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Iowa Cat Groomer is Smitten by the Kittens

She’s been running her cat-grooming salon for 10 years.

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Betsey Qualley, Smitten Kitten, Des Moines, IA

Betsey Qualley recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of her cat-grooming salon, Smitten Kitten. Cheering her on at work are shop cats Walter, Lola and Delores, all from Furry Friends Rescue. At home are kitties Dorothy (posing with Qualley here), Pickles, Rosie, Orangie and Shelley, plus husband George and daughter Charlotte. Surrounding herself with such a large family helps keep Qualley happy and successful.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY: EVA LEWIN PHOTOGRAPHY

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How Friends Like Zowie and Divot Help Anna Woodcock Stay Sane

Plus she helps save the planet!

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Anna Woodcock
Brown Dog Bakery, Anken, IA

How eco-friendly is Anna Woodcock? So much so that she stocks 30 flavors of bulk biscuits and 44 varieties of bulk chews at her store and grooming salon. “Bulk equals less waste in landfills,” she says. Helping her save the planet at home are husband Jeff, cats Opie and Fuzzy Zeller, and dog Divot, show here (at left) with his BFF Zowie.

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Why Is This Groomer Hanging Upside Down?

Find out!

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Kathie Henschen
PLATINUM PAWS, CARMEL, IN

When Kathie Henschen began to feel burned out in her grooming career, she reflected on her childhood as an elite gymnast. What could help her regain that “spark in her spirit”? It was then that she discovered the ninja warrior world. Training and competition have given her purpose and strength that spills over into her professional life. Cheering her on are husband B.C., step-daughters Brentney and Bryanna, seven grandkids, and a house full of pets, including Standard Poodle Sara (posing here).

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New Hampshire Pet Pro Goes Extra Mile to Show Customers How Cool ‘Creepy Critters’ Are

Kissing the occasional frog isn’t out of the question.

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Lily Marie Plasse

B&B PET CARE, TROY, NH

Lily Marie Plasse loves all animals, furry and scaly alike. When not pet- and farm-sitting, dog-walking and poop-scooping, she fits into her schedule educational shows that feature reptiles, spiders and insects. Plasse lives in a 250-year-old farmhouse with husband Ron, kids Edward and Ingrid, and too many animals to list — among them Morris the African bullfrog (the Prince Charming pictured here).

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