Heads up, four-legged adventurers: We’re looking for the most adventurous dogs in Central Texas.
Would you rather dive into Lake Travis than snooze at your master’s side on the sofa? Scramble up a hilltop than eat a bowl of kibble? Do you dream of a division for dogs at the Tough Mudder or pine for days that start with a ride in a canoe?
We’re looking for you, Rover.
Take Frida the Adventure Dachshund, the adopted companion of Carmen Hernandez, a 41-year-old computer software saleswoman from Austin. Frida loves to scamper through the landscape, scouting new adventures despite her stubby legs. (Follow her on Instagram at @fridalou84.)
“A lot of people have the misconception that little dogs can’t do big things,” Hernandez says. “The only thing she needs help with is getting over big boulders or getting up on a paddleboard.”
Hernandez adopted Frida seven years ago, when she wanted a partner to help unlock the adventurous side of Austin. They started hiking — first the Barton Creek greenbelt, then the Violet Crown Trail, McKinney Falls State Park, River Place Nature Trail, Reimers Ranch and others.
Today she also enjoys paddleboarding and swimming on Lake Austin, and racing agility courses.
“There’s not really an adventure that she’s scared to try,” Hernandez says. “I think it’s in the dachshund gene. She’s very willing and very social, and she’s not scared of anything.”
Think you have what it takes? Get your human to email Pam LeBlanc at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write her in care of the Austin American-Statesman, 305 South Congress Ave., Austin TX 78704. Tell us what makes you an extra-adventurous dog, and include a photo of yourself doing something to impress.
We’ll pick our favorites for a future story.