Welcome to a special Monday edition of the PetEdge Groomer's Showcase!
We'd like to kick off this week with some amazing before and after photos from Melissa and Rhonda.
We love the work that Melissa did to help Emma get rid of her mats and tangles, and were thrilled to see Rhonda doing great grooming work in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work!
Comfort Dog Grooming Salon
Myrtle Beach, SC
Melissa writes: "My name is Melissa Ford and I have been a groomer for 10 years. I was a mobile groomer for 5 years, and then went to a shop looking for something different. I really enjoy being in a shop and having great co-workers.
"Today my challenge was this 8-year-old toy poodle named Emma.
"Emma's previous owners were going through a divorce, and she was not an important priority. She had not been groomed for a year and was matted all over her body, legs and ears. Her legs were so matted it was like cutting off a cast from her little legs.
"I used a small pair of ball tip Oster scissors to help me remove the mats on the legs. I had to shave her body and face with a #10 Wahl blade, and once I removed all the mats from her legs, I went over them with a #10 Wahl blade as well. I was able to only save her top knot by using Geib curved shears.
Pampered Pooch Salon
Riyadh, Saudia Arabia
Rhonda writes: "Hello, my husband and I have just opened a grooming salon in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. All of our products and supplies have been imported from the United States. I attended a grooming school in Phoenix, Arizona this Spring and immediately fell in love with grooming!
"In Riyadh there are NO trained groomers. There are pet shops with horrible conditions that have a 'groomer' who can use an old pair of clippers to clip your dog , or the veterinarians have 'groomers' who have absolutely no training or proper tools and products to the job the way it should be done.
"After my first 6 weeks in business, the reception has been phenomenal. So many pet owners have expressed their delight in having a trained pet stylist FINALLY in Riyadh. Attached are a few photos of our new clients…"
Here's a little more on Rhonda and her shop from the Pampered Pooch website:
"We both adore our furry friends and are committed to providing the best possible care and service to your little ones. Like many of you living here in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we became increasingly frustrated with the lack of professional grooming services available.
"After using a few of the groomers, we reached a breaking point when we went to pick up our Daisy from the groomers and she was cut in seven spots and looked like an absolute mess!
"Then we resorted to using our dining room table, a pet grooming kit, and several hours wrestling with our lovable pooch trying to get her to look as wonderful as we wanted her to be.
This resulted in several realizations:
- First, while our hearts were in the right places, and we did better than the local groomers, we really didn’t know what we were doing
- Second, Daisy now quite obviously viewed us in a completely different light thinking we had gone off the deep end
- Third, we began to seriously consider that a trained groomer was just what this compound needed
"We decided to jump off the deep end and pursue the idea, and Rhonda was whisked away to Phoenix, Arizona where she attended a professional training facility for pet grooming.
"During her training course, Rhonda realized that she had found her calling and she loves pampering our furry friends and making them look beautiful."
Who Will Be the Next Showcase Superstar?
Send your before and after photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and you could be featured in an upcoming edition of the PetEdge Groomer's Showcase.
Be sure to include a brief description of the tools you used and the challenges you faced. We're waiting to hear from you!
Thanks and happy grooming :)