- Associated Press - Sunday, January 31, 2016

GENOA, Ill. (AP) - DeKalb County’s newest salon caters to an unexpected clientele.

2015 Mobile Groomer of the Year recipient Lisa Leady and her husband, Eric Leady, were to open a Genoa storefront Jan. 18 to compliment her on-the-go pet grooming company, Primp My Pooch Mobile Dog and Cat Salon. From haircuts and shampoos to bows and holiday-themed “pawdicures,” Lisa Leady has been making DeKalb County’s pets look and smell fresh for more than 20 years.

“I love working with the animals and I love being able to see people’s faces when they come in and they pick up their dog, or I bring their dog back in their house and you know that this little animal is one of the best things in their life,” Leady said.

Primp My Pooch’s 500-square-foot storefront at 316 W. Main St. in Genoa will open Jan. 18 and operate Mondays through Fridays by appointment only. The base price for pet grooming at the Genoa store is $55, and includes services like baths, nail trims, full grooming and a selection of retail items, Leady said.

Leady is a third-generation groomer, whose mother and grandmother introduced her to the craft as a young girl. She has since become a certified Master Groomer by the National Dog Groomers Association of America and the International Pet Groomers Inc., as well as winning runner-up on Animal Planet’s reality competition show, “Groomer Has It.” She also was named 2015 Mobile Groomer of the Year by Cardinal Pet Care.

In 2012, she founded Lisa Leady Products, a manufacturer of canine ear cleaners and loops and leads products.

“I don’t have anybody working on anybody’s dog that trains on the job. They must know what they are doing,’ Leady said.

Now that Leady’s husband has decided to return to the family’s grooming business, the couple can handle primping twice as many animals than Lisa’s mobile business alone.

“We knew we wanted to stay in our own town, which is Genoa. When we walked into this little salon of 500 square feet we knew it was perfect. It’s a darling little location,” she said.

The Leadys will continue serving Genoa’s surrounding area, including DeKalb, Sycamore, Kingston, Kirkland, Hampshire and Pingree Grove, with their mobile business. Customers should book their appointments at least one week in advance. Both groomers can see about 12 animals a day without getting overwhelmed, and for Lisa Leady the focus is on quality, not quantity, she said.

“I love to see (owners’) faces light up when their dog has a new haircut and they’re happy with it,” she said.

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Source: The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle, https://bit.ly/1N8tnow

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Information from: The Daily Chronicle, https://www.daily-chronicle.com

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