Dog owners in the Garden Oaks area can visit The Pup Stop on Wakefield, located at the corner of Alba Road and Wakefield Drive, for free dog treats and potty bags.
The treat box, similar to Little Free Library outposts, is the brainchild of dog mom Cheryl McCleary, a realtor with Boulevard Realty, and Jo Dunham, owner of Joasis, a dog swimming and dock diving facility located on Wakefield. Garden Oaks resident Rebecca Bridges, who blogs as HoustonDogMom.com, is also part of the project.
The goal of The Pup Stop is to provide a sense of community for fellow dog owners and to support rescue groups. While treats are free, each month The Pup Stop will feature a local rescue and ask for donations made directly to the rescue.
For November, the featured rescue is This Is Houston, a street rescue group. McCleary recently adopted her dog Max from the group. The Pup Stop will also have a special giveaway for visitors on the second Saturday of each month, from 9-10 a.m.
“In my work as a realtor, I’ve always enjoyed working with dog owners to help them find a home that fits their lifestyle and their dog’s needs,” McCleary said. “Garden Oaks and Oak Forest are both dog-friendly areas, and the bars and restaurants on Wakefield are also dog-friendly. This is just a way of giving back to the community we live in.”
Added Dunham: “I hope our little house will bring a small piece of joy in people’s lives when they walk by and make them feel they are part of a community. And I suspect dogs will be very excited when their owners turn in that direction.”
McCleary has two dogs adopted from CAP, Sunny and Baily, along with newcomer Max. Bridges has two rescue dogs, Doug, rescued as a stray, and Tammy, adopted from BARC. Dunham has two Golden Retrievers, The Goose and Dr Watson, who both compete in multiple dock diving events.
Wakefield Avenue between Alba and Golf Drive has become a destination area for residents, featuring a farmer’s market on Saturday mornings, a winery, coffee roastery, craft brewery and upcoming distillery. Dog-friendly businesses include Wakefield Crowbar, Walking Stick Brewing Co. and the soon-to-open Grease Monkey Cantina, at the location of the former Petrol Station.