New Year Notes

Jan 1, 2013 – I am entering my second year running my BuddyBarber: In-Your-Home Grooming service. Now is a time for reflection and posting snapshots of some of my most transformed dogs and cats.

I have so much to be grateful for this year – I have said some of this before, but it is worth repeating. My business has unfolded exactly as I had imagined and it has grown with a steady uphill curve. It has been a year full of very happy clients and one very happy groomer.

I have met my business goals – but most importantly, I have unexpectedly met many spiritual goals: I feel impactful in my work and my work has given me energy to fully appreciate my family and life outside of work.

I have worked with multiple matted rescue dogs – at first terrified by the sight of scissors – who seem to have conquered their fears, learned to trust me and now seem to accept the grooming process – and appreciate their glamour afterwards.

I have worked with numerous larger, older dogs that have been matted – they have missed grooming due to difficulty standing and traveling to a shop. I have groomed them on the floor and allowed them to tell me when they needed to rest –  my sense is that they have all been very appreciative of their cleaned up coats.

I have worked with many, many timid or blind dogs who seem to just need someone to quietly calm them – and I have been able to give them that through mindfulness.

I have helped several badly matted cats move freely again – and they have shown me gratitude in their immediate relief from pain.

I have worked with dogs and cats whose owners have stressful lives –  and I have been able to offer a listening ear. My sense is that the animals have appreciated this,  and in that, have appreciated me.

To me, all these happenings feel like gifts – as there grows a sharing from animal to human and human to human. My paycheck feels full and blessed, and yes, I am very grateful.


About respectthepaw

Izzy Tappan-deFrees is proprietor of BuddyBarber: In-Your-Home Pet Grooming - I offer an animal friendy service for all dog and cats, with special usefulness to older, timid, anxious or travel phobic pets, for service-dogs who need to stay near their owners and for owners who struggle with animal transport issues. Serving Metro-West Massachusetts by appointment only. Izzy is also a former IT worker, a musician, a wood carver and a student of spirit around the world.
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1 Response to New Year Notes

  1. Laura B. Robinson says:

    I’m so glad your animal and human clients seem so happy with the services you offer them! That is a wonderful thing to connect with the animals and thus also with their human companions!
    –Laura (your cousin in Illinois)

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