Archive for the ‘Dog grooming’ Category

The Price of Grooming Your Pet

January 15, 2015

On almost a daily basis I get asked why it costs so much to have a dog groomed. The truth is very simple, I’m going to try and put this in ‘human” terms at first for a better idea.

First off, your pet gets a shampoo, a blow dry, a pedicure, a brush out and/or a haircut. They are handled by at least three different staff members from the person at the front desk, to a bather and finally a groomer. If you were to go to a hair/nail salon to have all of these things done…just imagine how much you would be charged! Pretty good deal in my opinion.

Big box retailers will upsell most of these procedures adding $5 here and $5 there. Or will offer some sort of  special treatments that do absolutely nothing just to bring in a few more dollars. I’ve heard of people being charged $65 for the same thing we do for $45-$50! The groomer never sees any of this money, it goes right to profit. We don’t do that. Everything is inclusive except for nail dremeling. The groomer is paid for this since they do the work.

Some pets take upwards of 3-5 hours to just complete the entire process. It all depends on the size and condition of the dog. Just think of a Chow Chow who hasn’t been to a groomer for at least a year. The coat is in terrible condition. Matted, greasy and usually full of most of your yard! $90-$120 is a decent price to pay to have the dog looking and feeling like brand new. Then if you think of a beautiful Standard Poodle. Just to start off the dog has to be roughed out. This means shaving the feet, the face and brushing out the entire coat even before the bath. Then after a bath and blow dry, the Poodle is literally sculpted into a work of art. I can tell you from experience that sitting back and admiring your final product is rewarding. I wish most pet owners understood this. Some do…but a lot don’t. They just look at the price, not how much it takes to get that end result.

Then, you have the pets who are extremely difficult to work with. Some will bite for no reason or will bite unpredictably. We work with these dogs on a daily basis. Most places will turn them away. We feel that a little caution and moving slowly, all while trying to figure out why the dog is so bad, will let us win in the end. Just NOT letting the dog know it’s getting to you can work wonders. Some of these pets have been traumatized by grooming, bathing or a trip to the vet. Some just come that way and so it goes. You just never know sometimes. Some dogs will spin around to avoid any contact what so ever. Think of how long that must take to finish. Not to mention you have razor sharp instruments in your hands and HAVE to avoid poking an eye out or cutting the dog as it passes by.

Next, is the dog owner who comes in with a matted dog that has to be taken short. Not even a miracle can fix it…and believe me, I’ve pulled off some miracles! These people swear that they brush the dog on a daily basis. They probably do, but only the surface coat. The undercoat is pelted to the skin. It’s inhumane to even attempt to brush it out. Brushing and dematting something like this can cause serious skin problems, including brush burning…this is where you actually brush so much it irritates the skin and can cause bleeding and/or infections. It can also cause bruising of the skin. Dematting ears on a dog, whether you shave or brush can also cause hemotomas.  This is where the blood rushes through the small vessels in the ear to the very bottom causing either swelling or actual bleeding from the bottom tip of the ear. Even shaving matted ears can sometimes result in this problem. The bottom of the ear has NOT been cut in any manner. It just happens if the dog shakes their head uncontrollably. The dog comes in in horrible condition…then it’s our fault for uncovering these problems. Go figure!

I’ve found things under mats that you wouldn’t even believe! Fish hooks, wire wrapped around the leg, maggots from infection, gum, tar, hard candies left over from xmas, one time a sewing needle imbedded into the flesh of the dog. Nails that are so overgrown that they are growing into the pads of the feet. You just never know what may be under there.

The worst complaints I hear are about taking matted dogs short. People just will not believe you no matter what. I feel that a healthy, happy dog is a better outcome than a bruised ego from having to have your pet shaved. The hair will grow back, but a painful and/or health problem from dematting can last for quite a while. Please think of this the next time you take your pet in and the groomer says that they MUST take it short. It’s not because it’s easier for us…it’s better for the dog! We want the dog to go home looking just the way you want it. Sometimes, it’s just not going to happen.

Grooming/bathing are very labor intensive jobs. Most of us have carpal tunnel, bad elbows, bad shoulders and backs. We still do it…not to make a fortune, but because we genuinely love working with the dogs. It can be very rewarding and frankly, sometimes frustrating, but we keep doing it and making your pets clean and beautiful. Please remember these things the next time you question the price of having your pet groomed.


What is that “offal”smell? Or….the benefits of Green Tripe

December 29, 2010

Green tripe is the unbleached stomach of ruminants such as cows and sheep. The tripe reserved for human consumption is bleached and carries none of the health benefits of unbleached, green tripe.

The green color comes from the undigested grass and hay that the animals eat. The color can even be almost black or gray in some cases. The word green is used to distinguish it from the bleached tripe.

The health benefits are many, including better digestion and healthier teeth and jaw muscles. The tripe contains many amino acids that few dog foods have. It has a calcium to phosphorous  ratio of 1:1 , magnesium and potassium. Complex B-vitamins, vitamins A,E,C and D, as well as Omega-3’s. It also contains Lactobacillus Acidophilus. The good stuff found in yogurt.

When combined with a raw diet or with kibble of good quality, tripe can aid in better and smaller bowel movements, healthier skin and coat and more vitality in older dogs.

Sick and elderly animals can greatly benefit by having a small portion added to a daily diet. Especially those with kidney and liver issues.The enzymes in the tripe help with kidney and liver function.  Some breeders swear that the moment they added tripe to an elderly dogs diet they had more energy.

Breeders in Europe have been feeding tripe for years and years. It has just recently caught on here in the U.S. along with the raw diets. Just as a personal note, I have been feeding a raw diet combined with tripe for quite some time. My dogs have great coats, healthy teeth and don’t need bathing as often as when I fed strictly a kibble diet.

The gastric in the tripe are wonderful for cleaning teeth and the rubbery, stringy texture works a little like dental floss, getting in between those back teeth that are so hard to take care of.

Picky eating dogs will all come running the minute you take off the lid! Just be warned…the stuff smells bad, I mean really bad! This is only for the fresh or frozen tripe. You can get it freeze dried or canned, although a little of the nutrients get lost in processing. It is all still a wonderful addition to your pets diet. Please take some time and research the benefits of tripe and I believe that you will all agree that your pet should have this tasty…but smelly…addition to their diets.

Cleaning Up!

October 7, 2010

Dogs can be messy things even if you only have one of them, so imagine how hard it is to keep things clean with fifty of them! As I like to say to our clients as they see their fully housebroken pet lift their legs on any vertical surface that is handy… “they love indoor plumbing!”.  Dogs not only have that keen sense of smell that lets them pick up any small trace of scent left by the dog before them, but many feel the need to pee on everyone elses pee. Both male and female dogs can not stand for any spot marked by some other dog to stand. They must let everyone else know that THEY WERE THERE TOO!

One pooper sets off a storm of poopers. Just as you clean up one mess, you turn around and there are 10 more…this all happens in a matter of seconds! They get it all out until the next round starts… or until the next pet comes in the door!

To keep things clean and smelling good as well as keeping things sanitary, takes a lot of work. Especially when we have such a strong commitment to the environment and not wanting to use anything that may be toxic to pets  (as well as people). The way we do it is to use earth and pet friendly products. For cleaning up solid waste we use poop bags made from corn starch. They decompose fairly quickly when exposed to water or other elements. We then use a cleaner that I make myself to spray on the area and wipe it clean with washable towels. The cleaner is composed of teatree oil for killing fungus and then mixed with Listerine. Yes…good old fashioned Listerine. The active ingredients are Thymol (make from the herb thyme) this kills most germs and the 24% alcohol made from corn gets the rest. The mixture not only kills fungus and other germs but smells great! The best part is that this mixture can be sprayed right near the dogs without any worry of them getting ill from side effects of exposure to chemicals. You can literally spray the stuff in your mouth. It may taste terrible but it won’t hurt you!

We use recycled plastic bags for most of our trash-cans. All cleaners that we  use on a daily basis from our toilet bowl cleaner to our  window cleaner, are eco-friendly as we can get. We recycle all of our plastic and any paper that we use.

Many dog daycares and groom shops use paper towels and bleach. Both are so bad for our planet and very hazardous to use around the pet. We do use bleach at night to soak all water bowls and toys to fully sanitize them. We also use a viruside in our mop water and wall/kennel spray at night to make sure we get as many nasty germs as possible. This is only done once all pets are out of the building. You have no idea how these chemicals can affect a dog. They have delicate sinus tissue that can be damaged by things like chlorine, which when mixed with just plain old water makes makes it even more dangerous, not to mention the fact that bleach mixed with ammonia (urine) can be deadly to pets and people.

Understand though, that no matter what you do or a kennel does to kill all germs. Many are airborne. Some dogs may have an illness and  can be asymptomatic so you have no idea that they are a carrier. Some vaccines only cover a small percentile of the variations of a certain virus.  I’ll discuss illnesses that can occur in pets no matter what one does in a later post.

To Shave or Not to Shave?

June 14, 2010

Many people ask us to shave their long-haired dogs during the summer in hopes that it will do one of two things:

  1. Help with shedding.
  2. Keep the dog cool.

Contrary to popular belief, shaving does not eliminate shedding. The dog will still shed, but since the hairs are shorter, you just don’t notice them as easily! Brushing a dog regularly will keep the  shedding down. For the purposes of this discussion, we’re talking about Huskies, Labs, Golden Retrievers, Australian Shepherds, and the like. There are other long-haired breeds–such as Labradoodles and Standard Poodles–who still need clipping.

As far as keeping the dog cool, pets have a different way of keeping cool than we do. In this system, the coat actually helps to keep the dog cool. The coat acts as insulation against heat as well as cold. As long as the dog’s coat is well-maintained and the undercoat is removed, leaving the coat on is best.

Dogs have no sweat glands, so cooling by condensation like a human doesn’t work. (The one dog who does have sweat glands is a certain South American hairless breed.) So while you would certainly feel too hot if you were wearing a fur coat, your dog doesn’t. Instead, dogs pant to keep cool, and they must have access to cool water at all times during the warm months.

Not only does the coat insulate against heat, but it protects the dog from sunburn. Dogs lack natural skin protection from sun exposure. Skin burn in dogs can be painful as well as set them up for skin cancer. Yes, dogs can get skin cancer just like humans and it’s usually from sun exposure.

If you’ve ever had your long-haired dog shaved just remember how bad that coat looked in a month or so. The guard hairs grow out first, while the undercoat grows out slower.  It looks terrible.  Sometimes the coat never makes a full recovery. There can be bald patches or thin patches.  It can even change the pigment of the skin. The dog sometimes has to be shaved every time to make it look presentable.

One of the few times I would agree with shaving a long-haired dog is if the dog has a heavy coat and is elderly. Older dogs don’t lose their undercoats as easily and have trouble with keeping cool in the usual way.

The other time I would agree with shaving is if a dogs undercoat is so matted that shaving is the least painful way to deal with the coat.  Keeping your pet’s coat in good condition is the best thing to do.

I would also agree to take a pet’s coat shorter — not shaved — in the summer if the pet swims a lot. A long coat can stay wet for quite some time and start to smell sour. A shorter clip can be done on most breeds as long as the undercoat has been taken care of properly.

I know some other groomers will be upset with this post since big, hairy dog shaves are a good source of summer income. I care more about the health and look of the pet than the money I could pocket.

I try very hard to talk owners out of a shave if I feel that we can accomplish a good groom and maintain a good coat on the dog. Get a good brush and comb to keep your dog cool this summer. It’s better than the clippers.

Best In The Biz!

January 25, 2010

Each year, Spot Magazine holds a contest to find the best pet-related businesses in the Portland Metro area.  There are many categories that Spot readers can vote on.  We’re proud to say that this year, The Muttley Crew took first place in both dog grooming (by a landslide, no less!) and cat grooming. We also placed second in the dog spa and dog wash categories.

We are so grateful for all of our clients who took the time to vote for us in this contest.  Some of these clients have put their pets in our hands for the last 20+ years.  We have a fantastic and very talented staff who really  put their all into their jobs. Our groomers are truly second to none. Lori, Martine, and I have more than 65 years of experience combined. Our bathers are among the most committed people I have had the chance to know. I know what goes on behind the scenes, and everyone at The Muttley Crew really cares about the treatment of your pets. They understand my basic philosophy: These are other people’s pets. People leave their canine family members in our hands, and they need to be treated with extreme care. I do not want these pets to be traumatized in any sort of way. I want the dogs to want to come back . Nothing makes me happier than to see a dog scrambling to get in that door, with a huge doggy grin on their face. Paws up on the counter and a woof for a greeting.

We do things a little differently than most grooming shops. We are mostly cageless — some dogs need to be kenneled for various reasons, of course, but most of the dogs love playing with the other dogs.  They are less stressed and enjoy the experience more. We never “cage dry” dogs. I have seen and heard of too many horror stories of dogs over-heating while in the kennel. Not to mention that the dogs look better when they are fluff dried. The haircuts just look better. We use only natural and organic shampoos and conditioners, and we never use cologne. Too many people and pets are very sensitive to strong odors. The shampoo and conditioners make your pet smell great as it is. Why add to that?

We strive to do our best to make your pet look and smell great!

Please pick up Spot Magazine locally or read the article online. And if you get a chance, please check out the March issue of Dog Fancy magazine; we were interviewed for an article about doggy dental health!

Thanks again to all of our fantastic clients for voting for us!

Itchy Feet

July 7, 2009

Good day, this is Nova once again writing about all things DOG.

Today is about why dogs lick their feet and what you can do about it.

Dogs do not have sweat glands like humans.  (One exception is the American Hairless Terrier, which has sweat glands all over its body and cools itself by evaporation — just like people.) Dogs have glands between their pads on their feet that act a whole lot like human sweat glands.

In a dog suffering from an allergy, the sweat glands in the feet secrete histamines. The feet itch, and the dog will lick and chew its paws to try to relieve the itching. So if your dog is licking the bottoms of its feet, it probably has an allergy to something.

Something in the dog’s diet is most likely the culprit–usually corn, soy, or wheat. Putting your dog on a grain-free diet will usually stop the chewing. And of course, a diet free of grain is really better for the dog! Try changing the diet for a few weeks. Ask any of the good people at The Muttley Crew to recommend something for your dog. (They helped get me on a new food and it really helped me with some stomach problems I was having.)

Sometimes, though, it is something in the environment that the dog is allergic to. Grass, mold, pollen, or even fleas can cause the itching to start. If this is the case an antihistamine such as Benadryl or Claritin can be effective in relieving the itch. That’s right… just plain old human Benadryl. It’s best to try and get the dye-free type. Give the pet about 1/2 of a human dose (for a small dog–a large dog can take somewhat more). Just remember that, just like with people, it can have side effects such as making your pet sleepy or agitated.

A good oatmeal bath can also help. Remember to soak the feet in the tub for at least 5 minutes. Sometimes just running cool water on the feet can ease the itch by making the blood vessels constrict and making the swelling go down.

Sometimes a dog will lick so much that they cause bigger problems such as yeast infections of the skin. Symptoms of a skin infection include a yellow discharge from the pores of the skin and a darkening  pigmentation of the skin. Or the infection may show itself as a brown or reddish tinge to the color of the coat on the feet.  Yeast needs to be treated by special shampoos containing an anti-fungal. Soaking the feet in a Betadine solution can also help.

Some breeds, such as the English Bulldog or French Bulldog, have more problems than other breeds with yeasty feet. They can also have problems with yeast getting in the folds of their faces. Keep these areas dry and clean as much as possible. Always remember to bathe your dog in cool to tepid water so as not to exacerbate things. Hot water will only serve to irritate any skin problem further.

Chronic skin licking can cause long term problems as well. If your dog continues to lick a certain place over and over again they can get what is called a lick granuloma. The constant friction and moisture from licking make these deep sores very hard to heal and to deal with. An infection of the skin can result. If your dog is licking and licking a spot for hours on end, day after day, take them to the vet to help diagnose the problem. They will usually give you some sort of antibiotic cream and a E-collar. You’ve probably seen E-collars; they’re those things that look like a satellite dish around your dog’s head! They may make your dog look funny for a few days  or weeks, but they keep the dog from being able to irritate the spot. Using such substances as Bitter Apple or similar things do not work. They may keep your dog away from your new shoes, but no topical substance will stop the frantic licking that some dogs experience.

Licking can also be the result of anxiety. Some dogs lick to calm themselves and it turns into an obsessive behavior. This can also cause lick granulomas. If your pet shows signs of anxiety speak with your vet.

Older dogs lick to relieve pain such as aching from arthritis in the feet or wrists. They will lick any joint area that hurts–in the same way that humans rub their aches and pains, dogs lick. Your vet may prescribe an anti-inflammatory such as aspirin or Rimadyl.

If your dog is chewing at the base of its tail, it’s usually one of two things: fleas or an impacted anal gland. Your groomer will be able to help you with either one of these problems.

So, in closing, watch those feet. If your dog is chewing or licking, there is a reason for it.

The Importance of Dental Health

April 8, 2009

Hello,  Nova Poodle reporting on this week’s topic: the importance of dental health for dogs.

I know…  it sounds kind of silly to be talking about doggie breath, but it is number one in keeping your pet healthy. Dental problems in dogs have skyrocketed in the past 10-15 years.

The main cause of dental problems these days is the addition of sugar to pet diets. Many commercial pet foods are sprayed with  sugar or high fructose syrup so that the pet will eat it. The pets get hooked on a sugary diet and their teeth suffer as well as their health.

A sugary diet is not the only reason for dental problems. Small dogs, especially those with beards or mustaches, seem to have more problems than others. The bacteria in the saliva gets trapped in the hair and gets into the mouth. Maltese and Schnauzers have particular problems with dental disease.

Dental disease can be a  killer of older pets. The toxins from the decay can get into the blood stream and make them very ill… or worse. Plaque and tartar build up on the gumline and then the teeth themselves. The worst spots are the molars right where the salivary glands are located. Next the build up will begin on the canines.

Look in your pet’s mouth and if you see yellowish or brownish stuff, this is the beginning of a tartar problem. At this point, you will be able to do something about it yourself. Brushing daily with a pet toothpaste helps keep the tartar under control. Be sure to use toothpaste made for dogs — human toothpaste will not work for dogs. It foams too much and will make them sick.  You must do this daily for it to help. If your pet won’t let you use a toothbrush, use a piece of gauze over your finger. Make sure you get the gumline! A good dental cleaning at the vet at least once a year after the age of 4 is always a good idea.

Jeff does tooth scaling at the shop without sedation. This can only be done on pets that have mild tartar build up and will allow the mouth to be worked on. It doesn’t replace a dental cleaning from the vet but is useful for prevention.

When the tartar build up is allowed to continue, the stuff on the teeth will turn gray or greenish. At this point the pet needs to see a vet to receive dental care. They may lose a few teeth if things are allowed to get this bad. The vet will put your pet under sedation and will use the same type of  ultra sonic equipment that is used on humans.

There are things you can do to help prevent dental problems before they get out of hand. As I mentioned before, brushing daily or using one of several new products made to control tartar. One of the products, PetzLife, can be found at The Muttley Crew. It must be used daily to be effective. You can use the spray and just spritz the teeth twice daily, or you can try the salmon-flavored gel, which is used like toothpaste. The dog’s saliva mixes with the product to help break up the tartar.

Another way to control tartar is to feed your dog raw, meaty bones. Raw bones are one of the best things you can give your dog. The chewing action wears off the tartar and the dogs love them. I get raw bones when I visit Jeff’s house and look forward to the special treat. The  raw bones do not splinter the way cooked bones do; however, always supervise your pet when they are chewing on anything. If a bone gets too small take it away from your pet so that the pet will not swallow it whole.

It is a fallacy that wet dog food causes bad teeth in dogs or that you should only feed kibble to prevent dental problems. Dog food that is prescribed for dental problems really does no better than any other food at prevention.

Keep up with the teeth cleaning… and I’ll be writing next week about a new topic.

Flea Season

March 28, 2009

Nova here, on assignment. This week I’ll discuss fleas and some flea treatments.

Flea season is almost upon us here in the Pacific Northwest. Make sure  you get an early start on treatment before you have a problem that can get out of control!  Not to mention the horrible skin problems fleas can cause if your pet has a flea allergy. Who wants their pet to suffer with itchy skin?

The new treatments are quite safe compared with treatments from just fifteen years ago. The most common flea treatment used to be “dipping” your dog with harmful chemicals. Of course, most groomers didn’t actually dip the dog in a vat of stuff.  They usually sponged it onto your pet and let the product sit and dry.  These chemicals could cause anything from burns to nerve damage in the pet … or sometimes even cancer. These products were bad for the groomers as well.  Plus they smelled awful!

The new “spot” treatments, such as Frontline or Advantage, are much safer and last much longer; however, *anything* you use to kill fleas can be harmful if used improperly. Be sure you follow directions exactly and *never* use the wrong size dose on your pet.

There are also newer systemic treatments that you give to your pet in pill form. The Muttley Crew carries one such product named Capstar.

This pill kills all the fleas on your pet within 45 minutes and then is out of their system. It does not, however, keep working after the intial dose. It is *not* residual. So if you have a severe infestation you will need to give your pet a pill every day.

The folks here at The Muttley Crew are awaiting a new flea protection system that has been in use in Europe for several years. It is non-toxic and is completely pesticide free. I’ll keep you informed when it’s available!

Take care and look for my reports on a weekly basis!

The Importance of Grooming Your Pet

March 5, 2009

Hello, Nova here, giving out my weekly advice.  This week it is about grooming your pet.

Grooming your pet is more important than you might  think.  Not only does it make a pet like me look great, but it can uncover underlying health issues.  During the grooming process, a good groomer will assess a pet’s overall condition.  They check for bumps or lumps, or check to see if a known lump is growing.  It’s amazing the things that owners don’t notice … not that they don’t touch their dog, but they usually don’t pet every inch of their pet at the same time!

A groomer will notice if a skin condition is apparent and if so, can advise the owner about how to help.  Sometimes it’s a food allergy that causes the problem. Sometimes it’s allergies to mold or pollen that make a pet itchy.

A groomer may suggest a new food and/or give the pet a medicated bath to help relieve the itchiness.

Dogs (and cats) have scent glands located on either side of their rectum.  Small dogs need to have their anal glands expressed.  Large dogs can usually take care of it themselves.  An experienced groomer or bather should be able to take care of this without too much trouble.  The groomer will not force the glands to express, as this could seriously injure the pet. If the groomer feels that they cannot do it safely, they will suggest that the owner take the pet to their vet.

Next we’ll talk nails. Toenails to be exact.  If a pet’s nails get too long it can cause the pet’s toes to bend in an unnatural way.   This can cause arthritis in the toes and feet, making it painful for the pet to walk.  Long nails can also cause dogs–especially older dogs–to slip on slick floors.  Obviously, your pet can get hurt this way.  Torn ACLs, hip problems, and shoulder problems are just a few of the things that can happen.

The groomers will also check the pet’s ears for infection. Infections can happen if the ears get too much moisture and/or the pet eats a diet too high in simple sugars. This type of infection is usually caused by yeast. A yeast infection is apparent by a strong odor and a brown tinge to the inner ear hair. The other thing a groomer will check the ears for is mites. This presents as an almost black goo inside the ear canal. A pet  can also get a bacterial infection of the ear.  This will require antibiotics to cure . Symptoms of this are swelling of the ear canal and the ear flap . There is usually a foul-smelling, yellowish drainage.  All of these infections need to be treated by a veterinarian.

The groomer will “pluck” out any excess hair from the ear canal if there is no evidence of infection. This will help keep the inner ear dry and infection free.

Lastly, pets really enjoy feeling clean. They may not like the bath itself, but if you’ve ever seen a freshly bathed dog, you can tell by the way they act that they feel great!

Hello world!

March 1, 2009

We are The Muttley Crew:  Portland’s Finest Dog Grooming and Doggy Daycare.  We are located at 806 NW Murray, Portland, Oregon 97229

Our Phone numbers are: 503-626-8212 or 1-866-muttley and our Website is

Our day care is very different than most.  We take in a very limited number of dogs on any given day.

Our daycare sees the same pets on a regular schedule. The dogs develop deep bonds with each other and often pick out one or two buddies to team up with.  David, who supervises the daycare area, is every dog’s best friend. They just love the guy!

We encourage our clients to bring their pets in on a set schedule.  Dogs thrive on consistency . They love to see the same friends on a regular basis. It’s not that they can’t develop new friendships — they certainly do.  But they also really like to see that one special friend.

Our grooming salon is second to none.  Our three groomers have a combined 60 years of experience.  Two of our groomers are CMGs (Certified Master Groomers).  We all can groom ANY breed to breed standards, but each of us has a specialty!

Our retail area is currently in expansion.  We sell only 5- and 6-star rated foods.  Most are grain-free, free range foods made from human grade products.  We do not sell any food products from China.  Most of our treats are also grain free and made from free range meats with no rendered products.

We are committed to making this a safe, healthy  fun place for your pet. We encourage you to stop in for a visit!