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Local woman starts up mobile pet grooming business

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Imagine being able to have your furry friend groomed on your own doorstep.

Now you can Darlene Koele of Fonda says. Koele recently started up 4 Paws Grooming, a mobile based pet grooming business that she says will be available to those in a 35 mile radius from her home in Fonda.

According to Koele her mobile unit is only the third unit in the state. The other two units are located in Des Moines.

The mobile unit allows pets to be at home to receive their grooming.

Koele says it's a quiet and calm environment for the animal allowing them not to feel nervous as a result of being around several other animals in a grooming salon.

"It's especially good for timid dogs," says Koele."It's just one on one." Koele says the stations are cleaned and maintained to provide a professional atmosphere.

It's also good for those with busy work schedules who don't have time to make two trips to a grooming salon. Koele says people can make arrangements after she has groomed an animal a couples times to groom the animal even when an owner isn't home..

The service is also good for elderly people who may have more difficulties getting out, she says. Or elderly or disabled pets, she adds.Another benefit to the mobile busisness is that it allows pets to come right in for their grooming rather than waiting in a crate.

Koele opened her business earlier this month after picking up her bus in Granger, Indiana. Koele says she spent six months completing mandatory training locally and then decided to pursue her own business.

"I have three dogs and two cats of my own. I love pets and just wanted to get into it," she says. Currently Koele says she only grooms dogs and all sized dogs are welcome.

The business offers express service, dogs are groomed in about one to two hours.

Koele says the bus is equipped with state of the art equipment and water for grooming can be heated in eight seconds.

For more information or to book an appointment call 712-288-6220 or 712-299-6779.