As a BOGO Bowl rookie, I was excited, a little bit nervous, and all about diving right into our Chicago weekend extravaganza. I mean, it’s about dogs – hello!!! And I was going with a fun, easy-going super cool BOGO owner. We were headed to the Windy City Pet Expo. I was overly pumped about all of the fun materials we had prepped for our booth - such cute, creative décor. Not only that, but we were visiting a very special Chicago animal shelter on the way.
Despite the summer construction, unexpected (forgotten) Illinois tollways (“I think I have a nickel in the bottom of my purse oh here’s a penny wait I have a dime”), and bumper to bumper traffic, we successfully made our way to the rescue called Found Chicago. And our GPS Navigator, Tina, was very helpful (she was not fond of going in the glove compartment, however).
We made it to Found Chicago. Beautiful shelter – all walls painted a fresh calming blue , black and white pictures of gorgeous pups on the walls. I describe it as “urban hipster sheek” – as much as you can describe an animal shelter like that. HUGE rooms/areas.
I got to hold a 2 month old Pittie puppy, Brogan, on our tour (yeah, it was rough). He was found emaciated on the 4th of July with several internal issues. Despite a few sores on his ears, he looked well on the road to recovery. The facility is divided into three portions – Found, Heal, and Stay.
All of the animals that come to this shelter have intense behavioral or physical issues. We passed so many beautiful doggies, lots of gorgeous pitties, in the Found section. The Heal section had a large therapy pool and training area for vet needs and rehab. The Stay section was a very classy boarding area and shop. Needless to say, we were IMPRESSED. Oh yeah – and the lovely ladies we spoke with were even better than all of that.
Saturday morning we rose for the big day – The Windy City Expo. After a little more set-up of our cute, fabulous, best-in-show booth (in my opinion), the thousands of people started their way through. And with doggies of all shapes and sizes in tow! After I got my scpiel down, I was very comfortable. And I can’t forget to mention our BOGO man in a Dalmatian costume, Gary. Wow did he bring the cheese – BUT he also brought the people! So he did a great job at being a crazy puppy for us.
Everyone loved our concept, signed up to have information sent, took our samples, and showed genuine interest. They thought our pricing was on point and loved that it could be delivered right to their door with no additional shipping costs.
We sold a good amount of food! People who said they would be back on their way out, actually did stop back on their way out. One lady bought a bag and didn’t even own a dog – both her bag and the matching bag went to rescues at our expo. Cool thing is, the same lady came back to us a couple of hours later with a dog that she just adopted at the expo, Nettie! So she bought another bag for Nettie and we got to bring another matching bag to another rescue! That was the best part – BOGO dog and I delivering FREE food to them. Needless to say, they were all very grateful.
Such an exciting first-time experience for me with BOGO Bowl. I knew the concept was brilliant from the beginning – but to have it reaffirmed by hundreds of people was pretty darn cool. It was all worth the long day and sore tootzies. Can’t wait to do it again! Yay BOGO bowl!
Coming in the next day or so - pictures of BROGAN! the adorable pup, and some of the awesome organizations and people we met in Chicago.