Pine Bluffs Post - Serving all of Eastern Laramie County since 1908

By Susan Braden
Pine Bluffs Post 

Groomer has it


Jimmie Earls/Pine Bluffs Post

Amanda Johnson, left, owner of Barking Beauties, poses with Brodie, one of her many satisfied customers after a recent trim and bath. Barking Beauties provides mobile dog grooming service to the Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska tri-state area.

For the past eight years, Amanda Johnson's business has gone to the dogs...literally. Johnson is the owner of Barking Beauties, a mobile dog grooming business based in the Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska tri-state area. It wasn't her first choice of profession, but she has come to love what she does.

"I originally wanted to be a veterinarian, but it was too much schooling," said Johnson. "I love animals, it's a passion of mine so I decided to do grooming instead."

Johnson chose to work out of a customized mobile van rather than set up shop in a brick and mortar building due to cost concerns.

"For me to buy a building alone would have cost between $70-80,000," Johnson added. "The cost of the mobile unit was $37,000 - nearly half the price and it was built to my needs."

Being able to take her business to clients is both beneficial to her and her clientele.

"A good portion of my customers are elderly people who have to find someone to take them and their dog to the groomer." Amanda said. "My customers seem to really like me coming to their house and getting a quality grooming service done right where they live. No fuss, no muss."

Her service includes a haircut, bath, nail clipping, ear cleaning and sanitary trim.

If you want your pooch pampered, you better schedule your appointment fast. Johnson's calendar is already full until early August and her business is very steady.

"My phone is always ringing and I have to shut it off on weekends sometimes," she added.

To reach Barking Beauties, call (307) 477-0279. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last appointment being at 3 p.m.


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