It’s a Sign!

groom signMy subdivision, Port Royal, is relatively small, maybe 30 or 40 houses. It is also on a cul-de-sac, so we have no through traffic. There are two houses for sale on our street. Earlier this week I got a call from a lady who had been house-shopping and wrote down my number from the sign in my front yard.

She had looked at so many houses that she couldn’t even remember where I was located, but she wanted to bring  Winston, her 10 month old multi-poo-shih-tzu to me to groom. It ended up being a 20 minute drive this morning, but she didn’t seem to mind. What a wiggle butt, and a sweet boy!

After the groom, Winston’s Mom couldn’t come for him for over an hour, so after I grabbed a bite of lunch I carried the little guy upstairs to meet Lucy. She was very gentle with him while he sat in my lap and made friends with her.

My next groom had rescheduled for Good Friday, so I thought I was done for the day. After returning from a quick run to Walmart, which, for an early Friday afternoon, was uncharacteristically packed, my mobile rang with a local number I didn’t recognize. Unbelievably, it was another person who had driven through the neighborhood to look at the houses for sale and had seen my sign. They were a retired couple who had just returned from three months of wintering in Florida. She claimed they couldn’t find a groomer there for their three pound yorkie. Huh?? They lived nearby, so I told her to bring 15 year old Daisy on over. This was definitely another one of those “I wouldn’t normally groom her this way, but if it’s what you want” grooms.

Isn’t this Senior Lady precious? Their granddaughter convinced them to adopt this cutie as a rescue when Daisy was four years old. Daisy is also an experienced girl on the groom table. Such a delight!

Out of curiosity, I did a spread sheet on the origin of all my active grooms. The results are 20% from my yard sign, 55% from the neighborhood blog, 15% from referrals, and 10% from people in the neighborhood asking who groomed my dog (Lexi) when we were out walking.

16 thoughts on “It’s a Sign!

  1. I’ll tell you what to do. Put a picture of Lexi and say “before” then add a picture of Lucy and say “after”. If you do that, you won’t be bothered with customers ever again.

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  2. that is like afairytale what good things came to you… and how talented you are … and the best is: it is NOT just a fairytale it is TRUE!!!! I could sing and dance with happiness that you started your business (but I can’t, the windows are open and my neighborhood would probably call the guys with the tight jackets LOL)

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    1. Jeff admitted later that he laughed to himself when I designed and put up a sign. He was happily amazed how well it has worked. (I’ve had several come because of the sign who have since moved or died.)

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  3. I’m so happy for you. Love the before and after pictures along with the stories. I look forward to more of them.
    ~ hugs Margret

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  4. Ha, ha. I started grooming in 1995 in a city 45 minutes from here. When I moved, I naturally lost all my clients. It’s nice to be grooming again. Oh, and thank you!


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