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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!

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

Kent’s Kanines Summer Newsletter 2016