When Jan Nieman decided to become a mobile pet groomer, little did she know what a wild ride she was in for. Over the next 21 years, she tussled with feisty pets, wrestled with stubborn vans, chased down AWOL dogs, and learned to cope with wayward employees. Grooming more than her share of dogs and cats, not to mention the occasional wolf, she encountered a host of memorable creatures – charming, regal, spirited, playful and rambunc-tious. In her no-holds-barred, hilarious account, Nieman not only shares the high points of her adventures, but also the occasional horror “tails” that are an inevitable part of a groomer’s career. Through it all, her love and passion for animals shines forth from every page.
By the end, after plenty of laughs, you’ll know a good deal more about orphan pets, what goes on in the inner sanctum of mobile and brick-and-mortar grooming salons, and the joys and tribulations of owning a business that keeps you “going to the dogs.”
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Jan was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After graduating from Towson University, Maryland,she taught second grade, got married and raised five children. Miniscule paychecks motivated her to seek employment with the Social Security Administration, where she rose through the ranks to become a branch office supervisor. Losing her hair from stress, she chucked bureaucracy for entrepreneurship and launched Canine Clippers Mobile Pet Groomers, which she eventually built into the largest business of its kind in Maryland. She has been noted in Baltimore Magazine as “Baltimore’s Best Mobile Pet Groomer.” She has written stories and profiles for various magazines, sits on the board of the Gulf Coast Writer’s Association, and is a member of the National Dog Groomers Association of America. Since retiring, Jan and her husband Niel, along with their rescue dog, Sasha, live in Ft. Myers, Florida.