Wag and wash
It’s good news for dirty dogs.
Hosing down the hound has taken on a whole new hue. Craig McKenzie, of Dogwash NZ, has just opened Palmerston North’s first 24/7 semi-automated dogwash machine.
Sitting at the end of the Pet Essentials carpark on Albert St, opposite New World, it’s the fourth Australian-sourced K9000 machine McKenzie has installed around New Zealand, after New Plymouth, Whanganui and Porirua.
‘‘It’s proving popular with dogowners, especially those who have mid-size short-haired dogs,’’ McKenzie said.
‘‘The K9000 is a top quality machine – best in the world. There are over 400 of them set up around Australia and after four years operating the first one in New Plymouth, it’s practically bullet-proof.
‘‘There are sensor lights and surveillance for the security of users and the unit. Once they’ve tried it, people love it.’’
And yes, owners do take their dogs for a wash in the wee small hours of the morning.
McKenzie started hunting for another way to wash dogs after a washing fail with his own dog.
‘‘I have a black lab and one day I couldn’t be bothered taking him down to the river to wash him and decided to put him in the shower at home. That was fine, but then he got out and shook off. I spent the next 40 minutes cleaning up the hair.’’
The dog-wash machine has three filters to catch that hair. The warm water unit dispenses a flea treatment shampoo, followed by conditioner, with a blow dryer to finish off.
Fenced off from the car park, the dog can also be restrained once inside the washing tub, and there’s manual over-ride on the settings so owners can customise the process.
Catherine Hannon and her 6-year-old labrador Dexter are familiar with the New Plymouth machine and came along to christen the unit.
It’s ideal, she said, for animals who shy away from being washed in the backyard with a cold-water hose, and saves having to mop up a mess inside. As for Dexter’s reaction... ‘‘He loves the warm water, but he’s not too keen on the blow dryer.’’
‘‘Once they've tried it, people love it’’
Catherine Hannon gives Dexter the labrador a good soaking in the new dog-wash machine.