Greetings to my grooming family. As many of you know, another one of the greats has passed. It is with deep regret that we are mourning the loss of Peggy Harris. I will be traveling today to attend Peggy's funeral and joining friends and family to celebrate her life. At this time, I am publishing the eulogy I have prepared for the ceremony. Thanks for reading.
Dear Friends and Family - My name is Chuck Simons and I am a friend of Peggy’s from the Grooming Industry she so loved. I am in still in shock - and like all of you and I will be for some time.
Sudden loss catches us all off guard. What can you do or say when you feel so helpless?
I loved Peggy Harris. She gave off a loving warmth and when Peggy was at a show - everyone felt secure that she was there to take care of us! She was like the Grooming Industry’s house mom!
Peggy wore many hats - grooming coordinator, competition judge, certifier, speaker, mentor, motivator, psychologist, comedienne, and cheerleader. But most of all, I think she represented the real people in our industry.
I am honored to speak about my friend here in front of all who knew and loved her. My condolences go out to all who knew and loved Peggy. To her family and friends I am so sorry for your loss.
I have been asked by Jeff and MaryAnn Reynolds - who could not be here today to talk about Peggy and her many life accomplishments in the Grooming Industry.
For those who did not know of Peggy’s life in the Pet Industry Peggy started her career at age 15 and developed an obsession and passion for everything that was canine related.
Over her thirty-six year career Peggy has been a competition groomer, speaker, grooming judge, and has finished many champions in the show ring. In 1996 Peggy became a certifier for The National Dog Groomers Association of America and in 2004 Peggy became the National Coordinator for the NDGAA.
Peggy was a firm believer in continuing education and attended AKC breed seminars, veterinary seminars, as well as many behavioral seminars. Peggy felt it an honor to pass on her gained knowledge to others through workshops and lectures.
I did not know Peggy as well as some here but the Peggy I knew after attending dozens of shows with her was a kind and loving person more interested in others then herself. She took the time to be “Real People” with everyone she touched.
In my eyes Peggy was a friend to many and enemy to none. Peggy was everything a Professional Groomer, Handler and Industry Professional was about.
Her smile was infectious….her wit and humor quick and contagious. Everything about her was real. She put the Capital P in professional. If you were her friend - it was forever. She would give the shirt off her back and help anyone in need.
Peggy had a way about her where she could bust your chops one moment and then she took your kidding right back in good humor the next.
You felt warm and secure when Peggy was there as she took care of all the details. When anyone had a question or issue it was - ask Peggy.
What a great loss to her family, friends and the industry she adopted. I know Jeff Reynolds has lost a true friend and ally, as we all have. He will find it difficult if not impossible to fill her shoes. She was the National and was the epitome of an American Pet Groomer. This is a great loss to those who would have been inspired by her.
Sad sad day! The world is now a colder place without her.
We can only envy the Angels in Heaven for they now have Peggy to organize their days as she puts her loving arms around them.
I believe there is a Rainbow Bridge we will all cross one day so Via Con Dios sweet lady…. until we meet again. Rest in peace Peggy, we will never forget you.