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Mary Oquendo

Time for Fun and Avoiding Burnout

Time for Fun and Avoiding Burnout

About two years into my mobile grooming business, I was grooming eight pets a day, five days a week. I was tired, grouchy and achy.

Groomers vs Allergies

Groomers vs Allergies

Back when I was a teenager, I could never wear makeup. Every time I applied it, my face would break out in a rash. Not a good look when you’re 15 and sensitive about your appearance. Hypoallergenic makeup had just made its debut and even that would cause a problem.

How Our Clients View Us

How Our Clients View Us

I polled several pet owner Facebook groups. I was looking to get a good cross-reference between high and lower maintenance breed pet owners. And this was my question: How do you view professional pet groomers?

Pet First Aid Kits

Pet First Aid Kits

Casey licked my scissors while I was trimming up her feet. Tongues bleed. A lot. My grooming manager pulled out the pet first aid kit and thankfully took over.

Are Business Cards a Thing of the Past?

Are Business Cards a Thing of the Past?

Since 2014, I’ve been reading articles on the demise of business cards from well–respected business publications. But is there any merit to their claim? Yes and no. It all depends on how you use and design them.

CBD Oil

CBD Oil for Pets: Is It Safe? Is It Legal?

One of my clients now refers to me as her dog’s “dealer”. As in, making sure I bring the weed treats when I come for his appointment. However, I make it clear that the “weed” treats are not medical marijuana but CBD oil infused treats.

mobile vehicle repairs

How to Be Prepared for Mobile Vehicle Repairs

As groomers, it’s been drilled into us to have spares of our equipment—spare blades, clippers, and don’t get me started on the number of spare scissors I own. But as mobile groomers, that list grows. There is nothing worse than having to reschedule a day or three over a simple fix just because we don’t have what we need on hand.

geaf

Groomers Emergency Assistance Fund: Groomers Helping Groomers

Just imagine that after 25 years of hard work, your business is no longer there; maybe it burned down or was swept away in a flood. What if you were in a horrific accident and lost a limb or two? Or a natural disaster totaled all your equipment and supplies?

When Is A Good Groom Good Enough?

When Is A Good Groom Good Enough?

As groomers, as much as we would like to finish a pet to our standards, it isn’t always possible. I have three such dogs as clients.
Cher is a 15 year–old Yorkie, whose limitations are due to her age. The aptly named Iffy is both geriatric and cantankerous. And then there is Pica. Pica is a 6 year–old Rottweiler.

Going Out On Your Own

Going Out On Your Own

In 2001, right after my daughter was accepted to Yale ($$$$), I decided to leave my corporate job and put a deposit on a mobile grooming van. Six months later I was in business for myself. It wasn’t easy, but preparation was key.

pet seizures

Pet Seizures In The Grooming Salon

You’ve been grooming Fluffy since she was a puppy. Now she’s 12 and the last couple of grooms you noticed that she is a little agitated when you turn on the high velocity (HV) dryer. Maybe her vision is not as good or her hearing is deteriorating.

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