It was a somewhat rainy Friday in Norton Shores, and that made for some last minute changes in plans for Andrew and Sarah Conklin who opened the doors of the Dirty Dog Self Serve Pet Wash & Supplies 4 months ago. But a little rain wasn't going to stop the fun, after all there were 500 hot dogs that needed to be eaten and 10 contestants waiting to get into action to see who'd come out on top in the first hot dog eating contest at the newly formed business. So, they just moved it all inside and got things underway.
The inspiration for the business came up when the couple decided to do something they were passionate about. A great step in any life, and it doesn't hurt either that they have a great dane that's the size if a small horse. They saw a need and a growing love for all things pet in our world and said that they were going all in on bringing a much needed business to the Lakeshore and located it where people from Grand Haven to Montague could have easy access to an affordable option to care for their pets at a price that's not going to break the bank. Some time put in and some investment into the wash tubs...and voila...The Dirty Dog opened for business. They gave it the "soft opening" for a couple months and then, figured it was time to get put on the map with a fun event to plant their flag.
They spread the word on social media. They had friends and family buzzing about it, they even got an invite from Fox 17 to stop by and talk about the fun. The contestants entered "the ring" and met the crowd like pro wrestlers. We met them all and found out a little about them. The hot dogs were planted, the water was there and the countdown began. 10 minutes to eat as many as they could! Take a look at the video to see how it all went down.
Video - Hot Dog Eating Contest
What's not to celebrate about a new business....a business we didn't really have till it came along as well and a fun way to have a grand opening. Prizes were won, fun was had and anyone in attendance was welcomed to enjoy a hot dog dinner after the contest was over. All in all, a great event and a great welcome to Norton Shores for The Dirty Dog Pet Wash & Supplies. Who's in for next years contest? They are already planning it and we'll see if this years champ can retain the title!
The Dirty Dog Self-Serve Pet Wash
1036 E Sternberg Rd, Muskegon, MI 49444
The Muskegon Channel 2018