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Windsor groomer celebrates 25 years in business

Emily Wenger
ewenger@greeleytribune.com

When Tricia Pope graduated high school, she knew she wanted to do something with animals.

She thought maybe she'd study zoology at Colorado State University, but then she walked into a grooming shop in Evans and asked if they need a bather.

She was hooked.

After working at a grooming shop in Evans, then Greeley, then Fort Collins, she opened her own grooming business, Wags Pet Salon, at 23 in her garage in Windsor.

“When I’m out here working on a dog and I hear another dog scratching on the door or barking to get in, that makes me feel really good.

— Tricia Pope, owner of Wags Pet Salon

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That was 25 years ago.

She knew working for herself would be more profitable, Pope said, especially with her garage- turned- grooming salon leaving her with little overhead.

"One of the best things I've ever done was open my own business and be my own boss," she said.

Three years later, her oldest daughter, Kathy, was born, followed by Leslie, who is now 19. Thanks to Windsor's growth and a loyal client base, she supports her family with her grooming business.

She has about 245 dogs she regularly grooms, and she sees all of them over the course of an eight-week rotation. Though Pope started grooming dogs of all sizes, after years of lifting Great Danes, Newfoundlands and Saint Bernards, she eventually moved to dogs 45 pounds and lighter.

Pope has a full four days per week with an average of eight dogs per day.

It didn't take long for her to build to that, Pope said, even though all her clients came to her through word of mouth.

Running the same business for 25 years does mean many of her days are much the same, Pope said. Every dog needs a haircut. But what keeps the business fun and exciting for Pope is that each dog is different. The dogs all have their own personalities, she said, and their own likes and dislikes.

But the owners help keep her days from becoming monotonous, as well, Pope said.

She's formed a lot of friendships with them in the past 25 years that Pope said she knows will last a lifetime.

Those friendships, and the dogs' excitement to see her, give Pope a purpose.

"When I'm out here working on a dog and I hear another dog scratching on the door or barking to get in, that makes me feel really good," she said.

Much like she encourages her daughters, Pope said she would encourage other young women to pursue their goals and be strong, independent and brave. Pope said she was told early in her career she didn't have what it took to be a groomer, but she didn't let that stop her.

"Never take no for an answer and never believe that you are not talented or smart enough to succeed," she said. "There will be times you don't feel strong or able to be independent, but don't listen to those who are filled with negative opinions."

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To see more of the dogs Tricia Pope, owner of Wags Pet Salon in Windsor, has groomed in her 25 years in business, click here.