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    Moxie’s First Hair and Manicure Appointment

    I recently took Moxie, our Dalmatian, for her first grooming appointment. The place is called Barks and Purrs and is right here in Caroga Lake. It also helped that we had a coupon for $5 off her first appointment.

    I had originally heard about this place from my aide, Terry, since she takes her dog there. Her dog is a tiny little Pomeranian who is 17 years old. I figured if Pepper was satisfied with her treatment there, so would Moxie.

    There was one tiny step to get into the place, so Terry and I used my portable ramp to get me inside. (You have to realize that accessibility is always uppermost in my mind when I go anywhere with my electric wheelchair.)

    When we dropped Moxie off, only Terry went in, as we were running late. The appointment took about an hour, so Terry and I shot down to town for some groceries and then came back to pick Moxie up.

    Kim Dailey is the owner/operator at the shop, and she went all out with Moxie. When we went in to pick her up I found her with an Easter bandanna around her neck and she was smelling very sweet. (You have to realize what a bad doggy smell she had from her long winter without a bath.)

    Kim sent us home with a report card for Moxie’s visit. Moxie not only got an A++ for behavior, she got the added written comment “She was such a sweetheart!” I never got grades that good in school.

    We also got some advice on keeping Moxie smelling fresh and how to treat her oily skin. Oh, she also cleaned Moxie’s ears, which were in need as well as clipping her nails. That was the manicure part of the visit.

    The whole experience was so pleasant and inexpensive, we are already planning a return visit. Especially when compared to Herman’s efforts at showering Moxie, who looks very sad, as if she’s done something wrong in our stand up shower.

    I should also tell you that Kim schedules only one dog at a time so there’s no competing for attention between the canine customers. I highly recommend the experience to those of you with pets. She can be reached at 835-BARK (2275) for an appointment. She’s located at 3124 ST HWY 29A.

    Happy grooming!


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com