Bath treat for dogs and their own­ers


Paw-scratched baths and hair-clogged plug­holes are in the past for Porirua dog own­ers.

New Ply­mouth busi­ness­man Craig McKen­zie opened a K9000 Dog­wash at the CareVets in Kenepuru Drive last week.

The dog wash, which is coin op­er­ated, costs $10 for 10 min­utes and has a warm wa­ter shower hose and five wash set­tings: sham­poo, flea sham­poo, con­di­tion rinse, rinse and blow dry.

There will be no Mar­ley & Me mo­ments of chas­ing a soak­ing dog down the street, as a clip and non-slip mat make it easy to keep dogs in the tub.

‘‘The joy of this thing is you can come in and wash your dog and all the mess stays be­hind,’’ McKen­zie said.

The in­spi­ra­tion for the busi­ness came af­ter a bad ex­pe­ri­ence McKen­zie had wash­ing his black labrador, Max, in a white bath­room. ‘‘I thought there had to be a bet­ter way.’’ McKen­zie has sim­i­lar units in New Ply­mouth and Whanganui.

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