OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Washing and drying are the sounds of a new business model. A do it yourself, indoor dog wash. Laundromutt opened for business last month, and so far, business has been unleashed.
So, what can you do here? Mary Homer is one of the co-owners.
"They just hook them up, and they have temperature controlled water and any shampoos they want and brushes and the forced air dryer. It's very convenient for them, and it doesn't get their house dirty," Homer explained.
Why the name Laundromutt? Carol Ruby is the other co-owner.
"We were trying to get something that was catchy. Something that would say what we did in one word people would remember, so we tossed different things around, and we both kind of liked Laundromutt. It tells what we do in a word," Ruby said.
So, what do the customers think? Bernie Dallaire is one of them.
"I like it. I like the way the setup is. Keeping him controlled, plus he likes getting around other dogs," Dallaire said.
First timers, like Devante Tussey, are also impressed and are barking out praise.
"I like it a lot. It's really convenient actually, and it's a lot easier than doing it at home," Tussey exclaimed.
Convenience is the name of the game here for customer Marsha Altstatt.
"It makes it a lot easier to get to the dog. You don't have to hang over the side of the bathtub at home, which is how I usually do it, or outside with the hose and worry about them trying to run off," Altstatt said.
While Laundromutt offers many advantages, the water is warm, the environment is clean, it also offers something else that's even more important to customers. Customers like Diane Farris.
"I think it's very much peace of mind that you can come and put your own hands on your dog. You know the dog is being well taken care of. They've got really high quality products here to get your dog clean, and it just gives you a peace of mind that you can get your dog nice and clean, and you can take him home and he's not sitting in a crate for a long time," Farris said.
After a bath, it's time for a nice nap for some of the pooches. Just in case you're wondering, you can wash your cat here too, if you dare.
Laundromutt also offers complete grooming services on site as well as treats and accessories.