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Pets get 'the works' at Wilson

April 02, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Juice and cookies were offered for those waiting at an event Sunday at Wilson College, and, in the spirit of that event, so were multicolored dog biscuits.

One woman remarked that she would wait to offer her pooch a biscuit until workers reported how well it behaved at the semiannual Wilson College VMT (Veterinary Medical Technician) Club Dog Wash.

Proceeds from the dog wash - which cost $5 to $15 per dog, depending on size - have been earmarked for the club's spring trip to the Kentucky Horse Park and Louisville Zoo.

Several people, including Robin Keihl of Hagerstown, donated more than the requested amount, saying the bath, nail trimming and blow dry would have cost them $35 at a grooming business.

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"A lot of people said we should raise our prices," said Leah Schultz, president of the club.

Keihl took her Pomeranian to the dog wash for the first time after reading about the event in the newspaper. Buffy, who is not a fan of the hair dryer, had her first bath of the spring and was reunited with Keihl in about 15 minutes.

"We'll definitely be back in the fall," Keihl said as she left.

The club, which has more than 20 members, washed 31 dogs by noon.

"We get all shapes and sizes," club member Samantha Campolongo said.

Several Great Danes arrived early in the day, according to club member Elizabeth Root.

The hardest part of the process is keeping dogs still while trimming their nails and handling their ears, Root said.

"Dogs really don't like their feet being touched," she said. "You've got to have patience with the big dogs who don't want to hold still."

Maggie, a long-haired dachshund, used to be groomed once every six weeks but doesn't get out much now that she's nearly 15, owner Sally Coy of Chambersburg said.

"Her tail used to fan out, and she'd get it styled," said Coy, who heard about the dog wash from a friend who works at Wilson College.

Carolyn Hawbaker of Greencastle, Pa., was happy to take her German shorthaired pointer to the college for treatment, although she typically bathes Dottie herself.

"She's been in the kennel for three weeks because I've been away, so I brought her here for 'the works,'" Hawbaker said.

Sophie, a Shih Tzu, was accompanied through the grooming process by owner Cory Kayhoe of Waynesboro, Pa., for moral support.

"We don't have any children, so she's like our baby," said Kayhoe's fiance, Alice Altieri of Waynesboro.

Although the VMT Club is open to all majors at Wilson College, Schultz said its members are typically associated with the VMT, preveterinary or equine programs.

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