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Doggie Diner Makeover

A project in San Francisco, CA by John Law

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Help us restore some of the last Doggie Diner heads—a symbol of SF's scrappy, can-do spirit during the post WWII era & beyond
Backers: 818
Average Pledge Per Backer: $63

Funded: $51,436 of $48,000
Dates: Jan 7th -> Feb 8th (33 days)
Project By: John Law
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Latest News

We made it! The Dogs will NOT be banished to the Kennel thanks to you!

February 8th - via:
Thank you everyone for making our Doggie Diner Kickstart a success. I am beside myself with gratitude. I am also totally energized and looking forward to keeping the Dogs on the road and touring around the Bay Area for years to come. Heartfelt and... (Read More)

Puppy Love

February 7th - via:
As we approach the final hours of our Kickstarter today, we were contacted by the City and County of San Francisco. They are restoring their Doghead and placing it on permanent display out by the SF Zoo at Sloat and 46th Ave next week on Valentines... (Read More)

30 Hours Left!

February 7th - via:
We have only 30 hours left to this Kickstarter! The Backer Challenge is still ON! So many of you have increased your pledges already—we originally needed over 162 backers to participate, but now we only need 42 more backers! Just a reminder, the... (Read More)


February 5th - via:
The Dog Blessing in Dolores Park 2/2/14 ~ Photo by Shalaco Sching The Doggies have been saved!!That's right, this morning we passed the $48,000 mark! Thanks to YOU, the Doggie Diner heads will be spruced up in no time, and rolling around the Bay... (Read More)

Wednesday Wayback Machine

February 5th - via:
First of all, a shout out to all the backers who have increased their pledges to meet the Backer Challenge! Your generosity is heartwarming, thank you.   But… we still need 72 more backers to join in!  We really would like to throw an epic party... (Read More)

Double Down on the Backer Challenge

February 4th - via:
We wanted to give you an update on the Backer Challenge. We had overwhelming support yesterday and are well on our way to getting 25% of our backers to increase their pledge by $20! Thank you to each of you who increased your pledge in support of the... (Read More)

Backer challenge!

February 3rd - via:
We are almost to the finish line, only a few more days to go!It’s looking like it’s going to be close, but looking at the numbers, we know we can do this! Did you know that if we can get every backer (that’s you!) to increase their pledge by... (Read More)

Doggie Blessing 4-5:30 today in Dolores Park!

February 2nd - via:
Just a little update to say YES we're still on for the Dog Blessing today in Dolores Park from 4pm-5:30. We will have SISTER DANA VAN IQUITY representing THE SISTERS OF PERPETUAL INDULGENCE, as well as BISHOP JOEY of the 1ST CHURCH OF THE LAST LAUGH.... (Read More)

The One Dog transcends politics and take it's rightful place in San Francisco's pantheon

February 1st - via:
April 1st, 2001 around 8:15PM. From the SF Chronicle: "Witnesses Shelby Foote and Scott Shankland were driving eastbound on Sloat Boulevard around 8:30 p.m. Sunday when they saw the doggie dive."It was quite the drama," Foote said. "There it was,... (Read More)

Tour the historic Tribune Tower

January 31st - via:
With only a week to go, we added another, special behind-the-scenes tour of the famous Bay Area landmark, The Oakland Tribune building. For your donation of $100, you will spend an hour with a personally guided tour of the historic Tribune Tower in... (Read More)

3-D Dogs!

January 30th - via:
One sunny day last week, we took the Dogs out for a walk with Doc Pop, San Francisco's only professional yo-yoer, a tailor, chiptune musician, nerdcore rapper, community manager, mobile photography expert, and video game designer. While riding around... (Read More)

The Doggies at DorkBot tomorrow night!

January 28th - via:
One last update for today! We just wanted to let all the Doggie Diner fans know that tomorrow the Dogs will be out on the town for the first time after emergency repairs. We will at DorkBot #73 tomorrow night in San Francisco! time: 7:30pm... (Read More)

The Dog and SF Politics

January 28th - via:
On April 1st 2001, around sunset, a steady, normal for that time of year wind blew the last publicly displayed Doggie Diner Doghead down onto the street from it’s perch twenty feet atop a badly rusted 16” pole. This Dog Head resided at the... (Read More)


January 28th - via:
Yes, that's right, this Sunday February 2nd, 2014 between 4:00-5:30PM in Dolores Park, San Francisco, there will a a blessing of the Bay Area's Dogs, including of course, the Doggie Diner Heads.WITH: SISTER DANA VAN IQUITY REPRESENTING THE SISTERS OF... (Read More)

Another Thursday Throwback….

January 22nd - via:
To follow up on my post yesterday about bringing one of the Dogs to the first official amplified performance at the Burning Man festival, we dug up this beautiful photo by Doug Keister of my old flatbed that was used to haul the Dog to the Black Rock... (Read More)

The Wednesday Wayback Machine

January 22nd - via:
I thought you might get a kick out of seeing some Doggie Diner photos courtesy of Chandler White. Of course the sight of the menu board is imprinted on many people's brains, but can you name the location of the Doggie Diner below? Finally I wanted to... (Read More)


January 21st - via:
Today we have added another fun backer incentive—the opportunity to host your own personal Polkacide concert!  Polkacide, the SF Bay Area's LOUDEST polka band, will bring their unique style of "punk polka" music to your birthday party, wedding,... (Read More)

2 New Packs of Hounds from Loid Mongloid

January 19th - via:
We're going to chain poor Loid to his work bench for the next several months because of the overwhelming popularity of his Dog figures! We had to beg and plead, but we successfully commissioned one last batch of these miniature Doggie Diner head... (Read More)

The Dog and The Bay Bridge

January 19th - via:
Here's the continuation of the last story from post #7: I was singing along to Kenny Rogers (You Picked a Fine Time to Leave me Lucille) on the radio when the engine made the first giant lurch. The old flatbed shuddered, coughed, blew a clot of acrid... (Read More)

On the street in Jingletown, Oakland 1988

January 19th - via:
CORRECTION: this story is actually the story of procuring the 1st Dog Head. Memory being what it is, I confused it with the ordeal of procuring the 2nd one (which I started recounting in posts # 6 & 7 (erroneously as the 1st Dog - t'was actually... (Read More)

Friday Trip Down Memory Lane

January 17th - via:
Here's a really great photo of one of the Doggie Diner's from back in the 1970's. There are so few of these photos out there, it's such a treat to see! Take a look at those blue & white striped awnings! And those beautiful cars! And soaring above... (Read More)

The First Dog (cont.)

January 17th - via:
Well, Dog Heads are BIG. They are 10 feet tall, have roughly a 6 foot in diameter footprint and weigh between 350 & maybe 450 pounds. If you live in a 3 bedroom walk up flat with 3 roommates and 2 cats in a crowded San Francisco neighborhood, and... (Read More)

The First Dog

January 15th - via:
I was working for Federal Sign and Signal Corporation as a sign-hanger days and participating in and organizing goofy underground events nights and weekends, basically every moment I wasn't sleeping or at work. 1988 was a fun year for me and many of... (Read More)

ALMOST halfway there. Help us?

January 15th - via:
Almost Hitting 50... Did you know that there is a possibility we can reach 50% funding today? Trying to raise $2500 in one day may seem like a lot, but if you break down the numbers, it really isn't that difficult… if we received 50 new backers... (Read More)

We have a very special backer reward to add today!

January 14th - via:
We are thrilled that we can offer an original pen & ink comic strip by none other than the surreally talented & prolific, American cartoonist Bill Griffith. A long-time Bay Area resident, he has used the Doggie as his muse in his strips... (Read More)

Tomorrow we walk the Dogs!

January 13th - via:
Tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan 14th, we will be taking the Dogs out for a "walk" throughout the Bay Area. Follow us that morning on Twitter at to see where we will go next—you can meet them in person and rub their noses for... (Read More)

Spill the Beans!

January 10th - via:
Thanks to everyone for your support! Whenever we take the Dogs "out for a walk", inevitably we are accosted by people eager to tell us their stories about the Doggie Diner. Bay Area natives emphatically tell us about growing up here with the... (Read More)

Hot Diggity-Dog! We've reached 25%!

January 8th - via:
Thank you to everyone for your enthusiastic support. All because of you, we reached over 25% funded in less than 36 hours!  Please follow this link to watch a very short thank you. Also on this page, we have made it easy for you to spread the word... (Read More)

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