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Cambridge Chronicle - Cambridge, IL
  • Full-service dog groomers open shop

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  • Sham Pooch, located at 107 N. Mill St. in Pontiac, is a new dog grooming business which has opened in Pontiac. The operation offers everything from a wash and trim to a specific hairstyle.
    Sisters-in-law Dawn Dee Carter and Mariane Carter co-own the business and are gearing up to serve the puppy community in the fast-coming holiday season.
    “We officially opened Tuesday,” Mariane Carter said. “With Christmas coming up, we’ve had a lot of interest from people wanting to bring their pets in and get them all pretty for the holidays.”
    They said they offer full-service grooming for smaller and midsized breeds.
    “Some of the larger dogs we’d like to service, but we’ll have to get through the holidays and upgrade a little bit. For now, we’ll take care of midsize dogs; anything 75 pounds and smaller, we can do,” Marianne Carter explained.
    The store also offers goods, including dog sweaters, collars and leashes. They are also looking into expanding to different sized dog beds and dog foods.
    Something they are looking forward to doing in the Pontiac area is giving back to the community, specifically, to the senior citizens.
    “If the older generation is housebound, we can go to the homes and pick the dogs up. (Their pet) is their companion while their kids or caregivers are at work. They have to have that. We want to make sure that we can keep their companions healthy and shiny and pretty for them,” Mariane Carter said.
    Both women, who have worked in dog grooming in the past, say that they take the extra step to care for their customers’ dogs.
    “We understand that your dog is like your child so we give the same love and care as it would be to one of our children, so that sets us apart,” Mariane Carter said.
    Dawn Dee Carter added, “We have a lot of experience with certified groomers throughout the country, so we have a lot of information. There’s a difference between someone who’s a groomer and a pet stylist and that’s what we are, so if you have a style from a magazine, we can give you that. It’s not like we’re just cutting your puppy down and taking off half and hoping it looks good at the end. We actually do AKC styles.
    We are full service. We do nails, any styles. We do Airedale terrier, poodle, schnauzer, we have yet to do an Afghan hound, but I haven’t seen one in the area yet.”
    The owners are certified and insured, which they say gives peace of mind to all the dog owners dropping off their pets at the shop.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We do everything we can to prevent any incidents, but they are dogs and they don’t always just sit and don’t understand English the way we’d like them to. So, we can take care of dogs who might not have the best behavior because we have the insurance,” Dawn Dee Carter explained.
    Sham Pooch is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. To make an appointment or for any questions, contact the business at 815-842-1888.

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