Posted on Feb 14th 2020
Published on: January 24, 2020
At Wag N' Wash, we love celebrating the love between pet parents and their companions. With love on the mind this Valentine's Day, we're also celebrating the love that built and grew Wag N' Wash with these partners!
Dan and Jef, Founders of Wag N' Wash
Before opening their first Wag N' Wash store, founders Dan and Jef were working corporate jobs with long hours, leaving them little time to spend with their aging and loyal dog, Geni. They decided to leave the corporate world and start a business that allowed them to not only spend more time with their beloved dog, but also serve other dogs in the community.
After opening a small location that included a dog bakery and self-wash station, they found immediate success. Dan and Jef began expanding their business in the early 2000s as they added retail and professional pet grooming to their services. Today there are 19 locations nationwide and Wag N' Wash celebrated its 20th birthday just last year!
Bill and Andrew, Owners of Wag N' Wash Seattle, WA
Local owners Bill Wolfe and Andrew Held opened Wag N' Wash Queen Anne in 2017. Prior to opening their business, Bill and Andrew were long time customers of Wag N' Wash in Arizona, before moving to Washington. Both having a background in business, while sharing a love for animals and Wag N' Wash, Bill and Andrew decided their Queen Anne neighborhood in Seattle was the perfect spot to open up their store.
Both Bill and Andrew were raised in pet households. Over the years Bill had cats, birds, and dogs and spent many summers in northern Arizona fishing with the family Labrador Retriever, Honeybee. Andrew grew up in rural Ohio with horses, dogs, cats, and raising 4-H lambs. Their current dogs Sophie, Sammie and Koa love Wag N' Wash too and they happily test treats for quality control.
Bill and Andrew are passionate about serving their Queen Anne community and partnering with the humane society and local rescue groups to help animals find their forever homes.
Dr. Kirk and Anne Forrest, Owners of Wag N' Wash California, MD
Dr. Kirk Forrest, a veterinarian for over 30 years, and his wife Anne, formerly owned St. Mary's Veterinary Hospital in Lexington Park, MD. After deciding it was time to take their passion for animals to the next level, they opened Wag N' Wash in California, MD in 2016.
Kirk and Anne's view of their customers as guests and are passionate about providing the best experience to all who visit Wag N' Wash. Their focus on exceptional service provided by well-trained staff is the same philosophy they held while operating the veterinary hospital.In addition to offering pet food and supplies, self-wash and grooming services, Anne and Kirk host local pet adoption events, dog and cat vaccine clinics, and pet wellness seminars. "We consider the store a learning center for well pet care where pet parents are educated on how to transition their pets to a healthier lifestyle," said Kirk Forrest.
This Valentine's Day, we reflect on the hard work and love these partners have put into growing Wag N' Wash. Their passion for serving pet parents, companions and their local communities, helps to drive our main mission of improving the bond between companion pets and their guardians.