One local pet owner couldn’t be prouder of her canine companion.
Betty Day, who owns Heavenly Paws Grooming in Lincolnton, recently experienced quite the honor when her pooch, Harley, was part of a winning duo during a national pet-grooming show in Hershey, Pa., at the end of last month.
A white standard poodle, Harley, soon to be 10, was rescued from the Lincoln County Animal Shelter four years ago by Day.
Now, he’s a champion, having placed first, along with top-notch groomer Kelly Knight of Tennessee, in the “Runway Design” competition.
“It is where a dog, mostly poodles, are groomed with different elegant designs that we can do in our own salons,” Day said.
Knight had called her up and asked to use one of her poodles, eventually opting for Harley.
“It’s a great honor to have one of the top creative groomers in the country want to use your dog for this,” Day said.
Knight spent nearly two days completing her design on Harley before the “Best in Show” awards were handed out.
“I’m so proud of him,” Day said.
The national expo also serves as a chance for groomers to continue their education through seminars to learn the newest styles, products and more.
“There were many other competitors, but my handsome, gorgeous Harley and Kelly took first place over other top national and international creative pet stylists,” she noted. “I was so overjoyed and extremely proud of Kelly and Harley on this fabulous win.”
Knight and Harley are now set to appear in an upcoming edition of a national monthly magazine, called Groomer to Groomer.
“There are no words to describe the feeling and happiness I felt after the show,” Day said.
Since opening Heavenly Paws (originally located on North Aspen Street but now on Vandiver Drive) in 2007, the business has continued to grow.
“We’ve been very, very blessed,” she said.
However, her love for pets extends beyond just grooming them.
Day has helped rescue and find homes for 14 dogs.
She currently owns one other besides Harley. Ladybug, also a standard poodle, was found wandering along the side of a road.
“They chose me,” she said of the two.
Just this week, Day was faced with having to put her third dog, Tinker, down after a struggle with cancer.
While the loss is hard, Harley and Ladybug are helping to ease the pain.
“They know I’m upset,” she said.
After experiencing a whirlwind of emotions, from high to low, Day said she’s been “blessed with animals” that continue to provide her comfort.