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The Suburbanite
  • Mobile groomer goes to the dogs ... and cats

  • Two years ago, Paul Doerr Jr. of Akron saw a need and an opportunity to offer a unique service with a twist on traditional pet grooming services. He opened Quick Clean Mobile Grooming, Inc., a mobile grooming service.

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  • Pet owners in America spent $51 billion on their pets last year, and it’s estimated that $53 billion will be spent in 2012, according to American Pet Products Association (APPA). Monies were spent on pet food, supplies, vet care, boarding and grooming services.
    Two years ago, Paul Doerr Jr. of Akron saw a need and an opportunity to offer a unique service with a twist on traditional pet grooming services. He opened Quick Clean Mobile Grooming, Inc., a mobile grooming service.
    “We already had a brick-and-mortar grooming service, and opening a mobile grooming service was a way to expand our brand and our reach while meeting a need for pet owners,” Doerr said.
    A grooming van travels to the pet owner’s home and grooms the pets right outside the house. This type of service reduces the time the owners have to take out of their day to drop off and pick up their pets.
    “Many of our clients are busy and like this service because it eliminates the time it takes to get the pets to the groomer and back,” Doerr said. “Plus, many clients don’t like transporting their pets or their pets don’t like to travel. We also groom many pets that have been through surgery or are in cancer treatments, and it’s uncomfortable for the dog to travel. Our service also is convenient for multiple pet owners or seniors that own pets.”
    The mobile service has two professionally certified groomers. Services include a warm bubble bath, trimming and filing nails, cleaning and deodorizing ears, tooth brushing and an air fluff dry.  The van has an onboard generator for electricity and 50-gallon fresh water tanks.
    Christi Blackerby of Jackson Township has been using Quick Clean Mobile Grooming for her two dogs. One dog is a Havanese that weighs about 15 pounds, and the other is a toy Yorkie Poo at four pounds.
    “I saw an ad for the service and thought it would help make one less place I have to run because they come to my home to groom the dogs,” Blackerby said. “The groomer does one dog at a time. It’s cleaner too because there are not other dogs around. Plus, the dogs are not caged at all. The service is convenient and clean, and the groomers do a really great job.”
    Doerr said the service mainly grooms dogs, but cats are welcome to the service as well.
    “We can groom any size dog or cat,” Doerr said. “It’s rewarding to provide this type of service to pet owners, because pets give unconditional love, and the owners want to take good care of their pets. We get to help them accomplish that.”
    Doerr, while not a groomer himself, is a pet lover. He has a 12-year-old yellow Lab and an 8-year-old chocolate Lab that he attributes to helping him decide to invest in the grooming business.