Participants traveled from all over the country for the Mid-Ohio Grooming Expo, held at the Weston Hotel in downtown Columbus.
Christa Hanlon, representing Scruffy to Fluffy dog grooming salon of Grove City, participated in the grooming competition. She placed in three categories: first place in rescue rodeo where she groomed a dog brought in from the Franklin County Dog Shelter, second and third place in salon creative, and third in extreme creative groom. As a member of the National Association of Professional Creative groomers and the National Cat Groomers Institute of America, Hanlon has an eye for detail and unfaltering patience when working with animals of all sizes and temperaments.
The extreme creative category is the least conventional and consists of sculpting (creating a three-dimensional design in the coat of the dog), as well as, coloring and overall presentation with props and attire of the groomer. Salon creative is less flamboyant and is more likely to incorporate simplistic dye jobs and extensions. Rescue rodeo is the use of conventional grooming techniques and breed standards to give rescue dogs from the local shelter a makeover, in hopes of increasing their chance for adoption.
The Mid-Ohio Grooming Expo not only provides patrons with an opportunity for entertainment and education, it also helps support local rescues. Approximately 20 percent of all proceeds go to the Franklin County Dog Shelter. Not only did the Mid-Ohio Grooming Expo provide a donation and a few free haircuts, the event got three rescue dogs adopted into new homes.
Scruffy to Fluffy, located at 3391 Park St. in Grove City, is a destination grooming shop. The shop will celebrate its one-year anniversary from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 1. Community members are invited.
For more information, call the salon at 949-6827.