Strutt Your Mutt Grooming has been in business about a month, but on Monday, the phone was ringing off the hook.
A former veterinary technician, Tanera Swan has opened a dog grooming business in her home in Norcross. After offering a three-day coupon special, she is booked for the week. It's a good problem to have.
Swan has spent her entire career working with animals. With a bachelor’s of science degree in veterinary technology, she worked in vet clinics for 10 years before following her “entrepreneurial spirit.” She is trained in dog grooming standards, having attended grooming school, and specializes in grooming small- to mid-size dogs.
With her Pekingese dog Princess close by -- a stray she rescued six or seven years ago -- she talks to Norcross Patch.
What services do you provide?
I provide baths, full grooms, teeth brushing, teeth cleaning, ear cleaning, ear plucking, anal gland expression and nail trims.
What do you like about this business?
I love animals. It’s something I have loved ever since I can remember, since I was a little girl. I’ve always known I was going to work with animals, and I always have. I’ve never left the animal field. It does take a lot of patience – something that I think I excel in. I have a lot of patience - because it takes a lot of patience to be able to work with animals. They can’t tell you, “Oh this hurts” or “I don’t like this.” And I just like the fact that I can work with animals on a daily basis. I just love being able to do that.
What makes you unique?
It’s a little different business because it’s from home, and a lot of dogs are more comfortable in an environment like this rather than going to a big place where there are 50 barking dogs. So they seem more comfortable and at home in this type of environment.
What do you like about being located in Norcross?
Norcross is a nice small snuggly type place. Everything that you need is here. You really don’t have to go on the outskirts to get things that you need. I do like that Norcross is not too big. I also like that it’s not too far from the city so if I need to go, I can just hop in the car and go. And it’s not too far from places like Lake Lanier. You’re kind of in the middle of everything.
Strutt Your Mutt Grooming is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. by appointment only. Evening appointments are also available. Contact the owner at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 678-691-7151 or 706-593-1846.