Diary of a Dog Groomer

San Francisco Scenic Video

June 17, 2019

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

February 14, 2019

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 pigtails 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.



January 1, 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

July 26, 2016

Welcome to the Kent’s Kanines Newsletter! There is so much to tell you!

I started the year with a salute to my wonderful and reliable Volvo, “Sven”! As of January 1, 2016, I have tallied 391,000 miles grooming dogs all over San Francisco and the Bay Area. He is a 1986 240GL and still runs beautifully. Has the same engine, original paint and I am so amazed that this car is still reliably and safely transporting me to do what I love to do! Please see the Blog post.


Big News! I have redesigned my website at www.kentskanines.com and am presenting it to you today. The website opens with a slideshow and in the Portfolio section, there are twelve galleries of photographs showcasing my grooming expertise in a new and exciting format! The new website flows seamlessly and is completely compatible with all mobile devices ie: iPhone, IPad, Android. The menu includes Portfolio, Biography, Grooming Info, Videos, Testimonials, Diary of a Dog Groomer Blog and Contact. Hope you like it!

The next time I come to groom your dog, please ask me about the Kent’s Kanines cardholder. It is a gift for you that attaches to the back of your cell phone or refrigerator if you prefer so, you can carry business cards, credit cards or that emergency $20.00. I just love these; it’s so handy!

Card Holder

Now for the BIG NEWS! There is a new mascot for Kent’s Kanines! His name is Frisco. He is a black and tan Pomeranian and is now 8 months old. His nickname is “Feisty Frisco.” He will have an amazing coat when he becomes an adult and will be a perfect teaching model. He is all puppy! His favorite activities are: tearing up the toilet paper, terrorizing my other dogs, rising super early to give me lots of kisses, prancing when he walks on lead, fetching the ball endlessly and finally, be so darn cute. It’s has been a long time since I have had a puppy and I have had to draw on my extra reserves of patience. Thank goodness, I have a deep well. It’s been great fun and I am truly enjoying the process of training. Please peruse this Diary of a Dog Groomer Blog post announcing him with photos of these 8 months as well as, talking about his dental procedure. His baby canine teeth were not falling out so, the veterinarian had to extract them under sedation. His scissor bite is now falling into place very nicely.

Kent's Kanines Frisco

Diary of a Dog Groomer Blog has many new installments. Posts featuring Penny– hand stripped Lakeland Terrier, Scout, and Truffles –  two full coated Havaneses, Penny – Tibetan Terrier, Moose – Cock-a-Poo. There is also a Tribute to Travis. Travis, a Kent’s Kanines Model featured in gallery 8 was an amazing rescue dog and loved by all!!

I will miss him terribly!!

I have also written about Senate Bill 969 Pet Grooming Bill. Did you know that groomers are not legally required to attain any training? The Pet Grooming industry is not regulated at all. In recent days in the Bay Area, there was a very unfortunate grooming incident, the dog died and the groomer was charged with abuse and animal cruelty. See Blog post.

And lastly, I would like to share with you a video I created during my glorious vacation in January 2016 in Nice, France after a long year of Home Dog Grooming. I have visited Nice, France several times since age 19 and love the charm, beauty, and soul of the city. The recent attack on the Promenade des Anglais is unfathomable. I wasn’t planning on sharing it but, given the recent events in Nice, I wanted to extend a tribute in the form of this video to this wonderful, magical and unique city!

Thank you to all for your continued support of Kent’s Kanines and Home Dog Grooming!

Moose – Cock-a-Poo

July 20, 2016

What a great name, Moose! This is the first “Moose” I have ever groomed. He is a sweet, sweet chocolate Cock-a-Poo. He grows like a weed so, he is groomed every 4-6 weeks. His fur feels just like velvet; it so soft. He is very active, hiking in Marin, power walking along Chrissy Field, accompanying his family on long road trips, jumping over little jumps set up by his “sisters” in the living room. He lives with three young girls that adore him. Since he leads such an active life, his Mom always wants his coat short and in good order so, I give him a short sport cut; it really accentuates his fit and lithe body. As you will see in the video he is adorable and so handsome!

Penny – Hand Stripped Lakeland Terrier

July 19, 2016

This little girl looks like a Steiff toy! Penny is a darling Lakeland Terrier. I have been grooming her since she arrived at three months. The first-hand stripping was an introduction to the grooming table more than a full hand stripping.  Teaching her to stand and learn to be comfortable and secure on the grooming table is so important in training a puppy, whether hand stripped or not. The actual process of hand stripping went really well; right from the beginning, she behaved very well. I was very careful to go slowly and not pluck out too much.  My main goal, in the beginning, was to allow her to get comfortable with the sensation. Believe it or not, by the 4th grooming was lying down on table completely relaxed allowing me to hand strip her face, ears, around her eyes, around her feet, everywhere.  I think she likes the attention and affection. She is a very loving little girl. Yes, she is still a Lakeland Terrier and gets into mischief all time!! 🙂 🙂 She is a very perky, happy dog. It has been a pleasure to see her mature and see that the consistent hand stripping schedule of every 4-5 weeks has paid off.

The video below was taken when Penny was a little over a year. As you will see, she stands on the table like a pro now. Her baby phase is over now and now, her coat will really start to blossom as she moves into adulthood. Hand stripping such a lovely Lakeland is a pleasure.