Hi Cathy!You can only imagine my surprise when my sister, Jeanne, told me that she brought her dog, Chloe, in to be groomed today and, low and behold, she brought her to Jimminy Clippers! WOW! Talk about a blast from the past…. I think of you so often and with such fondness and great memories. I know it’s been over 30 years but, I still talk about you! You were just wonderful with Dudley, and he loved coming to visit you.For the last 30 years I have owned nothing but Boxers or Boxer/Pit mixes but, you never know… one day I might be brave enough to take on all that hair again!Anyway, I hope you are able to download the attached picture you guys gave me many, many years ago… I carry it in my wallet to this day and everyone I know has had to listen to my stories of Dudley and Jimminy Clippers! 🙂 (Dudley is the good looking one in the front! HaHaHa)Best Wishes,Janice
Cathy Hartley has been in the grooming business for over 35 years–dogs, cats and even the occasional rabbit, ferret and guinea pig! She is a Certified Master Groomer, C.M.G., C.P.R, C.H.A. and it’s obvious after you see her work! She loves what she does and it shows!
Although many groomers have come and gone over the years, very few groom cats. There are horror stories about groomers who have tried to work with disagreeable cats on their grooming tables–hospitalization, severe infections and even amputations! Cathy herself has been hospitalized several times. Cat grooming is not for the faint of heart! Cathy was thrilled when Dayle Marsh, President of the Lincoln State Cat Club, contacted her about volunteering at her ACFA Cat Show at Harper College.
From Dayle Marsh:
“As president of the club, I was looking for someone who could speak in the education ring at our show every year. When researching, I came across Cathy Hartley. She is the first groomer to be master certified, (C.M.F.G.), for feline grooming in Illinois. The testing for that title is very rigorous and she passed with flying colors. Both written and practical. Her own experience was enough to wow even the educators.”
“Our goal is not just to put on a show but to educate the public as well–to promote the purebred feline breed along with proper health and care, to put someone in the education ring that appeals to the general public along with fellow cat lovers on topics they really need to know.”
“Cathy does this beautifully. She is professional but still has fun with the audience as in tossing out cat toys when a correct answer is given for a question. Her demonstrations are spot on and very helpful leaving her audience both informed and excited. All in all, having Cathy on our team has been a wonderful experience and I’m grateful to her for volunteering her time.”
Cathy recently attended the 2014 Grooming Expo in Hershey, Pennsylvania. One new pet care tip she learned there was how to get rid of tear stains forever.
Tear stains comes from the tear ducts of the animal wetting the fur below the eyes. Although this is normal it can sometimes leave a reddish/brown stain on the fur underneath. On white or light colored fur it can be very obvious. The same goes for stained paws. This is usually caused by the animal licking it legs or paws and the saliva causing the same reaction. Even though it is harmless, here are some ways to eliminate the problem. Be patient! It takes 30 to 90 days to see a significant improvement.
1. Check to see if your pup’s dog food ingredients contains RED BEET or RED DYE Either one will cause reddish brown tear stains
2. Rub a little Vaseline on spots. Be careful not to get in eyes! Wipe off with a soft towel. Do this everyday.
3. Snip off red hair every two weeks. If you don’t have a steady hand or a steady dog, it would be better to let a professional groomer do this.
4. Add 1 unflavored Tums to 1 gallon of distilled water. Use only this water for your dog’s water bowl. When this 1st gallon is finished, continue using distilled water only, (no more Tums), regularly.
Join us at Palatine Park District’s Canine Carnival Thursday, July 31st from 6:00-7:30 PM. Jimminy Clippers will be hosting super fun games for your pup to play!
For more information, here is the Daily Herald article about the event.
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