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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Wow, it looks GREAT! Wish you were close enough for us to bring our 4 dogs to you! Everytime I take my dogs to the beach "Sadie" brings home sand fleas which she is very allergic. If I don't "catch" them quickly she ends up having to wear a cone collar to stop from ripping off her fur....

You are primed for success and once the snow melts, spring will bring you lots of furry friends


Your place is beautiful. And as a 53-year-old groomer who has been out of the field for a few years, and thinking about jumping (or hobbling) back in, I am interested to hear how you are holding up. :o)

Vicki Kuykendall

I can remember working on the first place you opened...I also remember the basement shop at your house. Many many years ago!! We have never lost our love for animals! Your new place looks wonderful! I'll have to bring Myra, one of my bassett hounds in for grooming. Don't know how much you can do with a bassett hound. Best of luck..Can't wait to stop in and see the place.

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