|Masters Pampers the Paws|
|Written by Mike Woody|
|Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00|
At the age of 15, Amanda Masters secured a position at Pampered Paws and began working toward her dream of owning a pet grooming business.
Six years later, it came true as she took over the reigns at Pampered Paws. Even today she still enjoys beautifying all the canines that visit.
Masters takes great pride in the results of her grooming efforts, especially when it makes her four-legged friends feel better about their self. “The dogs tend to prance out of here when their mommies and daddies come to get them. That makes me happy,” she said.
A lifelong animal lover, Masters took her family’s dogs to Pampered Paws as a child and became interested in the grooming business. She studied the field at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center and continued gaining on-the- job experience at Pampered Paws.
Following in Masters’ footsteps as a young entrepreneur is her seven year old son, who helps out some in the morning caring for the animals before school. “I need someone to take over the family business,” she said.
Pampered Paws is a full service groomer that bathes, brushes & cuts hair, trims nails, brushes teeth and fulfills any other needs. Dogs, as well as cats are treated. Masters says the animals also receive some extra love, “We get attached to them while they are here, like they are our own puppies.”
The holiday season is an especially busy time for Masters as everyone wants their pets to look good, but she expands her hours to six days a week to fit everyone in. New clients are also always welcome. All products used are hypoallergenic, including the specialty shampoos.
As owner, Masters not only enjoys the luxury of spending her days surrounded by animals but also likes making her own hours. The normal hours for Pampered Paws, 209 E. Main Street, is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, but during the holidays she is open until 5 p.m. and also working Mondays. Pampered Paws is also open every other Saturday.
Most clients bring their pets every four to six weeks, but it varies. According to Masters, they are always anxious to come back, “A lot of the dogs pull their parents in here,” she said.
The opportunity to come to work each day at Pampered Paws is a gift to Masters, which she plans to continue enjoying for years to come, “I’m very fortunate that I was able to make my dreams come true,” she said.