About Us

Why We Started Canine Creek

With a large crew like this, keeping everyone presentable has never been easy.  Let's face it, no one likes one stinky dog, let alone a handful of them.

Since we're not independently wealthy, taking our dogs to a full service groomer on a regular basis simply wasn't an option.  Bathing at home was free, of course, but a real hassle, with tons of wet towels, a drenched bathroom, and dog hair everywhere.  When we were done, it took hours to clean the mess.  Then, one day..... we stumbled upon a self-serve dog wash in another town called U Wash Doggie.  What a great idea!  We were thrilled to have found a better way to keep the mutts clean, without destroying the house, at a price that wouldn't break the bank.  With this inspiration, it was only a matter of time before we decided to open our own dog wash -- Canine Creek -- the first of it's kind in Tehachapi, California.

By the way, off the dog wash topic: an aside about our cute rural location...... Tehachapi was recognized by Sunset Magazine in January 2004 as one of the "West's Best Places to Live".  We wholeheartedly agree with their assessment, and can't help bragging about our neat town at every opportunity.  Judging by the recent growth in new housing development and the number of businesses opening their doors, I'd guess quite a few folks read that article.  Needless to say, we're pleased with all the new doggie residents moving to the area.  :-)

Who We Are

Dog lovers, naturally, but we have other passions as well.   We are also proud volunteers and puppy raisers for Guide Dogs of America, our favorite charity.  If you have some free time, you might enjoy reading our puppy raiser diary, starting with our first dog, Brando, in the year 2000, and continuing into 2010 with our 9th GDA puppy.

We're Here For You...

With the opening of Canine Creek in April, 2004, the residents of Tehachapi, and it's surrounding communities, now have an easy, affordable and FUN way to keep their dogs clean.  Drop in at your convenience, bond with your pup during the scrub-a-dub, and leave the mess behind for someone else to deal with.  Everything you need for a professional quality bath is included, for one price, and no appointment is necessary.  What could be better?

Susie Atherton

"Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot about puppies."   -- Gene Hill