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Grooming by Dana

We take great pride in the pet grooming services we offer, and are proud to announce our newly renovated grooming department!LibbyBday.edit.jpg

The grooming team is led by Dana, who joined us from Chicago over a year ago. She has become a “certified pet stylist” as a second career. Dana was trained and started this career in Chicago, and has returned home to Connecticut to share her skills in our full service companion animal spa.

What she finds rewarding as a pet stylist is the opportunity to bring her love for animals to her life every day. It is exciting to make a pet look and feel beautiful. To see the smiles on their families’ faces when they prance out to greet everyone adds to the fun.

Dana meets with each of our clients to discuss their vision of the best look for their dog. A groom here includes a bath, ear cleaning, nail trim, 15 minute brush out and a hair cut/trim as needed. Need only a bath, nothing fancy? They do that too for a lower rate. A bath includes everything but the trim (brush outs of a voluminous coat will incur additional brushing charges at 15 minute increments). Either way your dog comes home cleaner, fluffier and smelling wonderfully. Dana also offers a special service of de-shedding your dog, which involves a special bathing process and hand drying with a blower while brushing out the undercoat. It's amazing how soft your dog's coat will feel after this special treatment (and how much less hair you'll have to sweep up at home!). Dana can do a "nail buffing" for your dog which results in a smoother nail and hopefully fewer scratches on you and your floors. If your dog needs a between grooming nail trim, Dana will take care of that at a discounted price as well. Ideally a dog's nails shouldn't touch or press against the floor and waiting for 6 or 8 weeks to the next haircut may be too long to wait.

Dana.Lilly.XMas.jpgIf you would find it convenient, we can set up a follow up call for you anytime you’d like. We find many clients appreciate a reminder call to let them know it has been 6, 8, or 12 weeks since their pet’s last “day of beauty”.

Dana’s involvement with pet services is not limited to grooming. Dana, with her American Eskimo, Libby, has long been involved in pet therapy through the Good Dog Foundation in New York and Rainbow Assisted Animal Therapy in Chicago. She finds this work fulfilling because a therapy dog team’s mission is to do what comes naturally to dogs, share love and smiles, relieve stress and provide comfort. Whether a visit is with the resident of a long term care facility, a family living with a critically ill child, a stroke patient, a child too shy to read aloud to classmates but not to a fuzzy faced friend, a community suffering after a catastrophic loss or doctors and nurses making rounds in a hospital, the comfort and love from a dog soothes, brings peace and calm, and always brings a smile to people most in need.

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