Is a self-serving dog bath facility worth the money?
For busy pet owners, grooming outside of the home makes sense
Two electricians were working back and forth in my home, carefully disconnecting and removing the electric baseboard heaters that started a fire. Everything was going quite well until one of them poked his head around the corner and asked, “Can I use your bathroom?” I was so busy trying to get those heaters out of my home as quickly as possible that I forgot to sweep my bathroom before they arrived.
Pet owners know why that’s a big deal. I don’t even allow my Hound mix Junee into my bathroom. But you would swear from the sight of the white tile floors that she rolls around in there like it’s a skating rink. Every single time I undress to take a shower, I somehow end up with dog hair all over the floor. And she’s a short-haired dog, so it still surprises me how much she sneakily sheds. I’m a stickler about Sweeper Sunday to sweep, mop, polish, disinfect and dust everything. The problem is the electricians were here on a Saturday, and I forgot to do an extra sweep for the “black hair” showers.
Pet owners already know that controlling pet hair can be even more of a battle during shedding seasons in warmer-climate months. Now add on brushing fur, moisturizing paws, clipping nails and bathing dogs in the tub. If you do all of the above at home, be ready with garbage cans, grooming supplies, a vacuum and hair drains at all times. Otherwise, you’ll become very good friends with a plumber and floor maintenance workers.
So if you’re already trying to keep your home reasonably clean (or you’re a neat freak like I am) with pets, would it make more sense to find the nearest self-serve pet grooming place like Chelsea did in the latest season of Netflix’s “Love Is Blind”? (That is, if you don’t want to hire a pet groomer to do it all.)
That depends. There are plenty of pros and a few cons.