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Church, Family and Horses Are This Master Groomer’s Stress Relievers

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Suzanne Grande of Grande Style Pet Grooming

Suzanne Grande
Grande Style Pet Grooming, Tampa, FL

Suzanne Grande has helped more than 250 dogs earn Westminster Kennel Club and American Kennel Club championship titles. With such a resume, it’s no surprise that clients drive as much as eight hours to her salon. The national certified master groomer has won more than a few awards herself, in grooming competitions and in the show ring — Amadeus and Vito (shown here) love to compete. Grande says competing helps her relax, “especially if I win!” Other sanity-savers include attending church and riding horses with her daughter, Katelyn, who works at the salon and recently began pet grooming school.

PHOTO BY REN NETHERLAND/ANIMAL PHOTOGRAPHY


This article originally appeared in the September-October 2017 edition of PETS+.

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When Not Enraptured by Reptiles, Richard Allen Hops on His Harley

And pumps those muscles!

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Richard Allen REPTILE RAPTURE, MONONA, WI

Richard Allen breeds, sells and even rescues reptiles at the store he owns and operates with his wife, Cheryl. Pictured here is one such breeder, a male black-headed python from Australia named Mr. Awesome. When not working, Allen enjoys spending time with his family, which also includes daughter Paige and pup Pebbles.

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How Groomer Gabriel Feitosa Keeps a Sharp Edge

His newest adventure is learning Japanese.

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Gabriel Feitosa
GABRIEL FEITOSA GROOMING SALON,SAN DIEGO, CA

Not only does Gabriel Feitosa own and operate a successful grooming salon inside Bow Wow Beauty Shoppe, he also travels internationally to teach and judge at grooming and dog shows. He even has sponsors: Hydra and Utsumi. When not working, Feitosa enjoys spending time with his husband, Jeremy, and their Scottish Terrier Poncho and Poodles Cronos, Blue and Mimo (pictured here).

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This Texan Pet Lover Sure Is Having a Blast with Life

…and tons of caffeine!

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Trace Menchaca
Flying M Feed Co., Houston, TX

Matriarch of the Flying M family. Friend to rescue animals large and small. Facebook Live superstar. Trace Menchaca wears multiple hats and never seems to slow down. In addition to scoring a PETS+ America’s Coolest Stores nod in 2018, she also accepted a local Small Business of the Year Award. Even her just-for-fun activities keep her moving — she regularly cheers on her beloved Houston Astros with husband Miguel, son Max and daughter Lea.

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