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Hidden Gems: Meet Elias Btesh of Dirty Dogs and Meow

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elias Btesh.

Hi Elias, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Dirty Dogs & Meow was started in 2008 by my Mom and Dad (Regina and Salomon Btesh). The idea to start the business came about by my younger brother and business partner Joel Btesh who was was twelve at the time. He kept bugging my mom and dad to open up a dog wash and natural food store near our house in Carmel Valley. He was a persistent little bugger and would bug my dad about opening the store everyday on their way to school. After 3-4 months of doing so my dad ran into a long-time friend at Starbucks that owned a shopping center in Carmel Valley. He pitched him on opening up a natural dog and cat supply store and offering cage-free grooming and self bathing facilities. He loved the idea and they shook on the deal. My entire family worked at our first location for a few years. We learned the ins and outs and the business began to grow. We decided to open a second location in Cardiff by the Sea in 2011. We opened Carmel Mountain Ranch, Carlsbad, a second location in Carmel Valley all in 2014. In 2019 we partnered with a family friend and opened up our Hillcrest location. In 2021, we relocated our second Carmel Valley location to Del Mar Highlands. We are all extremely involved and passionate about the health and wellness of animals and serving our community.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
We grew very fast and with internal funding up until we reached six locations. There were definitely growth pains and struggles. There are daily challenges that present themselves. Covid 19. We are beyond grateful for our team and customers. Without their support, we wouldn’t be here today!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
We are dedicated to raising the standards of pet care in San Diego, providing healthy nutritional foods, cage-free grooming, self-serve washing facilities and many accessory products. We inspire our customers to provide their pets with the best quality products and services at the most competitive price points. We promise to put our customers’ pets’ health and happiness before profits.

Our knowledgeable staff and fun atmosphere guarantee that you…enjoy the experience.

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Image Credits:

Mikah Marie Photography – Middle Two Images
Melissa Montoya Photography – Other Images

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