By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Pets | Issue: March 2013
Beth Holmes says patience is the key to her success in grooming dogs.
Patience is one word that Beth Holmes uses to describe her job as a dog groomer. Holmes owns and operates Beth’s Pawfection Dog Grooming. Although she didn’t open her business until April of 2011, she has five years experience in the pet grooming industry. “I started at a Broken Arrow business bathing dogs,” she says, “and then graduated to grooming with hands-on experience. I also worked for a time with a veterinarian.”
Holmes’s business, located at 2208 S. Hwy. 66 behind OklaHomes Realty in Claremore, offers an array of the usual pet grooming services. However, some services offered at Beth’s Pawfection Dog Grooming, make it “a cut above the rest.”
“We don’t like chaos in our shop,” says Holmes. “That’s why, unlike other grooming businesses, we prefer grooming your pet by appointment only. We schedule appointments throughout the day with the goal of getting your pet back to you as quickly and efficiently as possible.” Due to scheduling, she adds, “there are fewer animals in the shop at the same time, which means your pet spends less time here and it is not as chaotic.”
While being groomed, your pet also receives special treatment because only one person handles your dog from the time of arrival until picked up. In addition to Holmes, there is one other groomer, Iva Adams. The two women have a combined 22 years experience in the pet grooming business.
“Grooming is not an easy job,” says Holmes, “but we want your pet to have the most enjoyable experience possible. If your pet is happy, it makes our job easier and the owner happier too.”
The full grooming package at Pawfection includes a bath, anal gland express in the tub, haircut, nail clipping and filing, and ear hair plucking. Prices begin at $25, depending on the breed and size of the dog. “Most places charge $5 extra for nail filing,” says Holmes. “We don’t. I file the nails so that a dog doesn’t jump on someone and scratch them with their nails.”
For those who only want their pet’s nails trimmed, the price is only $5, and includes filing. “We do welcome walk-in nail clippings,” she says.
For owners whose pets shed a lot, Beth’s Pawfection offers shedding treatments using the Furminator process. During the shampooing, the animal is scrubbed for five minutes to loosen the hair. Conditioning afterwards helps to further release the undercoat and loosen the hair. “We then blow dry the hair, which further releases the hair, followed by 30 minutes of brushing,” she says. “We then finish the process by blow drying again to get rid of loose hairs.”
Holmes recommends the process once a month to every six weeks to keep a pet’s coat in good condition. The additional service costs $10 more for small dogs and $15 for larger dogs. “It’s well worth the price for dogs that have excessive shedding,” she adds.
Other services offered by Pawfection include teeth brushing for $5. For an additional charge, your pet can also get a flea shampoo. For small dogs the price is $5 extra, while large dogs cost $10 more.
While most of Holmes’s clients are dogs, Pawfection serves cats also. The grooming package, which includes bathing, nail clipping and filing, haircuts, starts at $40.
Beth’s Pawfection Dog Grooming business is open Tuesday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Check out their website at www.claremoredoggrooming.com, where you can also schedule an appointment online. You can also find Beth’s Pawfection Dog Grooming on Facebook where she invites you to “like” her business page.
After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.