Having been working with animals my entire adult life, I
know how to handle them. I provide a stress-free environment. I know how
to put them at ease, calm them, and make sure they are comfortable. There
is simple behavior I display to make them feel safe and to establish a
bond with mutual trust. No matter how sweet, nervous, high-strung,
or gentle your pet may be, they are in good hands at Lakeside Grooming.
I have seen them all! And boy do I mean them all!!
From bad hips, arthritis, lumps and bumps, skin issues (I elaborate
further down), right through to hip replacements, metal plates and pins,
missing legs, etc...
To ensure all dogs safety and protection, they are never
allowed to do any jumping or left alone. Each dog is handled with tender
loving care. I accommodate their needs to ensure they are comfortable and
pain-free. To ensure your dog experiences no discomfort, I know how to
position them properly and handle them accordingly.
There are so many, I don't know where to begin. (and I
wont bore or disgust you) But I can assure you I have a solution to help
alleviate and ease any skin condition. Ensuring your pet leaves feeling
less irritated, healthy and happy.
De-matting, brushing, combing (Fur Care)
I am meticulous in everything I do. And the most
important piece to grooming all pets is the brushing and caring of their
coat. No clip or bath will come out right if the fur is not properly
groomed. I will always completely remove all undercoat and mats. I will never
wash-in your dog's mats because it is easier. (which is something I have seen done all too
often by owners and other groomers!) Leaving knots or undercoat in
your dog's coat can result in many health problems, from serious skin
conditions and scratching to overheating!
Every Breed's Particular Clip
Like any profession, time and experience perfect your
skill. I have had the opportunity to groom each individual breed several
hundred times over the past 25 years. I know each specific clip intimately.
Your dog will leave Lakeside Grooming looking exactly as it is supposed
to. But should you prefer a different clip than your breed's
standard clip, I am flexible enough to happily fulfill your request.
Having been in the industry so long I have seen what
products work well and which ones don't! I only invest in the best
products on the market - from cages, to driers, scissors, clippers,
de-matt rakes, brushes, etc... By taking your dog to Lakeside
Grooming you are treating them to the best!
Shampoo & Conditioners
As with any industry, I get solicited to buy and try
everything and anything. And having been at this for so long, we have
tried them all. I only use quality shampoos and conditioners that I
truly trust. I do not deviate from these products to ensure there are no
surprises (or irritation) for you and your pet. I am not promising
your dog won't have a reaction (though chances are very slim) to something
I might use, but I do ensure we can quickly correct it.
Sanitation and Cleanliness
I think this is very very important for the safety of
your pet and for my sanity. I can't take the smell of kennels, dirty
dogs, loose fur, anything... I clean up between each dog and I know how to
thoroughly sanitize the shop once everyone goes home. Nothing survives
through my cleaning ritual - no smells, no bugs, no dirt, no nothing!
And finally... with 25 years you are
Commitment with Stability
The decision to open my own salon was not an easy one.
The investment was large - from construction straight through to grooming
tools and supplies. Plus I opened in unfamiliar territory and left my
stable clientele for the unknown. In order to do this I had to
completely start from scratch. New shop... New customers... New
With that said, I am here to stay! I knew what I
was getting into, and I am not going anywhere! I love what I do and am
completely committed to my business, and my clientele (both dog and