Why I Became A Dog Groomer

As I begin the journey of blogging, I thought, "why not talk about how I got started in the animal industry." I get lots of questions about how I became a dog groomer...

So everyone has that “when I grow up, I wanna be” story, and being the weird, shy, and introverted kid that I was…I wanted to be a variety of things. Random options ranging from an opera singer (I couldn’t sing then, nor can I sing now…lol) an accountant, because my grandma had this fancy calculator that I loved to push buttons on, to a music composer…I played four instruments from the age of 4 until graduating high school and though I could master the art of music composition, got bored with that after 10 minutes. But one thing I’ve always had an undying love for was animals. So much that while in high school, I was given the name Dr. Dolittle because I was known for attempting to save all animals.

As a city school kid, I had the opportunity to attend vocational school during my junior and senior years in high school. This program was be a great way for me to get my foot in the door of becoming a veterinarian. It gave me two years of hands on training and experience in animal care. And this is where I learned how to groom puppies! Surprisingly, grooming was my thing... I just happened to be naturally great at it. My instructor put me in competitions, had faith enough in me to teach techniques to my classmates.

After graduating high school, I went to college with the intention of becoming the best veterinarian ever, and saving all the puppies and kittens of the world! I was an Animal Sciences major at THE Ohio State University, and I hated it! I quickly realized Veterinary Medicine was not for me. so I decided to get my business degree. I’ve never been the 9-5 cubicle type of girl, I wanted to do something that I loved. Being the lost and confused 20-something, I stumbled upon an opportunity to travel the world, and get paid to do it…so I became a flight attendant! While I loved the job, and getting paid to travel the world (who wouldn’t…) I still felt like something was missing.

While flying, I continued to groom dogs for fun at local shelters and for friends and family. I had a roommate that had a dog, a lab named Hershey. My roommate's schedule had her working late a few times a week, so I would walk Hershey on those late days. Living on the 12th floor of this pet friendly high rise community, many times it would take at least 10-15 minutes to get to the main level. Hershey was a sweet puppy, but definitely not a fan of some of the other resident pets. The inconvenience of simply taking Hershey out to do her thing was what motivated me to start my Housecall grooming business.

I absolutely love what I do. It's truly my passion, animals have always had a special place in my heart. The unconditional love that dogs and cats give humans is one of the best feelings in the world to me, and the least I can do is make my contribution to make sure they know they are loved and cared for, one puppy and kitty at a time. I say all of that to say this, find something that you love to do. Life is way too short to work to just pay bills. Because we have to work to make an income to survive, you might as well do something that's fun to do, all while making money doing it. And that's why I continued to work with animals.

I hope you find lots of helpful information in my future blog posts! If you have any suggestions, questions, interested in me covering a topic in a blog post, or if you are in the DMV metro area and are looking for a groomer, email me at trobinson@cleanpupp.com!

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