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PetEdge Groomer's Showcase: Amazing Transformations & Far Off Destinations

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!


Melissa Ford
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 before:

Emma before


"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.

Emma during:

Emma during

"I worked on her very slow to make sure I didn’t cut or clipper burn her.

"The new owner of Emma was very pleased with the results. I believe Emma even felt better, too!"

Emma after:

Emma after


Rhonda Dequier
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…"



Meg Before:

Meg After:

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 blog@petedge.com 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 :)



How amazingly awesome that Rhonda is able to bring a much needed service to a culture that frowns upon non-working dog ownership. Sounds like the merger of two cultures is going smoothly! Congrats and keep up the good work!

Dear Sir

I'd like to correct the article by Rhonda Dequier, Pampered Pooch Salon Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Rhonda states that there there are NO trained dog groomers in Riyadh. This incorrect. Mrs Pat Hall who live in Riyadh, on Salwa Garden Village is a fully qualified Dog Groomer with 5 years experience. Pat has an excellent clientele which includes members of the Saudi Royal Family.

I hope you will publish this to correct the error.

Let me be clear, I was referring to the conditions of the pet stores in Riyadh. To my knowledge there is not another pet grooming salon in operation in this city that can offer services matching those of the western world. If there is a person who will come to your home and groom your pets, then I think that is absolutely wonderful, regardless of their training if you are happy... that is all that matters.
I certainly meant nothing mean spirited towards anyone here in Riyadh, I am just excited to be here and love the chance to help out our furry loved ones!

-Rhonda Dequier

Hey Rhonda, What fab pics of Meg! Keep up the good work & see you next week with Henry too. x

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