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Jon Knutson, Published June 09 2009

Pets get royal touch at Palace

Karla Wiebe says her own dogs and cats are like children to her.

She promises to treat customers’ pets the same way.

Wiebe is owner/groomer of Pet Palace Grooming & Daycare in West Fargo.

The business is focusing primarily on dogs but works with cats, too.

Since opening the business this spring, Wiebe has handled mainly grooming but hopes to do more day care as well.

Wiebe has been a pet groomer for 3½ years. She worked for other businesses before deciding to set up shop herself.

“I was a little nervous about not having a regular paycheck,” she said.

Pet Palace has three workers, including Wiebe and Angela Randall, an independent groomer who rents space.

Randall said there’s plenty of competition in the area pet-grooming industry, so it’s important to develop a strong client base.

Pet Palace made a good impression on Dennis Ringdahl, who has his own business nearby.

Ringdahl, wanting to be a good neighbor, stopped in to say hello at Pet Palace when it opened. He liked what he saw and later brought back his own pets for grooming.

“They do a excellent job there,” he said.

Prices for grooming can vary widely, depending on the breed of dog and the work being done.

Wiebe suggested checking out Pet Palace’s Web site. One example: A full-service groom for an Akita dog costs $60.

The West Fargo business will begin offering agility training for small dogs next week.

“It’s something we want to try. But class size is limited, so it would be good if people sign up early,” Wiebe said.

The training will be in accordance with the Teacup Dogs Agility Association.

For more information on the association, visit www.k9tdaa.com.

It’s important for dogs and cats to be groomed regularly, Wiebe said.

But pet owners, no matter how much they love their animals, often lack the skill or patience to groom properly, she said.

“We have the knowledge and patience to treat your pet right,” she said.

Business profile

Pet Palace Grooming & Daycare

Readers can reach Forum reporter Jonathan Knutson at (701) 241-5530