Like most groomers, I have had a life-long love of animals, starting with my family dogs!  When I was a senior in high school, I was thrilled to get a summer zookeeper position at the Potawatomi Zoo.  I ended up working there for 5 years, including weekends during college.  I received a Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Science from Purdue University and thought I would pursue a career either at a zoo or the Forest Service. 
A couple months after I graduated, I found a job at an animal hospital in South Bend.  My first job was taking care of boarding pets and assisting the veterinarians with routine services.  I had no idea I would ever learn so much or meet such wonderful people.  I worked there for 8 years, assisting the vets and technicians, providing services such as blood draws and surgery prep, and learning all I could about pet care and health.  I have a special interest in animal behavior.
In 2006, I began working for Katie's Canine Cuts, the local mobile groomer.  Penny, the owner, not only taught me how to groom, but also invited me to work with her when she started her low-volume salon A Few Good Paws.  Early in 2012, the salon closed it's doors.  With the help of my family, I was able to aquire and convert a van so I could return to mobile grooming.  Here Comes the Groomer was launched in April that year and I am so excited to take the grooming on the road! 

HERE COMES THE GROOMER

(574) 220-3760 (call/text)

My Favorite Quotes

To err is human; to forgive, canine.

- Chomps McGee

 

Love is a four-legged word.

- Paws Woofland

 

Life is ruff. Get a lab.

- Yours truly, Sandy Barkley