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Yuppi Puppi, a new pet grooming salon in town, is one Windsor native’s dream business

Emily Wenger
ewenger@mywindsornow.com

Brooklynn Klassen was 19 when she started working as a pet groomer in Wyoming.

Within a year, she owned the business. After running the shop for about six years, she has come back to her hometown to open a grooming shop, Yuppi Puppi, 624 Main St. in Windsor.

Klassen moved away from Windsor when she was 10. She said she is happy to be back and getting to know the people and animals in the area.

On Aug. 30, she greeted Duke, a Samoyed, as he and his owner came in the back door of the shop.

Though Duke is not always fond of baths and quickly got tired of being blow-dried, Klassen kept up a steady stream of chatter to keep him calm as she groomed him.

"You're OK," she murmured. "I'm right here."

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Klassen said she has always loved dogs, especially after training hunting dogs with her father.

"I have always had dogs in my life," she said, "and they were my best friends growing up."

Klassen has been grooming for nearly a decade, but her love of dogs makes the business hardly seem like work.

"It's definitely a passion," she said.

Dogs and other pets get along well with Klassen. She said she cares for them physically and emotionally, and she's pretty sure they can tell.

"I get to snuggle them and love them, and I fall so deeply in love with all of them," she said.

Klassen said a dog has bitten her hard enough to pierce the skin only once while she groomed.

"And it was a Chihuahua," she said with a laugh.

But Klassen loves cats, too, she said, and has groomed bunnies, guinea pigs and ferrets.

When animals come into her shop, she hopes to make the experience as stress-free for them as possible. If a dog is feeling anxious or growls at her, instead of using sedation or a muzzle, Klassen said she puts lavender on the pads of their feet to calm them.

"I want each pet to come in here and enjoy every second with me," she said.

Though her business in Wyoming was successful — Klassen travels back to the state to care for clients about every two months — she said she felt it was time to come back home.

Klassen said she feels more comfortable back in her hometown. The friendliness of Colorado, she said, suits her.

"I just wanted to be in a warmer, more welcoming environment," she said.

She also has a lot of family members in the northern Colorado area.

"I told myself, 'You know what? I'm just going to go for it,' " she said.

Klassen said she has enjoyed being back in Windsor, from going on walks around town to taking her elementary school-aged children to Estes Park and Horsetooth Reservoir, where she spent time as a child.

The building she chose for her business also feels like home, she said. Its hardwood floors, cozy kitchen and homey feel put dogs and people at ease, Klaussen said.

After grooming Duke — "You're being such a good boy!" — Klassen tied a handkerchief around his neck and gave him a hug.

His white fur clean and fluffy, Duke was ready to go home.

Yuppi Puppi to hold grand opening

Brooklynn Klassen, the owner of a new pet grooming salon in Windsor, will hold a grand opening starting at noon on Friday, Sept. 15, at Yuppi Puppi, 624 Main St. Free nail clippings will be provided all day, and a ribbon cutting will be at 4 p.m. A barbecue will be from 3-5 p.m., and each human is asked to leash their pet for the event. Yuppi Puppi is typically open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call Klassen at (970) 833-5906.

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