A world-renowned pet groomer is accepting more clients than ever before as the pandemic has led to a surge in pet ownership.
Since the start of the pandemic, there has been a huge spike in new pet parents across the country.
According to the 2021-2022 National Pet Ownership Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association, 70% of US households – approximately 90.5 million people – own a pet.
A store owner says he has more customers than ever.
Gabriel Feitosa owns a grooming shop in San Diego and says he now has a months-long waiting list for the services he provides.
“Everyone adopted a dog during the pandemic,” Feitosa said. “I’ve had clients who have gone from one to three dogs, so the business has definitely grown through this pandemic.”
He also says the pandemic has given him more time to be creative with his clients.
Now, Feitosa has started creating unique designs on owners’ furry friends. The world-renowned dog groomer has competed in countries like Brazil, Chile and Argentina, winning prizes and creating dozens of unique designs after discovering his passion as a child.
It took him many years to perfect his craft, learning the best shampoos to use, what cut is right for each breed, and what dye to apply to a dog’s fur. He says each design can last three to six months.
“The coolest thing for me about grooming is being able to connect with the dog,” Feitosa said. “Because over time we develop a relationship with them.”
As cool as it is to have your dog groomed to look like a Pokemon character, one of the things he emphasized is that pet owners avoid trying to make these types of designs on their own.
He says: Leave that to the professionals.