MELISSA COSTA-HAIGLER – Senior Groomer
Melissa has a special connection to dogs, a characteristic that makes her a fantastic groomer. Having completed her training in the U.S.A., she moved to Toronto in 2005 and has been grooming for 19 years. Melissa has been a member of the Dogfather & Co team since 2011, and she is certified in doggy CPR, so you can rest assured your pooch is in good hands!
Melissa is dedicated to your dog on their spa day, with one-on-one attention given to your pooch to ensure they get the love, patience and attention they require. She also specializes in dogs that are considered “special needs”. Do not hesitate to drop in and ask her any questions you may have about grooming or about your dog, she is always happy to lend a helping hand.
Melissa is the proud owner of a Boston Terrier named Petrie and a Chihuahua named Ivy. She also has two cats she loves dearly, a male Maine Coon named Suki and a female Calico named Princess.
Melissa is available for appointments on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
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DARLENE MCGUGAN – Dog Groomer
Since the young age of 15, Darlene found a deep love for dogs when her family got their first canine family member, Pheonix. Roughly 8 years ago, Darlene decided that she would enter the pet care industry, starting in a doggie day care. Along the way, she continued to learn about different dog breeds and behaviours. Eventually, she decided to get a German Shepherd of her own, Kronos.
Two years ago she changed paths in the pet care industry to become a groomer. She has spent the past few years learning and developing her skills under many of the best groomers in the city, including the same teacher who trained our past beloved groomer Karolina.
She’s now excited about being part of the Dogfather and Co. grooming team, and is thrilled to put her varied experiences to good use. Thanks to her skills learnt in other pet service industries, Darlene’s ability to handle dogs with a soothing and calming energy is what makes your dog’s grooming experience a positive one.
Darlene is available for appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
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HARUKA NAKAHARA- Dog Groomer
Haruka got her first dog, Larry (a Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever cross) when she was 11 years old. He was very clever, and she taught him a lot of tricks. Sadly, Larry died when he was 12 years old.
Shortly thereafter, Haruka went to a highly reputable grooming school in Japan for 2 years. There, she trained under some of Japan’s best Master Groomers, from whom she developed her amazing doggy styling skills. While in school, she learned all the different dog breeds, as well as dog health care and common illnesses.
Haruka has over 7 years of professional experience in various pet salons. She also has experience teaching her grooming skills in Hawaii. Haruka has a level of perfection which will be sure to make your dog look his/her best. Her calm nature and desire to please the client will be sure to leave you ecstatic about your dogs new do.
Haruka is available for appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
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