Mr. Buster’s SELF-SERVE dog wash has shampoo, flea control and hair dryer – Times News Online


Posted on September 11, 2021 at 7:49 am

Nick Ritzko has owned dogs, cats, and a parrot named Buddy. He knows it’s important to keep them clean, but it can also be costly for many pet owners.

“People don’t have $ 50 to $ 60 to go to a groomer, but they have $ 10,” said Ritzko, the owner of Mr. Buster’s Dog Wash.

The new dog wash, located on Patterson Street (Route 209) in Lansford, is set up as a self-service car wash, reduced for dogs. Unlike a car wash, it dispenses shampoo, conditioner, and flea treatment. There is also a hair dryer.

Ritzko owns the business with his wife, Maria. He had the idea to wash his own dogs. Washing them in her bathroom was messy and sometimes uncomfortable with arthritis and neuropathy.

“I had to hold the sink when I got down to the floor. And the dogs shake themselves when they’re in the bath, so the bathroom was destroyed and I had to clean it, ”he said.

The idea of ​​a dog wash was long overdue for the Ritzkos, who also own the Lansford Laundromat. At one point they sold the laundromat, but after the new owner left they had to take over and make improvements to this business. So the dog wash had to wait.

“We kept the dream going, but we had to put an end to it for a while to find it,” said Maria Ritzko.

The company’s name comes from one of the Ritzko’s beloved dogs, a Boston Terrier named Mr. Buster. He still holds a special place, so they decided to give the company his name.

The company supports the Carbon County Animal Shelter. Each dog adopted at the shelter receives a free wash. And they accept donations for the benefit of the shelter.

When the company opened, they raised $ 125.

Mr. Buster’s accepts cash and cards. There are also towels for sale.

The only thing owners need to bring are their dogs.

Nick Ritzko said that there are other dog washes, the next closest with the same technology is in North Carolina.

The dog wash is self-service, but the Ritzkos have a security camera with intercom so they can help anyone using the machine. If a dog is puffed, they will provide the owner with materials for washing the dogs at home.

“We’ll help you do whatever you need to do,” said Maria Ritzko.

Mr. Buster’s is located at 127 W. Patterson St. and can be reached at 570-645-2342 or 570-657-0443.

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Maria Ritzko and her husband Nick named Mr. Buster’s Dog Wash after their late Boston Terrier. Their two current dogs are another Boston Terrier, Digger, and Mousie, a boxer. NEWS FROM CHRIS REBER / TIMES

Nick Ritzko keeps his boxer Mousie in his company, Mr. Buster’s Dog Wash.

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