i'm sorry to report that things did not work out in the dog grooming salon i was working in. nothing in that whole series of events that warrants any time here other than what i just gave.
in the interim, i am grooming dogs at home. not a lot, but a few here and there to keep the skills improving. i have no desire to keep doing this out of my home for personal as well as logistical reason. i mean, can you imagine trying to groom in the garage while this was going on? sure, it would have made wetting a dog down easy, but the drying time would have been impossible! so my plan is to do this temporarily until i can find a place & map out a plan to open my own store front. i figure i have plenty of time, no need to rush and make any more mistakes than i already have.
so with that said, here's what Nacho has rigged up for me just to get by (excuse the blurry photos cuz that is all i seem to be capable of with my phone):
next up, my supply table. i was able to re-purpose my old garden cart. i have had this thing since about 1995, so i would say that was money well spent - thanks Target!
my favorite part....the OSB tub!
Jake also tested our drying setup. yes, that is a leaf blower in the blurry photo below - thanks for the idea Moser!
this is the area where we will need some improvements. first up, a larger kennel. Jake was fine in this & stood up almost the entire time so that helped get his belly dry fast. but i really want something more comfy for a larger dog. now the leaf blower concept may seem a bit klugey, but cage dryers are essentially the same thing. i'm pricing those now but this thing worked like a charm. we used it, the little yellow "squirrel cage" fan on the left, and my 2 assistants Barry & Nacho with regular hair dryers and this guy was done in 2 hours flat! i don't think we could have achieved that if it had not been for the leaf blower & squirrel cage.
so there you have it. a rough start, but a start indeed. what i do like about this setup is i'm at home so if i want to take a dog outside for a break, i've got a great layout for that. there are lots of things to improve, but, like i said, this is only meant to get me by for a very short period of time.
here's hoping the next posting under the grooming tag will show me with a giant pair of scissors & a big ribbon!