Grooming is a beautiful art that requires being patient, good hand skills, coordination and attention to details. Since I was in college, I had a genuine desire to learn how to do pet grooming but something always came up when I tried to sign up for grooming classes.
Five years later, I moved to California and I applied to a grooming apprentice job over there. After a first interview and then practice interview… They hired me to work as a groomer apprentice and that was my first full-time job! I loved working there with dogs of all sizes and breeds. I started by learning the basics of grooming that included brushing the dogs’ teeth, cutting the nails, cleaning the ears, and trimming the feet. Within a few months, I became confident on my scissors skills and learned how to do teddy bear haircuts, puppy cut haircuts, and more. I got to work with my favorite breeds of dogs such as Yorkie, Border Collie, Pomeranian, Golden Retriever and West Highland West Terrier to name a few. I enjoyed my training and my journey to become a skilled groomer. But after almost a year, I left that job and moved to the south to pursue my dream.
In veterinary school, it wasn’t easy to start a grooming business from home because I didn’t have a lot of time and just a few grooming tools. But in my second year, I bought my first blade and some pair of scissors. Then, I got my first client…a sweet mini Schnauzer named Oxumnare. Little by little, I was getting more four-legged clients and during my summer in Florida, I got to spend my free time grooming small dogs. I can say it has been such a nice experience to become a dog stylist and I felt grateful that I could learn the art of grooming. I am now ready to tied up more fluffy dogs this Christmas break and leave them looking good, clean and healthy.