Immigrating from Germany in 1980, I came from a family of hairdressers. I was meant to cut hair and I knew it. What I didn't know is that one day I would be trimming and styling K-9's hair. I have always been an animal lover and have lived with dogs all my life.
What inspired me to become a groomer was a rescue dog named Rags. He looked like a cross between a Bouvier and a Portuguese Water Dog or, like some people said, a black beardie. Rags was a stray that I picked up near a horse farm I boarded my horse at. He was a disaster when I first found him. Most of his ribs were showing through his tangled coat with dollar size sores on his rump. It took us weeks with food lures to get him to even come close to us.
In 1989, I took an extensive professional grooming course and joined a Vet clinic as a groomer for 6 months. In 1990, I opened my own salon on Liverpool Road in Pickering.
34 years later, after 4 stores, several grooming competitions, educational clinics held for the town of Pickering and schools, updates on my own education at numerous seminars in Canada and the United States, teaching and educating dozens of upcoming groomers, I have finally settled into my final salon on 1735 Bayly Street, Unit 19, Pickering, Ontario.
With a super roster of 7 groomers, Paw Prints Dog Salon is known and voted “The Best Dog Salon” in the Durham region.