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Rickman's Run, the Holmes Lake dog park off South 70th Street, provides a space for canines and their owners to work up a sweat outdoors.

But after a romp through the tall grass and natural waterway, sometimes the pets can use a purification.

Enter a nearby convenience store with a unique twist on convenience.

The U-Stop near 70th and Pioneers Boulevard added a pet washing station several years ago, and even as temperatures drop, the grooming station remains popular among dog owners.

"We probably see dozens of people in there a day," U-Stop manager Ashley Martin said. "It has a heater inside, so even in the winter it is pretty busy."

The service costs $10 for 12 minutes.

Martin said while the price may seem high, it's a good deal with all of the options offered, including soap and equipment needed to bathe pets.

"I use it for my dog," Martin said.

The pet wash is located near the entrance to the gas station's car wash.

Martin said the washing area is a holdover from a previous manager and was installed several years ago.

Mike Cruce was at the pet wash Saturday afternoon with his son Henry, washing their dogs Kia and Scout after playing at the dog park.

Cruce said he has been using the station for more than a year, and is happy with the service and convenient location.

"It is great," Cruce said. "You don't have to bathe your dogs in the house during the winter and clean up after. Everything you need is here, like soaps and dryers. It just makes everything easier."

There are other self-serve pet washing stations in Lincoln, including The Canine Scrub in College View and Pet Central Station. A car wash near Lincoln Southwest High School has even added space for doggie baths.

As Cruce and his son finished cleaning up Kia and Scout in east Lincoln, another dog and owner took their spot in the washing area.

"This is a great place to stop along the way home from the park," Cruce said. "We can just go right on down the street and go home."

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