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posted January 23rd, 2017 by
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Grooming isn’t just about your dog looking good.  It plays a much more important roll.

Brushing is only the beginning to a good grooming routine.  But it’s a great place to start.  Brushing not only rids your pet of dead hair, dirt and dandruff, but it also helps to bring out the oils in your dog’s coat.  Spreading the oils helps your dog’s coat remain shiny and healthy.

Taking the time to brush your dog gives you a great opportunity to bond with them and show them you love them.  Making a point to spend time with your dog builds your relationship and increases happiness for both you and your pet.

Grooming is also a good opportunity to look your dog over and check for any problems.  Looking at ears, teeth, paws, etc will allow you to get help earlier and head off potential problems before they become emergencies.

Add teeth brushing, ear cleaning and nail trims to your grooming routine to improve the health of your pet.  The mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body.  Keeping a pet’s teeth clean helps to keep the entire pet healthy.  Trimming nails will ensure the nail doesn’t grow into the paw pad causing pain for your pet.  Excessively long nails can make walking painful and distort the structure of the toes.  Keeping your pet’s ears clean keeps yeast and bacteria from causing bigger problems and keeps them feeling fresh and clean.

The cleaner your pet is, the healthier they are!  Happy Grooming!

Local groomer wins Creative Groomer of the Year

posted September 25th, 2015 by
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Lori Craig of Moore was recently named Barkleigh Honors Creative Groomer of the Year, a national title voted on by her dog grooming peers as part of Groom Expo in Hershey, Pa.

I have been nominated the last four years for it, but I won it this year, so it was really pretty amazing,” Craig said.

So what is creative grooming exactly?

As Craig explains, there is breed profile grooming, where you take a dog and you cut it to it’s breed profile. This is probably what most people know as dog grooming.

“And then there is creative grooming where you transfer the dog’s coat and fur into something completely different,” Craig said. “As a dog groomer, we get really bored. We do the same haircut day in and day out on every dog. With creative grooming, you add color, you add some hairspray and you start sculpting the hair.”

10639590_10152495270454473_413792196524344893_nA quick Google image search on my part brought up dogs with hair of every color, mohawks and fantastical shapes sculpted in to the fur of mostly standard poodles, some other dog breeds and even a few cats!

Craig’s winning designs this year were her Phantom of the Opera creation and Monarch butterflies.

“It’s amazing what you can do with fur,” Craig said.

For anyone concerned about the welfare of the animals involved, there is no need. The products and dyes used in the process are labeled for pets. Not to mention, the dogs love being transformed, says Craig.

“The dogs love the color and love the attention,” Craig said. “Dogs thrive on positive reinforcement and when people see a colored-up dog, they run and flock to them. [The dogs] absolutely love it!”

1017412_10201113386868871_72297664_nCraig says she has been doing creative grooming for about 12 years. She has been featured on TLC’s ‘Extreme Poodles’ and has traveled the world including Singapore, Scotland, Ireland and London teaching others how to turn their dogs into living artwork. She also takes her dogs on the road with her to compete across the nation.

Craig’s grooming salon Doggie Styles is located at 1261 S Eastern Ave., Moore, and she says creative grooming is gaining popularity.

“I probably do three to five creative things a day,” Craig said. “I do mohawks with color, stick on earrings, It’s just a way to make somebody’s dog stick out from the others.”

To make an appointment for your dog, call 405-790-0926 or visit to view more of her incredible creations.

– Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Tango Gets A Haircut

posted May 15th, 2011 by
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By Rusty Lang

Tango ‘s mom doesn’t feel like dancing.
Her eyes are itchy and watery, and her throat is scratchy. Tango’s dander is to blame. Lucky for them, Crystal Bowen, owner of the Paw Spa, stands ready to rescue.

Tango is one long-haired, orangeand white, laid-back feline who arrives at the Paw Spa ready for his “lion cut.” Crystal, despite her fiery red hair, meets the challenge with an equally calm attitude, armed with toe-nail clippers and a buzz shaver. In the pet grooming business since 1994 and before that a veterinary technician, Crystal knows all about those human allergy symptoms.

“Dandruff is big flakes,” she explains, as she gently slides her shaver through Tango’s 1 1/2-inch fur. “Dander is microscopic particles made up of dead skin and saliva. Cats are constantly licking themselves.” About 25 percent of humans are allergic to cats, and that is why bathing is important. Since the protein in dander is hormone-related, nonneutered males produce the most dander. Crystal recommends bathing and grooming cats about once every four to six weeks. The haircuts help with shedding problems, that also may set off allergies.
Crystal buzzes up Tango’s back to the nape of his neck where she will leave a ruff resembling a lion’s mane. His long tail will also be left fluffy. As Tango’s mom rubs his ear, he stretches out on the grooming deck and is so relaxed, he’s purring.

“Well, it’s not like catnip,” smiles Crystal, “but we try to make it so it’s not horrible.” The interior of the Paw Spa adds to the peaceful atmosphere. It’s not the barking mayhem one encounters in most large gatherings of pets. Tango is the only cat here this day, among a Yorkie, three Shih Tzus, and a cocker Spaniel who have already been groomed.

The cocker chases a ball in the fenced-in play “park,” while two of the Shih Tzus chill out in a spacious holding pen. On the walls are a color
ful animal mural, portraits of pets and stuffed toys. Crystal’s training certificates are well-displayed.

As mounds of orange and white fluff pile on the floor and grooming pad, Crystal nods toward Tango. “He’s awesome. But when we have to flip him over is when it gets hard.” Not to worry. Assistant Gina Scarborough steps in and helps gently roll Tango over on his back. Tango merely blinks. Garfield himself couldn’t be more unflappable.
Crystal recently honed her skills at a continuing education seminar in Dallas, where she also learned about nontoxic decorative coloring for pets’ coats. She is eager to try that out on her Standard Poodle at home. She also lives with four Jack Russell terriers, two Chihuahuas and a Dogue de Bordeaux.

Back to the belly, Crystal carefully bares another strip of skin. She knows one slip of the razor and Tango’s thin skin could be nipped, possibly resulting in a bad grooming experience.
“Not all (cats) are as relaxed as he is. But the less handling, the better; if you are calm, then they are calm.” Tango’s mom knows that she and her handsome cat friend will both feel better after the 30 minute grooming at the Paw Spa (add another 30 minutes for a bath and blow-dry). The haircut also helps reduce the fly-away shedding of fine hairs that float in the air. “He loves his lion haircuts,” Mom says.
“You should see how he prances and shows off.” Good enough for a little cat-dancing around the house?