Vendors Address Pet Needs in Campgrounds
Since more than half of campers today travel with their dogs, more campgrounds are accommodating these canine companions to the benefit of the camper and the environment. Several companies today are contributing to the cause by making the world a more pet-friendly place all while helping the environment.
Intelligent Products Inc., Burlington, Ky., is known for the popular Mutt Mitt. Owner and inventor Dale Bartes used to live on a corner lot in Chicago where many pet owners out for a walk would relieve their dogs. His yard was a mess and his wife said he needed to do something about it. Bartes decided to put out a box with newspaper bags in it and people started using the bags to clean up after their pets. Then as an added benefit he placed a paper towel inside of the newspaper bags and people started leaving money to show their appreciation. And so, the Mutt Mitt was born. Bartes started going to trade shows and later came up with the Mutt Mitt dispensers.
“The bottom of our Mutt Mitt has a pocket like a mitten, so it is easier to pick up pet waste,” said Rod Lukey, operations manager. “That is why they are called Mutt Mitts. It is unique because of the pocket, but also the two-ply design provides better protection. The Mutt Mitt was invented from the ground up as a pet-waste pick-up tool. The seams are along the sides, not the bottom, so your fingers won’t go through it. They are also white opaque so you cannot see through them, which people like. Mutt Mitts are also biodegradable.”
Bartes served in the United States Army and believes in the importance of American-made. His Mutt Mitts have been made in the USA since their beginning in 1989. Lukey said each year Mutt Mitt sales have increased, even through difficult economic times and several companies want to advertise their name on Mutt Mitts. “That is what I love about America is the ingenuity – let’s put our name on dog poop bags,” he said.
Intelligent Products Inc., P.O. Box 626, Burlington, KY 41005 (800) 697-6084, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.muttmitt.com.
Bow Wow Pet Waste Products, Indialantic, Fla., was created to provide parks, property owners, apartments, communities, marinas, hotels and more the necessary resources to affordably clean up and manage dog waste. The company offers free shipping on its products and carries as many environmentally friendly products as possible.
“All of our dog waste bags and trash liners are completely degradable and made from recycled materials,” said Joe Chanda. “Our dog waste bags will fit most competitors’ dispensers and we offer a lifetime guarantee on all our pet waste stations.”
Once a Bow Wow pet waste station or dog litter bag dispenser is installed, dog owners have oxo-biodegradable dog waste bags to clean up and a properly dispose of their pet’s waste.
For questions or to set up a house account, call (877) 253-6449 or email email@example.com. Order online at www.BowWowWaste.com. Bow Wow Pet Waste Products, 920 N. Highway A1A, Indialantic, FL 32903.
DOGIPOT Inc., Orlando, Fla., has been making a full line of pet waste pick up tools to help keep public areas pet waste free. The DOGIPOT concept was invented 23 years ago in Europe and the system adapted to United States requirements in 1994.
The DogiPot Pet Station includes a powder-coated lid, hinged and attached directly to a 10-gallon waste receptacle. DogiPot litter bags are oxo-biodegradable and DogiPot Jrs. are junior bag dispensers with high bag capacity, ideal for public area visitors.
The DogValet Dispenser/Disposal Container is an all in one product to make it easy for pet owners to pick up after their pets. The new polyethylene DogValet container is an economical, durable, freestanding dog waste removal product supported by a four-foot galvanized square post. It holds up to 400 litter pick-up bags, dispensed out of two dispenser slots, and has clear instructions and graphics posted on how to use the bags.
DOGIPOT also makes a variety of accessories.
DOGIPOT Inc., 2100 Principal Row, Suite 405, Orlando, FL 32837, (800) 364-7681, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.dogipot.com.
CCSI International Inc., Garden Prairie, Ill., is in the business of keeping your pet clean through its All Paws Pet Wash, a self-service pet washing station. The pet wash industry is a relatively new industry the last three to four years, according to Russell Caldwell, president.
“We have our pet washing stations in a variety of locations, and certainly a campground or resort would be a great spot. We are promoting to RV parks and recreation areas. Right now we are looking at putting them in the Nebraska state parks because people there were taking their pets into the showers and it was creating plumbing problems. We also have several bids within the military sector for placing them on base because a lot of them are adding dog parks to their bases. In a park district or recreation area the pet wash station is a profit center or a neutral cost, because it will pay for itself.”
All Paws Pet Wash stations can be customized to the location as far as color or graphics, and can have a cash, token or credit card system. CCSI also makes a seasonal model that does not have heat, for campgrounds, resorts or other parks not open year round.
“The people who call us are the entrepreneurs wanting a nice return on their investment,” Caldwell noted.
Pets are put inside the All Paws Pet Wash tubs, their collar is placed on a hook, payment is inserted and the wash begins. The more money inserted the more time the owner has to wash. The standard unit comes with three different kinds of shampoo — flea and tick, tearless or oatmeal based for sensitive skin — then a coat conditioner, a dog deodorizer and a tub disinfectant. There is also a vacuum system to vacuum off water before blow drying.
CCSI has been in production of their pet wash stations since 2009 and manufactures out of Illinois. All Paws Pet Wash stations can be found so far in Illinois, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky and New Jersey. One is in front of an Ace Hardware, others are in front of grocery stores, and Pilot stations have begun to install them at some of their locations.
“Units come complete so all you have to do is hook up your utilities and you are good to go,” Caldwell said.
CCSI International Inc., 8642 Route 20, Garden Prairie, IL 61038, (800) 537-8231, www.allpawspetwash.com, email@example.com.
By Leanne Phillips