FURRY IN KAMLOOPS
Training the fuzzy friends of Kamloops.
Andrea Hall has been obsessed with dogs since she was a kid and that love inspired the Kamloops resident to pursue a career helping out our furry friends.
Hall trained at the Canada West Canine Centre in 1999 and learned grooming services under one of the best dog groomers in Kamloops. Though she worked other odd jobs at the onset, Hall was eventually able to purchase Roving K9 Kare in 2007 with the love and support of her parents.
Hall’s business has grown over the years, adding daycare and moving to its current location in the 800-block of Victoria Street in 2009 — a much needed change for its canine customers.
“When we started out, every time we took dogs out for a bathroom break we’d have to put them on a leash and walk them out, so it was very time consuming and tedious whereas now we have a fenced area and we can let them out to do business freely, which is a lot less tedious,” Hall said.
This past May, Roving K9 Kare added a designated dog grooming area, which created a separation of space from the daycare side of the business.
“We used to have it in the back, which is usually where we would start our younger dogs and they would have no regard for the fact you were trying to groom a dog. They’d run through your legs, bump into your table and stuff,” Hall said with a laugh.
As well as their grooming services, they offer training classes for puppies starting as early as 4 months. And to make it as convenient as possible for their customers, they also offer pickup and delivery services.
The daycare provides dogs a space to socialize and play, which is a better alternative to staying home alone.
“At least here they come in wagging and excited to make friends,” Hall said.
Business has been doing well, especially on the grooming side of things, Hall said, noting that she’s been adding many new customers looking for a clip for their canine each month, Hall said.