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    I just joined the site. I am 64 years old and started grooming when I was 17. I attended a satellite location of a Grooming School taught in local pet shop. My mother had a miniature schnauzer that didn't look right, so she agreed to pay my tituation if I would cut the dog for life. I went every day after school, and enjoyed it. When I was finished I was prepared for entry level job in a salon or vets office. I saw an ad in the local paper "dog grooming your home or mine" so being 17 years old I was sure I could do it too, so I ran my own ad. By summer after graduating for H S I was cutting 20 dogs a week. Later I had to grow up and got a real job. Now I recently retired and opend Jims Trims, and do house calls. This Janurary I will have been in business two years.

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      Had to get a "real" job huh? Damn, I thought I was doing a REAL job being sole support of my family!!!
      Cyn
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      Last edited by Cyn; 09-13-16, 06:16 AM.
      Ain't always easy to stand up for what is right.

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      • #4
        Ah Jim, my Mom had been waiting for me to get "a real job" for my entire life. "Gee Mom, I've been grooming for 40 years. This IS my Real Job!"

        Welcome to the Boards. Good group of folks here.

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          My real job was a self employed professional photographer, a lot of similarities between that and pet grooming. Long hours, heavy lifting, being on your feet 10-12 hours. dealing with the public. But I got to do something I love. Not that I don't love grooming, it just a different type of "creative job."

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            Originally posted by Jims Trims View Post
            My real job was a self employed professional photographer, a lot of similarities between that and pet grooming. Long hours, heavy lifting, being on your feet 10-12 hours. dealing with the public. But I got to do something I love. Not that I don't love grooming, it just a different type of "creative job."
            Much better said!
            Welcome to the board!!
            Ain't always easy to stand up for what is right.

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            • #7
              I am sorry if my comment "Real Job" upset anyone. I do consider grooming a very real job. I personally know several area groomers, and I know the hours they work, and what they go thru on a day to day basis. I left to get a real job when I was 17 years old. I was grooming in my Mom's basement and doing house calls. I was 4 years away from turning 21, so I was not even an adult. I couldn't get a car loan or sign a lease. My Mom had to co sign for me to get a checking account to deposit the checks people paid me, for grooming. I was years way from ever being able to go full time grooming, So I just had to get a paying job.

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              • #8
                Lol, I don't think you upset anyone.
                However groomers have always fought the "it is just playing with dogs all day" or it is a bored house wives "hobby"...so just wanted to point out had to get a "real" job was best left unsaid or worded better.
                Look forward to reading your posts and wish you great luck with your new HC business!
                Ain't always easy to stand up for what is right.

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                • #9
                  Welcome and thanks for fixing your wording [emoji4] we all take our jobs very seriously on here, and there is much to learn. For 2 years, I was keeping us afloat with my job.


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                  • #10
                    I was a professional photographer, and worked from home before opening my first place. I heard every one of those "real job" comments. When my daughter was in middle school someone asked her what does your Dad do? She replied he a photographer and takes wedding pictures. Her friend answered "Oh I thought he was a real photographer" I like, groomers heard it all before. You guys sound like a real great group of professionals and I look forward to getting more into the group

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                    • #11
                      Hello and welcome. I took no offense,

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                        Hi here too. I think grooming is unreal it is so good.

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                          Welcome Jim! [emoji1303][emoji252]


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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by petstimes2 View Post
                            Hi here too. I think grooming is unreal it is so good.
                            Me too!

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