Small-Business Success Story: A Doggie Day Spa Scales Up

This growing franchise offers poochie sushi along with grooming services.

Kiplinger's spoke with Jef Strauss, 55, cofounder and owner of Wag N' Wash, a Denver-based pet store franchise, about how they got started. Read on for an excerpt from our interview:

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Patricia Mertz Esswein
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Esswein joined Kiplinger in May 1984 as director of special publications and managing editor of Kiplinger Books. In 2004, she began covering real estate for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, writing about the housing market, buying and selling a home, getting a mortgage, and home improvement. Prior to joining Kiplinger, Esswein wrote and edited for Empire Sports, a monthly magazine covering sports and recreation in upstate New York. She holds a BA degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minn., and an MA in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University.