Crystal and Jen purchased Club Canine from owner the previous owner Stacey Rogers in July of 2018. Stacey opened Club Canine in 2004 with the sole focus on DIY Dog Washing. She was not only the first in the state to have this service, but the attention to detail in the state of the art tubs still hold up 14 years later. Over the years she continued to add more and more services starting with professional grooming and then small dog daycare and retail. Club Canine won Best Groomer awards year after year because of their expert staff and constantly staying on the forefront of the grooming world. Stacey decided to pass the torch to her long time friends Crystal and Jen who have big dreams of continuing Club Canine’s legacy while adding their own expertise, and obsession of animals.
Who are Crystal and Dara?
The proud owner and founder of Sitter for your Critter. She started the company way back in 2007 with just a love of animals and an idea that people in her community might need a different option for their critters when they were out of town. Eight years, 900 clients, and 15 employees later her passion for animals has led her to a life of service for the critters in her community. She founded a nonprofit called Helping People, Helping Pets in 2012 with the mission to provide pet food and veterinary assistance to those that were experiencing financial difficulty and were at risk of losing their pets. In 2015 they have successfully delivered over 300,000 pounds of pet food to hungry pets all throughout the Seacoast. These days the nonprofit and managing the business keeps her pretty busy but she refuses to completely stop taking care of her critters altogether. Where would the fun be in that? Last but not least she is the very proud owner of an English Bulldog Capone and a super cute kitty named Oakland.
The Whole Pet Grooming Academy
I have been working with horses and dogs professionally since 1991. My knowledge ranges from competing, handling, and grooming of horses, cows, dogs, rabbits, and other small animals. In 1999, I attended the Nash Academy in Lexington, Kentucky, upon completing the Nash grooming program, I earned my BA for Small Business Management from Ottawa University. I moved to New Hampshire in
In six years I built a business that earned recognition from the community and my devoted following of clients. I was presented the Best of Souhegan Valley Award as Best Groomer for the years 2007 through 2012. After selling The Doggie Bag and Day Spaw, I opened up what is now Dara’s Paw Spaw and The Whole Pet Grooming Academy in 2012. The Academy is licensed as a postsecondary career school by the state of New Hampshire with a very strong curriculum offering 6 diploma programs, 15 courses and 22 certified workshops for continuing education as well as the only certified professional Animal Communication program in the world.
In December 2016, I joined the Board of Directors for the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, in which I was an active member and volunteer on multiple committees for our region. I had the honor of being recognized as Emerging Business Entrepreneur of the
In June 2017, I hosted a first of its kind Groomer Business Owner Retreat. Seminars were business focused along with round table discussions, massages,
2018, I opened
As a groomer, I have scoured the market for the best products and have adopted unconventional techniques to accommodate each of my client’s needs. I am constantly looking for ways to grow and learn within and beyond the grooming industry. My pleasure comes not only from the finished