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  • Shout Out: Kelly Batt, Pet Groomer

    Kelly Batt, 52, is the owner of Fur Babies in downtown Glenview. She has been the owner of the pet grooming business for five years, but she has worked there for 19 years. Batt has been married to her husband, Brian, for 20 years, and they have a daughter. She grew up and lives in Northbrook.

    Q: How do you enjoy being the owner of Fur Babies?

    A: I love it. I have always gravitated toward animals. I’d bring strays home at 4 years old. I always knew I’d work with animals.

    Q: What does a “ruff” day at work look like?

    A: It’s definitely a labor of love. The myth of dog grooming is that we play with dogs all day. But we have to keep them safe while using sharp tools. Some dogs don’t like it.

    Q: What do you enjoy about owning a business in Glenview?

    A: It’s such a small town feel in a big town. I’ve watched these kids grow up. They bring their kids here now. They are not just clients, they are friends. I’m blessed to have the customers I do.

    Q: What are some of your hobbies?

    A: I like to try different restaurants. I binge watch Netflix with my husband.

    Q: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

    A: Australia. I’ve always wanted to go there. My niece married an Australian man and moved there so now I have an excuse to go.

    Q: Who do you look up to?

    A: I look up to my mom. She’s widowed and raised nine kids. She raised us to be independent and well adjusted.

    Q: What is your favorite childhood memory?

    A: My mom letting me bring my first stray cat into the house. Her name was Tom and she had one eye. She later had kittens in my mom’s drawer, and that’s when I learned that Tom was a girl.

    Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?

    A: I have a little road rage, so inconsiderate drivers.

    Q: What advice would you give your college-aged self?

    A: I’d say what I always tell my daughter, be safe and make smart decisions.

    Q: Do you have any words of wisdom for the community?

    A: Be kind. You never know what kind of day someone is having.
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