Pink Dog Parlor Latham
We have sold the Latham store to Lori Daniel. She can be reached at 783-5117. Congratulations Lori and her husband, Dean, on their new venture!
We're just down the road in our new facility located at 662 Plank Road. Look for the pink sign by the road!
Book your Thanksgiving & Christmas grooming and boarding appointments early!
In the Beginning:
Michelle Kennedy began her career with pets after purchasing her first show-quality Siberian Husky in 1980. After working in obedience for several years, she began grooming in 1984 and opened her first salon with a business partner in 1988 in Latham, NY. In 2002 she decided to sell the salon to stay home with her newborn and work in youth ministry. Three years later, Michelle began grooming again in the basement of her home. In 2007 she realized there was a lack of education for pet stylists in our area and decided to open a school to fill that void. This necessitated a move out of the basement and over to Plank Road. After a time it became clear that the new facility did not meet NYS Education Department requirements; and we moved again. But the new, new facility wasn’t big enough; and we moved again. With 4,000 sq. ft. on each floor of the new, new, new facility, we should be here for awhile!
The Growing Years:
Over the years our staff has grown, too. Jenny Deyoe was a teenager in the youth group when I offered her a bathing position. She graduated high school and began learning to groom. She is now one of the most talented young stylists out there. Amanda Albright (my daughter) joined us a year after Jenny. She majored in Communications at Marist College before joining a local radio station. She now works here full-time and then works at the radio station. My husband, Michael, has now joined the staff as our Director of Operations. He’s going to keep us all in line. At the end of March, 2013, I repurchased the salon I began in 1988 in Latham. With this purchase our staff has once again grown to include Lori Daniel and Kerry Miller, both former students of ours.
Jenny Deyoe (Senior Pet Stylist, Instructor) :
Jenny began her career in pet styling in 2008, bathing dogs part time. She quickly moved on to become a full-time groomer later that summer. Jenny is a life-long horse enthusiast and currently lives in Clifton Park with 4 horses, 6 dogs (a small mixed breed, English Springer Spaniel, 2 Miniature Poodles, American Cocker Spaniel and German Shepherd Dog) and many cats.
Michael Kennedy (Operations Director) :
Michael married into the pet styling business. He studied Communications at Marist College and received his Master’s at SUNY Albany. His background in business administration and owning many pets (see below) have merged into a new career. You can meet Michael at the front desk on your next visit.
Michelle Kennedy, ICMG, CMCG (School Director, Master Pet Stylist, and Instructor) :
Michelle became involved with dogs in 1980, working with her Siberian mix in obedience. In 1981 she purchased her first Siberian husky and began showing under the kennel name Karasmova. By 1984, she began grooming and teaching obedience, opening her first salon in 1988. In 2010, she began Golden Paws Pet Styling Academy in Clifton Park. Michelle lives in Clifton Park with her husband (see above), two of her four daughters (also see Amanda above), Standard Poodle, Cairn Terrier, Swedish Vallhund, mini Goldendoodle, Bichon Frise and Havanese. Michelle completed her Master Cat Groomer certification and is now working on becoming a Certified Pet Aesthetician.
Amanda (Albright) Kriss (Senior Pet Stylist, Instructor) :
Amanda has been hanging around the grooming shop since she was a year old, napping in a crate with one of the dogs while Michelle would be grooming (the crate door was open!). She spent her teenage years bathing in the shop whenever an extra hand was needed. In early 2009 Amanda made the move to full-time pet stylist and is now studying to become a Certified Pet Aesthetician. Amanda lives in Saratoga with her husband, Brad, and Cairn Terriers, Audrey & Keidis.