That’s because owner Larry May has launched a brand new component to his business called Dog & Sudz Wash Station, which has been in operation for about two months.
May, who worked at Shawnee Correctional Center for 30 years, was the laundry manager at the facility for the last five years. When the former Anderson Coin Laundry went up for sale earlier this year, May decided to buy the business.
He has all of the washers and dryers in the facility up and running and said that when he bought the business he had the idea of starting a dog wash station. “I did a lot of research and there was nothing like this around here,” he said.
May explained the K-9000 is a state-of-the art, self-contained wash station devoted to the family pooch of any size. He said the wash station holds dogs up to 600 pounds.
Brandi Fisher and her son, Ben, brought their dog Charlie to the wash station after a skunk sprayed him. On Aug. 1, Fisher brought Charlie back for another wash, because the day before, another skunk had sprayed him.
The Dog & Sudz Wash Station is in a separate building that sits just to the west of the laundromat. Dog owners may put their $7 into the machine and they will have 10 minutes to wash their furry friend.
Dogs are secured inside the trough with a chain that attaches to their coller. After washing the family canine, they can choose the option for flea and tick treatment or conditioner. It is followed with a rinse and finally the blow-drying, which blows hot air and removes the water from the dog. By the time the process is complete, dog owners leave the wash station with a clean, dry pooch.
According to May, after people are finished washing their dogs, they are responsible for disinfecting the tub, by spraying it down. May points out that all of the products that are used in the dog wash are organic and contain vitamin E, hepa and citrus fruit, because he knows there are some animals that have allergens and he does not want to use something that could affect the canines in a negative way.
May said the machines are popular in states like California and Florida, noting that many of the machines are located outdoors in those states because they don’t experience freezing temperatures. But because this area does have cold weather, that is why he built the building, which is heated in the winter and cooled in the summer.
“It’s a lot nicer than using the bathtub at home,” said Brandi Fisher, after Charlie finished with his wash. The dog wash, located at 617 W. 10th St., is available seven days a week.
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