Meet the Staff-Salon

Jennie Smith - Owner/Master Groomer

Owner and groomer, Jennifer Smith is a Nationally Certified Master Groomer, having attained this prestigious status in 1996. She has been working with dogs since 1978. Early on, she worked in dog boarding and training facilities, as a dog sled driver, and as a vet tech.

Jennie became a groomer in 1988. In this capacity she has owned three successful pet grooming salons.

Currently, as a Nationally Certified Master Groomer, Jennie is a much sought after national speaker at grooming conventions, speaking on various topics related to dog grooming. She competes, and a number of times has won, local and national grooming competitions. She is a dog grooming instructor and an American Red Cross Instructor of Animal CPR. She spends a large percentage of her time grooming dogs, having a keen eye toward creativity and precision. Jennie's expertise is skillfully demonstrated across a wide range of dogs, from Golden Retrievers to Bichons, from Chihuahuas to Schnauzers. Her proficiency at scissoring and shaping make her perfect for breeds where extra care is appreciated.

Despite her busy schedule, she finds time to breed and show Pomeranians and Flat Coated Retrievers.

Jennie was an alternate for the reality grooming show, "Groomer Has It", on Animal Planet!!!!

Why does she do all of this......because she loves dogs!!

Kate Pawley – General Manager

Kate has been with us since August 2016. She grew up here in Loveland, CO while showing both dogs and horses in 4-H and working for Jennie while in high school. After watching a movie called "Love Leads the Way" Kate decided that she would follow her dream of training guide dogs where she moved to Florida in 2001. After becoming a certified guide dog instructor and Apprentice Manager for 15 years Kate decided that she missed the mountains, snow, cold and most of all no humidity. Today, she is happily back working with Jennie and the different breeds of dogs and their families while her personal dog, Bella, loves to play with the other dogs in the doggie daycare.

Kelly Thompson - Groomer

Kelly Thompson

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Kelly moved to Colorado in 2002 and started her career with animals with Longmont Dairy Farm raising their calves. In 2005, Kelly made career change and began working as a grooming assistant /bather which she continued until 2010. After being an assistant for 5 years Kelly made the decision to pursue grooming school to become a groomer. She attended Classy Pet Grooming School in Loveland,Colorado under the instruction of Jennifer Smith . Kelly quickly realized this was exactly the career that she had been looking for! Her love for animals shows through her work and she continues to be excited to learn more and continue to grow and help maintain the high standards at Dogs' Own.

Holly Trumble - Reception

Holly is our part time receptionist, and she loves dogs! She has been married for 38 years to a very tolerant non-dog husband, who has allowed her to show her Portuguese Water Dogs in conformation to their Championships & have 3 litters of puppies. She and her dogs are now taking Rally Classes and working on Water Titles. For the last 15 years she has been teaching rubber stamping as a Stampin'Up! Demonstrator, and she makes beautiful Thank You and Sympathy cards for us here at Dogs’ Own. When not outside with her dogs, they are inside hanging out with Holly as she spends time being creative making cards. She loves working at Dogs' Own, and can't think of anything better than kissing dogs all day long! Her favorite thing is seeing dirty, matted messy dogs come in & beautiful, clean, fuzzy decked out dogs leave the salon. Having the groomers groom her dogs is the most wonderful perk, whether for show or just a fun gorilla cut they really are the best!

Gracie Van Horn - Groomer

Gracie grew up in a small town in Wyoming. After trying college, she realized her heart was with dogs and she wanted to become a groomer. She attended and graduated Dogs' Own Grooming School in 2017, and then pursued her grooming career at a salon in South Dakota. After working there nearly a year, she decided that the dogs and staff at Dogs' Own held a big spot in her heart, and that is where she was meant to be. She moved back in April of 2018, along with two dogs of her own, Bling and Bella, and has worked here since. Her love for dogs will show through the way she cares for your dogs and her attention to detail.

Evander Maldonado - Groomer

Evander attended Dogs' Own Grooming School in September 2016 and graduated in November 2016 and has been working here ever since. Evander moved from Mexico to the United States in 2004. Evander has one dog, one crested gecko, and one rat that comes to work with him every day. He spends most of his free time with his pets.

Celease Sloan - Groomer

Celease grew up on a small farm in North Idaho where she was constantly surrounded by so many different animals. her deep passion for animals started with horses, and started training them when she was 15. Her passion for animals and traveling has since led her all over the world where she has had multiple opportunities working with and encountering creatures of all shapes and sizes. Nowadays she enjoys biking with her dog Maverick or riding horses in the lovely state of CO. Although Celease is new to grooming, she loves working at Dogs' Own where the staff is family.

Sam Koch - Bather

I'm Sam, I am 22 years old and living in Fort Collins. I grew up in Powder Springs, Georgia with a lot of different pets (dogs, cats, rats, rabbits, birds, lizards, salamanders, and a axolotl). I moved to Colorado in 2014 to attend CSU. I started off as a pre-veterinary student, but later found a bigger passion in women and gender studies. Some of my hobbies include playing video games, soccer, skateboarding, hanging out with my dog, and watching college football. I have also volunteered for many dog and cat rescues as well as working in a dog day care. I love bathing at Dogs' Own and couldn't imagine being anywhere else!


"Highly Recommended!"

After many frustrating experiences with other groomers, we decided to check out Dogs' Own. What a relief. Our dog came back happy and looking like a Bichon!!

"Jennie has groomed my dogs for 15 years"

Whether in a short maintenance clip or long for the show ring, Jennie does a wonderful job.