PLOVER – A new business in central Wisconsin aims to take the stress and anxiety out of dog grooming appointments.
Molly and Sadie’s Mobile Pet Spa opened Oct. 20, offering grooming services for small, medium and large dogs right in their owners’ driveways.
Andy Lynch said during the early days of the pandemic, he and his wife, Dani, and their three children decided to add a dog to their family. When they got to the Marathon County Humane Society, they met Molly and Sadie, two dogs who were bonded and looking for a home together. The Lynches went home with two dogs instead of one.
Molly is a rambunctious and spunky German shepherd who, while energetic and loving, also gets anxious. Sadie is a mixed coonhound who loves to snuggle.
Lynch said he quickly learned finding a groomer for Molly and Sadie was a nightmare. It was tough to take several hours out of a day and get both dogs loaded into a vehicle, when many local groomers have been booked solid with many other families adopting dogs during the pandemic as well. Molly’s anxiety in an environment with a lot of additional stimuli at a groomer made the whole experience harder on her, he said.
As Lynch began to research options, he saw the benefits of offering a mobile service that created a calming, spa-like experience for dogs. He traveled to San Antonio and test drove and purchased a small bus that was already outfitted for mobile grooming. Lynch said he left his career in the food and beverage industry in May to fully focus on the grooming business.
Lynch said he and his wife spent a lot of time trying to find a name for the business, but ultimately his wife suggested naming it after their dogs. After all, they were creating a business for families like theirs who have older dogs or dogs with anxiety. They wanted to cater to dogs like Molly and Sadie, so Molly and Sadie’s Mobile Pet Spa was born.
So far, Lynch said the community has been very supportive, and Molly and Sadie’s Mobile Pet Spa is booking a week or two out.
How does it work?
People looking to make an appointment can reach out to Molly and Sadie’s Mobile Pet Spa via email, phone, Facebook Messenger or through the company’s website. Lynch said they’ll connect to get more information about the dogs, like any heath concerns or anything else the groomer should know. After an appointment is created, Lynch said the company’s groomer will arrive, knock on the door and take the leashed dog, or dogs, to the bus that’s parked in the driveway.
The mobile pet spa offers organic bath products, low-stress blow dry with a high-velocity pet dryer, brush, nail trim with buff, ear cleaning, pad moisturizing and more services for dogs. Lynch said they want to focus on offering a unique and different spa-like experience, catering to each dog.
“It shouldn’t be scary,” Lynch said. “It should be fun.”
Lynch said they want to bring luxury care right to people’s driveways.
How far will the mobile pet spa go?
Lynch said the groomer generally stays within 10 to 15 miles of the Stevens Point and Plover area.
All appointments, however, will depend on weather and road conditions, Lynch said, as client and employee safety is the primary concern.
Eventually, Lynch wants to expand further into central Wisconsin, including Wisconsin Rapids, Wausau and Amherst.
He also envisions eventually expanding to include more vehicles and groomers. There are options to use various vehicles like busses, vans or trailers and outfit them for grooming services.
For more information, visit mollyandsadies.com or find Molly and Sadie’s Mobile Pet Spa on Facebook or Instagram.
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