Posted: Apr 12, 2022 8:00 AM
Company Name : Happy Dog Pet Salon LLC
Address: 224 Main Street South, Newtown
Owner: Kerilyn Ruggerio
What is your professional background? I just opened the salon on February 21 this year. It took a lot of work to open, including installing all new plumbing, building my kennels, and lots of painting! Before I opened up, I had been grooming for eight years, starting when I was 13. I first started working in a kennel, where I helped bathe dogs and trim nails. Afterwards, I decided that I would like to try my hand at haircuts and since that day, I fell in love with grooming. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else, but it’s definitely a bonus that I work for myself. I knew I wanted to open my own salon, I never could have imagined I would be so young when I did, but I’m thrilled to have made my dreams come true at 21!
What is the goal of your business? I provide grooming services for all dogs ranging from Chihuahuas and Shih Tzus to Great Danes and Giant Schnauzers. I try to keep my living room as quiet as possible so the dogs feel comfortable and safe with me. I built large enclosures with windows, so all my puppies could see out, and found that made them feel more comfortable. I’m not rushing any service, if a dog needs a break because they’re feeling anxious, then they deserve a break full of cookies and cuddles.
What is important to you for readers to know about your business? The safety and welfare of the dog is my number one priority. I will always do my best to make the customer happy, but if it means putting the dog in danger then I will explain as best I can that this is not possible. Dogs can’t talk, so I try to be as strong an advocate for them as possible. If that means a haircut will take four hours instead of two because the pup needs reassurance, I’ll explain to the pet parent that he just needs a loving break . I’d rather the dog enjoy his haircut and his time with me, then speed it up and stress him out.
Do you have any upcoming promotions, events or special offers? I will put coupons in The Newtown BeeApril’s newsletter.
Hours: I am open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and every other Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Social media: @Happy Dog Pet Salon LLC on Facebook and Instagram
E-mail: [email protected]
Kerilyn Ruggerio is the owner of Happy Dog Pet Salon, located at 224 South Main Street, which opened February 21. She offers grooming services for all breeds of dogs. —Picture of bee, silver