STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Walk through the doors of the TransFurMations Pet Lounge in Copper Ridge and you’ll be greeted by a light gray miniature schnauzer named Riff-Raff with big black eyes that can melt just about any heart.
“It started it all,” said Sheila Davis, the new owner of TransFurMations. “When I was 16 I had my first dog and took him to a company groomer in Omaha for grooming. He just had a really bad experience.
Riff-Raff finally got rid of the bad experience and Davis began to think about becoming a dog groomer herself.
“It made me wonder what it would take to become a groomer,” Davis said. “Then I applied, got hired, and started working for a company. They sent me to practice, and that’s how it all started.
She spent a month working with an experienced salon manager and learning about the dog’s anatomy. That was nine years ago, and since then Davis has worked for PetSmart and several small mom-and-pop salons in Nebraska. She is certified by the American Kennel Club and the National Dog Groomers Association of America and licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture under its Pet Animal Care Facilities Act program.
“I am certified in terrier grooming and am currently pursuing my master grooming certificate which is basically a fancy way of saying I can do any breed’s haircut, ”said Davis. .
Davis and her husband, Amos, moved to Steamboat Springs a few years ago after getting a job with a local dog groomer. But she soon realized that if the couple wanted to make a living and stay in Steamboat, they would need more.
“I’ve been grooming for nine years, for 10 years, and I guess it was time for me to take the next big step and try to do something for myself,” Davis said.
So, when she learned that Donna Lewis was looking to sell Tail Blazers Pet Grooming, the Davisians stepped forward to buy the business.
Prior to buying the business, Davis worked with Lewis to make sure the business was a good fit and to learn what she needed to retain many of Lewis’s long-time clients and keep them and their dogs. , happy.
“Your dog’s personality and individual needs are the number one priority in our grooming process,” said Davis. “We understand that grooming is a necessary but sometimes stressful experience. At TransFurMations, we strive for every dog to have a safe, comfortable and enjoyable experience.
TransFurMations is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. For more information, dog owners can call TransFurMations at 970-879-5610 or visit tfmsteamboat.com.
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