Debbie's Friendly Pet Grooming opens in Medina
By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer
Debbie Edwards has brought her 38 years of pet grooming skills to the quieter climes of Medina and the Texas Hill Country. Edwards left her shop in busy Fort Worth in the capable hands of her daughter and set up shop in Medina recently.
"My husband grew up at the Children's Home, so this is coming home for us," she said about the move away from the big city.
Edwards began learning the grooming trade as a teenager. "I married at 14 and had twins when I was 15. I looked at my life and knew I wanted to do something more than take care of my kids," she said.
After 17 years of working in the trade, she finally got a chance to go to college grooming classes and earned her certification. She even ended up teaching some of those classes! Prior to her college training, she "was just self educated, taking seminars and going to workshops whenever I could."
Edwards offers full service grooming at Debbie's Friendly Pet Grooming, located at 13637 Highway 16 North next to the car wash in Medina. Call her at 830-589-2700 for an appointment. Her hours are 7:30 am to 3 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.
Edwards has a genuine love for the dogs she grooms. "In Fort Worth, I went to the Humane Society and took the bad looking dogs ready to be put down because no one wanted them. I'd fix 'em up and they'd get adopted!" she said. "They just want to love somebody!"
One of the dogs she beautified just looked like a big ugly brown ball of matted dirt and trash. No one even knew what kind of dog it was. "I cleaned and cleaned and it turned out he wasn't brown at all. He was a beautiful schnauzer, silvery grey with a skirt that brushed the floor."
When she took the dog back to the shelter everyone wanted to know where she got the "show dog." In this instance, Edwards ended up keeping the little cutie for a while until giving him to a grieving customer who had lost her schnauzer.
"My favorite project is taking a matted mutt that people want to love, but can't, and turn it into a show dog!" she said.
While in North Texas Edwards started a shelter facility in Johnson County where she started the collaboration process with Petsmart to handle adoptions.
If your four-legged friend needs to be pampered and freshened up, give Edwards a call. She'll treat every pet with the love they deserve and they'll look better than they ever have!