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oh for the

love of dogs

Everything started over 15 years ago.

 

Meeka (hugging her in the pic) was my very first dog. I adopted her from a local rescue. Then, I fostered Harry (the other in the pic) who I ended up adopting. A senior, he became my shadow and instilled the love for the older ones. That's when the world of dog rescue became a huge part of my life and that of my husband.

know-how

Fostering and being a guardian of so many dogs and for over a decade are great teachers. You learn to deal with diverse backgrounds, personalities, and behaviours.

My interest and thirst to learn grew. I read, watched tons pf instructional videos. Finally, I signed up to become a professional dog trainer using the "positive reinforcement" technique thought by Kim, owner of Best Friends Dog Training, thought the power of the .

All of this goes a long way, for me, and my guests!

My husband and I have since fostered over 45 dogs. Of course, also guardians to a few, thirteen and counting to be exact (all rescues, mostly seniors). It even lead me to create a group: CARe – Canine Adoption + Rescue Education to raise awareness of benefits of adoption versus buying.

Then several years ago, I yearned for a more fulfilling career and if possible, involved dogs. A canine stylist was the perfect shift.

 

How do you create

a calm Zen experience?

In an environment with minimum distractions and a great space.

 

My business model centres around the dog. I build trust hoping you turn grooming from being dreadful to an experience that is a little more relaxing with every visit.

​And "one-on-one" grooming is the best way to get there. Unlike other grooming outfits like the box stores, there is only me and one guest. Always.

With COVID-19 still affecting us, isn't this the safer experience, for everyone?

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RELAX

Quiet environment, entirely relaxed atmosphere

 

(no crowded spaces with flurries of dogs barking, running around)

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FOCUS

No distractions,

Guests are more focus, calm

 

(they are less fidgety and follow my cues much better)

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SAFE

One-on-one grooming, with no other dogs in the salon

 

The risk of injuries from other dogs is practically eliminated

 
Dog

Beauty is Skin Deep

A good groom begins with a great clean coat. And a great coat can lead to healthier skin.

Trimming the Fur

Loooking Goood

Regular grooming plays a key role in your pet’s overall health and comfort, not to mention looking wonderful.

our services

THE ZEN

Everything I do is unique, like your dog. No straight shave here. Professionally tailored to suit. And it all begins with a well water bath & blow dry.

Dog Wash

REJUVEE

Perfect for short hair, or for those in between sessions when all they need is a nice bath and tidy to look rejuvenated.

Dog Blower

q & a

Frequently asked questions

Why don't you shows your prices ?


I have no set fee and essentially work by the hour. I don't do straight shaves. With so many factors, like size, type of coat (e.g., short v. long hair), breed, age, type of cut, temperament, general condition, there cannot be standard prices., last groom all directly impact the time and cost.




Do you accept walk-ins, even for a nail trim?


No, I cannot.
Zen is an atypical grooming studio: I only groom on a "one-on-one" basis. Only a single Guest is groomed at a time for a calmer environment. My attention is all one Guests, and leaves little room for interruptions.




Do you do complete "shave downs" - even for the summer?


No I do not, generally.
There are two reasons why I don't follow this practice: 1. Shave downs are terrible and damaging for double coated breeds - First. my priority is always the Guest, no exception. So, double coats like Pomeranians, Huskies, Rough Collies, etc. must never be shaved. Ever. The finer down-like hair serves as insulation for winter and contrary to popular belief. more importantly summer. Think of it like your house insulation helps in winter and keeps you cooler in summers. See this page for more fun facts. 2. Pride in giving each Guest their own style Zen Grooming is not a production grooming outfit. I operate the same way I like to be treated for my own hair treatment: one made just for me! ***Exception*** The only exception to this rule is if the Guest has too many mats or are too large to treat. Mats are painful and can harbour bad bacteria causing skin issues. Shaving them is the most efficient way possible to offer immediate relief.




Can I stay while you groom?


No, with some rare exceptions.
Guardians are a huge distractions. Seeing you makes grooming practically impossible. Also, it is common for a Guest's behaviour to be different with the Parent around, even protective, endangering my work. Finally, with no distractions, they tend to concentrate on my cues making the whole experience smoother and faster. Unless there is a safety concern about your Dog, it is always better, for everyone, that you not be in the studio,




Do I really need to fill out and approve the Registration and Consent form?


Yes. To be part of the Zen village, you must fill it out completely. Please read it attentively. The form serves several purposes. 1) It identifies you and your pet and all important contact details. I need to make sure we are an ideal fit to my unique environment. Not everyone may understand or wish my grooming methods. 2) I need to know the state of your dog so I can estimate the time to set aside. This is critical since I operate on a one-on-one, timing is everything. 3) Lastly, it is a question of safety for me, my own Dogs, and my other Guests. I need proof of vaccinations to be sure everyone is protected.





 

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