By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Pets | Issue: December 2009
Stop by one of the Budget Dog Wash facilities, currently in Broken Arrow and Tulsa. Owner Todd DeSmet has plans for future locations in the area.
Budget Dog Wash of Broken Arrow was the first location in the metropolitan area to introduce a private, state-of-the-art, self-service dog wash. You can now drive to either of two area Budget Dog Wash locations with your best canine friend and take him in for a complete do-it-yourself wash and dry. The dogs seem to enjoy the process, and so does the family.
Owner Todd DeSmet opened his first location at 709 W. Houston in Broken Arrow one year ago, adjacent to his Budget Wash for vehicles. A second location at 6205 E. 91st St. (91st & Sheridan) opened in June of this year. Both locations are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Todd says future Budget Dog Wash facilities are now being planned for other area locations.
Budget Dog Washes use a modern Pet Wash System that allows pet owners to wash pets themselves, and do so effectively and affordably in a fun, safe setting. All dogs must be on leashes when entering, during washing, and when exiting the facility.
The wash and dry process has a variety of options available by just turning a selector knob the same as you do at a self-serve car wash. Clients make selections for soap, shampoo, including an oatmeal shampoo for dogs who have dry skin, and flea and tick shampoo, conditioner, and a tub disinfectant. There are even options for washing really dirty dogs and a “de-skunk” selection if your pet has gotten too close to one or just smells really bad. “Our system is a great way to clean your family canine because they seem to enjoy being washed by their owners instead of by strangers,” says Todd. “And the do-it-yourself system allows clients to wash and dry their pets at a fraction of the cost they’d pay a groomer to do it.”
The wash station at Budget Dog Wash can be a fun family outing with man’s best friend. Pictured: Tyler, Leslie and Trent DeSmet.
The stainless steel washtubs are at a comfortable working height, and a walk-up ramp is available for larger dogs. There’s no need to bend over as you have to when washing your pet in a bathtub or washtub at home. The dog wash also eliminates having a smelly, messy bathroom to clean up after your dog is clean. It’s a fact that clean, happy dogs make owners equally happy.
One affordable wash lasts 10 minutes and 16 seconds, and you always have the option to purchase more time if needed. You may use cash, credit cards, quarters, or tokens at Budget Dog Wash. Although tokens are available only at the Broken Arrow location, both locations accept them as payment. Each self-contained wash booth is semi-private, and the water is preset to a nice warm temperature that you and your dog will enjoy.
Washing the dog is now as simple as walking the dog, and many families make the process a family affair. The 91st & Sheridan location is just two blocks from Hunter Park’s Biscuit Acres, located at 5804 E. 91st St. Many park patrons stop by to give dogs a wash after their pets have been running and playing with other dogs at the park.
Appointments are never necessary because Budget Dog Washes are open 24/7 to fit your schedule. There’s no mess to clean up at home when you wash your dog at Budget Dog Wash, and the process will help put you and your pet at ease. Check the website today and give them a try the next time Fido needs a bath.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.