About the Groomer
My love for dogs started early. By my first birthday I was telling the dogs what to do. I started my grooming and training in dog 4-H at age 9. Fresh out of high school and aged out of 4-H, I worked as a Kennel / Dog assistant at Veterinary Clinics. I decided that I wanted more. In 1998 I found a Cocker Spaniel breeder that taught me how to professionally groom.
My first All Breed grooming job was in the year 2000 in Auburn, WA, when I was able to perfect my grooming skills on breeds such as Terriers & different types of clips on Shih Tzu. When that business closed, I started work at another All Breed shop in Bonney Lake, WA. I was able to work on an even wider variety of breeds, perfecting my skills and techniques.
Taking some time off to have my first child, I secured a part time job at a new boarding kennel in Puyallup, WA. I now live in the Lake Tapps area and have the opportunity and ability to start my own grooming business. My daughter, Elizabeth, now comes to work with me, when not in school, and enjoys helping me with clean up or getting me tools. Now that she is 9yrs she is starting to learn some parts of the grooming on select dogs & is loving it.
Now that I have my own mobile grooming salon, I attend grooming trade shows where I can view and test new products. Staying on top of the industry helps me offer you and your pet the service you deserve.
After working in a busy salon where they brought in 10 to 20 pets per groomer & the poor pups brought in first thing in the morning weren't going home till closing time made me so frustrated, no water for them or no potty breaks. I chose the more relaxed pace of mobile grooming. I choose to groom 4 dogs a day, less stress on the groomer which means I am more relaxed to groom your pup & not be worried about getting the next pup done. Each pup is done one on one start to finish usually in 1-2hrs (Small to Medium dogs). When I tried to take on a part time job at a busy salon recently while mobile had a slow spell I found it to be way to stressed for me & didn't get to enjoy the pups like I do with mobile, rush, rush, rush wasn't for me. I was so happy to get back to mobile grooming full time, I was & still am thanking the Lord for giving me this wonderful job. I set my pup size limit, 40lbs & under, so my back isn't killing me at the end of the day & I set my day so I can still do the job I love yet be able to be there for my young daughter getting her on the bus & off. If the more relaxed grooming style sounds like something your pup might need, give me a call.
Update 11-2-13: We made it to 34wks 6days. Esther was born October 7th. My water had broke 3:20am. Hard labor started at 4am. She was delivered naturally at 9:50am. 6lbs 0oz & 18inches long, short & chubby. Because it happened so quickly I was able to stay focused & not need any pain meds. It was an awesome experience. Way better then having a c-section like my first. I was able to walk down the hall within a few hrs to see my baby in the NICU & go home the next day. Esther had to stay in the NICU for 18 long days. I drove the 30mins to the hospital every day & spent half the day there. We've had her home for over a week now & not alot of sleep since :) We are slowly getting the night feedings down & I think Esther is finally starting to sleep a little more then an hr between feedings at night. That is rough. Hubby will help me on the weekends with night feedings etc but not during work week, only day stuff then. I take extra naps in the day on those days. With Esther coming so early the doctors have put her growth age back a week so they are saying she was born at 33wks & not 34wks. Basicly meaning she needed a little more help with o2 & learning to feed. I have decided to keep the business closed for a year while I breastfeed her & watch her grow.
Update 9-22-13: Well its looking like this baby is coming very early, just like my first. I'm about 2 days away from 33wks, my first daughter came at 33wks to the day. On Friday the midwivies sent me to the hospital after the Non Stress Test showed alot of contractions, I only felt one. They checked me & I was 1cm dilated with the cervix really shortening up. So we ended up spending most of the Friday, overnight & morning Saturday at the hospital. I was put on blood pressure meds to stop the contractions which gave me major heartburn. So they gave me anti nausia meds, that made me very sleepy but I couldn't sleep cause the side affect was restless legs which was horrible when you're stuck in bed. Being home is so much nicer but still having contractions mostly with doing things, walking around the house, bathroom trips etc. Atleast at the hospital I did get the 2 steroid shots this baby needs for her lungs & antibiotics for any infections that might be going on in me. So we'll see what the next few days do. Really really hoping & praying this baby cooks a little longer then my first daughter.
Update 9-7-13: Ending 30wks. Had a chat with the Dr about having a VBAC (natural delivery after c-section), she feels I can do it. Hopefully this little girl will stay head down. I will be delivering at 38wks or less. I have diabetes with this pregnancy so I have to take insulin & they don't want the baby too big. I have to deliver before 38wks to have a VBAC because they can't give anything to induce due to my scar. If I go over 38wks then its a c-section. We'll see what this little girl will let me do. So I won't have a November baby that's for sure. I'm now starting next week having Non Stress Tests at the clinic 2x a week. That's alot of driving but alot of hearing the baby.
Update 8-28-13: 29wks now. Had some pretty bad pains on Friday & alot of Braxton Hicks (woody contractions). Decided to only do dogs in the morning, had to cancel one house & refer them out. Kinda sad as I will miss them & could have used the money but not worth the pains & not know what they were. Just 2 more dogs to groom & then I am on Leave for a long while, will be different not grooming. Baby is kicking up a storm, so fun to have my arm jump when resting it on the belly or watching my belly move all over. My hips are killing me but other then that not doing too bad. At the last midwife check up I actually lost a few pounds so i've only gained 10lbs this pg so far, that's good. My right knee is giving me fits if I kneel so I can't do any kneeling the midwife said or I could do damage to it...lovely. My hands are still giving me fits of carpal tunnel, although I think it might be more dehydration related. So I now set a timer on my phone to go off every 30mins to drink something. Its helping alot if I keep it up. Oh the Diabetes Councalor got moved to today so we'll see what I have to do. The midwife said my numbers weren't too bad so I should be able to control it with diet. Ken got to feel her kick a few weeks back & thought it was pretty cool, he'd been waiting a long time. Liz too got to feel her kick but she jumped away & hasn't wanted to feel since. Not sure her feelings on it.
Update 8-10-13: Just about 27wks. Wasn't expecting this. Had my 2hr glucose testing. It didn't come back good. Looks like I have Pregnancy Diabetes. This sucks. I do have a grandparent on either side of my family that had type 2 diabetes but none had it during pregnancy. Oh well, I will learn to eat better & get the rest of my family, Ken & Liz, eating better too. I don't need to get this later in life & I really don't need them getting it early either. Also if I do want a VBAC delievery I need this baby small, having diabetes tends to make for big babies. I will talk to the diabetes counselor next week & we'll know more then.
Update 7-30-13: 25weeks now. So excited to be able to put my hand on my belly & finally feel her kick on the outside. My daughter isn't ready to feel it yet.
Update 7-22-13: 24weeks this week. Well we are having another Girl. Really thought it might have been a boy this time. God had other ideas. We are really happy though. All looks good. There is a touch more fluid around the baby then normal but its only a tiny bit so they aren't concerned just yet. They are a little concerned that the baby's bones seem to be a week behind but really all they have to do is look at my height & my family, we are all kinda short. I'm 5'3" & Ken is 6'1" so looks like she's taking after me. They might send me in to a speicalist at 32weeks, mid Sept. Baby is very active which means I might have my hands full when she comes out lol. It is fun feeling her kicks, kicking the bladder isn't so cool though :) I can't wait for the kicks Ken & Liz can feel or see the belly rolls. Other then that just trying to keep the water down me so I don't get leg cramps through the night & keeping the swelling down in my limbs so I can keep working is all that's really going on.
Update 6-24-13: Battling de-hydration pretty bad. The 2nd trimester hasn't be all that fun, been pretty sick on & off. Headaches too which I haven't figured out if its bloodpressue or dehydration or my neck is out. That is a little frustrating. Feeling the baby's little kicks, that's fun. Dealing with hubby changing jobs to something he really likes but its a small company so we have to find insurance out of pocket. Now I might be developing pregnancy carpel tunnel, that's not fun having my hands go numb & hurt while grooming. Don't know, maybe its just due to dehydration too. 2 more weeks to go for ultrasound unless insurance isn't here yet. We'll see.
Update 5-25-13: Had another light midwife checkup last Tuesday. Went well, heard the actual heartbeat & hubby Ken was there to hear it too. This little one is so active that it doesn't want to hold still for a full minute heartbeat check though that the midwife wanted. I go in next week for a checkup again because I might have an infection which is common in pregnancy. We just want to knock it out before it becomes a bigger problem. They couldn't check Tuesday because my midwife was out sick so I just saw a nurse who couldn't do that kind of test. I go in the beginning of July for the big ultrasound, excited.
Update 4-28-13: On Friday the midwife checked to hear the heartbeat. My belly was pretty tender & she really had to hunt around to find it, pushing hard. I'm not quite 12wks (Tuesday) so its harder to find unless I'm past 12wks. Finally after she took a break & did the rest of the exam she did find it. I didn't recognize it but did recognize the whooshing sounds of the baby moving around. Maybe I can relax now & enjoy this pg. I really can't believe how mild the morning sickness has been. Just nausea, that's it. Been nice though, not complaining at all.
Update 4-17-13: 10wks tomorrow, got to see our baby in ultrasound Monday. Heartbeat looks good at 180 beats & this baby is very active. The ultrasounds were done at the same time in the pregnancy so I'm still not going to be announcing it to all of facebook yet. Most my family knows, some select few on facebook & my clients so they knew I had to take it slower, maybe needing to reschedule if needed. Now my Dr is up in Tacoma near the Zoo so it does make it an all day kind of thing. I will try to schedule on days I'm not working but that doesn't always work out. I will do my best to not have to reschedule anyone. Morning sickness is so weird this time, I guess I should be happy its just mild nausea but it does worry me a little since I was so bad off with my daughter & the last pg I felt pretty bad. Alot are saying it could be a boy. I'm kinda wanting a girl because I already know how to deal with a girl, still have some of her baby things etc. But God might want to challenge me with a boy this time lol.
Updated 4-4-13: 8wks now, just trying to make sure I don't get hungry as that's when I get the most nauseous. Going to see another OB / midwife, my dr one min wanted me to see a specialist but changed her mind & said I needed to loose 3 babies before I could see a specialist, that's nuts. Also because my 1st child was a c-section I either have to have another c-section or try VBAC (natural after a c-section), she's not allowed to do either at our local hosp. So she'd have to send me to another dr later in the pg, I want a dr/midwife that can care for me all the way through if possible.
Updated 3-25-13: I am now 7wk along. Looks like morning sickness is hitting. Keeping lots of snacks in the van, lots of water & Gateraid to keep me drinking enough through the day. Feeling much better then last pg though.
Update 3-4-13: We are excited God has given us another baby to grow. Praying this one grows healthy & strong. I tested yesterday & today. Dr wants me to see a specialist so I will be having a few more Dr visits to make sure all is ok. I am alot happier this pg so hoping this is a good meaning behind it :)
Update 1-5-13: Wow looks like I have Endometritis (infection of the uterus) which is pretty scary stuff if not caught quickly. I'm now on some pretty big antibiotics & dr said to take a few days off. Glad I already had taken a few days off for a mini vacation, so much for the vacation part.
Update 1-5-13: Going to the dr today. Having some pretty sharp pains.
Update 11-14-12: I am doing so much better. Had a really good emotional talk with my husband last Thursday. It was totally what I needed. He wasn't able to be at the appt where I found out the bad news so emotionally I was pushing him away. I kept getting this nagging feeling that was telling me I was pushing my hubby away. I am normally very close to my husband but this shook me up so much I didn't want any more tears. God was nudging me to have that talk with him. I finally did last Thursday night. That was the hardest cry I think I have ever had but it was so worth it to get those feeling out & to let him know just what I was feeling. He was able to tell me how he was feeling about all this too. He has some concerns about having another baby & is worried about me. My next dr visit check up is just after Thanksgiving. I have asked hubby to come with me then so he can ask some questions & get some concerns out there. I will be asking the dr about my dehydration problem. Even though I was trying to drink alot yesterday I still ended up getting a headache & feeling dizzy. Something doesn't feel right. I want to get to the bottom of this so we can have a healthy pregnancy & healthy baby in the end.
Update 11-8-12: Things didn't happen naturally like we had hoped. I needed to visit the hospital. My dr was going out of town the end of the week so we chose to have her do the surgery. My dr had all the paper work done at admitting but when we asked ER where admitting was they decided just to check us in at the ER. We had no clue. What a mess that was. I wasn't in pain or bleeding to death so I got bumped so many times. If you can avoid the ER at Good Sam do so. I would have been in & out but instead I was there from 6pm to 1am. We didn't get home till almost 2am. Poor hubby was falling asleep over his coffee in the morning, he had to leave at 8am. My 8yr daughter was there with us too & was so tired I just kept her home from school that day.
Update 11-5-12: I knew something wasn't right today. With all the spotting today & aching. Saw the dr & it confirmed my worse fear. Looks like the baby died back on the 23rd of Oct. I am going to take a few days to recover & get back to grooming. We will keep trying though so I won't be changing a whole lot with the size of dogs I except.
Update 10-21-12: Awesome news. I totally went to the Ultrasound on Friday thinking I was loosing the baby because of all the bleeding, then spotting, the painful hip & back pains, then the lack of morning sickness not feeling real pg last week. Baby is still there & looking good with a 162 beats per min. Our prayers were answered. I go in on Wed for my 10wk visit. Baby looks to be 4days behind my date rather then what the bloodwork said. They didn't tell me why all the bleeding though. Maybe I can get more answers on Wed.
Update 10-18-12: Spotting is back. Bloodwork results didn't come back very good. Looks like I might be miscarrying. No history of it & no family had this problem so its a bit of a shock although I am 35. Will know a little more with the ultrasound tomorrow afternoon. We know the Lord will help us through this. We will try again soon.
Update 10-15-12: I have been put on Pelvic Rest over the weekend due to some bleeding which means I have to sit alot! I have a stool so I can sit & groom. That is fine for the small dogs but near impossible to groom a big dog sitting down. So I have had to let the big dogs go to another groomer. So sad to have to give up my favorites. They are like family & family pups after grooming them a few times, some of these I have been grooming since 2008. It is hard.
9-15-12: Found out we are expecting a baby.