My name is Linda Slinden and I have been the Professional Pet Groomer here at Companions since December 2000. I believe a clean, attractive, healthy pet is a happy pet. I will pamper your pet with a thorough combing/brushing, pet-a-cure, ear cleaning, massaging shampoo, clipping and styling to complement your pet's appearance.
As a Professional Pet Groomer I dedicate myself to having one on one time with each and every pet to ensure that they each receive tender loving care. I strive for the highest standards in the quality of my grooming. I guarantee that I will make the care and safety of my clients' pet my first priority. I treat my pet owner clients with the respect and consideration they deserve. I see to it that every pet put in my care is always treated humanely and with love. I do not consider what I do as a Professional Groomer a job; I look at it as a passion. My understanding and love for animals goes deeper than anyone could imagine. I feel that outside the family, the Professional Groomer is one of the closest persons to the pet. As a Professional Groomer, I see your pets on a regularly monthly or bimonthly basis, and in many instances I feel as though I'm the surrogate owner. A close bond between the family and the pet often means a close bond between the family and the groomer. I truly cherish the time I get to spend making every pet look its best.
The dictionary definition of the word professional is "one skilled in a profession, craft or art". Professionalism is defined as "the methods, manner or spirit of profession; also its practitioners". I greatly feel that Professional Groomers (like myself) fit this definition well. Good ones are certainly skilled in the art of dog grooming, and certainly conduct themselves professionally. Most dog groomers, myself included, must undergo as much training and education as human hair stylists. Canine beauty culture demands as much artistic skill as the human counterpart (some groomers contend even more).
I have put together some before and after pictures I hope you will enjoy seeing. I wouldn't be able to perform my artistic skills on pets if it wasn't for my outstanding clientele. Thank you all for your loyalty and trust with your four-legged family member. For potential new clients, I look forward to meeting you and your pet.
Hello! I am Kristie, one of the groomers at CAH. I grew up on a small dairy farm north of Melrose. I always had a love for animals. I spend all my extra time during the day surrounding myself with our many barn cats and our old German Shepherds. Anytime the vet would need to come I was the first one out in the barn waiting to help. As I got older, my stomach couldn't handle the "vet" part of animals anymore. So the next best thing was grooming. I started my grooming journey at PetSmart in 202 as a bather. Soon I was sent off to grooming school. Within the year I was moved up to salon manager where I spent the rest of my time at PetSmart until 2008. I then started grooming for the MVA Veterinary Clinic where I travel clinic to clinic from Melrose, Albany, Sauk Centre and Little Falls. I was lucky to join the CAH team in the spring of 2013.
As for my hobbies, I love to play softball. I played a lot of slow pitch for many years around the area. it is so much fun to get together with friends every night during the summer. I love going to the beach. There is nothing better than sitting at a lake on a hot summer day. I live in St. Joseph with my husband and daughter, Harper. We also have a Puggle named Stella who is always keeping us on our toes.