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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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How Kim & Samantha Youngblood Fill Their Free Time

They guide customers toward the optimal diet for their pets.

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Kim & Samantha Youngblood
Youngblood’s Natural Animal Care Center & Massage, Greenfield, IN

This mother-daughter team not only provides massage and other therapies to a variety of animals, but they also guide customers toward the optimal diet for their pets. Kim and Samantha fill their free time with the many activities listed here, many of which involve their family of dogs, cats and horses — including, from left, Finale, Winter and BZRK — plus human dad Dave.

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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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