Farmington >> Offering a convenience place for dogs to receive grooming that makes the experience more enjoyable for pets and owners is one reason Lindsey Griffith started Happy Tails Mobile Dog Grooming.
Griffith started her business, which could be the first of its kind in the city, in November to accommodate today's busy lifestyles.
The van she drives is self equipped with a hydraulic grooming table, a full sized tub, cool and warm air dryers, central vacuum and heating and air conditioning.
It also is equipped with water and electricity so there is no need for Griffith to connect and use a client's utility services.
"All they have to do is answer the door when I knock," Griffith said.
Since starting the business, she usually has at least three dogs scheduled at any one time, but hopes to increase that number.
The dog is never crated or exposed to other dogs, which reduces the potential to spread infections and allows a one to one interaction.
Prior to grooming, Griffith consults with the owner to ask questions and find out information about their dog, such as if there are wounds, areas of sensitivity or how they interact with others.
Services offered include nail trimming, ear cleaning and deodorizing, sanitary clipping, bathing, brushing and detangling, and hand scissoring. The shampoos she uses are organic and oatmeal based.
Full packages are also available along with weekend and evening appointments.
So far Griffith has worked her styling magic on breeds from small to large, the biggest to date was a bullmastiff.
Griffith received her training at the Classy Pet Grooming School in Loveland, Colo. where she graduated in October with a professional pet groomer certificate.
After working in the areas of real estate, human resources and waitressing, Griffith was looking for a career change that incorporated her enjoyment of dogs.
"I wanted to do something each day that I'm passionate about," she said.
After driving the customized van from Indiana to New Mexico, her first two clients were Foster, her blue heeler, and Charlie, the Jack Russell terrier owned by her parents.
Griffith is happy her new venture includes canines.
"I've never had a day when a dog is not involved," she said.
Griffith can be reached at 505-947-3300.Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @nsmithdt on Twitter.