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Local pet owners have a few opportunities to support pet services

Meeting tonight about possible dog park

May 14, 2014
BERLIN – A few years back, pets were banned from parks in the city due to a complaint from a citizen who was frightened after seeing a snake in a local park. The PSNH park is currently the only park that allows pets. Some local pet owners have shown some concern over the lack of opportunities and services for pets. Now, the community can get involved.

Kathy McKenzie Anderson, of Berlin, is raising money to start a self-service dog wash business. After years working in the Human Services field, and, after, running a retail store on Main Street, she is now pursuing a career in pet care for dogs after experiencing recent lay-offs and cut backs in her family. She has been a dog owner and animal lover for years. She said she recognizes that there are a lot of pet owners in town and that there is a lack of pet care. She received professional advice for her entrepreneurial pursuit and was encouraged to raise enough money. The donated funds are to cover the cost for start-up equipment needed for the self-service dog wash.

Recently, another local woman, who wishes to remain anonymous at this time, has made a strong effort to raise funds for the construction of a dog park in Berlin. If approved by the city, the park would provide a social environment for the pets. The plans include providing play space, toys, and excretion stations within park. Possible locations for the park are being discussed. A meeting is being held tonight, May 14, at City Hall at 6:30 p.m. Anyone who wants to show support can attend the meeting. Questions and concerns from the public can be discussed during the meeting and will be presented to the council who will soon make a final decision on whether or not to approve the construction of the park.

If enough money is raised, Anderson hopes to open the self-service dog wash in a space she will share with the organizer of the dog park. It will be two separate businesses: A retail store providing pet supplies, and a sophisticated dog wash service where people can wash their dogs themselves. Grooming will be provided as well. The plans are to make the services affordable.

"Having this type of place would work well in this area because we have many pet owners who don't have a lot of options for activities to do with their dogs or have pet friendly places to bring their dogs with them. And groomers can be very costly," she said.

For more information or to donate visit www.gofundme.com/dogwash. Or call her at 603-723-3851. You can also email her at kathanderson84@yahoo.com. Donations can be mailed to Kathy Anderson at 6 First Street, Gorham, NH 03581.

Martin Lord Osman
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