The O'Doggy's story is not for the faint of heart. It's roots begin with job loss and despair. If you don't know our story, read it here : OUR STORY
You watched as we grew into a small concession trailer last February. We added our fenced eating area, and our awning too.
Now, we're moving indoors... not far from our current location. As a matter of fact, it's 3 blocks north on Rolla St.
It's the "community" atmosphere that we've loved most about O'Doggy's. With that I mean... it's YOU that we've loved most about O'Doggy's, and we want to grab hold of that atmosphere with our storefront.
It's the outdoor aspect that draws you to O'Doggy's? Well, we're working on that too. We'll be adding a serving window for walk up service outside.
We'll be revealing the progress as it happens, so you can be as excited as we are. Scared, but excited! Thanks for being a part of something that has given us hope, and grown friendships, right here in Rolla Missouri.
Love to serve,
Cory & Susan
You may remember us sharing with you about a family last Summer that was celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary with renewed vows and a visit to our O'Doggy's cart. We were honored that they chose us to be a part of the celebration!
You may also remember us sharing a video of their youngest, Sophie, singing her ode to O'Doggy's... which we claimed as our new jingle.
We now have something else to share... not something we smile about, but something O'Doggy's supports more than you know. This January, Jennifer was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has a blog worth visiting. In her words, she is blogging "so other women, family and friends could see a real perspective into the life of cancer. Not just what I am experiencing, but what others may experience or see loved ones experience themselves"
We would like to share her blog with you. http://takingitfromthetop.com/2013/02/15/odoggys/
You may also remember that O'Doggy's has a team for the Relay for Life. I think we can all agree that cancer stinks! If you would like to be a member of our team, and be a part of the 2013 Relay, please contact us through facebook, email, or a visit in person.
You see, all of you are more than customers... you are friends and family.
Thanks for being a part of our lives,
Cory, Susan, and Josh
Don't worry, it's not Christmas yet, or even my birthday, but gifts have been given on a regular basis at the O'Doggy's cart. What am I talking about? I'm talking about a phenomenon that started a week after we opened for business.
It began when we had a customer stop by the cart that wanted to pay for the next four O'Doggy's value meals. No strings attached, just to bless those next customers with a free meal. As the next customers showed up, and one by one received their gift from the anonymous giver, their faces showed the surprise. We were met with words of "why would someone do that"?, to "are you serious"?, and "that's awesome"!
Week after week this continues. Single and multiple meals are paid for in advance. We met a couple that had been having a bad day. A flat tire fixed that morning, low on funds, and stopped for a quick bite to eat before moving on. They were hit with a free meal given by a previous customer. Did it pay for their tire or put money in their bank? No, but it did brighten their spirits when things seemed to be on a downward spiral. A U-turn that spun them around, picked them up, and sent them back in the right direction.
We've had instances where a meal was going to be shared, but instead were able to get two meals. People counting change to buy a single hot dog blessed with a whole meal. College students out on their own for the first time are met with the kindness of someone they don't even know.
Hot dog gifting is contagious. People want to be involved in something like this. We have "gifters" each week, and a lot of them are new to the "movement". Okay, so maybe it's not a "movement", but it does have an impact on those that give, and receive. I do believe though that the biggest impact has been on us here at O'Doggy's. We are humbled that you would choose to use our business to help others, and that you would let us be the instrument to carry it out.
It seems that the gift of hot dogs is indeed a gift that keeps on giving.
Would you like to "Pay A Meal Forward"? You can do it right from the comfort of your home. Click on the button below to brighten someone's day!
Hello Rolla! If you are visiting here for the first time, I suggest you click on the "Our Story" tab above so you can be better acquainted with O'Doggy's. If you already know our story, then you may be asking "why in the world would anybody write a blog centered around hot dogs"? If you follow the blog, you will soon find out that you will be able to relate to hot dogs, and the stories they inspire. Just wait and see...