Karla Addington-Smith, Author

  • After 30+ years in the world of professional grooming Karla Addington-Smith still enjoys this grooming life. Karla is an award winning groomer and writer, IJA sanctioned judge, reluctant speaker and all-around smartypantz. She is honored to have been a member of the original 1988 & 1989 GroomTeam USA. Among many contest wins, her most prestigious were Intergroom’s 1987 First Place in Creative with her beloved Standard Poodle Annie & 1988 Best American Groomer with Derrick, a handsome Bedlington Terrier. Karla is the proud recipient of four Cardinal Crystal Achievement Awards too. You Go Girl! And in 1996 she received the prestigious Scratchex Award for Journalistic Excellence in Dog Grooming and Skin Care. Karla’s articles on grooming and business topics have appeared in Today’s Breeder, PSM, Groomer to Groomer, Groom-o-Gram, Groom & Board, Veterinarian Product News, Pet Product News & Cat Fancy. Her role as Editor of Pet Boutique & Spa Magazine has been especially rewarding. Karla’s first solo book project The Foundations of Good Grooming is due in Spring 2010. After their attempt to breed dog groomers in captivity failed, Karla and her husband Craig now own PetSmith LLC, selling fine grooming tools and supplies to professional groomers around the world.

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Melody Clarke

WOW!!! It's looking great Karla...could you tell me more about the 'waterproof wall panels'??

Chris Sertzel

It is looking wonderful, Karla! can't wait to see more photos as you move along! Thank you so much for sharing your time and knowledge!

Ari Arellano

Karla, all I can say is "WOWEE-WOW-WOW!!!" You're coming along wonderfully! I am so proud of you. God has truly blessed & will continue to bless you even when you don't see it. God is AWESOME!!! Keep strong & when you feel defeated, always remember that He will not put anything on your plate that you can't handle. You've handled much more before (when you look back on your journey & struggles), & look @ you now!!! You're a HUGE role-model!!! You ARE someone to be admired. I can't wait to see the final product. Thank you so much for inviting us to come along on your journey. Well, my 7 yr-old Chihuahua, Chico, is crying & wants my attention... So I better be a good mommy & give some major sugar... lol! God Bless, Ari & family

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