Laura Healey, Golden Rule Grooming, LLC
Laura Healey, Golden Rule Grooming, LLC

Laura Healey, Golden Rule Grooming, LLC

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Introduction: I am an in-home groomer who uses only professional equipment, shampoos and conditioners to bathe and groom your pet to your exacting specifications. I do specific breed cuts as well as pet trims, specializing in anxious, aggressive, elderly and/or handicapped pets (who would not do well in a salon) and their people. If you want to avoid the hurry and hubbub of a shop where your pet will wait in a crate and be subject to plenty of noise and confusion and quite often, rough treatment, then I'm what you're looking for. I do all my dogs one at a time, straight through with TLC. My services also include flea baths, tick removal, skunk baths, and puppy pampering. All quotes include nail clipping, ear cleaning and taxes. Generally, I'm not able to do dogs over 70 lbs., but anything up to that weight will do just great! My portable equipment includes a sturdy folding table with a safety arm and Groomer's Helper looper. I can set up in a very small space, usually a kitchen or basement area. In the summer I do many of my grooms in the garage or driveway (weather permitting!) I gladly accept cash, check and PayPal. At this time I don't have the ability to take debit or credit cards. Tips are always greatly appreciated for good service, but never required. Just like you, your pet feels better when it's clean and well groomed. Sometimes, folks let time get the best of them and don't realize that their BFF (best furry friend) is in need of some 'spa time'. I like to see the difference in a pet's demeanor when it's all spiffed up! It's amazing! Also, now that I have navigation tools on my phone, I like to travel and meet new people and get to know them through our mutual love of animals! Many of my clients become good friends.....:-)
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Serves Coventry, CT

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7 years in business

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Joan T.
Sep 18, 2021
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Laura is awesome! My 14 each old Shih Tzu, Ozzy was not able to go to his long time groomer due to his age and health issues. Laura came to my home and instantly Ozzy loved her! She took her time and made Ozzy feel comfortable throughout the entire grooming! He was so relaxed that he almost fell asleep. Laura provided convenient and top quality service. I am so happy to have found Laura and Ozzy is looking forward to his next appointment!

Details: Extra small (1 - 15 lbs) • Wavy or curly coat • 10 years or older • Other special temperaments • 2 - 4 months ago • Mobile grooming in home • No additional dogs

Laura Healey, Golden Rule Grooming, LLC's reply
This is Why I Love MY JOB!! I am blessed with the best clients anyone could ever ask for...;-) Thank you Joan for this fabulous review! It'll go up on my website at goldenrulegrooming.net right away on the review page!
Dog Grooming
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Nicole L.
Aug 15, 2021
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Laura was amazing! I was looking for an alternative to going to a groomer for my anxious cat and having her come to my home made all the difference. She was very calm and knew exactly how to handle her. Price was less than a previous groomer I’d been to and we never had to leave the house. 10/10 experience and will be using her again in the future! Thank you Laura!

Details: 3 - 10 years old • Anxiety • 6 - 12 months ago • Bath & haircut (for cats with matted hair) • Mobile grooming - in home • No additional cats

Laura Healey, Golden Rule Grooming, LLC's reply
What a pleasure it was to work with Callie and have a chance to chat with you! She's so attached to her Mom and I can see why. You two were made for each other!....:-) Thank you for your wonderful review and vote of confidence! It really does mean the world to me<3 <3 <3
Cat Grooming
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Teresa G.
Jul 20, 2021
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Wonderful grooming service that met my geriatric dogs' needs. Laura was an all around professional who was prompt, timely, communicative, and even taught me about the history of Manchester as a new resident. She did such a great job that during the grooming session, I scheduled their next appointment.

Details: Extra small (1 - 15 lbs) • Wavy or curly coat • 10 years or older • 0 - 2 months ago • Mobile grooming in home • Yes, 1 additional dog

Laura Healey, Golden Rule Grooming, LLC's reply
Thank you So, So Much! Your guys are quite the characters and they went right up on my Instagram at #goldenrulegrooming! I love to travel but never have time for it, so it was great that I was able to tell you a bit about Eastern CT and you could share your many travel adventures with me!! Looking forward to grooming Charlie and Mickey again as soon as they need it!!!
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Emily G.
May 27, 2021
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Laura paid attention to detail while grooming our puppy and did not rush through her work. She was very caring toward our dog, Lola, and took her time to get to know her before starting the session. She also spoke kindly to Lola throughout the grooming session to calm her down and make sure she was okay. Amazing service and would definitely recommend!

Details: Extra small (1 - 15 lbs) • Wavy or curly coat • 1 - 2 years old • 0 - 2 months ago • Dematting • Mobile grooming in home • No additional dogs

Laura Healey, Golden Rule Grooming, LLC's reply
Thanks Linda, Buel, Emily and Lola! What a great family and what a cutie your little Cavapoo is! Thank you for your kind review! It really does mean the world to me that I make my clients' dogs happy and prettier!! I can't say 'pretty' because Lola is already adorable....;-)
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Melissa M.
Jul 29, 2020
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What can I say that hasn’t already been said? Laura was fantastic with my overly anxious cat Belle. She talked to Belle and schmoozed her all the way through the grooming. Very professional, very sweet. I will, without a doubt, hire you again! Thanks so much Laura!!!

Details: 3 - 10 years old • Anxiety • 4 - 6 months ago • Bath & haircut (for cats with matted hair) • Mobile grooming - in home • No additional cats

Laura Healey, Golden Rule Grooming, LLC's reply
I don't think I schmoozed Belle. I think she schmoozed ME! Don't remember ever grooming such a sweet and agreeable kitty! At least one who was willing to cuddle afterwards.....She was undoubtedly happy to be rid of those pesky mats and came out so velvety soft. What a beauty! Her name certainly fits her.....:-) Thank you for the opportunity to work with this lovely girl. Honestly, I'm more of a dog person, however cats like her are winning me over<3
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    A simple shave is about $75-80 (More if the dog is larger or VERY matted.) Grooms to standard or puppy cuts start at $75. I don't generally charge for dematting, but would strongly suggest a shave down because the time-consuming process is uncomfortable and stressful for your pet. Tips are greatly appreciated, but never required, just like your own hair stylist. Nail trimming and ear cleaning are included in the price. I am also well versed in anal gland expression and can check these and advise accordingly. Because cats are inherently more difficult to groom, a full dematting or lion clip starts at about $99. While these charges may be slightly more pricey than a full service salon, they are very competitive compared to mobile grooming services. Please keep in mind that I do NOT drive a mobile grooming van. I'm an in-home groomer.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    When I am texted, called or emailed by a prospective client, I like to find out the age, breed and general health of their dog, what type of bathing/grooming they want done and how we might set a mutually convenient rendezvouz. Normally I will bathe first then dry and style. If a dog needs a lot of coat removed, I would do a preliminary shave down to reduce drying time and creating tighter knots. I do grooming at the client's home so that the owner can be present and the process is less stressful to the dog if anxiety is an issue.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I graduated from the CT K-9 Education Center in Newington with a grooming certificate in 2014 after having taken Vet Assisting Courses I & II at Manchester Community College in 2013. I also have a Batchelor's Degree in Business/Marketing from CCSU. Because I've owned dogs for many years, I'm quite familiar with their day-to-day needs. My favorite breed is the Golden Retriever (my first dogs were brother and sister English Cream Goldens) and that's one of the reasons I named my business Golden Rule. Currently I share my home with 3 rescue dogs: a Chihuahua Mix, a Teacup Chihuahua and a Poodle Mix; Evelina, Pixie Pi and Delphine, respectively. I have worked at several grooming salons as a stylist, but transitioned to in-home grooming once I realized that I had a knack for it and that it was so darn much FUN. I keep up with the latest in techniques by conferring with my colleagues, attend grooming shows where demonstrations are highlighted, watching online educational videos and most importantly listening to my customers.

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