Story last updated at 3:10 p.m. Thursday, December 12, 2002

Customer curiosity advised
Over the course of my 20 years in dogs, I continue to be asked by people what it takes to become a groomer, kennel operator or dog breeder. As far as the State of Alaska goes, it takes the investment of the individual who wants to provide that service. There are no tests or licenses required to hang up a grooming/boarding shingle.

If you want to have your dog or cat groomed or boarded, you need to ask questions about the experience level of the person providing the service and to ask for references. To my knowledge, Homer has one groomer with 14 years experience and another kennel.

I keep hoping that some ethical person will come along to fill these niches. Until they do, remember the dictum: Buyer Beware.

Most of the people that I know who go into pet care do so out of their love for animals. Their jobs become an expression of that love. Please make sure that the person caring for your pet has spent the time to learn about animals and genuinely cares about their well-being and quality of care.

Pat Moss