Local Firm Lands In Magazine

ST. MARYS — A local dog grooming business will be receiving national media coverage, as they are featured in the September issue of a national pet magazine.

DogsRus Styling Boutique and Barkery, which is located at 430 W. Spring St., is featured in the September issue of Pet Age magazine for their work helping out area pet rescues.

“We do a lot with the dog warden,” Owner Shelly Fledderjohann said. “When they get dogs, they bring them here and we’ll groom them.”

She noted a writer friend of hers from the East Coast knew about the entity’s work with local rescues.

“A friend of mine contacted me, and she was writing a piece on groomers who help with rescues,” Fledderjohann said. “She called me and had me answer some questions.”

She noted she found out the story was submitted when someone from Pet Age called her looking for pictures. Fledderjohann said she happened to have a German shepherd in the shop that was from the dog warden, so she sent pictures of that dog to the magazine.

“I told them about a dog named ‘Hope’ that we had about four years ago,” Fledderjohann said. “She was starving, you could see all of her ribs. We paid to get her checked out, and she came back positive for heart worms.”

Heart worm treatment can be very expensive, Fledderjohann said, and they didn’t have enough money to get the dog treatment.

“There was a client in here that day who saw I was heartbroken — the dog was going to have to be put down,” she said. “I was talking to the client about the dog and they donated $100 for Hope’s treatment. By 5 p.m. that night, I had called the rescue in Celina because we had raised $250 for the treatment from donations.”

After going through her treatment, Hope continued on to a foster home in Lima before another rescue pulled her.

“My friend wrote about Hope and when they called, they wanted a picture of Hope,” Fledderjohann said. “I didn’t have one, but I happened to have a dog in here from the shelter that has since been adopted.”

Fledderjohann noted she had heard of Pet Age magazine before — she receives the magazine in the shop.

“They told me it would be in the September issue,” she said. “I’m not sure if other groomers are featured — I’m seeing it for the first time when it comes out. I just know I’m going to be featured.”

Fledderjohann noted that in addition to doing grooming for the dog warden, she also works with APL in Celina and ARF in Minster.

“We also help the warden with Petfinder,” she said. “He gets them in and takes their picture, and we put them on Petfinder. We also help with grooming — some of the dogs come in in bad shape. If we’re not here, they can call us and use our facilities to clean them up.”

Fledderjohann noted she received her issue of the magazine this week.

“It came out nicely,” she said.

Her story is included in the article “Helping One Pet at a Time” and features a picture of her, Auglaize County Dog Warden Russ Bailey and the German shepherd.