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Barks and booze could come together at Fetch Dog Park & Bar

Barks and booze could come together at Fetch Dog Park & Bar

Barks and booze could come together at Fetch Dog Park & Bar
October 20
20:18 2015

Victoria Monteros | Staff Writer

@ToriLaSuper

Denton resident Alison Winget first got the idea to combine a dog park with a bar three years ago.

In recent months, she has been vigourously fundraising to bring her idea to life with Fetch Dog Park & Bar. Winget said the park would be a perfect way to garner closer relationships between dog owners and their pets.

“I have been a bartender since I was 17,” Winget said. “It brings people together.”

Having owned dogs since she was 9 years old, Winget has always loved animals. She has set out to create a place where they can have fun and play while owners relax and enjoy drinks and food. Since Fetch will contain both a bar and a dog park, patrons won’t be sitting around bored while their dogs play.

“I have two huskies, and my Sheltie passed away this January,” Winget said. “When she passed away, I felt so sad that I didn’t get to spend all the fun time with her, and I don’t want anybody else to ever feel like that.”

Winget said her park will benefit dogs and humans alike because many times when owners go to dog parks, they quickly tire of the occasion and take their furry companion home before the pup has had sufficient enough playtime.

To promote the idea and raise funds for the property, Winget and gracious volunteers have sold various items at the Denton Community Market on Saturday mornings and have also fundraised online through Fundly.com. The fundraising period will end in November, she said.

Winget said many of the people who helped her out were already close friends of hers before the process began.

Kelly Winget, the park owner’s sister, is an avid supporter of Fetch.

“I am obsessed with my corgi,” Kelly said. “What better way to do all the things I love all day in one place?”

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Products used to help fundraise for the new dog park, bar and restaurant. Ryan Vance | Senior Staff Photographer

Christa Conroy, another supporter of the park, found out about Fetch when she met Winget at a wedding through a group of friends and was hooked almost instantaneously.

“We talked as she described her business idea and plan,” Conroy said. “I immediately fell in love with the entire concept and couldn’t wait to visit and become a local patron.”

But Winget said one of her biggest challenges has been recruiting people to support her.

“It’s kind of hard to get people on board when it’s not a typical idea,” Winget said.

Even though she has had some volunteers help out by selling various items to raise money for Fetch, Alison is on her own when it comes to the business side of things. She is still searching for a location, but plans to purchase a property in December of this year.

“We have three locations that we’re considering around Denton,” Winget said. “We haven’t released where those locations are because a year ago we had a property we were about to start negotiating on, and somebody bought it out from under us because we were telling people where it was before it was finalized.”

Despite the hardships Winget has encountered, she said she is undeterred from reaching for the stars with Fetch Dog Park & Bar. She continues to persevere toward turning her dream into a reality.

“Everything about her personality and professional repertoire exudes a responsible business owner that is ideal for Denton,” Conroy said.

Winget’s sister is also happy to see her level of dedication to the project.

“I am very proud of everything she’s doing,” Kelly said. “She is going to have to overcome a lot… Luckily, she is smart, stubborn and has quite a Fetch following. She’s going to do great things.”

Featured Image: Alison Winget displays some products used to help fundraise a new dog park, bar and restaurant. Ryan Vance | Senior Staff Photographer

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