A new pet grooming salon on Columbia Street in downtown Bangor will open on September 1. This is the first certified ‘Fearless’ grooming service in Bangor.
Pleasantly pampered Owner Christina Buck will groom dogs and cats from her new storefront at 43 Columbia St., Unit 14, offering baths, nail clippings, ear cleanings and full haircuts, plus more specialized services. She will also offer home visits to pet owners who do not wish to bring their pets.
Certification without fear is a course that vets, trainers, groomers and other animal professionals can take, in which the provider is trained on how to recognize body language, and how to prevent and relieve fear, anxiety and stress in animals.
A visit to the vet or groomer can be scary for dogs in particular, with unfamiliar smells, handling sensitive areas, and smells and smells of other animals.
“[Fear Free] allows anyone in the animal industry to detect when an animal is nervous and see the signs it exhibits when stressed or anxious, ”said Buck, who is also a National Dog Certified Groomer Groomers Association of America.
Buck, who recently moved to Maine from Phoenix, Arizona, first trained as an aquarist or aquarium keeper at a zoo, before moving into the business of pet grooming. company. She spent seven years operating her own mobile pet grooming business in the West. She, her husband, and two young children moved to Maine in May, and soon after, she began working on the project to open a permanent storefront.
She said moving from Arizona to Maine during the pandemic was interesting, but not as difficult as she thought.
“It definitely taught us to really love our home,” she said.
Buck knew from an early age that she wanted to work with animals. As an only child, she said her best friend as a child was her golden retriever-Labrador retriever mix, Harley. Today, she and her family have a Pomeranian named Bruin. The Pleasantly Pampered logo features the two dogs.
Buck said she is making appointments for grooming sessions now. Pleasantly Pampered will open on Tuesday, September 1. An open house is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Pleasantly Pampered is the first Fear Free certified pet salon in Maine.