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I’m Deborah Kent, a Home Dog Groomer in beautiful San Francisco, California.

You may be thinking, just what is a Home Dog Groomer? Yes, I am a mobile groomer but, I actually bring all the equipment inside people’s homes to create “the magic” in front of their eyes!

Little did I know when I adopted Lola, a Yorkshire Terrier from Jamie Morse of the original Kiehl’s Pharmacy in NYC over 27 years ago, that this sweet ball of fur would change my life forever. I began grooming her myself, just bathing her and a light bulb went off in my head. Something clicked. I could be a dog groomer. I know it sounds a little wacky considering I had absolutely no formal grooming training at all but, I pursued the spark.

I knew I needed to learn how to groom dogs so, I attended The New York School of Dog Grooming in NYC and while there I had another brainstorm. I thought maybe there may be other people like me that would love to have their dogs “privately pampered”. I now had my compass set.

After graduating The New York School of Dog Grooming, I apprenticed with master groomer Edith Hoeltz of Canine Styles in NYC for a year.  I owe so much to her; she was a truly talented groomer and teacher that taught me not only the art of dog grooming/styling but, the skills to train and calm dogs while grooming.

My dream to pursue Home Dog Grooming was coming to fruition. I now had my grooming certificate and apprenticeship under my belt so, in 1989 I bought a luggage cart (no joke) and stacked my “tools of the trade” and groomed the dogs of the Upper East Side of Manhattan. My destiny had been created.

I moved to San Francisco in 1993 and have been Home Dog Grooming traveling all over the Bay Area in my wonderful and reliable Volvo. Sven, as he is affectionately named, has tallied over 399,000 miles. After grooming many, many, many, many, many dogs I am thrilled to share my website and my blog.

Welcome to the Kent's Kanines Blog!

ABOUT THE BLOG

Kent’s Kanines Blog features “Diary of a Dog Groomer”, Emma in Paris, A Dog Travelogue! and three terrific and entertaining videos showcasing Home Dog Grooming. They are Welcome Video, Makeover Madness and Fine Art Grooming.

“Diary of a Dog Groomer” is an online journal of my wonderful, fascinating, creative and educational but, mostly joyous and rewarding “TAILS” of Home Dog Grooming.

Emma in Paris, A Dog Travelogue was an opportunity of a lifetime. A client of mine asked me to baby sit her Norwich Terrier Emma in her apartment in Paris for a week!! She made me an offer I could not refuse. It was April 2009 and photographer, Kersti Malvre and I packed our bags and followed Emma, the Norwich Terrier,  through the streets of Paris to create the unique and clever “Emma in Paris” A Dog Travelogue!

The blog offers three videos to view, Welcome Video, Makeover Madness and Fine Art Grooming. The Welcome Video was created in San Francisco at the Shannon-Kavanaugh House, an historic Painted Ladies Landmark. The video features, Niblet, my dog. It was great fun creating the video so you can get a peek into the world of Home Dog Grooming. Makeover Madness showcases remarkable transformations of four dogs, Niblet the Pomeranian, Marley the Havanese, Buster the Shih Tzu and Reilly the Fox Terrier!! The makeovers will put a smile on your face : ) And lastly, Fine Art Grooming is a gorgeous and graceful compilation of my grooming talents set to music for your pleasure.


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Niles the Norwich!!

Niles is quite the special Norwich Terrier. He has a very fun and exuberant personality. I owned a Norwich for 10 years after adopting her at age 3 and love Norwich Terriers. They are very dear to me. So, when I met Niles I immediately took a fancy to him.

He is 9 years old and when I met him his coat was very uneven, overgrown with soft furnishings and it was clear that I would have to do a lot of hand stripping and plucking especially around his face to get his coat back in order. The quality of his jacket was good but all else needed a re-do. So, after many months I am very happy of his transformation. His coat is now very wiry and I pay extra attention to his face and pluck individual hairs to create a round and full ruff. He is so patient with me when I do this. I groom him every 6 weeks which keeps his hand stripped coat in perfect order and keeps his coat wiry and coarse and maintains his beautiful grizzle color. He is a unique and very handsome Norwich. Below is a testimonial my client shared with me which was very kind.

“Niles looks FANTASTIC! The hand stripping you do on him is better than anyone who prepped him for his show career and now, as a certified Therapy Dog he (and of course his parents) can be proud of his appearance as he visits assisted living facilities, schools, summer camps and libraries. His 100 plus hours as a Therapy Dog with Marin Humane have him looking and acting like a true ambassador of the Norwich breed. Thank you for the beautiful work you do. It takes time, patience and a commitment to keep him looking this beautiful but it is worth every cent to see him representing his breed so handsomely.” 

And if that is not enough, he has just earned his Advanced Therapy Certificate!! I have included the certificate as well as a letter sent by his owner to the Norwich Terrier Club of America requesting that Niles be considered as one of the top therapy dogs in the club! We are all waiting on pins and needles for their decision.

San Francisco Scenic Video

What a way to start the week! My first client today lives in Potrero Hill and just as I arrived she said she was going to feed the parrots. I wasn’t really listening but, when I turned my head and saw the family of Parrots eating from the bird feeder she had just filled with black sunflower seeds, I was completely enamored! San Francisco has many colonies of parrots and I do hear them but never have I been so close to them. It was so remarkable to see these birds today. They come everyday to her garden. It is a lovely sanctuary, quiet and peaceful. Sometimes I am blown away with what I see in nature while I’m working as a Home Dog Groomer. This was such a special way to start the day and week! Please see the photos and video below.

A Havanese for Valentine’s Day

The photo is of Truffles. A beautiful chocolate Havanese with little heart bows. As you will see in the video also featuring Truffles, she is the perfect example of a Havanese. The hair on her face has never been cut so it is super thick and luxurious. Sometimes I make one single top knot with triple mini scungis or for
Valentine’s Day, I decided to make two pig tails with adorable bows with little hearts. I found these bows in a pet store somewhere, I can’t remember and thought they would be perfect for Truffles. She is completely trained now to lie down with her head flat against the grooming table which permits me to put in the bows without protest or problem.

Truffles has a lovely disposition and is very vivacious! After she is groomed, she loves to fetch her fleece bone and bring it to me wagging her tail and trying to bark at the same time! She is quite the character.

Grooming such a beautiful animal is a privilege and pleasure. Keeping a Havanese in full coat is a labor of love. Her owner purchased a grooming table when I first started to groom her when she was just months old, she is 5 now. Truffles’s owner will pop her on the table a few times a week to brush and comb her thoroughly ( or as thoroughly as she can ) to maintain a mat free baby. Once she found her rhythm and followed my technique for brushing and combing, the process of maintaining a mat free Truffles has been a success.

Enjoy Truffles for Valentine’s Day.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019

It was a beautiful day in San Francisco. Clear, crisp, cold (for San Francisco)! Walked my own dogs for a long and relaxed walk; great way to start the new year.

2018 was great. Home Dog Groomed almost every day other than the two respites. Traveled to Ashland, Oregon for the Shakespeare Festival in the Spring and then off to Paris and Nice to celebrate my birthday in October. Wonderful vacations!!

I am truly excited about 2019. This will be my 30th year Home Dog Grooming and my 25th anniversary of making San Francisco my home. Home Dog Grooming each and every day since I arrived. I am so blessed.

Sven, my trusted and wonderful Volvo is still running perfectly. Please check back. I am planning to give him a little facelift soon.

Thank you to all who visit my website kentskanines.com to view the 12 galleries of dogs I have groomed in my client’s homes as well as visiting my blog. kentskaninesblog.com

My New Years resolution is to post more frequently.

Wishing all good health and happiness for 2019