- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

ANNA, Ill. (AP) - Going out of town or have to be away from your home but have no arrangement for your canine? Kimberly Adams, owner of Sudzy Bath & Biscuits in Anna has a solution.

Her all-in-one pet store has daycare and boarding for dogs, baths, treats and grooming available. Adams said the store opened in July and it has already taken off better than she anticipated.

The idea of the business started four years ago when Adams began making her own treats for her dogs. Then, 18 months ago, her Schnauzer was diagnosed with Cushing’s disease. At that time, Adams started baking all-natural and all-organic treats because she was advised by her veterinarian that the diet of a dog can cause a thyroid problem.

After baking treats for her animals and the neighbor’s dogs for some time, she was encouraged to start her own business. When the time was right, she went through the Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University and started sending out surveys to see if the business was needed in Anna.

She said the business has just about anything needed for a dog, from the time you bring it home for the first time.

“When you walk in, if you have a new puppy, there is everything a person would need,” she said.

As for the special made treats, she still does the baking on-site after business hours. Those treats are all natural and organic, and she said other than the pastries, the treats can last up to six months.

The day-care center can accommodate up to five dogs. Adams said the animals have a hand-built suite to rest in, along with a play area, regular walks, two treats a day and regular feeding.

Owners can drop off their dog starting at 6:30 a.m. A half day would be considered until noon for $15, and a full day would be considered from the morning until when an owner can pick the dog up. A full day is $19.

Overnight stays for dogs are available, too. Adams said small dogs are $16 a night, and bigger dogs are $20. Somebody is with the animals at all times throughout the night.

For those owners who need to wash their dog without a disaster happening in your home, Adams provides a self-wash station for owners. Everything is provided but the dog, Adams said. Customers get a towel and pre-mixed shampoo. There are two stations, one for smaller animals and one for bigger ones. The pet wash is $15.

Sudzy’s collaborated with an already established business in Anna, FurBabies, which is a grooming business. FurBabies, owned by Joseph Cresto, is located inside the pet store. Adams and Cresto formed a partnership to help each other and make it a place where a customer could serve most of their animal’s needs in one place.

“I wanted to make this a one-stop shop,” Adams said.

The entire store is dedicated to loving and caring for dogs. She has sketched drawings of many of the canines that have either stayed or been cleaned in the store, and they line the walls of the store, along with several home décor items for dog lovers. On Wednesday, the store’s mascot, Bentley, stood outside the store waving at cars driving by on Main Street.

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