When Amber Parsons recently groomed an horribly matted Cocker Spaniel, she was not only able to groom the dog but was able to treat him. She alerted the dog's owner, who was unaware of the problem but was very grateful. For Amber, being a dog groomer is not just about cute haircuts, it's about connecting with animals and finding underlying issues to help them.
Amber has been grooming for 3 ½ years, having started out as a bather. "It's more than just a job; it's rewarding and fulfilling," she said. Working with animals runs in the family as "everyone in my family is either in the animal medical field or is grooming." As a groomer she can help find issues before they happen, which makes it rewarding.
She has been with Second Home for 9 months, and her favorite part of the job is that she is still learning.
The staff at Second Home is welcoming, and "everyone has accepted me into the little family we have created," she said.
"I love going into work," Amber said. "I get to learn a new dog every day. It's all about the animals there, whether it's a pig, a bird, a dog, a cat or a rabbit."