In addition to self-wash services, the Soggy Doggy Shop offers professional, onsite grooming by the oh-so-talented Rachel. Born and raised in the Burgh, Rachel’s love for dogs helped her forge a successful career centered on primping and pampering man’s best friend.
Here are some tidbits to help you get to know Rachel a little better:
Q: How many years have you been grooming? I started in 1994 after receiving my certification at the Pampered Pets School of Grooming in Pittsburgh. I guess that makes it 24 years now!
Q: What was your first grooming job? My career began by working with a groomer involved with show dog poodles. I spent five years working there. That opportunity provided the best hands-on learning experience and helped me master proper scissoring and blow drying.
Q: Do you have any pets? I currently have two cats that I rescued. Leonardo is a tabby and Lilly is a domestic long hair.
Q: What’s the trick to calming a scared dog during grooming? Patience. Dogs feed off my energy so being calm and patient is the best way for me to show them that I want to help them, not hurt them.
Q: What do you wish first time clients would tell you? It is so helpful when owners clearly communicate the length of hair and shape of head they want. Puppy cuts have different definitions and pictures can be deceiving when it comes to determining hair length.
Q: Do you have a favorite doggy shampoo? My go-to product is Eucalyptus and Indian Peppermint by Aroma Paws. It’s all-natural, made in the U.S.A. and has a nice, refreshing smell.
Q: What’s your most memorable grooming experience? I have worked with hundreds of dogs, but a Shih Tzu named Monsignor comes to mind. He had a ton of personality and was so good on the grooming table. I could tell he appreciated and enjoyed our time together.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you can share with dog owners? Caring for a dog must include caring for the dog’s coat. Brushing and combing at home needs to be done regularly to prevent hair from matting. A matted coat makes the dog uncomfortable and tugging at a pile of knots irritates their skin.
Q: Which famous TV dog best captures your personality: Lassie, Spuds Mackenzie, Toto or Beethoven? Hmmm, I would have to say Lassie. She took care of everybody and was super loyal.