Dog Groomer Responds to New Pet Owners Over the Past Two Years | News

DORNSIFE – A Dornsife dog groomer has noticed that people over the past two years have started adopting more pets during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now Courtney Woodward and her mother, April Rothermel, have opened Greenbrier Grooming and Pet Resort at 816 Schwaben Creek Road, Dornsife. The 6,500 square foot pet grooming and daycare facility that opened in November 2021 features luxury rooms with a live video feed allowing dog owners to monitor their furry friends from n anywhere.

“A lot of people were stuck at home and really wanted dogs, and a lot of dogs were in shelters,” said Woodward, the groomer and manager of the facility. “We in the grooming industries call them COVID puppies. Many of these dogs haven’t been out much. They have been quarantined. Now we are seeing a large influx of dogs that need to be groomed, kept, and socialized. They didn’t make it at first because people couldn’t go anywhere with them.

The business started as grooming only at the property’s farm in 2018. The new facility took 18 months to build and worked with a kennel designer to help fit out the facility. Martin Construction of Mifflinburg was the general contractor.

We have cattery for one family cat at a time. There is a dog daycare and a grooming salon.

“There are 10 deluxe kennels and 20 standard size,” Rothermel said. “Each kennel has an indoor and outdoor course. The outside is covered, so even if it rains, they can go out.

Deluxe kennels are larger and nicer than standard sized kennels and include cameras in every room. Owners can monitor their dogs online at any time, they said.

“If they’re here for boarding, they come out every four hours to a yard,” Woodward said. “They play with each other. People can choose extra play time or cuddle time. They can go to daycare if they agree. They can get treatment while they are here. All kinds of enrichments.

There are different spa packages and add-ons for grooming options. There’s also premium dog food, treats and clothing, they said.

Woodward said there’s a lot going on all the time.

“I’m really excited and happy,” Woodward said. “It’s been a dream of mine for at least six years.”

Jane Michetti of Herndon often takes her three dogs for grooming and rides them every few months for weekend trips. She has been a client since 2018.

“That’s great customer service,” Michetti said. “It’s great for the dogs. They are very friendly. I have the impression that they are taken care of as well here as at home. Probably better.

Michetti said she rushed to the deluxe rooms when she had to drop off the dogs.

On Friday, the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce held a grand opening event for the company. Chris Berleth, executive director of membership for the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, said Woodward and Rothermel did “an amazing job on the installation.”

“They were so great working with them as they prepared for this day,” Berleth said.

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