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  • Furry Friends in Operation for 30+ Years

    It’s rare that a small business lasts more than a few years these days. But among the business success stories in Payson is Furry Friends. After 31 years, owner Terry Ford still loves coming to work every day at the same quaint location off South McLane Road, near the Humane Society of Central Arizona.

    #Maybe it’s that positive attitude or her staff’s attention to detail, but year after year, Furry Friends wins the Roundup’s reader poll for Best Groomer.

    Photo by Alexis Bechman
    Furry Friends groomer Dani Parkhurst works on client Jazzy McNeil.

    #Ford said she looks at grooming as movable artwork.

    #A dog might come in quite disheveled and leave with a whole new look.

    #“I take pride in our work,” she said.

    #Ford said she is not about how many dogs she can turn out each day, but the quality of their work.

    #“I am very particular.”

    #Ford was raised in Ohio. At age 18, she brought her Shih Tzu to a groomer and was amazed how they transformed her dog. Eager to learn, Dee, a groomer, agreed to teach Ford the skills. Ford later opened a Furry Friends location in California and in 1974, moved to Rim Country and worked at the Strawberry Lodge. She groomed dogs out of her home, but dreamed of opening another Furry Friends location. In 1984, she realized that dream by opening her store, which offers professional grooming and boarding.

    #Today, a staff of three works with Ford.............
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