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Local resident launches Woofie’s pet sitting service in McLean

A pet care business that provides grooming, dog walking, pet sitting and other services directly to owners has expanded to McLean.

Launched earlier this month, Woofie’s of McLean introduced itself to the community on Saturday (September 17) as it kicked off the seven-week Oktoberfest celebration from Shipgarten to Tysons. The “Dogtoberfest” event on October 22 will serve as the grand opening.

Dogtoberfest festivities will include baths, nail trims and a raffle for free grooming. Woofie’s will also offer a $5 discount on a first walk or 10% off a first grooming appointment, the company said.

Franchise owner and operator Ana Hul, a resident of McLean, credits her 10-year-old Yorkie with inspiring her to become an owner after frequenting Woofie’s for years.

“I was personally touched by the way Woofie’s took care of my dog ​​Pepper, and wanted to provide the same level of pet care in my own town of McLean,” Hul said in a press release.

Based initially out of Hul’s home, Woofie’s offers home visits for pet walking and sitting services, including overnight care, as well as pet spas from a mobile van that can stop at customers’ homes and at community events.

The franchise’s service area includes McLean, most of the Tysons east of Route 7 and north of Arlington. Its hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Founded in Ashburn in 2004, Woofie’s started the franchise in 2018 and now has five locations, all in Northern Virginia. A Reston-Herndon franchise launched in April 2019.

The company was acquired by franchisor Authority Brands in January.