General Dog Talk,  Rescue

The Pup Stop on Wakefield – Giving Back in Garden Oaks

Three local dog owners in the Garden Oaks area of Houston are giving back to their community and local dog rescue with The Pup Stop on Wakefield.

The Pup Stop on Wakefield is a corner treat box, similar to sharing libraries. Local dog owners can take a dog treat while walking through this beautiful, tree-filled Houston neighborhood.

The treat box is located at the corner of Alba and Wakefield. It’s near dog-friendly restaurants and breweries, including Walking Stick Brewery and Wakefield Crowbar. There’s a dog-friendly coffee shop on Wakefield if that’s more your style, Ship Channel Trading Company Coffee. And on Saturday mornings, there’s a small Farmer’s Market on Wakefield, which always has farm-fresh eggs, vegetables and fresh bread.

Who Runs The Pup Stop on Wakefield?

The Pup Stop on Wakefield is the brainchild of three dog moms who live in Garden Oaks:

  • Rebecca Bridges of Houston Dog Mom (this website!)
  • Cheryl McCleary, a realtor with Boulevard Realty who focuses on Garden Oaks and the Heights (
  • Jo Dunham, owner of Joasis, a dog swimming and dock diving facility located on Wakefield. We featured them in August, for Doug & Tammy’s dog birthday party

All three hope that the treat box becomes a destination for dog owners. And in 2021, there will be regular contests and drawings for those who post photos on social media with #ThePupStopOnWakefield.

How The Pup Stop on Wakefield Gives Back

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. Visitors can make a voluntary donations directly to the rescue. For December 2020, the featured rescue is Animal Justice Leaguealso located in the Garden Oaks/Oak Forest (GOOF) area.

Second Saturday Dog Events

On the 2nd Saturday of each month, visitors to The Pup Stop on Wakefield can receive specialty home made dog treats from 9 to 10 am. (You’ll find the recipe posted each month on

And on Saturday December 12 from 9-11am, dog owners can get a free photo with a special holiday backdrop. The Pup Stop on Wakefield will hire a professional photographer for the event. Photos will be by donation to Animal Justice League, and emailed to participants. A minimum $15 donation is requested.

Houston Dog Mom is a Houston-based dog lover and shelter volunteer. Doggos "Doug" and "Tammy" also help out with the writing.


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