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Pretty paws and fancy fur

"We make sure the nails are shortened and filed, we clean or pluck the ears, give them a bath and conditioning treatment and always want to know a dog's coat type so we're using the proper shampoo; some we want fluffy and some we want flat. We fluff dry them on a table and clip or scissor, depending on how their owner wants them groomed. Dogs usually come in every four to eight weeks, depending on the breed," said Kennedy.

Kennedy said that some groomers know it's the career they want from the get go. Others, like herself, see it as an opportunity to fulfill dreams after experiencing another job path.

"I used to work for the state, but after I had my first child I quit my job and started grooming. I thought it was so great to be able to work with dogs every day," said Kennedy. "Some people choose pet grooming as a change of pace and it can be rewarding, both personally and financially."

Those interested in attending Golden Paws can call 371-5118 or stop by Pink Dog Parlor.

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