Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Please, Please look for a groomer that views your pet as the precious animal that you love and cherish. Not all, but some groomers are only in it for the paycheck and could really give two hoots about what it takes to acheive the required service goals. When you bring your pet to me, they are loved and spoiled and I cater to what your pet likes and/or dislikes. For instance: if your pet is matted but you wanted a longer haircut I do the best I can with all available methods to achieve our goal... BUT... if it is stressful or painful for your pet, I remind myself that the only difference between a good haircut and a bad haircut.... is about a week ! My personal goal is that your pet goes home HAPPY!
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Not only am I doing my best to maintain the cheapest rates available, but I have structured my life to accomadate the animals that I care for (I try to work with the people as well LOL). I live extrememly close to the facility and will groom or board at almost a moments notice. When I think I am done for the day ... I'm usually not. Making a pet look good with a custom haircut is one thing, but I work hard to make them feel good inside. I know I have had a great day when ALL of the pets smile as they go home. When the stay with me is extended for a day or three I take advantage of the oppurtunity and get in some real quality snuggle/play time! In my way of thinking .... work hard to hardly work.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. What I like/love most about my lifestyle (it is not 'just a job') is that I get to play with all different types of pooches and kitties and even birds (just about any small pet). Yes... I make the grooming process into play time with full body messages, interaction outside with other pets when possible, and of course lots of hugs and kisses (even with those pets who are agressive). I give your pet the structured environment and guidance that they need from the people they come in contact with, therefore allowing them to enjoy themselves while we work. At the end of the day its not only your pets that are happy and tired... I am too !
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I really wish pet owners knew what really goes on when they leave their pet at a local grooming shop.
So many places just put the poor pooch in a kennel until they want to or have the time to groom them. If it is safer or more comfortable for them to be in a kennel... then why do they NOT give them something comfortable to lay on, even a dry towel is better than cold metal grate.
Did you know that more than 70% of grooming facilities use a cage dryer? It doesn't take long at all for a busy facility to forget or lose track of how long your pet has been in the cage with that hot forced air blowing on them and there is no such thing as a groomer that knows your pets health history, thus, resulting in an emergency vet visit and or totally avoidable death of your beloved family member. Any facility that is fancy schmancy or too large or has more than two groomers that come in contact with your pet scares me to death. Please keep in mind GROOMING DOES NOT TAKE ALL DAY (there are large breed and geriatric exceptions). Oh, one more thing,(only one, I promise) Have you ever been to a groomer and not gotten the haircut that you asked for but instead got a really short or shaved and embarrassed pet to take home? And don't forget the matted coat upcharge...and another upcharge because your pet was aggressive.. now a $50 bill is somehow DOUBLED ! here's an FYI... a short or shaved coat is much quicker and easier for the groomer and yes at times is what needs to be done for the health and comfort of your pet. BUT... then why the upcharge? Only because its a quick bonus for the groomer ! Sure you have the option to pay more if you want the longer coat and you insist that the groomer work with the matts... but remember that CAN be painful for your pet if the groomer 'don't care'.