What a long time it’s been. Back in 1995 at the inaugural Dogtoberfest there was already a line when we opened and by the end of the afternoon, we (just Alex and Gary) had washed 60 dogs.
In 1996 we wanted to give back to our community, so we called up the Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital and asked if they might want to join in, wash some dogs, and raise some money. They apprehensively said “yes”. That year we doubled the number of dogs to 150 and Dove Lewis realized the potential of the event. Over the next few years the dogs washed numbered 300 then 450 and in 1999 it was the perfect storm: 650 dogs and a horse! That’s right — a horse. Our friend, Reed Coleman saw a horse trailer stop nearby and talked the owner into bringing the horse into our lot to be washed — that was one crazy year.
Throughout the years Dogtoberfest has raised about $130,000 for Dove Lewis and we have washed over 8,000 dogs thanks to the army of volunteers who come out to help with the washing.
This year’s Dogtoberfest is on Saturday, September 20th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — so bring your pooch down to get clean while you get to hang out and have a pint, enjoy some tunes, and help out a good cause. Click here for more on Dove Lewis and the Dogtoberfest.