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Pet Retail and Grooming Center to Open 4 to 8 Locations in 2018

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The company is on a growth streak.

DENVER — Wag N’ Wash Natural Food & Bakery, a specialty retail and grooming center for cats and dogs, plans to open at least four locations in 2018.

They’ll be located in Monument, CO, Broomfield, CO, Redmond, WA and Minneapolis, MN, according to a press release.

In fact, between development deals that have already been signed and pending signings in the coming months, Wag N’ Wash hopes to open four to eight new stores across the country by the end of the year. There are currently 16 locations open and operating throughout Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, New Jersey, Maryland, Minnesota, Texas, Kentucky and Washington.

“Since launching our franchise opportunity in 2006 we have seen tremendous growth and anxiously look forward to carrying this momentum into 2018 and beyond,” said Jef Strauss, co-founder of Wag N’ Wash. “As we continue to expand our footprint nationally, our primary goal of providing unmatched support for our existing franchisees remains, while concentrating on our mission of enhancing the quality of life for companion pets and their guardians.”

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“Along with our focus on all-natural pet food, treats, supplements and various unique products, Wag N’ Wash also focuses on maintaining a first-class franchise that provides support to each and every franchisee,” said Strauss. “As we continue to expand, I see more and more new faces – human and animal alike – come into our stores, and the excitement they express is authentic. More than just the success of our locations, we are so proud to provide a unique and positive service to our communities that people need and love.”

The average investment to own and operate a Wag N’ Wash 3,500-4,200-square-foot store is about $638,420. This includes the franchise fee of $40,000, build-out costs, training expenses, the first three months of rent, furniture, signage, computer equipment, inventory and supplies, initial advertising and grand opening costs. Three- and five-unit agreements are also available to select and qualifying candidates.

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State Considers Banning ‘No Pets’ Rental Listings

Some landlords are not happy about the proposed legislation.

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New Hampshire legislators are considering a ban on “no pets” notices in property listings.

Proposed legislation would forbid landlords and home sellers from barring pet owners, the Concord Monitor reports.

They could make rules related to pet deposits, noise control, sanitation and safety, according to the newspaper. But they could set make rules based on size, breed or appearance.

The legislation was proposed by state Rep. Ellen Read, a Democrat from Newmarket. It has drawn opposition from some landords who say it could lead to unsanitary conditions as well as allergy problems for some residents.

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But Julia Seeley, New Hampshire state director for the Humane Society, said her organization supports the bill.

We just strongly believe that a family should not be torn apart simply over housing,” she said.

Read more at the Concord Monitor

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Spotify Rolls Out Music Playlists for Pets

Pets seem to favor classical music and soft rock.

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Digital music service Spotify had a hunch that people were playing tunes for their pets.

A study by the company found that 71% of pet owners did exactly that. The survey included 5,000 music-streaming pet owners from the U.S., the UK, Australia, Spain and Italy.

The company explains:

That being said, we created a unique experience to help you craft the pawfect algorithmically generated playlist for you and your pet to enjoy together. Head to spotify.com/pets for a playlist you can share with your dog, cat, iguana, hamster, or bird.

See the graphic below for more details from the survey.

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These States Have the Most Dog and Cat Owners … And These States Have the Least

The US is home to almost as many domestic pets as humans.

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A new report looks at which U.S. states are the most pet-loving.

Seniorliving.org, a website devoted to providing information to seniors, delved into recent data from the American Veterinary Medical Association to create its rankings.

Idaho had the highest rate of households owning at least one dog, at 58.3%, according to the report, which excluded Alaska and Hawaii, which were not measured in the AVMA study. Dogs are least common in Washington, DC, where 22.5% of households have at least one.

Vermont ranked first for percentage of households with at least one cat, at 44.6%. DC, meanwhile, is the least cat-owning place, with just 16.4% of households being home to a cat.

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The U.S. is home to almost as many domestic pets as human beings. Almost 1 in 3 of those pets are fish, Seniorliving.org explains.

Cats and dogs combine for about 54.8% of all domestic pets.

 

 

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