Sara Robinson is intent on ensuring the dream of owning her own dog-grooming business is not impacted by a nightmare left behind by the operation’s former owner.
Robinson owns Shear Furfection Dog Salon, which was formerly called A.B.C Pet Grooming, the business she purchased in June.
Nelda Stocking, who sold A.B.C. Pet Grooming to Robinson, has pleaded guilty in Kamloops Law Courts to a charge of animal cruelty and is facing another charge of causing unnecessary pain or suffering to an animal.
While Stocking works her way through court, Robinson is working on letting the community know her business has nothing to do with the previous operation run by Stocking.
“That was shocking,” Robinson said of the charges against Stocking. “I didn’t expect that.”
She said she had noticed a decline in phone calls at her business and is concerned people might be connecting Stocking to her business, even though the former owner has nothing to do with Shear Furfection.
“I was wondering if people were thinking that we were related or knew each other somehow,” Robinson said. “I don’t want people to think that.”
Robinson, 24, had always wanted to run her own dog-grooming business, with thoughts of perhaps later operating a kennel.
After looking into a few locations for such a business, without much success, she came across the sale of A.B.C. Pet Grooming.
“I was like, ‘Oh, it must be meant to be,’” Robinson said.
The space on the second floor of 1490 Pearson Pl. in Aberdeen needs some work, but Robinson likes the massive windows and the view and has plans for renovation that will include a lobby area.
“The building is kind of old, so I’m just going to try to make this as modern as I can,” she said.
Robinson said pulling together money for the business wasn’t something she was expecting to need to do, but the opportunity to buy the business was too good to pass up.
“For me to get where I want to be in life, I kind of had to make the leap,” she said.
“And I’m excited to do it. I’m really happy to be doing what I love.”
Shear Furfection’s website can be found at shearfurfection.com.