Four-Legged Campers Gaining Attention

November 1, 2011 by · Comments Off on Four-Legged Campers Gaining Attention 

America's campgrounds are paying more attention to their four-legged campers. Photo courtesy of Normandy Farms Campground, Foxboro, Mass.

America’s campgrounds are going to the dogs, in a good way.

Since most RVers with pets bring their pets along on camping trips, it behooves campground owners to accommodate their furry guests. They’re doing that in a variety of ways, thanks to a number of suppliers who have entered the sector to meet campgrounds’ needs.

One of the more intriguing suppliers is All Paws Pet Wash, a division of CCSI International Inc., Garden Prairie, Ill. The firm’s portable pet washer is now available in six states and is expanding its footprint in campgrounds, says owner Russell Caldwell.

What some campgrounds began as a courtesy to campers is now becoming, like vending machines, a trusted revenue stream, Caldwell noted.

His company’s pet wash is a modular unit, which starts at $29,900. The price seems steep at first, until a prospective buyer starts fiddling with the numbers.

“The odds of a camper with a dog who needs a bath are great,” Caldwell noted.

The standard rate is $5 for six minutes of use, which includes a vacuum drier. The average use is about $9, Caldwell said.

Campers and users of the All Paws Pet Wash at other public installations such as city parks, self-serve car washes and gas stations, don’t seem to balk at the cost, he said.

The unit comes in a near turnkey state with installation of water lines and electrical service taking about two hours.

The company also distributes a line of pet shampoo.

Intelligent Products Inc. based in Burlington, Ky., one of the oldest names in pet waste management, stresses that its products are made in the U.S. Founded in 1989, the company offers the popular Mutt Mitt, outdoor dispensers, signs, waste receptacles and posts.

Its classic Mutt Mitts feature special hand-lettered advertising opportunities on each Mitt for its customers, such as campgrounds, notes Emily Rombach, marketing manager. Mutt Mitts also are available in retail packaging for camp stores.

The public in general, and campground owners in particular, is showing an increased awareness of groundwater runoff and the potential disease threat from pet wastes, she noted.

DOGIPOT, based in Orlando, Fla., this year introduced its new DOGIPOT Header Pak Junior Bag Dispenser to hold DOGIPOT’s new line of oxo-biodegradable DOGIPOT Header Pak Litter Pick Up Bags (i.e., hanging litter pick up bags). These new items give customers more choice and the Header Pak bags will fit all major brands of hanging bag dispensers.

“DOGIPOT has the highest quality of environmentally conscious products to help keep your dog-friendly areas free from unsightly, smelly and harmful dog waste,” noted Linda Rosado, marketing and brand manager. “There are DOGIPOT imitators in the market, but nobody is able to match DOGIPOT’s experience, high quality product line, world class customer service or value.”

Rosado added, “DOGIPOT provides the most environmentally-friendly dog waste removal products to help keep campgrounds and RV resorts free from harmful dog waste by encouraging pet owners, not maintenance staff, to assume the responsibility of eliminating dog pollution.”

Rosado said 2011 was a good year, given the current national economic climate, and she’s expecting a similar year in 2012.

Founded in 1994, DOGIPOT sells pet stations, dispensers, oxo-biodegradable litter pick up bags and trash liner bags.