That includes her list of clients. “There are so many people here and the idea of mobile is starting to catch on and they’re starting to like that idea,” LaSoya said. “My name is being spread around like wildfire. I’ve been getting referred to.” “It’s pretty neat,” LaSoya said. “Some of them didn’t know. I’m from Houston and it’s a huge thing there. I didn’t know if there were any mobile businesses. I came here to work for somebody, but found out that everybody has their own business and that’s what I did. I started in a trailer and worked myself up to get this van.”
“Back in 2014, I was a dog trainer, but I wasn’t sure what field I wanted to be in,” LaSoya said. “I knew I wanted something to do with animals. So, then I started moving towards grooming. I worked in a salon and then found that I liked the one-on-one time with the animals. It just makes it so much easier for them. It’s so much more calm for the animals and peaceful.” Since then, her business, called “Woofers Mobile Dog Grooming” has since taken off as her list of clients has continued to grow.
Not many people may know that mobile dog grooming businesses exist, let alone in Odessa but it’s a concept that LaSoya says appears to be catching on. She found an answer two years ago, shortly after moving to Odessa from Houston, when she decided to open her own mobile dog grooming business.
“With mobile, it’s completely straight through,” LaSoya said. “Normally, for a small breed dog, it can take anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half. A lot of people are really surprised by that because they leave their dogs at the salon for four hours or even longer at times and no one likes that.” LaSoya sticks to grooming just dogs, adding that cats are a little more challenging and require another level of expertise. With the mobile business, she brings her van to the client’s houses, bring the dog and wash them and dry them and do the grooming straight through before bringing them right back.
“Being mobile, the dogs know that they’re home,” LaSoya said. “They’re much more relaxed. It’s much easier for both the parents and the dogs, especially if the dog is older or bigger or the owner is old and can’t get around much. It just makes it that more convenient for them.” One of the plus sides of having a mobile dog grooming business is that it allows her to bring her business to people’s houses rather than them having to bring their pets over. That can make it calm and relaxing for dogs that may not relish getting a haircut.
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