“I was reluctant to purchase your product at first, there are so many claims out there for new items to help groomers work faster. But after using your product in my store for one week I found that I couldn’t live without it. I now have two, one I use in the store and the other I use when I compete in grooming competitions. I have picked up speed in finishing dogs. I never realized how much time I spent just repositioning a dog. It has made my life so much easier, I can’t imagine grooming a dog without it. Thank you again.”
Sincerely, Cheryl A. Purcell NCMG, GroomTeam USA
Cheryl Purcell NCMG began her grooming career in 1991. A Nationally Certified Master Groomer, Cheryl is known nationally and internationally as one of the industry’s top pet stylists. She has been successfully competing and winning at grooming competitions since 1993. Major wins include Multiple “Best-In-Show” wins and multiple “Best-All-Around” wins. She ranked as a GroomTeam USA Top 10 Stylist from 2002 to 2007 (a group composed of the top 10 groomers in this country).
Cheryl also served on the Board of NEPGP (New England Pet Grooming Professionals) for several years, was the 2005 Groom Team Liaison and is the current GroomTeam Coordinator.
The 17th-annual Pet Business Industry Recognition Award celebrates the best that the pet care category has to offer.
The ability to offer a unique and innovative mix of products has always been a key competitive strength of pet stores. But as increased competition from online outlets and other retail channels have raised the stakes for these often relatively small retail operations, it has become more important than ever for pet store owners and operators to identify the latest and greatest merchandise to hit the market.
With this in mind, Pet Business uses its annual Industry Recognition Awards as a platform to honor standout products across a variety of pet care categories. To find our award winners, the editors of Pet Business search through the hundreds of vendor press releases we receive each year, as well as the aisles of the industry’s major trade shows and even local pet store shelves to find the most exciting and functional products that the industry has to offer. Of course, with so much innovation coming out of the industry every year, this is never a simple task.
No-Choke Lead The “NO-CHOKE” Control/Slip Lead from Groomers Helper prevents the “choking” of pets by using the same proven principals of the company’s patented Grooming Loop. It features an emergency quick-release buckle as an added safety feature and even has different use options for both brachycephalic and older “trach” dogs.
Pet Age is proud to announce the winners of its second annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Retailers from across the country voted for their top three favorite pet products that were launched in 2018 across 20 categories. We counted the ballots and what follows are the three products that received the most votes in each category.
Pet Age congratulates the 43 manufacturers that launched what voters have selected as the best new products of 2018.
Groomers Helper — NO-CHOKE Control/Slip Lead
The Groomers Helper NO-CHOKE Control/Slip Lead does not allow the end loop to tighten around the animal’s neck like a noose. It is designed for regular dogs, brachycephalic dogs and older “trach” dogs as well. An emergency quick release buckle has been incorporated as an added safety feature for both the animal and the handler so he or she cannot be bitten when putting it on.
Barkleigh Honors, the grooming industry’s new way to recognize outstanding achievement, held its first award ceremony recently at Groom Expo in Hershey, PA. The gala event was hosted by industry favorite, Jay Scruggs.
“This was the first time our industry has had an all-encompassing awards ceremony to honor groomers and others who have made significant contributions to our industry,” stated Todd Shelly, President of Barkleigh Productions.
Barkleigh Honors was presented with all the glamour of Hollywood. The evening started with a standing ovation for Sally Liddick, founder of Barkleigh Productions. Next an elegant meal was served, followed by Groom Expo’s Best in Show winner, Melissa Fidge, being awarded the prestigious John Nash Memorial Orchid and trophy from Larry and Shirlee Kalstone.
Once the Barkleigh Honors ceremony began, a video screen projected photographs of each category nominee. As the winner’s names were announced, they made their way to the podium to accept a handsome, personally engraved Barkleigh Honors medal.
Sam Kohl was recognized for the evening’s highest honor, the Sally Liddick Lifetime Achievement Award. Sam has invested over 40 years in the grooming industry. He is credited with designing innovative grooming tools, training groomers and publishing the first books available to advance the art of grooming.
The Barkleigh Honors 2011 winners are:
– Michell Evans for Competitive Groomer of the Year – Sam Hoi for Up and Coming Groomer of the Year – Angela Kumpe for Competitive Creative Groomer of the Year – Lori Craig for All Time Favorite Creative Cover (“Lion King” Groomer to Groomer Jan/Feb 2010) – Chuck Simons for Contribution to the Industry (Marketing Executive for GroomTeam USA, organized and hosted dinner to recognize GroomTeam at Intergroom 2011) – Frank Brown for the Gwen Shelly Cordiality Award (outstanding hospitality at grooming shows) – ANDIS Company for Sponsor of the Year – Breathe Healthy Mask for New Product of the Year – Christina Pawlosky for Speaker of the Year – Olga Zabelinskaya for Up and Coming Speaker of the Year – Lisa Leady for Judge of the Year – Dawn Omboy for Contribution to Creative Grooming (sharing her knowledge through Groomer to Groomer articles, teaching and activity on social sites) – Teri DiMarino for Journalist of the Year (Getting Down to Business column in Groomer to Groomer) – Sue Zecco and Jay Scruggs for Video/Video Series of the Year ( Super Styling Sessions) – Barbara Bird for Blog of the Year (BBird’s GroomBlog) – PetGroomer.com for Website of the Year.
Barkleigh Honors 2012 award ceremony will be held on September 8, 2012 in conjunction with Groom Expo in Hershey, PA. Become a fan of Barkleigh Productions on Facebook to learn more about voting for next year’s awards.