If you’ve ever owned a dog, you know just how messy bath time can be – water on the floor, hair in the drain, soap in your eyes – but dog washing just got easier.


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If you’ve ever owned a dog, you know just how messy bath time can be – water on the floor, hair in the drain, soap in your eyes – but dog washing just got easier.

Kelton’s Hardware & Pet launched its free dog wash program earlier this year, complete with a professional groomer’s tub, regular and flea and tick shampoo and conditioner and a blow dryer, according to store manager John Klembecki.

“The only thing we ask customers to supply, if they want to use it, is their own towels,” he said. “And they wash pets themselves. A lot of people think we do it, but we don’t. We just supply everything.”

And while the free washing service may sound great for all pets, it’s only for pooches.

“We’ve had people want to bring in miniature horses, goats and cats, but it’s just a dog wash,” Klembecki said.

Dog owners must make schedule an appointment to use the dog wash and can do so online at www.freedogwash.com. Washes are available from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 4:30 p.m. Saturdays.

“It gets busy back there, especially on nice days and Saturdays,” he explained. “It has brought in a lot of new customers. That was our ultimate goal, to bring in new customers who have never shopped in Kelton’s before.”

In addition to the free dog wash, Kelton’s has also added five new lines of pet foods. For more information, visit the store at 2870 Old Fort Parkway, online at keltonsinc.com or by calling 615-893-5125.