[Spotlight] Dirty Dogs Self Service Dog Wash & Grooming
You could say Tamra Dick has a way with the animals and is highly qualified to run Dirty Dogs Self Service Dog Wash & Grooming, located at 2511 Battleground Ave. Dick said she has worked in and out of veterinary medicine field for about 12 years at both Battleground Veterinary Hospital and North Elm Animal Hospital. She has also been in rescue work since 1993 and has worked with several rescue groups in town such as the SPCA of the Triad, Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation in Winston-Salem and Almost Home Dachshund Rescue Society in Greensboro.
“Animals have always been something that has been a part of my life,” Dick said. “I have eight dogs and four cats of my own– and a rabbit too.”
After working with animals for over a decade, she decided to start her own business dedicated to keeping dogs healthy, clean and happy.
“The best part about it is you guys just kind of walk out of the building and we do all the clean up for ya,” Dick said.
There is also a full-service groomer, Heather Richardson from Grooming by Heather, for those who want to give their fur babies the full spa experience. Her package includes shampoo, conditioner, blow dry, ear cleaning, full grooms based on breeds, paw pad trims, nail trim and fragrance. Dick said for those interested in Richardson’s service, call for an estimate. A premium wash with Dirty Dogs is also available for those who are too busy to do it themselves. According to the Dirty Dogs website, that service includes shampooing, conditioning, 15-minute blow dry, 15-minute brush out, nail trim, ear cleaning and fragrance. Pricing for that depends on the weight of your dog. Prices start at $32 for dogs up to 20 lbs and ranges to $65 for dogs 150+lbs. Dick said she gives an $18 discounted rate for service dogs with assistance for their human with washing them.
The pricing for the self-service dog wash, according to the website, is $20 for any size dog and it includes shampoo, conditioner, ear wipes, pre-pasted toothbrush, towels, forced air dryer, in-tub trays for smaller dogs and fragrance.
This do-it-yourself dog wash at the moment is for dogs only. However, Dick said she is open to the idea of having a cat-only day where people can bring in their cats and wash them without the extra stress of dogs being around. Dick also said she would like to work with local rescue groups and have a rabies clinic at Dirty Dogs so people can vaccinate their fur babies at a low cost.
Dirty Dogs is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. To learn more about Dirty Dogs visit the website, Facebook page (@dirtydogsgso), call (336) 617-7191 or go in and see for yourself. There is no appointment necessary for premium washes (however, appointments will take priority) and the last dog wash for the day is taken 45 minutes before closing.