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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.

#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.


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.



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…)

Cage-Free Employees

We’re proud of our cage-free canine community. It improves behavior, enhances quality of life and provides a much-need energy release for dogs of all ages and sizes.

But it wouldn’t be possible without dedicated employees who oversee our guests, day and night. (In fact, we just recognized the best of the best.)

They’re truly amazing. They know every single dog’s name. Seriously, feel free to issue a pop quiz. They show up early. They clean up . . . stuff. And they do it all with love.

We’re always looking to add more team members. And we invite you to share this posting or job application page with anyone who might be qualified or interested. (more…)

The $1,000 Hangover

This year’s hangover contest is nothing to sleep through. This year’s winner will collect $500 for themselves and $500 for their rescue of choice. We’re not math magicians over here, but our calculation comes out to roughly $1,000 for the winning hangover.

For those who are unfamiliar with the doggy hangover phenomenon, it’s how we describe the residual effect of a full day of play at The Watering Bowl.

Your dog gets to drift off into a whimsical dream state full of wonderful recent memories. And you get to enjoy a little quality couch time with a much more docile version of your best bud. So you pretty much get two days of daycare for the price of one. (more…)