The Case for Apprenticeships: Having Groom N Go's Chelle Kilmury As Your Mentor

Local dog groomer, Chelle Kilmury, a partner-in-business at Groom N Go, not only takes care of dogs the right way. She is also an excellent mentor to younger people interested in going into the animal grooming business. We talked with Chelle, and her apprentice, Zeke Askew about the craft and skills involved in grooming the many dog breeds that Ann Arbor area residents have been bringing to the shop for appointments that last the dog's lifetime. And what we found out is that grooming has a moral code and an ethics that includes both loyalty to the animals and responsibilities for the owners. In addition, we think that such a craft can be best taught by mentors who are able to pass on their special knowledge and experience as well as the wisdom they have gained from the animals they care for and care about.