Pictured above: Solo, co-owner of Woofbowl and mother of two dogs: Latto (the inspiration behind Woofbowl's logo) and Dino (pictured here).
*portrait inspiration: Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci
Woofbowl is owned by a husband and wife team and what many don't know is we come from humble beginnings.
For starters, we became dog parents because Ron suffers from PTSD. We read dogs do amazing work to help veterans deal with their symptoms so in 2011 we got two French Bulldogs one year apart.
Ron was raised by a single mother and grew up in zip code 53206 of inner-city Milwaukee - the zip code that incarcerates the highest percentage of black men in America. He refused to succumb to drugs and crime, and used basketball and academics to rise above. He became a nationally recognized high school basketball athlete. Despite early struggles, he was honorably discharged from the US Navy (after having trained 10,000+ personnel) and graduated summa cum laude from his alma mater where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a focus on Pre-Law. Ron also went on to earn his MBA and became an author of several books.
Solo is a product of refugee parents who risked their lives fleeing the Killing Fields of Cambodia to come to America with 3 children. Her parents both worked two full-time jobs each to keep food on the table. It was her parents’ dream for her to become an engineer, so she pursued electrical and biochemical engineering and was an engineer for 13 years prior to Woofbowl.
Solo came up with the idea to serve healthy dog food after noticing a remarkable change in our dogs after switching them to a raw diet. It led her on a path of learning and absorbing as much as she could on the “truth” about canine nutrition and continues her dedication to animal welfare through Woofbowl.
Woofbowl cares about our communities and environment. We celebrate and strengthen each community through serving and supporting a local experience, investment in non-profits, and a conscious commitment to our local producers and partners.