AUSTIN -- Dirty Dog, an Austin-based dog wash and grooming service, is offering free self-service baths to furloughed workers' dogs.
The business will offer free self-service baths to furloughed federal employees in Austin on Monday and Tuesday October 7 and 8.
"Most people I know couldn’t go a week without getting paid,” co-owner Alesha Fitzsimons said in a press release. “We don’t have much to offer, but we know that having pets is an additional expense that must be stressing some people out.”
Co-owner Blair Smith told KVUE they will honor the offer even if the government reopens before Monday or Tuesday.
The worker must show a federal ID card. There is no appointment necessary.
According to the Dirty Dog website, the self-service baths include shampoo, conditioner, towels and other supplies.
A self-service bath typically costs anywhere from $7 to $17, depending on the size of the dog.
The company has six area locations, but the William Cannon and Lakeway locations are closed on Mondays. The other four shops are open 10 am to 6 pm on Monday and all six locations are open 10 am to 6 pm on Tuesday.
AUSTIN -- A Miniature Pinscher with a questionable last couple of years is a very lucky pooch. Her name is Diva.
Owner Sandera Washington came home from the store two years ago -- only to discover her baby girl had pulled a real diva move and disappeared.
“She’s quite the Houdini,” said Washington. “I wasn’t that concerned at first, but by the next morning when she hadn’t returned my stomach kind of dropped, and I wondered if anything had happened to her and was hoping we would get her back.”
Washington searched for weeks, posting flyers and checking shelters. There was no sign -- until she got a call this past Tuesday. A "min pin" with a microchip had been found in South Austin.
“I started calling all my family going, ‘Diva is still here, they found her,’“ said Washington.
First thing the next morning Washington drove to the Austin Animal Center.
“As soon as I called her name her head whipped around,” Washington said.
Diva isn’t saying much about where she’s been -- but that doesn’t matter to the Washingtons, who are just happy to have her home. And they have some advice for every other animal owner, “Microchip your animals and keep that information updated so that if they do get out they will be able to find their way home.”
The Austin Animal Center offers free microchips and tags for any Travis County residents. For more information,