Dog n' Suds started out in 1999 as a small grooming salon in a very small shop. Pretty soon, owners were asking owner Daria Holmboe, "Can little Muffy stay for a while and play with her friend Fluffy?" and the daycare was created. Within a very short time, it became clear that bigger facilities were needed and the property at 2209 Wilgress Road was purchased.
Originally, 2209 Wilgress Road held a small, converted house that had to accommodate grooming, daycare, and U-Wash facilities. The teeth cleaning facilities weren't even in the building; they were housed in a small cabin built especially for them!
Growing demand for daycare and grooming resulted in the 2012 demolition of our little house and the construction of the new Dog n' Suds facility.
During the summer of 2012, the Dog n' Suds staff continued to offer services from a nearby warehouse that we converted to hold grooming, daycare and teeth cleaning facilities. We couldn't fit the U-Wash in there, to the chagrin of our regular U-Wash customers. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief when time came to move to our new building!
IT WAS ALL SO WORTH IT.
Dog N' Suds is now operating out of a facility that fully accommodates all of the services we offer. Our new location has ample room for daycare, grooming, teeth cleaning and the only U-Wash for pets in Nanaimo. We are also proud to offer for sale locally made pet treats, canine equipment and novelties.
Don't forget to say hi to 'Dennis', the Dog n' Suds mascot. He was originally born out of a whimsical sketch made on the drawings of the proposed new building. Daria liked him so much, she hired Dale Schultz of Dasch Studios to create him. He lives on top of the Dog N' Suds roof and is considered a piece of community art.