There's a new groomer in town, and she's already got the tails wagging! We are thrilled to welcome Alex and FETCH Dog Grooming to Rodney at 226 Furnival, which has been home to a variety of downtown businesses over the years. This venture is a true homecoming for Alex, who grew up in the village but moved to London when she was in high school.
While studying at Beal she was introduced to a summer job program and matched with a London dog groomer. This fateful arrangement was the perfect fit for kick-starting her career, but it also brought Alex full circle to a treasured childhood memory that in hindsight was the event that got the ball rolling for her. She remembers that as a small child, her family had a dog that they took to the local groomer in West Lorne. One day, she was allowed to stay for the appointment and help groom her dog, and the experience stuck with her.
After getting her industry start in London, Alex eventually became an active member of the Ontario Dog Grooming Association and is certified at multiple levels through the Canadian Professional Pet Stylists. She decided to move back to the West Elgin area to open her own business, and she is already building a dedicated clientele. Alex says that she was required to vow to treat every pet that comes through her business like her own upon graduation from grooming academy. This is something she takes very seriously, and as a dog lover each day is living the dream.
Alex has already established herself as an industry trendsetter unique from other groomers and she works hard to continually upgrade her skills to meet industry standards. She also competes in shows! On the home front, she observes that rural residents view their dogs as working members of the family, and people put a great deal of time into ensuring that their beloved companions are in top form. Alex takes great care to treat the local pooch population as such when they come in for service.
Down the road, Alex hopes to continue building her clientele and pursuing further skill development. Given her experiences as a young person growing up in a rural area, she prioritizes the facilitation of youth opportunities and would like to hire an assistant who could be trained just as she was. What an incredible example of youth entrepreneurship, and of a rural young person using their skills to benefit their home community.
FETCH Dog Grooming
226 Furnival Rd., Rodney