Dogs get quick dip while owners receive advice
More than 100 dogs took a dip recently at Limestone Farmers Co-op in Athens. The store hosted its third annual Dog Days of Summer event on Saturday, June 20.
The morning-long event took place in the shade of the garden center, so larger dogs could be brought directly to the dipping tubs from the parking lot.
Limestone’s Manager Celena Cole said the event helped bring in people who might not know what the Co-op has to offer in the way of animal health supplies.
"We want people to know the Co-op can meet the needs of their pets," said Cole. "We carry a wide range of products and food for all kinds of pets."
Even though some dogs don’t take kindly to being dipped, most are glad of the relief they get by being flea-free.
"We always have a few that are somewhat unruly," recalled John Sims. "But most dogs don’t mind a quick dip in the cool water."
Sims is a district sales manager for the Feed, Farm and Home Department of Alabama Farmers Co-op. He and fellow sales manager Chris Wisener have been on hand to assist the Co-op with its dog dipping event for the past three years.
While dipping dogs, Sims and Wisener offered advice to owners concerning their pets’ quality of life.
"Co-op stores carry many of the products needed to keep pets healthy and happy," said Sims. "Your veterinarian can help you with the rest of the animal health products you might need."
To provide an effective dip for the dogs, the Co-op used its popular Happy Jack Kennel Dip. Many owners are finding it beneficial to use the Kennel Dip in conjunction with topical or spot-on treatments like Frontline Plus.
Sims said he has seen good results from using the Kennel Dip to ensure a dog has no fleas or ticks just prior to using the topical treatments.
"A good flea and tick control program can add to your pets’ overall health," said Sims. "And everyone wants to take care of their best friend."
In combination with the free dog dipping, the Co-op offered money-saving deals on pet food and supplies.
In addition, each dog received a free treat from Sportmix Dog Food, and a free frisbee and bandana from Science Diet.
All in all, Cole proclaimed the event a success.
"We dipped over 100 dogs and killed millions of fleas," said Cole. "That sounds like a good day."
Happy Jack makes a full line of flea and tick products as well as skin and nutritional supplements, noted Sims. Most Co-op stores carry the Happy Jack line of products.
"Your local Co-op is your one-stop source for your pet," said Sims. "You can purchase food, animal health products, dog houses, pens, collars and most anything you need to keep your pet healthy and happy."
If you have questions about flea and tick products, contact your local Quality Co-op for more information. Annual trips to a veterinarian are also advised.
The Limestone Farmers Co-op’s Dog Days of Summer event is held every year on the third Saturday in June. For more information, call the store at (256) 232-5500.
Susie Sims is a freelance writer from Haleyville.