Storm is excited to announce the signing of Blake “The Bowling Doodle” Simpson. We’ve had our eye on Blake for some time. At just 8 months old, Blake has captured the attention of fans around the world with his passion for the lanes. Blake practices at his “paw”-rents, Terri & Wayne Simpson’s bowling center KT’s Lanes in Emmett, Idaho, where he chooses to throw Storm bowling balls.
Blake uses a ramp to deliver his bowling ball down the lane. He gets some strikes and his coaches say he’s a pretty good spare shooter. His high game is 100.
“We just put the ball on top of the ramp and we held a treat, like, above the ball,” Katelyn “KT” Simpson, his coach, told KBOI in Idaho. “We’re like, come on, you know, kind of helped him, showed him a couple times, just pushed the ball with his arms and he caught on and just started doing it on his own.”
You can watch a video of Blake bowling HERE.
“He sometimes pushes it and goes to the side of the ramp and watches it go down the lane to hit pins. He has never tried to chase the ball down the lane. And always wants a ‘high-5’ after he bowls,” Blake’s mom, Terri Simpson added.
His coach, KT, is also a member of Team Storm. She started bowling at age three and her career has already been filled with success including a spot on Junior Team USA in 2015, member of the Pikeville University Bowling Team where she was an All-American, and nine 300 games. She is currently a graduate assistant at Pikeville where she is finishing up her MBA.
“We’re excited for Blake to join our team and meet Storm Nation fans across the country,” Gary Hulsenberg, Vice President of Business Development said. “You can’t help but smile when you watch him bowl. It’s a good fit because Storm is a family owned business and Blake’s family owns their own business too!”
Blake truly can’t get enough of the lanes.
“Most of his bowling schedule depends on how much time I have or if KT is home from college,” Terri says. “But we try to get him on the lanes at least once a month or so. Sometimes when birthday parties come in and the ramp comes out, he thinks it for him,” Terri, says.
Blake is a great ambassador at his home center. Many of the bowlers come straight to the office to see him before they bowl. Blake’s family lets him and his brother, Adam, come out to say hi to their friends at the end of league night. His favorites are the ones who remember to bring him a treat but he truly loves to make people smile.
“Everyone loves him,” Terri says. “The bowlers that come in and bowl league expect to see him here and if he’s not here, they are very disappointed. The junior bowlers sometimes ask if he can bowl with them. We have set Blake up on lanes beside them before and let him bowl with them.”
His owners hope to enroll Blake in therapy dog training in the future so he could visit hospitals and nursing homes to make more people smile.
We think he’ll fit right in at The Bowlers Company. Welcome to the team, Blake!
All About Blake:
Favorite Snack: K9 Granola’s Coconut Crunchers
Favorite TV Show: My brother, Adam Levine, and I love The Voice.
Started Bowling: When I was tall enough to reach the ramp (12 Weeks Old)
Favorite Storm Bowling Ball: 10 Pound Storm Big Hit
High Game: 100 (Most of the time I practice without scores)
Why did you choose Team Storm: I wanted to follow in my coach, KT’s footsteps.
Why did you start bowling: My family taught me to bowl because when they brought me home they wanted to be able to let me go to work with my Mom (Terri). They already knew I’d be a bowling dog but then they let me try it. I loved it! I bark when my family puts my ramp away before I’m done.
Biggest Bowling Dream: To bowl a 300, of course!
Favorite Bowlers: My “paw”-rents, my coach KT Simpson, and my favorite pro bowler Leanne Hulsenberg!
What tips do you have for other aspiring bowling pups: Their parents or coach needs to ask permission at their local bowling center. I’m lucky because my mom owns our center. Bowling pups must be able to follow commands and not chase the ball. Don’t forget the treats and the ‘high-5.’