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Dog Groomer Driven to do a Better Job

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    Last month, Darleen LaFontaine debuted her new business, Pixie Willow’s Mobile Pet Spa.

    A local dog lover and trained pet groomer has found her perfect job, surprisingly, in a trailer.

    Darleen LaFontaine of Gray started Pixie Willow’s Mobile Pet Spa, a truck-based pet-grooming business, in mid-April. A custom-made trailer, complete with a shower and grooming station, allows her to drive to customers’ homes to give their pets the royal treatment.

    “I’ve seen a lot of people who have problems with salons,” LaFontaine said, “because clients have to schedule an appointment, cart their dog to it, and then their dog waits in a kennel for hours. I can breeze up and be done in one to two hours.”

    LaFontaine is no stranger to the pet-grooming business. The proud owner of Australian shepherds, long-haired herding dogs similar to border collies, she started grooming out of necessity.

    She received more than 500 hours of training at A+ Groomers in New Gloucester. She worked as a groomer at Gray Doggie Cottage, a day care and salon for dogs, where she met Janet Macomber, now one of her regular customers.

    Macomber, a New Gloucester resident, said LaFontaine is “my favorite person I’ve had work on Murphy,” her Labradoodle...................
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