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Doggy Watering Hole
It’s neighbors helping neighbors

While visiting my parents in Oregon, I was out running when I saw a bucket filled with water suspended under a sign that read “Doggy Watering Hole.” I was charmed by this thoughtful, neighborly gesture at the side of the road. This sort of community-mindedness is something to be celebrated.

 
Now I realize that there will be folks who think, “Ew, what a great way to share germs.” To this I say 1) I ran by the doggy watering hole nearly every day for close to two weeks to check it out and the water always looked fresh and clean, so it is clearly being changed frequently, and 2) It sure beats having the dogs drink out of nasty puddles in the street that contain fuel products or other hazards.
 
I’m in favor of people carrying plenty of water for their dogs when they are out and about, but this watering hole is such a great idea as a way to help people and dogs who get caught out without quite enough for whatever reason. Have you seen anything like this in your neighborhood?

 

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Karen B. London, PhD, is a Bark columnist and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in the domestic dog.

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Submitted by susanv | August 27 2010 |

I live in the city and have not seen this .However there are a number of stores and coffee shops with water bowls set outside for the dogs.My dogs'favorite destination for walks is a store called Club K9 which has an outside mailbox full of dog cookies.

Submitted by Leanne | August 27 2010 |

This happens in my neighborhood, there are several people who keep fresh bowls of water out for the dogs, local cats and squirrels use them also. It is very good to know that a drink of water is readily available when we are out for a walk.

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