WILMINGTON—The K9000 is a self-service, do-it-yourself dog washing machine that costs $10 for 10 minutes. Dog-owners in Wilmington can now give one, or rather two, a try.
Tru Blu Dog Wash, an Australian-based company that manufactures the K9000, opened its North American headquarters in Wilmington this month. The company is located at 4305 Oleander Drive, and operates its two K9000 machines like a laundromat for dogs.
“They’re built like ATM machines,” Paul Baron, Tru Blu Dog Wash’s North American CEO, said. “It basically works like a car wash.”
Dog-owners pay $10 and follow the four-step dog washing process: shampoo, condition, rinse for flea and ticks, and blow dry.
Baron said the company has 1,600 machines installed across the world and is now looking to add more in the U.S. Designed to operate outdoors, K9000s are often located at car washes, pet stores, and public parks.
“The first one we ever installed is still in service today,” Baron said. With all biodegradable ingredients, Baron said the products used on dogs are sensitive to the environment.
Tru Blu Dog Wash’s owner, Tim Darmanin, said the K9000 is about easing dog’s anxiety and providing a convenient service to their owners.
“Dogs want to be washed by their owners,” he said.
On Saturday, June 23, Tru Blu Dog Wash is hosting its grand opening with a charity dog wash. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., proceeds will benefit To Your Rescue, PawsForPeople and Paws4Vets.