Dog Pound now accepting strays

By Sarah Pridgeon

New eatery The Dog Pound opens this week, offering homemade food and ice cream with all the fixings until late in the evening. From salads to cheeseburgers, the fare on offer will hopefully fill a gap in the current food selection in Sundance, says manager Lisa Corley.

The Dog Pound is intended to be somewhere in town to take the family for good food in a family environment, she goes on. Many residents have children who play sports or take part in other after-school activities and, by the time games or practices have finished, it’s often late to be cooking, but there’s nowhere in town to pick up a quick, hearty meal.

The menu includes hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, grilled or breaded chicken breast sandwiches, corn dogs and chicken strips, as well as sides such as onion rings and regular, curly or waffle fries. Chili will be available every day, as well as full, large or half salads with fresh ingredients such as ham, turkey and grilled chicken breast.

Soft serve ice cream cones, shakes and malts, as well as frozen desert mixers, will be available, with “every fixing you can think of,” says employee Kristi Trunk. Coffee, tea and fountain drinks are also on the menu.

The daily soups will be warm and thick for winter, says Corley, and will include potato and corn chowder. A short menu will be on offer during the first few days, expanding to include items such as cheese steaks and mini tacos.

Opening times will initially be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. but The Dog Pound, owned by Sandi Wagaman, hopes to soon be open for breakfast. During hunting season, the aim is to open for breakfast at around 4 a.m., says Corley.

Sundance’s younger residents have already sampled The Dog Pound’s fare. Students from the high school were treated to free burgers, fries, chicken strips and ice cream in celebration of Homecoming, while the elementary school was invited to visit for lunchtime ice cream on Tuesday.

For customers in a hurry, The Dog Pound offers food to go and features a drive-through window. At some point, says Corley, delivery will also be available.

The Dog Pound is currently accepting applications to cover all shifts.

Dog Pound owner Sandi Wagaman helps hand out free ice cream cones to the Sundance first grade students on Monday. (Virginia Costello photo)