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'Groomed for success' | Local kennel discusses the secret to their longevity

Dandie Scottie Kennel celebrates sixty-plus years in the Tri-Cities

EAST POINT, Ga. — When Ricky Bevins started working part-time at Dandie Scottie Kennel nearly ten years ago, he never dreamed that one-day, taking care of pets would become his full-time career. However, in the fall of 2016, he became the third owner of one of the oldest kennels in the Tri-Cities. 

Tucked alongside the rows of non-descript buildings that line the industrial corridor of Central Ave, the modest pea soup green one-story barely registers a glance in the shadow of the massive SA Recycling scrap yard. Chances are that many a Tri-Cities resident has driven past it as they trek from East Point to Hapeville or vice-versa. 

Dandie Scottie originally began as a dog breeder for Scottish Terriers but Bevins tells My East Point news that by the time he took over the reins, that practice had fallen by the wayside. Although, he is proud to admit that the last dog breed at the kennel is still kicking and still gets groomed at Dandie Scottie. 

While he may not have been the original owner of the kennel for its sixty-plus year history, Bevins attributes the longevity of the business to 3 things: customer service, knowing your product and refusal to quit. 

“Anyone that does business in East Point, lives in East Point, comes through East Point. It’s their responsibility to try to lift East Point up,” said Bevins.

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