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A Labor of Love

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 3:10 PM

As the owner of a private grooming salon as well as president of the NAPCG, I want to dispel a myth that many pet owners have about the professional groomer.

“Groomers love dogs and get to play with them all day”

While every groomer out there wishes this was true, it simply isn’t. We do not get to ‘play’ all day. We are urinated on, defecated on, bitten, scratched, vomited on…..these are all occupational hazards that we accept. But these things are just the tip of the iceberg. What I want to refer to now is the amount of heart ache professional groomers deal with.

I see it posted in the NACG private group all the time….some poor dog or cat matted to the point that its hair/fur is a pelt….infested with fleas that cause anemia and pass tapeworm eggs that lead to intestinal problems. So many of our members work with rescues, shelters, special cases, etc…they don’t do it for trophies, they don’t do it for money (they always undercharge if they charge at all), they don’t do it for praise. They do it because they see a soul that needs them: but the satisfaction when it’s all over and done is priceless for both the groomer and the pet.

These grooms are beautiful in a different kind of way. They are not ‘breed standard’ and are often complete shave downs that require a different set of skills. They require tremendous amount patience and the careful skill of a surgeon as they remove pelts in which one wrong move can mean stitches or staples for the pet. Removing these pelts is usually painful for the pet, so the chances of being bitten and/or scratched are multiplied. Nerves of steel come in really handy as well. They are beautiful because these grooms often signify a new beginning for the pet.

The NAPCG has proudly teamed up with Pure Paws to create a new program “Paw It Forward” to recognize some of the amazing stories NAPCG members encounter on a fairly regular basis. Each month, one of our members’ cases will be chosen and recognized via the NAPCG fanpage. There will be no trophy or cash for those chosen. They will however, receive grooming products from Pure Paws so that they can continue to pay it forward for those in desperate need.

We hope you will continue to follow our fanpage not only for the amazing creative grooms performed by members, but also for the amazing stories of those who are often forgotten.

Meet Curly. Curly is a poodle mix that was dropped at the Animal Rescue Foundation in Sylacauga, Alabama. NAPCG president Bullet Brown and her staff at A.B. Grooming spent over three hours carefully peeling the pelted mess from Curly’s body. While there wasn’t much hair left, Curly was so beautiful an9d was adopted within days of his new groom.


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