passion. She fostered over 30 dogs for Austin Dog Rescue and served on their Board of Directors for several years. She decided that she wanted to make a change to work with dogs as her “job” and it was the best decision she ever made! Austin Dogtown is the perfect fit to combine her past skills with her love for dogs. She absolutly loves taking care of your four legged children and managing such a wonderful group of dogs AND staff! Laurie and her husband have a darling 2 legged youngster named Wiley Magnolia and a pack of three rescue pups Travis, Irie, and Emmy…all of whom enjoy working at Dogtown every day too!
Chad has been with our Dogtown family since March 2012. He is our overnight manager who lives onsite. He is the guy who is snuggling with your pups during their late night potty breaks… and the first face they see each Saturday and Sunday morning.
Besides his ten years on staff at Dogtown, Chad has years of experience as a vet tech and managing packs of pups at another facility. He is incredibly detail oriented and always makes sure that their safety is his number one priority.
Chad is also the founder of his personal training studio, Kraus Fit. He is a master personal trainer and wellness coach and has some of the best workouts in town! You can check out his company at www.kraus-fit.com
When he’s not hard at work training clients or managing the pack, you will find him hanging with his three pups- Anais, Red and Bouboulina.
Keagan has been a member of our Dogtown family since September of 2017. Keagan is all of the pups’ favorite teacher- the dogs get SO pumped when she walks in the door! Keagan typically works on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. She LOVES lovin’ on your four-legged children! On the days that she’s not at Dogtown working, she’s hard at work with two legged kids, teaching at an after school program, or she’s taking classes to finish up her college degree.
When Keagan manages to get some down time, she enjoys hiking, working out, exploring Austin and spending time with her recovery community. She also loves spending time with her personal dog, Twiggy- who also enjoys major party time at Dogtown.
Todd has been a member of our Dogtown family since October 2019. He is our lead kennel tech and you’ve mostly likely met him if you pick up a pup during the week or on weekends! He has an incredibly strong work ethic and is always on top of making sure the facility looks its best. He is also a natural leader with the dogs and makes sure pack play stays safe.
Before his time at Dogtown, he spent years working in the food industry and discovered that he prefers being around dogs much more then people!
In his spare time, Todd enjoys working with plants, playing video games and cycling.
Sarah has been working at Austin Dogtown since October 2019. She works the morning shift and her smiling face is one of the first faces your pups see Monday through Friday. Sarah pays close attention to detail and is the first to find any lump, rash or bump when she’s loving on the pups!
Sarah has been working with dogs her whole life and has a background in dog training. She has two rescue pups- Gus and Ella- both super adorable chihuahua mixes. They often accompany her to work and love hanging with the other teenie tiny dogs.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys crafting and hanging with her pups!
Maisie has been part of the Austin Dogtown family since March of 2020. She was in the middle of her training when the world shut down. Maisie is an incredibly reliable member of our staff who is always ready to pitch in for the team. She works a variety of shifts and gets to know all of the dogs that are here for daycare or boarding, both during the week and weekends.
In her free time, Maisie enjoys hiking and being outside, spending time with family and friends, photography and traveling to new places!
Katrina has been working at Austin Dogtown since the spring of 2021. She typically works on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and/or the weekends- getting to know all of our boarding and daycare pups well! She has a calming presence with the pack and all the dogs love her!
Katrina is a student at St. Edwards University with a major in Biology. She hopes to either go to vet school or grad school for Marine Biology.
When she’s not hard at work or in school, she loves spending time with her personal animals. She has a service dog named Pogo, a guinea pig named Poppy, and her two hedgies, Harley and Quinn. She and Pogo love watching Star Wars, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings…although Pogo’s vote is always first and foremost a good animal documentary!
Bekah is the newest member of the team, but she’s a ole pro when it comes to the pups. Bekah comes to Austin Dogtown with lots of pack management experience from a dog daycare/boarding facility in Atlanta Georgia and it shows. Bekah jumped right into the pack in November 2021 and the dogs have welcomed her with open arms. She has a calming presence with the pack…all while making sure they get lots of love!
In her free time, Bekah enjoys hiking with her pup and photography!
Becky is our amazing groomer who has been with Austin Dogtown since January 2020. She has 10 years of experience working on all breeds of dogs. She is incredibly patient, and all her grooming pups just LOVE her! Every dog leaves their spa days looking incredible too.
Becky typically works on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and some Thursdays. Don’t forget that daycare is discounted to $25 when booked with a grooming visit. She can also do drop off appointments- just email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
In her spare time, Becky enjoys adventuring with friends, helping on her parents’ farm, and video gaming with her husband, friends, and pets.
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