Kitsap Mobile Grooming was formed from a love of animals. As the owner and groomer I (Karen Wagoner) have had dogs and/or cats my whole life. I have fostered for the NBRAN (National Brittany Rescue Association) for nearly 5 years and have a good knowledge of dog training and handling. I am the only local Mobile Groomer who accepts cats as clients. I grew up with a cat who “owned” me and have cats my whole life and am very comfortable with the sometimes temperamental feline clients.
My other business is an Adult Family Home in West Seattle, Cambridge Family Home. I love helping and caring for the elderly, but this new business gives me the chance to deal directly with animals, which is my passion.
After doing an Introductory to Grooming Course at Masers Academy of Fine Grooming in Kenmore Washington I went on to train under Shaffia Gales-Manendez, owner of Best of Breeds Mobile Grooming in West Orange, New Jersey. Shaffia has been grooming for 26 years and was the 2010 recipient of The Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards for Mobile Groomer of the Year.
My focus is seeing that the animals I groom have as little stress as possible for the grooming process. Humanity Before Vanity is definitely my mantra. In the same vein as this mantra is my motto: “Making bath time easier for you and your pets.” My mission is not just about making it convenient by eliminating the driving and waiting for the human customer, but also giving your pets the one on one service they deserve. No waiting with other stressed out dogs in cages, not waiting in cage dryers and for those kitty clients - no unpleasant car rides. Kitsap Mobile Grooming uses natural shampoos that are way better for the pet health, not to mention the environment.
I live in Seabeck with my husband Bruce, our three dogs, two cats, as well as our ducks and chickens.
Dee Dee Riechel is my Assistant. She and her Service Dog Goose often accompany me for grooming trips. Dee Dee loves animals and has a natural calming influence over both dogs and cats. Both Dee Dee and I are photographers, trained through the New York Institute of Photography.