After working for two decades in pharmaceutical sales, lifelong animal lover Maggie Joyner knew it was time to follow a vocation closer to her heart. After trading in her medication samples for a pair of clippers, she founded Hair of the Dog Wash and Groom Salon. She immediately set to work making her grooming room as stress-free as possible for her canine customers.
As one means of accomplishing this goal, she installed hydraulic-lift fiberglass tubs and tables designed to accommodate large or aging animals without having to restrain them by the neck. A Clipper Vac professional grooming system was the next addition, allowing Maggie’s combs and clippers to comfortably remove matted fur and bones buried beneath dense overcoats. Today, when she isn’t busy combing through fur or clipping nails, Maggie continues to demonstrate her love for animals by finding new, permanent homes for foster dogs.
For the past decade, Rub-a-Dub Dog’s groomer Andra Holmstrom has given cats and dogs spa treatments in the comfort of their own homes. She brings a fully loaded grooming van to domiciles or businesses to trim and fluff pets’ coats, making them nearly unrecognizable from the scruffy images on their drivers’ licenses. In addition to standard nail trimming and ear cleaning, Andra also lathers up canine pelts with specialty shampoos, brushes teeth, and staves off shedding with FurMinator treatments.
Leaving a pet home alone can add undue stress to an already stressful out-of-town trip. At TLC Pet Sitting, owner Donna Freeman and her licensed staff of pet-sitters aim to ease that stress, giving owners peace of mind and pets a caring and playful companion during owners’ time away. Besides being licensed and emergency trained, all of the company's sitters are dedicated pet owners themselves, a quality that helps them understand the unique nutritional needs, personalities, and political leanings of their clients' furry friends. The staff spends 20–45 minutes several times per day tending to the needs of dogs, cats, and even birds and rabbits, including filling bowls, cleaning cages, and providing ample playtime.