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There’s a lot going on at The Watering Bowl. Check back here often to stay up on the latest. And be sure to check our facebook page to see how much fun we had at past events.


Get To Know Our New Trainer And Some Dog Park Etiquette, Too

If you’re a doctor or a dentist or a mechanic, people probably ask you for free advice just about everywhere you go. “You’re a doctor? Like an MD? Great cause I’ve got this thing on my knee. Take a look!”

Same goes for dog trainers. As soon as someone learns you have multiple certifications and work with dogs, the personal inquiries start flying. “How do I keep my dog from chewing?” “What’s the best flea and tick medicine?” “Should I dog-proof my Volkswagen?”

In keeping with that great tradition, we’re going to introduce you to our new trainer, Laura Pieczynski, and then we’re going to hit her up with questions about taking our dogs to the dog park.

Ready? Great. First, meet Laura.

Laura started by training her own dogs. The basics like sit, stay and earning the AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification. (It’s the Eagle Scout badge of dog training, nbd.) (more…)


Wanna Race?

For the third year in a row, we are proud to present the Macklind Dog Mile. The event is Saturday, June 30th, and it starts at Macklind (go figure) and Sublette.

It’s all down hill from there, as they say.

Well, pretty much. The course drops 73 feet in elevation over one mile, which has earned this race the informal title of “the fastest mile.” So, whether you’re an avid runner or a jogger who keeps putting off actually jogging, it’s very accessible.

And to make it even more so, there are six race events throughout the morning, the third of which is The Dog Mile, starting at 8:45am.

That’s us! (more…)


Sun’s Out Tongues Out

Summer showed up, and we noticed. Your dog did, too.

And just as the Robin is the harbinger of Spring, the pools at The Watering Bowl are a sign of warm, splashy days of doggy daycare.

If you haven’t seen them, it’s probably because you’re not a dog. If you have, we’re impressed that you’re reading this. Nevertheless, it doesn’t get any better than filling a pool full of water that is about to become a pool full of dogs.

But it’s not just about having fun. The pools serve a very practical purpose of keeping the dogs cool when they come stay with us. And we encourage you to keep a close eye on your dog as they play outside when they’re not here with us.

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#DoMoreWithYourDog Staff Picks

At The Watering Bowl, we are all about socialization. We want your dog to get out and play, mix it up and sniff out some new best friends. But socialization isn’t just about spending time with us.

It’s also about you and your dog hanging out with each other. We love hearing stories from long weekends you’ve spent together and new places you’ve discovered.

That got us to thinking. What are the best places to #DoMoreWithYourDog?

Luckily, we have an entire crew who have dedicated themselves to spending (a lot of) time with dogs. So, we took an informal poll to get recommendations on where to go with your best friends based on where they like to take theirs. (more…)


Introducing Free-Range Boarding

At The Watering Bowl, boarding is anything but boring. That’s because it comes with a full day of cage-free doggy daycare with the rest of the pack.

We call it Free-Range Boarding. Your dog thinks of it as the time of his or her life.

It’s pretty much the equivalent of sending your dog to an all expense-paid resort. We have a loosely defined schedule that includes meal times, indoor play and outdoor recreation. But they get to customize their vacation package with excursions into the pool and any trips to the Paw Spaw that you may have selected for their stay.

When it comes to Free-Range Boarding, the party never stops. It just pauses for a nap. And at night, everyone sleeps well. (more…)


We Should Get A T-Shirt Cannon

We’re lucky. We get to come to work every single day, and play with amazing creatures who love the opportunity just to hang out with us. An excited dog running toward you really is the best possible experience you can have upon walking into your place of business.

But we’re also lucky for another reason.

We get to wear t-shirts while we play with fun-loving dogs all day. They’re comfortable. They’re flexible. And they come in multiple colors. (We’re talking about the t-shirts here.)

Some are even kinda funny if we do say so ourselves.

To our kids—and in many cases, our parents and friends—this is a dream job. And we would never disagree. But we do occasionally get requests to step up our t-shirt game. As in, “Hey Dad, when are you going to shrink that shirt in the dryer so I can wear it?” Or, “Do you have any XXXS sizes?” Or, our favorite, “Do you have any other clothes?” (more…)


Guest Blog: The Cross-Country Hangover

Occasionally, we hear great stories from customers and share them with the staff. In this case, we thought we’d share one with the rest of our cage-free canine community.  

And thanks to Molly Brennan and Kenny Barry for stopping by on their way across the United States. We never really thought about it before, but we are right in the middle of the country for anyone thinking of swinging by like they did.

 Take it away Kenny.

My wife and our two pups, Louis and Amina (@shortercollies), recently decided to move from Pittsburgh to San Diego. We were all excited, especially the dogs.

We mapped out a two-week, 2,400-mile road trip with a weekend stop in St. Louis—namesake of our noisy-but-loving terrier mix.

The itinerary was simple: hit the road and visit some friends and family for a few days to break up the trip. The problem of what to do with our pups during our stops was more vexing.


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Loyalty Goes A Long Way

Our cage-free canine community is built for dogs. But it’s the two-legged members who welcome our pack every single day and make The Watering Bowl a place worthy of many return visits.

In fact, we have several people we would classify as long-time loyalists. And we consider ourselves fortunate to spend our days with them.

If you don’t know them yet, here’s your chance to get a little background and introduce yourself next time you cross paths. You might not know their names, but rest assured, they know your dog’s name. And your dog is almost as excited as we are to see them at The Watering Bowl when they arrive.

Bridget Klebolt, 8 years

She’s known as the TWB OG. She’s the only person who’s been with us since opening day. She knows us as well as anyone, and fittingly, she has grown to become our HR Manager.

 

 

Cait Koenig, 4 years

Cait started with us as an entry-level employee. She went back to school to complete her degree and put it to good use at TWB. Now, she is the General Manager for every location. And next month, she will be getting married and hiking up and down the west coast for her honeymoon.

 

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Dog Smarts: Is It Spring Yet?

We get it. Spring has been a long time coming. But we’re almost 80% sure it’s here. And no one knows that better than your dog.

As you take to your backyard and break out the barbecue pit, we thought we’d get a little perspective from our veterinarian friends on how to prepare for a fun, safe season outside with your dog.

Our Dog Grove neighbors, Dr. Anna Migneco and Dr. Erin Willis from Hillside Animal Hospital, were kind enough to answer a few questions and share their knowledge with us and, in turn, you.

We’ll start in the yard.

What are some “backyard dangers” to dogs people may not know about? (more…)


Celebrating The Hangovers of 2018

The Hangover Contest gets more and more competitive every year.

And this year raised the bar yet again. The 2018 TWB Hangover Contest around attracted over 400 submissions. 423 to be exact. And we had over 13,000 votes.

That’s a lot of doggy hangover enthusiasts.

But most importantly, we distributed $1,000 to the winner and her charity of choice. Not a bad payout for a passed-out photo.

So, congratulations to Scout and Needy Paws on taking home $500 each. We’re proud to put our dry-erase presentation check to use for such deserving recipients. (more…)