NORWAY — Corrie Maule of Vulcan turned her love of canines right into a enterprise.
Maule, alongside along with her husband, Jeff, opened Pampered Pups on Major in Norway six years in the past this month.
After grooming her personal canines at dwelling, in addition to working at one other native pet salon, she obtained the itch to exit on her personal.
“I lastly determined I used to be going to go to highschool to get my license,” Maule stated. She additionally had loads of canines to apply on at dwelling: two bloodhounds, a half-bloodhound, a Yorkshire terrier, a “shorkie” — a shih tzu-Yorkshire terrier cross — and a combined breed.
Maule’s four-legged shoppers run in dimension, from 3 kilos to greater than 200 kilos.
“I like the massive ones — the larger, the higher for me,” she stated with amusing.
She provides all fundamental providers for canines, together with full grooming, fundamental baths, deshedding and nails.
“I even polish nails for a few of my women,” she added.
Maule will do any haircuts, from brief to lengthy, requested by the proprietor.
Pampered Pups on Major makes use of all pure and secure merchandise. “I follow a lavender and oatmeal, which aren’t harsh on their pores and skin,” she stated.
Costs range, relying on the canine’s dimension and providers requested. “I do make it reasonably priced for everybody,” she stated.
Scheduled groomings advantages the canine’s general well being and well-being, Maule stated.
Common bathing will help with allergic reactions in addition to holding their hair manageable, she stated, whereas common nail and ear upkeep is critical.
And there are different benefits to having pets professionally groomed. “My arms and eyes are all around the canines throughout their grooming, on the lookout for issues that most individuals wouldn’t discover,” Maule stated.
Many canines don’t all the time behave for his or her homeowners to do such work, she added. “It’s like a child going to highschool — so effectively behaved when mother and pop aren’t there,” she famous.
Maule enjoys the problem of gaining the belief of her four-legged buddies and dealing by means of the problems some might have with being groomed. In flip, the homeowners come to belief her with their pets, which she referred to as some of the rewarding a part of the job.
The hardest half has been dropping her four-legged buddies through the years. “I wasn’t ready for that a part of the job — I didn’t even give it some thought till I misplaced my first canine,” Maule stated. “I’m even unhappy after they transfer away.”
Since being shut down in April and Might final yr resulting from COVID-19 restrictions, she
has seen a fast enhance in enterprise.
In March, she formally obtained her license to broaden her enterprise to promote do-it-yourself canine treats.
Her daughter, Ollie (Camryn) Champeau of Farmington, Minn., had inspired her to promote baked gadgets, as she already steadily made treats at dwelling for her personal canines.
“She stated they’ve a recent canine bakeries in every single place there and are well-liked,” she stated. “I believed possibly it could go over right here.”
Maule stated it took greater than six months to finish the method. She needed to ship a pattern of every part she deliberate to promote to a lab for analyzing.
“Which was a superb factor — ensuring every part is clear components, no junk or fillers,” she stated.
She did loads of experimenting with totally different components and researching gadgets as she was developing along with her personal recipes.
“My bloodhounds obtained to do so much the sampling,” she stated.
Pampered Pups Bakery at present provides three totally different flavors of treats — peanut butter-pumpkin, strawberry and blueberry. She selected the berry flavors as a result of they’re nice for canines; the pumpkin, too, has many well being advantages.
“I needed to do the peanut butter as a result of canines adore it,” she added.
She additionally has peanut butter and banana flavored pupcakes.
Luggage of the three varieties treats promote for $4.95 or $7.95 for a jar, that are refillable for $4.95. An 8-ounce pupcake is $4.95; six 4-ounce pupcakes are $9.95; and a dozen 4-ounce pupcakes are $19.95.
Canine celebrating a birthday can get a particular birthday bash basket that features all three flavors of treats and a pupcake for $15.95. However Maule asks that anybody within the pupcakes or birthday basket name a pair days forward.
“I don’t hold cupcakes available,” she defined. “I make them recent and solely hold for a couple of days within the fridge due to the excessive moisture in them.”
No preservatives are used within the treats and muffins, she careworn.
Maule has been busy maintaining with the orders.
“Evan (her 16-year-old son) use to get excited when he noticed the mixer come out, considering he was getting a deal with. Not anymore — he is aware of it’s simply canine treats,” she stated with amusing.
Maule is seeking to supply some summertime gadgets comparable to ice cream and different frozen treats.
“That’s my subsequent step, to get these samples despatched out to the lab,” she stated. “With all of the walkers that go by the store with the canines, I believed it could be cute to have them cease by for ice cream.”
Pampered Pups all the time accepts new shoppers and is open seven days per week.
“I do know it’s arduous for homeowners to get their pets to a groomer throughout the week,” she stated “So I plan to proceed with Saturdays and Sundays.”
Maule enjoys spending time with canines. “It’s not like work to me,” she stated.
To make a grooming appointment at Pampered Pups on Major, 716 Major St. in Norway, or to put a particular deal with order name Maule at 906-221-0077.