LEXINGTON TWP. – Lydia Rigby has at all times cherished animals.
The 22-year-old Marlington Excessive Faculty graduate owned greater than 20 unique pets when she was a young person, together with lizards, rats and Guinea pigs.
“I nonetheless have two lizards,” Rigby stated. “I’ve downsized fairly a bit since then.”
Rigby’s ardour for animals impressed her to turn into a canine groomer. She began Hair of the Canine Grooming Parlor, a small pet grooming enterprise she operates out of her house.
Rigby began working at Pet Connection in Alliance when she was in highschool. She helped the shop’s groomer with nail trims and different companies, which fostered her curiosity in animals.
After she graduated highschool, Rigby grew to become a veterinary assistant and labored within the business for 4 years. She determined to modify to pet grooming in 2021 and spent a number of months working as an apprentice for a groomer within the Canton South space.
Launching a small enterprise was tough, however, she stated, “I’ve realized that you’ll study alongside the best way greater than something.”
Rigby started taking shoppers in October. She did not anticipate that her enterprise would develop as shortly because it did.
“I began grooming simply two canine in my basement with a foldable desk simply to get extra observe,” she stated. “I used to be on the lookout for individuals to let me work on their canine and study. After which, earlier than I knew it, I am booked out three weeks with three to 4 canine a day.”
Rigby, who affords full groom, nail and bathtub companies, stated her social media is a significant purpose for her early success. She makes an effort to share photographs of her shoppers’ canine on Instagram and Fb and infrequently clothes the canine in festive props. She additionally does nail portray and short-term fur coloring utilizing chalk.
The thought, Rigby stated, got here from her personal experiences taking her canine to groomers and pet day care facilities. She loved seeing them publish about her pets on social media and thought it will be a good suggestion “to indicate those that I like their canine.”
Certainly one of Rigby’s first shoppers, Janelle Jones, stated it is clear how a lot Rigby cares for the canine. The Alliance resident brings her Maltese, Finn, and her American Bully, Mama, to Hair of the Canine.
“Lydia is totally superb with the canine,” Jones stated. “She makes them snug from absolutely the starting, and she or he works very nicely with the shoppers. She’s very accommodating together with your schedule.”
Jones stated that her American Bully tends to be skittish round groomers, however Rigby manages to maintain her calm when she cuts her nails. She recommends Rigby to many canine homeowners, she stated, and thinks Rigby’s social media technique helps her enterprise develop.
“Individuals can go to her web page and see all her posts and all of the totally different grooms she’s finished on several types of canine,” Jones stated.
Rigby stated she enjoys attending to work one-on-one with the canine and prides herself on having a soothing, stress-free atmosphere. She solely works with one shopper at a time, which means canine do not have to take a seat in kennels whereas others are getting groomed.
Sooner or later, Rigby plans to develop her enterprise and construct a doggie day care facility that gives boarding and coaching.
To schedule an appointment, contact Rigby at (330) 614-3297 or on the Hair of the Canine’s Fb web page.
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