The Well Groomed Pet
The author's cats Fiona and Rupert
Photos by Kathy Schlaich
Anyone who has approached a cranky cat or doubtful dog with a sharp object can fully appreciate a pet groomer. Whether trimming nails, shaving and clipping fur, brushing teeth, bathing, or de-skunking, we are indebted to the professionals who take on these difficult tasks with expertise, efficiency, and professionalism. Here are some of the many groomers in the area that will pamper your pup or coif your kitty to get them looking show-ready.
Located at 2964 Delaware Avenue in Kenmore, the Laundromutt grooms only dogs for now—and an occasional rabbit—according to co-owner Corina Stammworthy. She and business partner Macie Pisa opened their shop in 2013. Stammworthy is a part-time bio-technology instructor at UB and is an expert in salon sanitation practices. Pisa is a certified master groomer through the National Dog Groomers Association of America. “She attends grooming competitions where she ranks seventh in the country and holds seminars for local groomers,” says Stammworthy. The Laundromutt grooms one dog at a time and to suit the dog’s personality as well as to the breed standard. Laundromutt is a full-service salon and also offers a self-service option. Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.-–7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-–7 p.m.; and 9–5 on Sunday. For more information, call 768-4004 or visit the website at buffalolaundromutt.com.
Dana’s Stylin’ Pets
Dana Wieczorek says that pet grooming is in her blood. As the owner of Dana’s Stylin’ Pets at 1732 Grand Island Boulevard in Grand Island, she says she learned the art from her mother, who was a groomer in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Dana grooms dogs and only current cat clients. However, all cats are welcome for drop-in nail trims and soft claw applications—rubberized nail tips that protect rugs and furniture. In business for more than ten years, Dana specializes in terriers, and has top of the line equipment for elderly dogs. “Everything goes to the floor, so they don’t have to jump,” she says. The salon employs six groomers and was named Grand Island Business of the Year in 2017. Dana’s is a full- service salon. Hours are Tuesday–Friday 8 a.m.–3 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 773-5958 or visit them on Facebook.
Knot…Really? Natural Pet Grooming
Owner Lu Ann Shocknesse offers mobile in-home service, but not out of a van. “I can groom in your basement, bathroom, or garage, wherever there’s a water source,” she says. She also rents out a space in Spoiled Rotten Pet Spa in Sanborn. LuAnn is certified through the Animal Behavioral College and participates in continuing education. Shocknesse’s clients are mostly cats and small dogs; she has been grooming for four years and uses only organic pet care products. “I see allergies and cancers in animals, and I figured, why make things worse with a lot of chemicals?” she says. “I do one pet at a time to reduce stress.” Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. A travel charge of $6 to Niagara County and $8 to Erie County is applied in addition to grooming fees. Call 266-8372 or Google Knot…Really? For more information.
This pet salon at 561 Forest Avenue in Buffalo started as an after-college job for owner Megan Panus who learned grooming at a local pet store. Eight years later and still at it, her salon specializes in older dogs and nervous animals that may need more time or space. She also grooms cats and is the sole employee. Panus does breed-specific cuts and lion cuts for cats and is a full-service shop. Hours are Monday–Saturday by appointment, and she will do evening appointments up until 7 p.m. For more information call 235-6545 or visit the website at barkavebuffalo.com.
Barks ‘N Meows
Owner Jackie Antonelli has dogs, cats, and guinea pigs as clients at her 4890 Lake Shore Road salon in Hamburg. Antonelli has been grooming since 2001 and opened her own business in 2017. She specializes in scissoring and uses only natural products on her animal clients. “I’m looking to get certified as an animal aesthetician to care for dogs with skin issues,” Antonelli says. As the sole employee at her salon, Antonelli advises that you really get to know your groomer, since no special certifications or licensing is required. Barks ‘N Meows is a full- service salon and is open Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. by appointment. Call 980-6545 or find it on Facebook.
Jen’s Mobile Paw Spa
This spa is owned by Jennifer Seabert and her husband, Kyle. Grooming for seventeen years, Seabert started her own business almost two years ago. She has a dogs-only clientele and serves mostly Niagara County and northern Erie County. Her van is equipped with on-board power, water heater, and water storage. Mobile grooming, while a bit more expensive, offers added benefits including time saved on drop offs and pick-ups, less stress due to one-at-a-time scheduling, and no exposure to other animals, says Seabert. A wide range of grooming packages and services are available. Hours are Monday–Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call for an appointment at 864-8002 or visit the website at wnygrooming.com.
Kathy Schlaich is a contributor to Forever Young and has reported for publications across the country.