THE BLUE COLLAR DOGHOUSE STORY
Carla and Larry Molzahn opened Scrub a Pup in 2000. They had recently adopted a terribly abused puppy named Oscar Myer, and were on the way to giving him the lifetime of love and care every dog deserves. But his first and only visit to the grooming salon left him bloodied and scarred, and emotionally traumatized to the point of never fully recovering. Unable to get the management of that big chain pet store to take any responsibility, they decided there had to be a better option. With some added inspiration from Oprah Winfrey (‘follow your passion’), Scrub a Pup was born as a tiny, do-it-yourself dog washing shop, dedicated to treating all dogs with love, respect, and kindness. Three years and many devoted customers later, the shop outgrew its demand, and was moved across the street into the larger facility that we occupy today.
In early 2009, the Molzahns sold the business to me. My name is Tracy Miller and I’ve been one of those ‘dog people’ my entire life. Before I bought this shop, I spent almost 20 years climbing the corporate ladder in the business world. At the same time, I was getting more and more absorbed in the world of dogs. I was fascinated by new advances in the study of dog psychology and behavior. Most of my free time was consumed with participating, teaching and/or competing in obedience, agility, flyball, and other canine diversions. Drained of spirit and disenchanted with my high-stress corporate career, I began asking myself what I could really do, if I had the nerve. I had been a customer of Scrub a Pup, so when a friend mentioned that it might be for sale, my ears definitely pricked up. I took the leap of faith and took over the shop on April 1, 2009. I changed the name to Blue Collar Doghouse on January 1, 2011, to better encompass the full range of services we offer.
I have to say … I’m really enjoying this second half of my life!