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DOG'S BEST FRIEND.

Owner: Vicki Carrington

Address: 1117 West Highway 412, Siloam Springs, 72761

Phone: (501) 238-1920

Hours: Monday- Saturday 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Start-up: May 22

Dog's Best Friend, owned by Vicki Carrington, specializes in dog and cat grooming in the Siloam Springs area.

"I've been grooming for 15 years," says Carrington. "When the woman who taught me, Michele Eaker, closed down her business, I decided to open it up here." Eaker's shop was in Plano, Texas.

Carrington bathes, clips and grinds nails, cleans pads and dips both cats and dogs. She also offers hot-oil treatments and medicated baths for pets that need it. Although Carrington has suffered her share of bites and scratches, she does not use tranquilizers, harnesses or restraints. "Most of the dogs just stare out of the window while I groom them," says Carrington.

At Dog's Best Friend, none of the animals are kept in cages and are allowed to roam freely throughout the building. "I keep blankets on the floor for them, and most of the pets don't want to leave," says Carrington. she also says that even with the animals roaming around, no fights have broken out and the animals seem to get along well.

Carrington also helps out with Paws and Claws, an adopt-a-pet animal shelter in Siloam Springs. "When a pet gets adopted from Paws and Claws, I make arrangements with the new owners to groom their new pet before it's taken home."
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Author:FREEMAN, CANDACE S.
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Nov 1, 1999
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