There’s a new style surprise that’s conditioning at Valley Springs. A pet grooming salon opened on August 1 in an economy that has seen several small business closures.
Bark, Bath & Beyond (BB&B) offers a variety of dog and cat grooming services, from head to tail.
Married couple Megan and Jason Fonzi started the salon with a simple mission: to provide a grooming service with love, compassion, and a trauma-free experience for all pets that enter.
Megan Fonzi, born and raised in Italy, started her career in animal grooming at the age of 15. She began practicing techniques with shelter dogs that needed grooming as well as people who could not afford to care for their own pets.
“After class at the university, I was going to train on the dogs at the shelter,” she said. “Those who needed to be treated, I took care of them.”
She has lived in Valley Springs for eight years now.
Before opening her own shop, Megan Fonzi worked in Burson in a kennel as head groomer. Once the kennel was strictly boarded, Fonzi decided to create Bark, Bath & Beyond.
Jason Fonzi helped his wife at the store. He is trained in wrestling and has been practicing the sport for 26 years. In 2009, he was ranked No. 6 in world wrestling. Her dream is to soon open a wrestling gym and offer after-school programs for children.
Megan Fonzi’s dream is to eventually hire a team of groomers as dedicated as she is to quality dog and cat care.
“I’m tired of hearing horror stories of mean groomers with dogs and badly handled dogs,” she said. “A big part of the problem is that this industry is unregulated, and people can wake up one morning and say, ‘Hey, I’m opening a grooming store.’ And they don’t know anything about how dogs should be handled, the differences in temperaments, how to read the dog’s body language. Thus, dogs are mishandled and marked as aggressive or they are mishandled to the point of becoming aggressive. “
She would like to expand her grooming standard to include a calm, patient and stress-free environment for pets as well as gentle handling skills rather than having a ‘tough and tough grooming workshop’.
“I’d rather work with a dog and train him than force grooming, muzzle and force him to groom him,” Megan Fonzi said. “These are the clients that I try to attract. If you get paid to hurt people’s dogs, you are in the wrong business.
“A lot of people who work with animals are not very nice to them,” Megan Fonzi said. “It was very nice to see that (Jason), a tall guy who fights in a cage on the side, can be here and deal with the scared dogs well. Since then, we have been working together.
For the upcoming winter season, the Fonzi suggest that pet owners continue to bring in their furry relatives for their regular grooming.
“In the winter, everyone wants to groom their dog absolutely fluffy and thinks to themselves, ‘We will shave them just in the spring’,” Megan Fonzi said. “It’s very important that when your dog has long hair, he comes (to the salon) the same amount he does in the summer. If they get their hair cut every four to six weeks in the summer, it should be every four to six weeks to maintain their winter coat. When they are tangled it is very painful – even shaving them in the most humane way is very uncomfortable for them. So, keep regular grooming even in winter.
Since Calaveras is teeming with wildlife, the Fonzi know how stinky the house can be if a dog tries to befriend a certain fluffy black and white mammal. Instead of traditional peroxide and Dawn dish soap to relieve the harsh odor, Megan Fonzi recommends Scout’s Honor Skunk Odor Eliminator, which can be purchased at any major pet supply chain. or at your local grocery store.
To help the local community, BB&B offers free nail clippings for pets owned by seniors, veterans and first responders every Monday. They also offer $ 5 nail clippings for the rest of the general public on this day. This will continue until further notice.
“There are a lot of old people who come and benefit from social security,” said Megan Fonzi. “Some people bathe their Chihuahuas at home, but the only thing they can’t do is their fingernails. They can’t afford to go to the vet and have it done. We have met a lot of very grateful people.
Bark, Bath & Beyond is located at 55 S Highway 26, Suite 5 in Valley Springs. For more information visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/barkbathandbeyond209 or call (209) 920-3465 to make an appointment.