Paws and Reflect, a new pet salon and spa in Germantown, will hold a grand opening from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
This weekend, the salon for dogs, small animals and eventually cats when they get certified will open for people to come in, explore the facilities and share their love of pets.
“I have always loved animals. It’s definitely been my passion since I was 14 and I volunteer every weekend at the Washington County Humane Society,” said Christie Peterson, owner of Paws and Reflect. “From there, between working in different pet shops and having been a veterinary technician for several years, I found my place in grooming.”
According to Peterson, she knew she had found her niche because this business combines things she loves.
“It really combines my love of art and creativity with my love of helping pets,” Peterson said. “I can tell when they, then you see a dog over and over again, you can notice changes in their body, in their behavior. I just really want to take care of a pet like I would take care of my own.
Peterson had this in mind with the way the salon was designed.
“Everything is custom designed for the comfort and safety of the animal,” Peterson said. “From being able to get a glass of water beforehand, to being safe and comfortable in the tub and even the different options of being able to be on the table or on the floor to get groomed. I’m really delighted to be able to offer non-traditional solutions for pets where the one-size-fits-all solution just doesn’t work for them.
In the laundry room there is a bathtub in which small dogs and other small animals can be lifted. But they also have the ability to wash dogs on the floor that are older, bigger, injured, or don’t want to get into the bathtub at waist height.
For dogs that might get a little nervous when bathing, there’s also a “licking pad,” as Peterson’s mother-in-law, Vikki Huibregtse, pointed out. You can stick treats on the pad for your dog to lick off to soothe and calm them while they are bathed.
“It’s how detailed and invested she is in animal comfort and welfare,” Huibregtse said.
During the grand opening of Paws and Reflect, people who stop by with their pets will be able to dress them up and use the photo op area in the waiting room. According to Peterson, there will be a printer on site and the photos will cost $10.
HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, will be at Paws and Reflect for the grand opening from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at N116-W16334 Main St., according to Peterson. There will also be a pet food truck during the weekend.
“A candy truck (will be there). She makes homemade dog bakery and she has a mobile treat truck, she’s also from Germantown,” Paws and Reflect stylist Shane Hansen said.
“This thing is so cool to me, I told her she absolutely had to bring this thing here,” Peterson said.
She added that she doesn’t yet know what time the candy truck will be at the show this weekend.
“I love dogs, I’m excited to open, so come on in,” Peterson said. “It’s my passion and I’m excited to do it.”