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Getting poochie pretty For Christmas


GAMBO, N.L. - Angel — a white Bichon — stands patiently while dog groomer Emily Granter sheers off fluffy bits of white fur.

Angel is at the Head2Tails Pet Grooming salon in Gambo for her Christmas trim. Her owner Judy Oram of Glovertown says Angel is part of her family. On Christmas morning, the tiny dog will have her own stocking under the Christmas tree.

Dog grooming is big business these days and Granter says Christmas is one of her busiest times of the year.    

“People want to get their dogs done to get Christmas pictures,” she says. “For every occasion. They even get their dogs groomed for graduation pictures, with the girls in their dresses.”

Angel has been coming to Head 2 Tails for a year now, so she knows the drill, but she’s shivering when Oram brings her into the salon. Granter and her assistant Stephanie Evelley soothe the dog and get reacquainted before her owner leaves.

Granter hired Evelley to help hold the dogs and keep them happy while they’re being groomed.  

“I’d rather pay someone to make a dog feel comfortable then have a chain on a dog,” she says. “Some dogs feel like they’re trapped.”

As she starts Angel’s cut, Granter says some owners bring in special Christmas outfits for their dogs to wear after they’ve been groomed. But others wait.  

“Their dogs are not allowed to have them (the outfits) until they take their Christmas photo,” she said.

The grooming table is soon covered with downy bits of white fur. Angel doesn’t get a traditional Bichon cut, just a regular cut that makes her feel more comfortable.

Evelley takes neatly shorn Angel next door for a quick bath, and then brings her back wrapped in a towel, ready for her blow dry.

Granter has over 300 clients from around the area, some of whom have two or three dogs.  She even has a husky that comes from Labrador twice a year for deshedding.

Working with animals was always Granter’s dream, a dream that finally came true when she was one of the Gambo Save Easy employees group that won the 649 Lotto in 2008.  

“We got a quarter million each,” she says.

It was enough to pay off some bills, get training and set herself up in business. She still works some mornings, but keeps her salon open afternoons, evenings and weekends.  

Granter’s confidence and her affection for the little dog, seems to reassure Angel, who offers up each paw in turn to have the tuffs of fur trimmed.   

Granter says dogs are a big part of their owners’ Christmas festivities.  

“Family photos, gatherings, the dogs that get groomed are part of the family and the dogs know it,” she says.

Once her nails have been trimmed, Granter quickly creates a red Christmas bandana for Angel.

With her customers’ permission she takes a picture of each dog and puts it in a Christmas frame on her Heads2Tails Pet Grooming Facebook page.  

“Some people want me to tag them in the photos so they can download them,” Granter says.

In the summer, Granter hopes to move into the salon that’s under construction nearby, where she’ll have room to board dogs and cats open a pet store.

She has already bought new toys and beds for her own three dogs for Christmas.

Just as Granter finishes up, Angel’s owner Judy Oram returns. Oram says Angel won’t wear a Christmas outfit, but she does have a coat for those chilly winter days.  

Freshly coiffed, with a bright new bandana, Angel is ready for her close up.

- Gail Collins, TC Media

Angel is at the Head2Tails Pet Grooming salon in Gambo for her Christmas trim. Her owner Judy Oram of Glovertown says Angel is part of her family. On Christmas morning, the tiny dog will have her own stocking under the Christmas tree.

Dog grooming is big business these days and Granter says Christmas is one of her busiest times of the year.    

“People want to get their dogs done to get Christmas pictures,” she says. “For every occasion. They even get their dogs groomed for graduation pictures, with the girls in their dresses.”

Angel has been coming to Head 2 Tails for a year now, so she knows the drill, but she’s shivering when Oram brings her into the salon. Granter and her assistant Stephanie Evelley soothe the dog and get reacquainted before her owner leaves.

Granter hired Evelley to help hold the dogs and keep them happy while they’re being groomed.  

“I’d rather pay someone to make a dog feel comfortable then have a chain on a dog,” she says. “Some dogs feel like they’re trapped.”

As she starts Angel’s cut, Granter says some owners bring in special Christmas outfits for their dogs to wear after they’ve been groomed. But others wait.  

“Their dogs are not allowed to have them (the outfits) until they take their Christmas photo,” she said.

The grooming table is soon covered with downy bits of white fur. Angel doesn’t get a traditional Bichon cut, just a regular cut that makes her feel more comfortable.

Evelley takes neatly shorn Angel next door for a quick bath, and then brings her back wrapped in a towel, ready for her blow dry.

Granter has over 300 clients from around the area, some of whom have two or three dogs.  She even has a husky that comes from Labrador twice a year for deshedding.

Working with animals was always Granter’s dream, a dream that finally came true when she was one of the Gambo Save Easy employees group that won the 649 Lotto in 2008.  

“We got a quarter million each,” she says.

It was enough to pay off some bills, get training and set herself up in business. She still works some mornings, but keeps her salon open afternoons, evenings and weekends.  

Granter’s confidence and her affection for the little dog, seems to reassure Angel, who offers up each paw in turn to have the tuffs of fur trimmed.   

Granter says dogs are a big part of their owners’ Christmas festivities.  

“Family photos, gatherings, the dogs that get groomed are part of the family and the dogs know it,” she says.

Once her nails have been trimmed, Granter quickly creates a red Christmas bandana for Angel.

With her customers’ permission she takes a picture of each dog and puts it in a Christmas frame on her Heads2Tails Pet Grooming Facebook page.  

“Some people want me to tag them in the photos so they can download them,” Granter says.

In the summer, Granter hopes to move into the salon that’s under construction nearby, where she’ll have room to board dogs and cats open a pet store.

She has already bought new toys and beds for her own three dogs for Christmas.

Just as Granter finishes up, Angel’s owner Judy Oram returns. Oram says Angel won’t wear a Christmas outfit, but she does have a coat for those chilly winter days.  

Freshly coiffed, with a bright new bandana, Angel is ready for her close up.

- Gail Collins, TC Media

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