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Dirty dog? No problem

Connie Steiert

Special to the Daily/David L'HeureuxDr. Steve Sheldon uses a hair dryer on his dog, Henry, at the Big Dog Car and Dog Wash in Gypsum.

GYPSUM – Do you dread washing your dog? Do you have to first spend countless minutes wrestling a reluctant animal into the bathtub … and then spend at least the same amount of time cleaning the tub, the bath and yourself afterwards?The Big Dog Dog Wash, located in Gypsum off of Highway 6, has its own climate-controlled building for washing pets. The facility is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The dog wash, open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., has a ramp leading a into a dog-sized tub, a selection of shampoos and conditioners, and a blow dryer to dry a dog’s fur.

“You don’t need to check in with a receptionist,” says owner Steve Sheldon. “You just walk in and put your money in.” The machine accepts coins, bills, credit cars and wash/gift cards. Big Dog will also has a frequent washer program.Dog owners can treat almost any fur condition at Big Dog Dog Wash, too. There are oatmeal treatments for dogs with sensitive skin; creme rinses for dogs with long, tangle-prone fur; and a pyrethrin-based shampoo, meant to protect dogs from fleas and ticks.

The wash is on a one-minute timer, so dog washers pay only for the amount of time used, Sheldon says. Sheldon, a local veterinarian, got the idea when planning his veterinarian hospital, which will start construction next spring, he says. “People told me we really needed a way to wash dogs as there is a two to four-week wait at most grooming or pet shops,” says Sheldon. “Now, people can come here day or night without an appointment.”

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