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National Love Your Pet Day: The pawfect groomers for your fur babies

Written by Nick Brinkerhoff

We know that pets are an important part of every community, so in honor of National Love Your Pet Day today, we’re highlighting the top five pet groomers in the United States based on votes from neighbors like you. All of the groomers on our list are local businesses, which are essential to sustaining happy and healthy communities.

Today is the pawfect day to give your fur baby a little extra TLC by visiting a Neighborhood Favorite groomer. Trust us, they’ll love you fur-ever. To find the most recommended groomers in your neighborhood, visit nextdoor.com/favorites or tap the heart icon on your Nextdoor app. We believe neighbors know best, and fur-tunately for you, you now have an easy-to-use guide to find the best local businesses in your local community.

Haven The Dog Spot – Marietta, GA

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Owner Barbara McRee’s passion for pets started long ago when she founded Mutt Madd-ness Dog Rescue in April 2009. With each dog that Barbara rescued, she’d direct volunteers and adoptive parents to boarding and daycare facilities and trainers, and advise on products and services. In 2011, Barbara realized an opportunity to grow a business that would offer all of these services in one, and soon after Haven The Dog Spot was born. Eight years later and Haven The Dog Spot is consistently voted a favorite among Marietta neighbors. When asked what they love most about Haven, neighbors often say it’s the caring staff that sets the business apart. Barbara and her team are always willing to work with their clients to ensure their pets are having the best stay possible, and give each dog the understanding and compassion that they need and deserve.  

Brookside Barkery & Bath – Kansas City, MO

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Fifteen years ago, owners Larry and Delena Stout had a harrowing experience with their beloved St. Bernard, Aspen, who had hip dysplasia and other health problems. After taking Aspen to the vet, Larry and Delena learned that many of Aspen’s health problems could be avoided with a change in her nutrition and overall care. Eager to do what was best for Aspen, Delena dedicated years to researching alternative nutrition and care for pets. Then, in 2001, when passing an open storefront in Brookside, Delena had an idea. Why not help educate other pet owners about how to best care for their pets, and provide them the products to do so? Larry was in support of the idea, and two years later they opened Brookside Barkery & Bath. Now, the store that offers the most up-to-date holistic health information and all-natural pet food and bathing products is a favorite among Kansas City neighbors. So much so that it was voted a Nextdoor Neighborhood Favorite in 32 neighborhoods!

Struttin Pup – Lafayette, CO

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Opening its doors over 17 years ago, Struttin Pup is founded on a love of pets and a passion for long lasting health. Struttin Pup is one of Boulder County’s oldest natural pet stores, carrying only high quality, unique, natural, antibiotic and hormone free pet food and specialty products. Through free individualized nutritional consultations, the staff at Struttin Pup help ensure that the fur babies who visit their store are eating the best food for them. Neighbors love the personalized service and extensive options of holistic products this local groomer brings to the community. It’s no surprise that Struttin Pup was voted a Nextdoor Neighborhood Favorite in 36 Denver-area neighborhoods!

Muddy Paws Grooming and Retail – Norfolk, VA

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In June 2006, Muddy Paws opened its doors as a one stop shop for all pet needs, from speciality foods and supplies, to professional grooming, daycare, and border services. The staff at Muddy Paws are dog experts, and are dedicated to educating their customers about the best ways to care for their furry friends. Neighbors and their pets love visiting Muddy Paws because of the love and attention that the staff gives to every dog that walks through the door. The team at Muddy Paws sees themselves as more than just a neighborhood business. They are neighbors to the many families living nearby and they work hard every day to ensure their customers feel that neighborly love when visiting Muddy Paws.

ShamPooches – San Ramon, CA

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Founded over 25 years ago, ShamPooches is an East Bay establishment, winning many awards since its opening for its great service and affordable rates. In addition to providing a full roster of services like nail trimming, teeth cleaning, and shampooing, ShamPooches offers a taxi service where they will pick up and return your pet at your home. The friendly and highly trained staff at ShamPooches help create a trusted environment where pet owners feel confident leaving their pets. More than 270 neighbors on Nextdoor have recommended ShamPooches, so it is no surprise that it was voted a Neighborhood Favorite in over 40 East Bay neighborhoods.

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