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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.


In case you didn’t see the sticker on the door or the smile on our faces, we are proud to inform you that The Watering Bowl was recently named one of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces.

That’s right. The place where dogs run free is also known for empowering employees and making everyone feel welcome. And while we value the enthusiasm we see every day from our four-legged clientele, they aren’t equipped to fill out satisfaction surveys. So, to all the hard-working, hard-playing, poop-scooping, picture-taking, dog-name-knowing, t-shirt-wearing, positive-reinforcement-giving members of our two-legged pack, we sincerely say thank you.



In case you can’t tell, we are full of love at The Watering Bowl. The dogs, the staff, the people on the other end of the leash—it’s a privilege to get to work in an environment that’s not just accepting but celebratory of all of our differences. And it’s all founded on mutual respect and support for one another.

Our cage-free canine community celebrates all breeds of dogs and all varieties of humans. Dogs don’t see labels. They just see new best friends, and we’re proud to follow their lead.

So this pride month, as in years past, we are showing our pride through our customized logo, our shirts and way, way more.

You’ll see us at the Tower Grove Pride 2019 to celebrate our friends and neighbors.



You may not realize it, but not every boarding facility keeps staff around overnight. And while it is nice to see them snooze, The Watering Bowl pulls all-nighters for safety and peace of mind.

Across all four of our locations we have a total of 10 people dedicated to making sure your dog gets a great night’s sleep, so he or she can have a great day of play, to paraphrase Buster Moon. We recently stayed up past our bedtime to hear from one of our overnight managers, Krista Chatman, about what it takes and what it means to tuck in the pups.

Hey Krista, what do you love most about working at The Watering Bowl?



The Macklind Mile is right around the corner. Or more accurately, it’s straight down the hill.

That’s right, the race known as “St. Louis’ fastest mile” is back and better than ever. And we are once again the title sponsor for the Dog Mile event. 

Register at that link up there. Or this one here. It’s the exact same link, so it really doesn’t matter. So is that one, for what it’s worth. And that other one is, too.

They’re all the same place to register. The only difference is when you hit the link to register.  Promo code WB19 gets $5 off registration.

The price goes up if you don’t reserve your spot before 6/24.


Socialize WITH Your Dog

We talk a lot about the importance of socialization for the wellbeing of your dog. It leads to better behavior and becomes a healthy outlet for energy.

The same benefits dogs experience also apply to the other side of the leash.

Humans need to interact. They need to experience different points of view, develop meaningful relationships and expend a little energy now and again. And if they can do that with their dog, the socialization becomes even more valuable for both.

So before you assume that you can’t bring your dog somewhere, double check or ask. A well-behaved dog at a backyard barbecue can make the event amazing for all in attendance.

And in the meantime, we’ve proactively compiled a list of events and places to take your dog for your next outing together. By all means, we want to hear more ideas from you that we can continue to share with our greater cage-free canine community.

Date specific events include:


Top 3 Summer Vacation Ideas From Your Dog

Every Spring, the magazine writers and bloggers get to work publishing ideas for vacation destinations. They do their research and come up with great options for all budgets and desires. Island getaways, family road trips, wineries, hiking and camping opportunities—they’ve got it all covered. 

But there may be another source of information that you are overlooking. A perspective that’s right under your nose, or hogging your bed. That perspective would be your dog’s.

You dog loves you, wants what’s best for you and would, with rare exception, never lead you astray. So on behalf of them and our well-appointed boarding facilities that we offer you a quick list of places your dog would love to see you visit this summer while he or she spends some time with us.


Uncaged Ale For All

Unconfirmed research has shown that a single can of Uncaged Ale being opened is able to be heard by an adoptable dog up to 240 miles away.

That’s a long distance. And while dogs are known for strong hearing, these cans aren’t specially engineered. They’re just specially intended.

Proceeds from the sale of these do-gooders go toward helping the APA of Missouri in their mission to bring people and pets together. And that mission stretches way out into rural Missouri, where dogs in need of rescue may not otherwise have access to support from places like the APA.

**Update** We’re excited to share that cans are now available at these neighborhood retail locations:

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This year’s Hangover Contest is back, and once again it’s time to recognizing the world’s most deserving Doggy Hangover with $1,000.

So, start scrolling through your photo albums or capturing the ever-elusive, perfect photo of your passed out companion. But first, read carefully below to find out how to participate.

$1,000 Hangover Contest Schedule

SUBMISSIONS: Begins the morning of April 21 and ends at 7:00 pm CDT on April 23.


VOTING: Begins as soon as the album is posted on TWB’s Facebook page the morning of April 25 and ends at 7:00 pm CDT on April 26.

$1,000 Winner Announcement: April 29

In the meantime, here are the important nuts and bolts of how to submit and vote. (more…)

Take Me Out To The Dog Park

Opening Day is a big deal. The grass is green. Anticipation is in the air. Poop bag dispensers are freshly refilled.

So, with all the excitement of the season, we thought we would do a public service and share a few of our favorite local dog parks, in no particular order. And by all means, we invite you to chime in with yours.

Then, text your dog friends and set up a play date. It was a long freaking Winter.

Brommelsiek Park (pictured above) is a favorite of our St. Peters constituents. Located off Highway DD and voted “Best Dog Park,” this doggy wonderland has everything a dog and his best bud could want. First of all, it’s largemongous. There’s a pond where dogs can doggy paddle, fetch and run back to you for a big, wet hug. There’s a dock they can jump off. Even if you’re not local, it’s worth the drive. You can pretty much guarantee there’ll be a nap taken in the back seat on the way home. (more…)

Spring Break ’19

Even if you don’t have plans, your dog sure hopes you do.

The Watering Bowl consistently ranks among the top Spring Break destinations for dogs within a fifty-mile radius of St. Louis. And this year, we’ve expanded the excitement to include another fifty miles from St. Peters.

We know it doesn’t seem like Spring Break is coming, but check your schedule or wearable device. March is here. And we’re almost done with all this cold.

So, as you think about what to pack when you head off on your upcoming family adventure, just know that your dog has all the necessary items to come hang with us. Leave us with food and any special instructions. We’ll take care of the rest. (more…)