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Owner takes over pet grooming shop that her mother opened in 1969

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Owner Donna Albus, Marney Penner, Crystal Stout, Owner Kathy Reed, and Kristina Lowe at Donna’s Pet Salon 926 Black Drive in Prescott Friday morning.

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br> Owner Donna Albus, Marney Penner, Crystal Stout, Owner Kathy Reed, and Kristina Lowe at Donna’s Pet Salon 926 Black Drive in Prescott Friday morning.

PRESCOTT - Former Marine Kathy Reed has gone from Semper Fi to Semper Fido, taking over a pet salon that her mother had opened and sold to someone else.

Reed recalls being in first grade in 1969 when her mother Donna Albus started grooming pets.

Albus opened Donna's Pet Salon in 1988 in Prescott, and sold the salon six years ago. Albus now owns Christmas in Prescott nearby on Willow Creek Road.

The salon was going under, and Reed decided to take over after she and her husband, Dennis, moved from Quantico, Va., to Prescott to enjoy retirement. Dennis retired from the Marine Corps this past November at the rank of sergeant major.

Kathy, 54, said she joined the Marines after graduating from high school in Lowell, Mich., and served 12 years, leaving at the rank of staff sergeant.

While she owns Donna's Pet Salon, Reed said she leaves the grooming to her daughter, Crystal Stout, another groomer and a trainee.

Reed said she never learned how to groom, and instead bathes and brushes dogs at the salon. She brushes dogteeth and cuts their nails, and bathes them using an oatmeal spa shampoo for dry skin or a de-shed treatment to remove excess hair.

She said her mother trained Stout to be a pet groomer, and Stout moved to Prescott a year ago from Clarksville, Tenn., to work in the shop. Stout has been a groomer for seven years.

"It's a relaxing environment," Stout said as dogs yelped in the background. "I have worked in a lot of shops where the people were not easy to work with.

"The best part is I can work on my dogs at my own pace," she continued.

Reed interjected, "To ensure quality care."

The entire process takes two to three hours per pet, Reed said.

Donna's Pet Salon also offers a doggie day care during business hours, Reed said. Dogs can play in a 3,000-square-foot backyard that contains a shaded area with artificial turf.

Reed said she is building up her customer base, with some of her mother's former clients coming into the salon to bring their pets.

She said he goal is to "just have a successful business," and enjoys the work.

"It's my place," Reed said. "It is something to be proud of, and my biggest joy is to keep two single mothers employed."

Reed was referring to her daughter and to Kristina Lowe. She is "grooming" her daughter to take over eventually when Reed is ready to retire.

Donna's Pet Salon is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, and is located at 926 Black Drive.

Reed recommends appointments but will accept walk-ins.

For more information, call 776-1720.

Have you opened a new business that is not home-based? Email khedler@prescottaz.com.

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