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Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 5:45 am

It’s a car wash for your pooch, but it has lots of bells and whistles.

Eugene’s Pet Wash, which is next door to Eugene’s Car Wash near the corner of Tanglewood and 52nd Street, is giving clean dog lovers a chance to ditch the bathtub for washing a pooch.

Nevadans David and Leigh Anna Lavers stopped by on a recent Saturday and described Eugene’s as a convenient way to keep their Labradors clean during a visit with family.

“Just like a car wash,” Leigh Anna Lavers said as Berta, their 10-year-old black lab, punctuated an otherwise calm rinsing with a shake.

“She was ready for a bath, too,” said David Lavers, holding 9-year-old Ivory’s leash as she lay on the ground and waited for her turn.

The idea for a dog wash isn’t new around the country, but it is new to Odessa.

“I’ve had people calling me up wanting me to wash their dogs, but I’m not going to wash their dogs,” Larry Hensley, owner of Eugene’s Pet Wash said with a chuckle. “It’s self serve.”

Hensley said the wash works like a car wash. Pet owners pay $5 for seven minutes. That time is on a machine with a dial that features several different services including tearless shampoo, conditioner, flea and tick wash, tub disinfectant, pet deodorizer, rinse water, a vacuum, and a very powerful blow dryer. There is also a vacuum feature to remove excess water and loose hair.

As times runs out a beeper sounds to alert users of how many minutes remain and more time can be added $1 at a time.

The building is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week. There are security cameras in each of the two rooms and outside the building.

Hensley got the idea from the Do-It-Yourself dog wash in Brownwood. While they have been around for several years, Eugene’s Pet Wash is the first of its kind here in Odessa. However, they are catching on all over Texas.

“Once people use it, they like it,” Hensley said.

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