Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. I am more than a pet groomer. I am a pet nurse, animal caretaker and I am man's best friend. To earn an animals trust is a very special thing. If you are looking for someone like me, you need someone who is well rounded. And has experience working with animals and most of all is patient.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. What the traditional cuts are for each breed. Sorry I can't tell any of my secrets thats what makes me unique.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Well for one, I became a pet groomer to help animals and their owners to feel better. I love animals, all animals. Ever since I was born, I have had what alot of people who know me consider it a gift from god. Animals and I relate on a level that most people can't or won't understand. Grooming is a fun way to interact with animals and make them happy and comfortable again. I wouldn't have it any other way. Its nice to see the owner pleased as well.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love to spend time with other people animals, as well as my own. I feel such love from them. And an animal loves you unconditionally, no matter what. They depend on you as a child would. They are actually furry children, who need our love and friendship to be happy and content. I love that I can give them a small piece of paradise, by making them feel and look better. And in turn everyone is happy.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. The most common question is how they should be styled or cut? I always tell my clients, I can give them an idea and show them pictures. But in the end it is up to them. I tell them its summer and if we can keep their hair short, they will keep cooler and in turn be happier. And this keeps the owners home cleaner and less maintenance for them in the long run.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. My favorite story is from a wonderful little dog named belle. She was a beautiful dog, that had a incredible bright light of a personality. She was sweet as pie! As when she came to me she was a big puff ball of fur, and needed help from me to make her shine. She is on my website the first shitzu pictured.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Well their is alot that my clients don't realize goes into pet grooming. For one, you have to know how to read an animals behavior and mannerism. This can help avoid some dangerous conflicts, especially if they are frightened. Secondly, I have had training as a veterinary receptionist, technician and worked in kennels, throughout my life. So not only do I know animals behavior and what comes next, but also how to restrain them and treat them if theirs a problem of any sort.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I always knew I wanted to work with animals, but never thought this would be the direction I would take. But I like to set my own hours and my own pace. And most of all deal with animals in a stress-environment. Where I could be myself and play with the animals and make them feel comfortable with me.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I worked as a pet nurse(vet tech). I ran tests, drew blood, gave vaccines, restrained for examinations. I helped out in emergency situations and took care of alot of animals 7 days a week.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Yes I watch alot of videos, read books with illustrations. Watch alot of animal planet and dog 101. I pet sit alot, so I am constant with different breeds and personalities of dogs.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. I am sure their will be more technology coming my way, but I perfer good old fashion hard work and dedication. Alot of my profession is studying each individual animal. Then asking the owners what they would like and bring it to life, sort of speaking, lol.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. The most extensive project involved two beautiful himalayan cats, that were completely and utterly matted throughout their entire bodies. It took alot of time and I had to shave them down to the skin. I know they felt better, but didnt like the feel of no fur. I felt so sorry for them. Their parents had health issues and couldnt keep them brushed. I checked on them and they said their fine.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. Its not complicated at all. I go by size of the animal and the condition of their coat.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. That they assist a well known groomer for a 40 hour week, to see if they really had what it takes.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. What I want to know is why people keep animals if they can not care for them properly, or cant afford them?
To me, its cruelty. Unless their are unforseen circumstances. Owning a pet(s) is a big responsibility. If you cant keep them happy and healthy try to find someone who can or will.