Pet salon

Marco Pet Salon helps dogs look their best

Each dog, said Nadine Peterson, has a different and unique personality – and she can see them all.

“Dogs are like children. Some are harder than others, but we do them all, ”said Marco Pet Salon owner on Chalmers Drive. She’s probably seen all the behaviors a dog can exhibit when being groomed, clipped and bathed – she’s had the business for over 20 years.

Madi Forester owns Lacy - or is it Molly Sue?  while Nadine Peterson clips.  Marco Pet Salon on Chalmers Drive offers grooming and cosmetic services for dogs.

“How long have I been here?” she asked longtime assistant Teresa Carp, passing the question on to a reporter. “I do not know.” They chose 1995 as their year and have since helped countless thousands of Marco Island dog companions look and possibly feel their best.

Each dog brought in for grooming, Peterson said, is given two baths, the first a flea bath and the second based on the dog’s individual needs. Most dogs are variations of the small “yap dog” type most commonly associated with dog pedicures and elaborate clips, but some are considerably larger.

On a recent Wednesday, Carp was working on shampooing Lucy, a large gray dog ​​who, even with slicked back fur, appeared to be the approximate size of a Shetland pony.

“Lucy likes to lie here in the tub and get a massage,” Carp said. Many pet owners have asked if they can receive the same treatment, she said, but the answer is always the same: “No humans. You have to have fur.

Carp’s own pet, Priscilla or ‘Cilla, is a Jack Russell terrier-griffon-Shih Tzu mix, a “designer dog” to use Carp’s expression, or something close to what was once called a “Heinz 57”. Cilla is the store bitch, who spends her days at the Marco Pet Salon and interacts with a series of pooches, before and after their beautification.

Another assistant groomer, Madi Forester, combed and dried Honey, a little white Havanese, “hand-peeling” her in commercial parlance, before helping Peterson hold one of the identical Yorkie pairs, Molly Sue or Lacy, while Peterson carefully cut her hair. Forester worked at the salon for almost six months and volunteered with dogs before that. Jenny Raber, who sings professionally under the name Jenny Woodman, rounds out the staff, but arrived later in the morning.

Peterson does most of the shearing and puts his decades of experience to good use, both in the salon and many years prior to breeding Bedlington terriers.

“You have to have good hand scissor skills,” she said. “Look at those legs,” prompting a visitor to admire the front legs of a Schnauzer she was working on. “Look at those legs – scissor skills!” She also drew attention to how the dog’s beard grew, although the finer details were lost to a layman.

Typically, dog owners leave their pets in the salon for about two or three hours while they are groomed, and pay starting at $ 60, depending on the size of the dog and the procedures performed. Large dogs incur higher costs.

Eventually Bob Zammito returned to pick up his Schnauzer and spoke happily when asked how he rated the service at the Marco Pet Salon.

“They’re awful,” he said – then he threw in a $ 100 bill as a tip and said to the staff, “you girls have lunch on me today”.

While many of the dogs pampered at the show are purebred or designer dogs, there are also some lucky rescue dogs. Licorice, a mutt in its own right, has been “found along the highway,” owner Judy Dyer said. “She had had six puppies, and they said no one would adopt her.”

Even in the offseason, Marco Pet Salon has a constant stream of customers wagging their tails, Peterson said.

“We stay busy all year round, but it’s a little more relaxing during the season. During the winter season, it’s just crazy. Grooming services are also available on the island at the Critter Café and the Marco Veterinary Hospital.

Marco Pet Salon, Peterson said, is open “from 8 am until the last dog is done.” You can find them at 960 Chalmer Drive, or 239-642-2221.

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