Alena LaSoya at all times knew she needed to work with canine, however wasn’t positive in what capability.
She discovered a solution two years in the past, shortly after transferring to Odessa from Houston, when she determined to open her personal cellular canine grooming enterprise.
Since then, her enterprise, referred to as “Woofers Mobile Dog Grooming” has since taken off as her listing of shoppers has continued to develop.
“Again in 2014, I used to be a canine coach, however I wasn’t positive what area I needed to be in,” LaSoya stated. “I knew I needed one thing to do with animals. So, then I began transferring in direction of grooming. I labored in a salon after which discovered that I appreciated the one-on-one time with the animals. It simply makes it a lot simpler for them. It’s a lot extra calm for the animals and peaceable.”
Not many individuals could know that cellular canine grooming companies exist, not to mention in Odessa nevertheless it’s an idea that LaSoya says seems to be catching on.
“There are such a lot of folks right here and the thought of cellular is beginning to catch on and so they’re beginning to like that concept,” LaSoya stated. “My title is being unfold round like wildfire. I’ve been getting referred to.”
That features her listing of shoppers.
“It’s fairly neat,” LaSoya stated. “A few of them didn’t know. I’m from Houston and it’s an enormous factor there. I didn’t know if there have been any cellular companies. I got here right here to work for someone, however came upon that everyone has their very own enterprise and that’s what I did. I began in a trailer and labored myself as much as get this van.”
One of many plus sides of getting a cellular canine grooming enterprise is that it permits her to deliver her enterprise to folks’s homes moderately than them having to deliver their pets over. That may make it calm and enjoyable for canine that will not relish getting a haircut.
“Being cellular, the canine know that they’re dwelling,” LaSoya stated. “They’re far more relaxed. It’s a lot simpler for each the mother and father and the canine, particularly if the canine is older or greater or the proprietor is previous and might’t get round a lot. It simply makes it that extra handy for them.”
With the cellular enterprise, she brings her van to the consumer’s homes, deliver the canine and wash them and dry them and do the grooming straight by way of earlier than bringing them proper again.
“With cellular, it’s fully straight by way of,” LaSoya stated. “Usually, for a small breed canine, it will probably take anyplace from an hour to an hour and a half. Lots of people are actually shocked by that as a result of they go away their canine on the salon for 4 hours and even longer at instances and nobody likes that.”
LaSoya sticks to grooming simply canine, including that cats are slightly tougher and require one other stage of experience.
“I attempted to see if I needed to do cats, nevertheless it was simply exhausting as a result of their skins are extra delicate and so they’re slightly bit extra harmful,” LaSoya stated whereas laughing. “With cats and different animals, there are completely different strategies to make use of, completely different blades. It’s only a complete one other talent. With cats, there’s different coaching for that.”
Being a canine particular person, LaSoya has at all times been round canine whereas rising up.
“When rising up, my grandparents had a poodle,” LaSoya stated. “I’ve at all times been round animals. I had my first canine once I was 10. After that, I didn’t have a pet for too lengthy, however as soon as I moved out and obtained my very own place, I’ve had a bunch and now I’ve a complete of 4.”
She at the moment has 4 canine together with a Yorkshire terrier named Lilly who’s between 5 and eight years previous.
Along with her lab combine and a heeler combine, her 6-year-old mastiff named Bruce is featured on the Woofers emblem on her van.
Amongst her favourite issues about working her canine grooming enterprise is attending to spend time together with her four-legged buddies.
“It’s actually peaceable,” LaSoya stated. “I get to know their quirkiness. I assume my favourite half is taking a canine that lots of people couldn’t deal with and discovering what they didn’t like about grooming and getting them to know that it’s OK. I’ve had loads of canine that might scream or attempt to chew. They might fuss round, however I take as a lot time to allow them to know that it’s going to be OK. I’ve been round loads of canine.”
However there are many challenges that include it as effectively together with her shoulders getting worn out.
“The longer that I’ve been doing it, the extra it’s turn out to be a physique concern like with my shoulders,” LaSoya stated. “That’s most likely the principle factor. Different challenges are once I lose canine; like in the event that they move away, it’s exhausting as a result of I construct relationships and it may be exhausting to go our separate methods.”
When managing her busy schedule, she has to take into accounts about how lengthy it’ll take to groom every canine, in addition to the time it takes to journey from one consumer’s home to a different every day.
“I can normally groom between 5 to 6 canine max,” LaSoya stated. “That’s about 5 – 6 hours and there’s one other hour or two hours of drive time.”
Due to that and in addition due to the rising price of gasoline, she’s solely capable of function her enterprise in Odessa.
“I needed to begin staying right here in Odessa as a substitute of going out to Midland,” LaSoya stated. “I’ve lots of people which have contacted me from Midland, however I can’t do it anymore.”
Firstly of her enterprise, she was working out of a selfmade trailer that her father made.
Since January, she has been working out of her new van.
“This van, I had them put an inverter in so I can activate a generator or the inverter which is loads of batteries,” LaSoya stated. “Additionally, with this generator, you’ve the exhaust going out versus my trailer (the place) I needed to open the again so all of the fumes may exit. It simply makes every part a lot simpler and getting round.”
Her van contains all of the equipment wanted for her job.
“It’s a neat van,” LaSoya stated. “They’d it design to the place I’ve two grooming tables. There are two blow dryers. I’ve a vacuum cleaner and a trash bin. My tub can match fairly massive canine. I’ve recent water.”
Shortly after beginning the enterprise, COVID turned widespread, forcing her to take a number of weeks off.
Nonetheless, it didn’t sideline her enterprise for lengthy.
“Like everybody else, I took two weeks off, however I had funds to make so I went again to work and other people need their canine groomed,” LaSoya stated.
Whereas she had a sluggish begin in 2019, LaSoya says the enterprise quickly took off and has been going robust since.
“As soon as I hit December, all of the salons had been fairly busy and different folks began reaching out to completely different locations to get their canine in and after that, it caught on hearth,” LaSoya stated.
To e book an appointment with LaSoya, name 432-599-2177 or go to her Fb web page at https://www.fb.com/woofersmobiledoggrooming/.