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Conversations with Iesha Paige

Today we’d like to introduce you to Iesha Paige.

Hi Iesha, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I’ve been studying dogs since I was 9. I started working with dogs professionally at my first job at Dogtopia in Canton back in 2011. There I spent most of my time working with dogs and actually being hands-on with them. I even learned a lot of grooming such as bathing and brushing and trimming nails.

I later accepted a full-time job in grooming as a bather and then completed the certification course to become a professional groomer. To this day, I spend money on webinars and training to grow in the industry and do everything I can to become the best groomer I can be.

I’ve groomed both in brick-and-mortar shops and mobile shops and I also spend 2 years working in the Veterinary field to learn more about the health of pets. After working for other establishments I’ve decided to open my own shop and begin the process of making a difference in the city through pets.

I specialize in poodles and doodles, bichons, and large dogs but will always accept a challenge when given.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
There were definitely a lot of obstacles from being racially profiled to having a baby and moving out of the state to being brutally attacked by a dog and starting all over.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a professional dog groomer that specializes in curly coats such as poodles and doodles and creative grooming. I am most proud of pushing myself past my limits and really trying to perfect my skills daily.

My 5-year-old is taking interest in dog grooming and that makes me so proud. I feel like my integrity sets me apart. As well as my drive and need to strive for perfection.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I don’t really believe in luck. I believe in blessings and life lessons.

Both have played a big part in my life and business. I’ve tried to steer away from going back to grooming so much until life forced me to go back. I was broke and jobless and I knew that anything with dogs if I applied I’d get the job.

So once I got tired of fighting and being broke I decided to get back into grooming and little did I know I’d take it by force. I feel better than ever.

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