Local pet owners have a new option for handling their dirty, shaggy pets. They can take them to the Laundromutt. Located at 501 S. Eastwood Drive, the Laundromutt is a new pet grooming facility occupying the former  Dog In Suds grooming shop.

Rebecca Maxa recently purchased the business and opened Oct. 15. Remodeling has been her first priority. Most of the renovations have been completed, including painting and installing new wash tubs,  grooming tables, and open top holding kennels. The large signage on the storefront still reads Dog In Suds, but will be replaced soon. The Laundromutt signs are currently in the window.

With a shop in Streamwood already, this is Maxa’s second location. Currently a resident of West Chicago, she said she fell in love with Woodstock and is hoping to personally relocate to rural property in the area with acreage. 

Formerly a vet tech, Maxa brings a medical background to her grooming business which she finds useful for working with dogs of different temperaments. It also helps her understand the importance of nutrition and allows her explain to her customers the role nutrition plays in the health of their pet’s coat.

“I enjoy educating owners on nutrition,” said Maxa.

Laundromutt is a full service groomer offering services including nail trims, baths, brush outs and full haircuts, as well as speciality services such as nail polish and hair coloring. They work with all sizes and breeds of dogs and cats, and Maxa specializes in difficult and senior pets.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are suggested. Large holding kennels allow them to hold dogs awaiting pickup as a convenience for their customers.

A dog-owner herself, Maxa has three pets, a St. Bernard, a border terrier mix and a shepherd mix.

“I love working with animals,” said Maxa. “For me to make a matted dog look and feel better is great.”

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