The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 26, 2013

Sunbury dog wash today will help no-kill shelter

By Bill Foley
The Daily Item

SUNBURY —  For $10 today, your dog can receive a shampoo, cream rinse and cologne, ear wash and bandanna at the fourth Dog Wash inside Sunbury Motors Auto Alley, North Fourth Street.

The event has raised about $700 annually for Mostly Mutts No-Kill Dog Shelter, which as of Friday was at capacity with 96 dogs waiting for adoption, volunteer Lee Ann Wagner said.

The 10 volunteers working today’s Dog Wash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will first use a degreaser soap on pets, then a shampoo, a “good-smelling soap” and cream rinse.

Then comes the shaking, as dogs will do. “You get all wet,” Wagner said.

Dogs are then dried, and owners can pick either a cucumber-and-mint or summer breeze cologne.

“They’re going to smell pretty good afterward,” Wagner said.

Each wash takes about 10 minutes, said Wagner, of Northumberland.

Some dogs may wish it lasted longer.

“We had a blue-nosed pit bull last year — Diesel was his name — and he just got in the tub, spread his legs and relaxed, just like being in a spa,” Wagner said.

Owners must show proof of rabies vaccination. Dogs must be leashed and no dogs in heat will be accepted.

Seventy-one canines were washed in the 2010 Dog Wash; 62 in 2011 and 67 in 2012, Wagner said.

Dogs today will also have their ears cleaned with boracetic ear wash — “It eliminates excess water and wax and yeast,” Wagner said, “and all dogs get a bandanna around their neck. We have all different colors, some with dog prints.”

For another $10, volunteers will trim your dog’s nails.