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Cheers To The Dog Watch

I’m a big time observer of life. I suppose that started when my parents gave me a diary at the age of 8, you know the kind with a lock and key. I wrote everything in it , everything, whether I had to go to the dentist, or it was someone’s birthday, or where I would go out to eat. I also tucked a lot of stuff into that diary, napkins with the name of a restaurant, ticket stubs, whatever.

The Dog Watch Cafe in Stonington, Connecticut is a great place to observe. It’s right on the water and is dog friendly so people come and go ,come in for lunch or dinner or snuggle up to the bar and watch some sports. The place also has live music. That’s a lot of fun, I’ve observed that too. It’s the kind of watering hole you might find in a neighborhood, only here when you’re having that “beverage” you have incredible views of the water and a boat yard as it’s along the Connecticut shoreline.

Why is it called the Dog Watch, if you sail you already know, but for those who don’t the “dog watch” is a shared deck duty shift between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. One sailor takes the first two hours the second the remaining time of the shift. A normal shift is four hours…but this one is split. The reason for that, the schedule staggers the 24-hour watch cycle so those “observing” through the binoculars don’t always get stuck with the same shift. When you get “dog watch” duty you can eat a meal, and have a little rum too. Makes sense for a bar doesn’t it. Brilliant marketing. Another piece of brilliance here the logo, a dog with an attitude with binoculars..priceless.

The owners of the Dog Watch are mindful that is is a good thing to give back and they do, they help the borough’s library and collect turkeys for folks at holiday time. All good things that makes a business a darn good neighbor.

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  1. Posted February 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    It’s a great place Ann, been there several times. And the borough just down the street is like a mini Newport RI without the drunkin college crowd.

    • Ann Nyberg
      Posted February 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

      You nailed it Brent, it is a mini Newport!

  2. Posted February 9, 2011 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    The Dog Watch outdoor bar would be a great place for a Tweetup, right Ann? 🙂 Next summer!

    • Ann Nyberg
      Posted February 9, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

      Joe, except for that we wouldn’t get anything done, but just have fun!

  3. Posted February 10, 2011 at 3:17 am | Permalink

    I’ve been there many a time Ann, as my parents live just down the street. If you stick around long enough at the bar, the crowd loosens up for some REALLY good people watch!