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Oregon Pet Pro Followed Her Passion Before It Was Too Late

She quit her high-paying corporate job to open a pet-supply store and grooming salon.

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Terri Ellen Nature’s Pet Market and Sunny Paws Grooming, Salem, OR

WHEN TERRI ELLEN found herself “too young to retire and too old not to follow my passion,” she quit her high-paying corporate job and opened a pet-supply store and grooming salon. Nearly eight years later, Ellen still loves going to work each day. She also enjoys heading home to her rescue pets: Yorkies Tillie and Tazz (pictured here, left to right), Chihuahua Toovie, and cats Lucy and Ginger Peach.

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Why Is This Groomer Hanging Upside Down?

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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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Stay Sane with Lynn Paolillo of Cat Naps Cattery

…with calligraphy, sailing and competing!

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Credit: Tom Myers/Bundle of Paws Photography

Lynn Paolillo
Hamilton, NJ

Cats are a 24/7 passion for Lynn Paolillo. She holds Certified Feline Master Groomer status with the National Cat Groomers Institute, for which she also creates online courses and teaches. Paolillo lectures at Intergroom, Groom Expo, SuperZoo and the All American Grooming Show. And in 2018, she opened Cat Naps Boarding & Grooming on the property where she lives with her husband, John, and her show kitty King, at left, and demo kitty Pandie. Busy cat lady!

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