A New Business Idea Has Pets Going For A Ride

By: Marybeth Brush Email
By: Marybeth Brush Email

A Southern Colorado company is thinking outside the box with a new idea that's helping it get more customers and in this case animals. The Land of Ahs pet boarding facility in Fountain now has a pet limo.

But this isn't an ordinary limo.

Merle Maser had a crazy idea. "Everybody thought I was crazy getting a hearse to haul dogs in," says Maser. He recently bought a hearse for his business but he doesn't own a funeral home. "We put the decals on it, redesigned the curtains, the wife made it out of the Wizard of Oz material, so it kind of goes with the theme," says Maser.

But now it's known around town as the pet limo. "We always have done a little pick up and delivery we got several customers that have never been to the kennel, so we thought we would just promote it a little more and see if we can get more and it's snowballed since we did this, we got a lot more of them," says Maser.

He says this not so normal idea is helping his business get through the tough economy. "It's unique, it's different, there's nobody in town that's doing this. You just have to pick up an idea that no one is doing," says Maser.

It seems like the animals are a fan of it. "Everyone that's seen it thinks it's a great idea, real neat. We've had a lot of people who've been bringing their dogs here say next time your gonna pick them up," says Maser.

The cost for a trip in the pet limo is $1.00 a mile and so far Maser is seeing a little more business because of the pet limo.

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  • by Maroussia Location: NY on Apr 7, 2010 at 02:22 AM
    It will be great to watch The Wizard Of Oz, i have bought tickets from http://ticketfront.com looking forward to it.
  • by Sam Location: Ft. Carson on Jan 2, 2010 at 10:19 AM
    I have left my two dogs at this kennel a few times when visiting family members out of state, and I would recommend them to anyone. Kennel smells clean and my dogs seem well cared for. Now that they have this limo service it is even better!
  • by Anna Location: s, co on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:46 AM
    sorry to be repetitious but i can and have ran a background check on two people in my area to leave my grandkids in case of emergency and or playdates while they are visiting us but cannot do the same for my babys who rely on me no i am not a lonely cat lady just really love my babys(PETS)thank GOD the staff at the rio-cucharas are such loving people
  • by Anna on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:31 AM
    just a 411 here i go to springs allot i would love it if someone offered daycare drop in services 4 me and others so my pets are not stucck in kennels or as my vets ladies call them puppy hell many times would have loved a drop off day care for my dog/family members as opposed to a kennel so they can be with me ,more then not I have called pet stores and the like no such services available in springs and or pueblo.
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