Blue Watchdog was born out of a vision for water conservation inside a research engineer's office & weekend irrigation projects for large estates. Since then we have shifted our services to water agencies only throughout Southern California as consultants coaching, teaching, and showing others how to conserve water.

The Team

Patrick H. Crais
Patrick began his professional career as a Naval Officer out of the U.S. Naval Academy.  His first exposure to water was helping manage an onboard desal plant for his ship.  His first professional position was as a research engineer for Hunter Industries focusing on water conservation products.  He founded BWD on June 17th, 2009 after a successful 8 years of service with Hunter. Patrick’s key task for BWD is mentoring the other watchdogs and coaching key commercial accounts. His hobbies include surfing, Crossfit & yoga, teaching at church Bible studies, He also enjoys reading and public speaking and drinking local Cardiff Margaritas. 

Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA)
Certified Irrigation Contractor (CIC)
Certified Irrigation Design (CID)
Certified Landscape Water Manager (CLWM)
Certified Water Manager (CLCA-CWM)
C27 License #982415
Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL)
BS Mechanical Engineering, US Naval Academy
MBA California State San Marcos
Representative -San Diego Integrated Regional Water Management
Co chairman- Conservation Action Committee San Diego
Chairman- CLCA Water Management Task Force 

Gabriel D. Michael                                                                                                             Gabriel has been with BWD over 5 years and is our key water management analyst.  Before BWD he served as a U.S. Marine for 4 years. He has a dog named Casina. Gabriel’s hobbies are: playing hockey, hiking, cooking, and watching the L.A. Kings beat down weaker teams.

Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA)
Certified Landscape Water Manager (CLWM)
Certified Water Manager Expert (CWME)
Watershed Wise Landscape Professional (WWLP)
Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL)
AA Landscape Architecture, MiraCosta
C27 License #1014318


Brent J. Zahn
Certified Turgrass Manager
Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL)
Watershed Wise Landscape Professional (WWLP)


Wallace D. Crais
Wallace is our company mascot and is known as the Blue Watchdoggy with our distributor friends. He is a 38 pound Blue Merle Australian shepherd. He gets to ride to jobs in the winter time and for some clients he gets to play with their dogs. He has 21 commands that he obeys if you tell him versus ask him. His favorite food is bacon. His hobbies are chasing lizards in the yard, pre rinsing dishes before they go into the dishwasher, cleaning crumbs off the Cardiff Zumbar coffee shop floor, sleeping on the cool wood floors during the evening yoga class at the Cardiff Patagonia store- Stop by on Tuesdays at 6pm for the free class and see Wallace do his downward dog!