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This is a page dedicated to what makes the DISH world go 'round...Kaisur, Lucky and Heidi (who passed in 2010). If you're wondering where to get organic dog food, what the best doggie day care is, what vet really goes overboard or about the closest dog park, this page is for you! BARK!






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Peace, Love and Dogs

As you well know DISH is in AWE of our DOGGIE Trainer Stephanie Bennett! She's the best of the best and even a slew of celebrities who's dogs she trained agree with me!

Here's the really great news!!! She's opening a DOGGIE DAY CARE!!!! WOOOHOOO!

This will no doubt be the best available in the city or surrounding areas! This is MAJOR!!

Here is the note we got today!


"After almost a year of preparation, planning, and building, we are very, very close to opening!  We could not be more excited and pleased with our beautiful building and all of the wonderful programs we are developing all for the love of dog. Our half-acre dog park and huge state of the art daycare floors are to die for!  We will be moving into the offices next week and then we will begin planning and scheduling for daycare. Our goal is to have large dog and small dog daycare available by the last week of June.  As we establish ourselves, get comfortable in our space, and get into the daycare and training groove, we will follow up with Puppy Preschool, Tiny Dog Zen Den, Arts & Crafts, Day Training, Group Classes, and lots more!   


As always, private training is ongoing and available now.  Daycare registration has begun and the response has been tremendous! 


If you are interested in daycare and have not faxed in your daycare registration paperwork, please do so as soon as possible. You can also scan the forms and email them to me. Hopefully, we will have eforms available on the website sooner than later!


To register for daycare, please visit our Contact Us page on our website.  Please note that we need 4 items sent to us:

  1. New Client Form 
  2. Temperament Test Form 
  3. Emergency Care Form 
  4. Vaccination Records  

If you have already sent in your paperwork, please be sure that you have included all 4 items. The Emergency Care Form and Vaccination Records are recently added items.  


 Please remember that because we are a training/activity based daycare, reservations must be made. We will not offer drop-in service. Also, because our daycare groups will be limited to 10-15 dogs (depending on the group), we will fill up quickly.  All approved dogs are required to participate in Dog Daycare a minimum of once per week for the length of their enrollment. Dogs must come on the same day each week so that they can get to know their doggie friends and the pack can achieve a good comfort level.    


Please visit  our website for Daycare Requirements and Rates. "


Kaisur the DISH Dog will be there!


Your Pups's New Years Resolutions 

1. Enjoy life more.

I will spend less time alerting family and neighbors to approaching eleven-year-old skateboarders and more time sniffing the butts of other dogs. Preferably Rottweilers.

2. Lose that spare Kong I've developed around the middle.

Don't think I haven't noticed the hushed voices when I walk in the room or the fact that you've loosened up the harness a notch. I know I need to shed a few pounds, but don't assume this has anything to do with you - I'm doing it for me. I simply want to be able to chase tennis balls like a pup one-seventh my age.

3. I will not bark at the mailman.

I realize that by now my family knows how menacing the guy in the blue uniform can be, what with the shoving of his unwanted papers and parcels into our precious mailbox. From now on though, I'll trust the humans of the house to respond to postal threats accordingly.

4. If I do bark at the mailman, I most certainly will not bite him (hard).

5. Quit drinking.

I'm not talking about the clear, flavorless liquid you set right next to my kibble each day. I mean the hard stuff - the water from the toilet bowl and the muddy puddles in the yard after a rain. Maybe a sip once in a while when my friends are over, but never more than I can handle.

6. Learn Italian.

 Happy New Year!

 "Love me, love my dog."

~ Proverb, early 1500s


January is Train Your Dog Month!

January is National Train Your Dog Month and it is also puppy season.  So, Stephanie, DISH'S favorite doggie trainer is starting the year off with 3 classes back to back.  All in the name of mental stimulation, socialization, bonding, and of course, fun!

1. New Puppy 
2.Trick Training
3.Canine Good Citizen.

All Classes will be held at Urban Tails in Midtown and each class will be limited to 8 dogs. 


~New Puppy (10-18 weeks of age)

Are you having the Christmas Puppy Blues?  Has your little angel turned into a little devil? 

Don’t wait to start training!  The clock is ticking and now is the time to get started on good habits that will last a lifetime. 

6 week class, Saturday mornings @ 11AM, January 30th-March 6th

Based on the puppy training techniques created by acclaimed veterinarian and animal behaviorist, Ian Dunbar, owners will spend the entire class learning how to observe, handle, and train their puppies.  Puppies learn to play with other puppies and socialize with their owners.  There will be no separate play times or training times.  Instead all puppies are off leash for the entire class and numerous short training interludes are integrated within the play session.  Thus, rather than becoming a distraction to training, playing with other puppies becomes an effective reward for training.  In no time at all, puppies listen to their owners because that’s what they want to do.  

Requirements: Pups must be between 10 and 18 weeks of age at the start date of class with 2 DHLPP vaccinations, one of which must have been administered after 8 weeks of age but at least 7 days prior to the first session.
Registration Fee: $210

~Trick Training

6 week class, Wednesday evenings @ 7PM, February 10th - March 17th

Registration Fee: $210

**Basic Obedience required


~Canine Good Citizen

 6 week class

Saturday mornings@ 11AM

March 13th - April 17th

Registration Fee: $210

**Basic Obedience required

Contact Stephanie for more information.





Highland Village Breaks Records

What began three years ago as a four-week holiday mobile pet adoption program has turned into a year-round initiative to save thousands of Houston’s cats and dogs from being euthanized.  When Houstonians Tena Faust, Tama Lundquist, and Tim Maloney approached Highland Village owner, Haidar Barbouti, about using space at Highland Village as a  “Home For The Holidays” for cats and dogs on the verge of being euthanized, Barbouti, an animal lover, said absolutely.  And, “Home For The Holidays” was born in the old GAP building on Westheimer.  Hundreds of volunteers and dozens of Houston-based rescue groups came together and adopted several hundred animals the first year.  


When the group approached Barbouti last Christmas, he decided to give the group a permanent home at Highland Village.  During the past year, Buster’s Friends’, a rescue group dedicated to helping abandoned and homeless animals in the City of Houston was established and became the Highland Village Adoption Center non-profit organization that has been responsible for adopting out hundreds of cats and dogs. The organization, spearheaded by Deb Gerhardt, oversees the Center, which is manned solely by volunteers.  Highland Village retailers including Michael Kemper, Tootsies, Franco Valobra, Williams-Sonoma, Coldwater Creek and RA Sushi have also been instrumental in providing both in-kind and monetary support. DISH Dog Kaisur was adopted from Michael Kemper Salon 5 years ago in 2004 when they did in salon adoptions.


event chairs, Tena Faust and Tama Lundquist and Buster’s Friends board member Heather FieldsOne weekend in early December 2009, the Highland Village Adoption Center celebrated their third anniversary at an Adoption Center Open House. The well-pawed group enjoyed bourbon cider and treats as they toasted to three years of helping abandoned and homeless animals in the City of Houston find homes. Fifty-one cats and dogs were adopted over the three-day weekend- an all time record for the center.


Highland Village Adoption Center4056 Westheimer, is sustained by volunteers of Buster’s Friends, Inc., a 501 (C) rescue group dedicated to helping abandoned and homeless animals in the city of Houston. The non-profit organization provides medical care in the form of vaccinations, testing and spay/neuter services prior to adoption of animals into loving forever homes.


Behavoural Issues with Fido??

As we experience on a daily basis here at The Dog Bowl, not everyone has the same "house rules" for their dog(s).

Whatever your house rules/training rules are for your dog one thing is certain - your dog will not succeed unless you (and the whole family) are consistent.

We are currently helping out a friend and client of The Dog Bowl with the training of her Jack Russell Terrier named Dylan (shown on the left with Jennifer). He was a rescued pup and she adopted him approximately 3 years ago... We think he is around 5-6 years old. If you have come into our retail storefront recently you have had the "pleasure" of having us beg you to pet him. (He will be staying with us until tomorrow, Saturday.)

Dylan has A LOT of anxiety... Which many of you know is usually expressed as aggression. In Dylan's case he always needs a "job" and a place to just "be". Many dogs are like this - large or small! So even if you think a smaller dog breed is "easier" guess again! Dylan, for example, has proven to be a challenge, but we are working through it. Every day brings an opportunity to train and work with him (and his visitors/friends). To quote Cesar Millan "Rehabilitate dogs.... train people." Because dogs do behave the way we want them to - this includes the good or the bad.

In our quest to assist Dylan we had to first learn how to best communicate with him and react in an appropriate manner with any negative or inappropriate behaviors "in our pack" we came across Training DVD's as well as Breed Specific DVD's (now offered at The Dog Bowl Online Storefront). These were very helpful in his rehab!

We also took in a few of Cesar Millan's videos & would like to share a few of our favorite points from his show on National Geographic:

  • Don't let them climb on you.... You tell them where to be.
  • One of the most important things Cesar wants to get across is that dogs are dogs—not humans! (So they communicate differently than we do.)
  • Often the solution we would use for a human is totally wrong for solving a dog’s issues.
  • Nose/Eyes - claim your space If you reward dominance YOU become a part of HIS pack. His tail is up - checking you out with dominance.
  • Discipline is not about being mean it is about being a great dog owner, the greatest.
  • Discipline vs. releasing frustration on an animal is not good. It is not good with being angry and then touching anybody (much less your dog). Being calm & assertive to protect yourself.
  • When a naturally submissive dogs lives with a human that does not lead, he or she will attempt to right the pack balance by filling what they see as a vacant pack leader role. This is how behavior problems develop.
  • If dog is aggressive - Do not touch, no talk, no eye contact with dog. Agression is NOT a breed thing. Aggression is a state of mind.
  • No one has ever challenged him - he has gone to "the red zone". Dominant needs to challenge him in the red zone. Challenge in a calm & assertive state.
  • 2 dogs - 1 touch the other 1 touches.... 1 is going to win.
  • Aggression is a result of 1 or 2 things: (1) Animal that is controlling the situation. (2) Animal that is the pack leader.
  • If the animal that is the pack leader. Aggression is NOT what happens right away the OUTCOME (behavior) of insecurity, frustration, anxiety, tension... We don't know what the exact source is.
  • Dog is more powerful in their own environment - neurotic behaviors come out in that environment.
  • Once they feel how good it feels to be a balanced dog they feel good & say "hey let's do this more".
  • Improve your relationship with your dog! Learn how to achieve balance and establish pack leadership with practical tips and techniques.
  • Easier to influence calm submissive mind than excited submissive mind. Practice NO talk, can touch & can look at him, but sound brings excitement.
  • Consistent with expectations of the dog & consistent with behaviors that we allow & with what we do not allow.
  • The more you learn about dog psychology, the better you will be able to connect with your canine companion!
  • Remember, there are no quick fixes; pack leadership is a year-round 24/7 commitment.
  • Prioritize what is best for the dog.

Help a Dog and Another Human Being!

Whoever said you could not do two things at once was soooo wrong! Paws Houston is one of DISH'S favorite organizations. Here is their latest post on how you can help! If you are able to help, please email Scott@pawshouston.org.



  • "Oscar" is an adorable 13 pound Dachshund that rides well in the car and needs transportation to the vet for his annual wellness visit. Oscar lives on the North side of town near Aldine Bender and I-45 and his vet is in Bellaire.


  • "Precious" also needs a ride to the vet for her annual wellness visit. Precious is a small Rat Terrier that is cherished by her human mother. Precious lives on the North side of town near I-45 and Airline and her vet is also in Bellaire. Precious has her own carrier so she would be very easy to transport.


Please let Scott know if you are interested in taking either one of these prized pups to the Doctor.



  • PAWS Houston client needs help walking her dog "Honey". Honey is a small adorable 7 pound terrier that absolutely loves people and going for walks. Honey's mom has a hard time getting around and when she does it's with a wheelchair or walker making it difficult to walk her beloved Honey. Honey and her mom live near Woodway and Bering. If you can walk Honey only one time a month within a designated week please let me know. This is a great volunteer opportunity if you happen to live in that area or happen to drive by that area on your way home from work.


The Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows is one of our largest outreach opportunities; we still need a few volunteers to help man the booth. The following is a list of times,

Thursday: July 16th - Afternoon Shift 12:30 -p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

(One Volunteer Needed)

Friday: July 17th - Morning Shift 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

(One Volunteer Needed)

Saturday: July 18th - Morning Shift 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

(One Volunteer Needed)

Saturday: July 18th - Afternoon Shift 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

(One Volunteer Needed)

Sunday: July 19th - Morning Shift 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

(One Volunteer Needed)

Sunday: July 19th - Afternoon shift 12:03 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

(One Volunteer Needed)


 If you have not done so already please R.S.V.P.for the PAWS Houston Volunteer Orientation July 21st 2009.


When: July 21st, 2009

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Where: Bayou on the Bend

High-rise Residential Living

Conference Room - Ground Level

5201 Memorial Drive

Houston Texas 77007

If you are able to help, please email Scott!pawshouston.org


So if The Label Says it it MUST be True!?

Being in the forefront of a concept that request consumers to consciously "think" about what they are buying we are constantly bombarded by the fact that there are marketing falsities on an astounding amount of available products.

Here is an example: Take "Natural Greenies" or "Smart Greenies" for instance, the packaging alone labels the purchaser as smart and aware of healthy options. But what IS this item? When we break down the chemistry of the "natural" item the findings are in fact quite contrary to the labeling. It is as if the manufacturer is telling you, the consumer, one thing and selling you another.

"Low fat", "low carbs", "all natural", and of course, the newly popular "organic" wording is practically on everything marketed from toilet paper and shoes, to food items.

As a consumer and a smart one at that, all we simply have to do is take a second and think about the item in question. Ignore all the beautiful packaging and labels and think about what it took to put that item on the shelf. At the very least, question what it takes to sustain that item in it's container or bag.

The conclusion of your thoughts will no doubt be in conflict with the "wonder ingredients" that is formulated as natural and true. Yes - they were real at one point & then they were changed to what you see now, and of course processed. Hmmmmm

So getting back to "real and basic" it seems that if it were in fact "natural and real" it would rot and break down - real items do. For example, if you leave an apple out on the table over the course of a month it starts to deteriorate. Well of course it does! It is a fresh, real item. And as a smart consumer we don't need a label to tell us that!


Thanks JACKIE from The Dog Bowl!