The dog days of summer are quickly beginning to slip away, as the Northland prepares once again for chilly temps and frosty flakes to fly.
Coats are coming out of the closet, but what if you’re already wearing that coat?
As we found out in this week’s Animal Answers, it’s extremely important to occasionally visit, The Grooming Shack.
"I learned by going to a school, I love dogs, I just love them!"
It’s tucked away alongside the busy hustle and bustle of East Superior Street in Duluth.
"I have a bashon that comes in named Fritz who is so handsome,” Kimberly Rines, Owner of The Grooming Shack said.
It’s a place for your pups, to be pampered.
"There aren't a lot of groomers available around here and I love to groom. I think that having access to that is extremely important,” Rines said.
Kimberly has been clipping curls for over 20 years now, having moved to the Northland from the City of Seattle.
Rines said, "Even when you come home from a hairdresser you just kind of feel good, you know your skin feels good, and you feel fresh and frisky and it's fun to see them walk out the door!”
One by one, her customers now prance out the door of her Grooming Shack.
"I have full service grooming which includes the bath, brush out, clipping the toe nails, cleaning the ears, and the haircut if necessary. I also have self–service grooming where you can come in and we have everything that you need to clean up your own pup!”
It’s a do-it-yourself opportunity, with profession, hands-on advice.
"If your dog got skunked or rolled in the mud at the park you don't need to wait a week or two weeks to get in somewhere,” Rines said.
"The tubs, the towels, the blow dryer, shampoos, conditioners, brushes and combs are just some of the accessories, all included for you to use, without an appointment,” Rines said.
The Grooming Shack, accepting all paws at the place where dirty dogs go. It’s a passion, with a purpose.
"It's important to get that dead hair out because again you want to remove that away from the skin. If a mat or that heavy undercoat stays near the skin, moisture can get in there which can cause infections and irritated skin like hot spots, and stuff like that,” Rines said.
Dampness, turning in to potential danger. Kimberly says a thick, dirty, matted coat can actually harm your pets, especially as the seasons change.
"There's going to be de–icing on the road and ice on the sidewalks and if you have those pets that have the hair that grows in between their pads and on their toes you want to make sure that is trimmed nice and short,”Rines said.
Preventing paw pain from chunks of ice and salt.
"It can cause chemical burns on their feet, but also if they lick it, it can make them ill."
Illness, scrubbed away by a simple visit, just a few times every year.
"Groomers can find all sorts of things on your pet's body that you might not have noticed. Regular grooming when it comes down to it is healthy for your pet,” Rines said.
If you would like to contact The Grooming Shack, call Kimberly at 218-606-1116 or stop on by the Shack at 4711 East Superior Street in Duluth Minnesota.