Dogs can get their hair, or fur, dyed too.
Or at least they can at All Star Grooming by Sherri and Corri Ullrich. This is a specialty that the mother and daughter pair offer at their business, bringing a new look to animals.
"It's fun to do," Corri, Sherri's daughter, said.
The Lake Park natives opened All Star Grooming this spring after closing Sherri's co-owned previous business, A1 Paw Spaw, earlier this year. The only thing that changed with this new grooming business is the name and adding Corri as a co-owner. Otherwise, the location is still at Michael's Furniture and the phone number is the same as it has been for 40 years.
Sherri remembers when her current location and phone number was known as Grooming by Lois Welsch. Her family used to take their dogs there; that is before Sherri started grooming them in her parent's basement.
"I was grooming dogs in my mom's kitchen with an old lamp ... she came home from work and I had my aunt's poodle. White fluff was blowing all over," Sherri said, laughing. "So they went out and bought me a clipper and a book ... and set it up in the basement and I started."
Since then, Sherri has spent most of her time grooming. She was trained by Stone Gate Kennels in Moorhead and has since worked in Perham for eight years and Detroit Lakes for 13. In that time she said that she's named three different grooming businesses: Lucky Dog, owned by Linda Wiedewitsch; A-1 Paw Spaw, with partial courtesy to D'anne SherBrooke on that name; and this new business, All Star Grooming.
Sherri believes Corri had been doing some aspect of grooming since she was 6 years old. Although Sherri is very much still active with grooming, she did say that she hopes to retire some day.
"I want (Corri) to keep going with the business," she said.
When that day comes, Corri's own daughter could possibly be working alongside her too. The next generation is already being trained for grooming and has even started dying the hair on her own dog.
"I want her to learn how to groom so she can do it part time when she gets into college," Sherri said. "It's a great job, there's always work."
Until that happens, the family will have more than just the two of them working there. Currently, Jeanne (Erickson) Berns, a Detroit Lakes native, grooms part-time with them. She's a long-time friend of their family.
"I had my own boarding/training/grooming in Crookston, so I'm not new to it," Berns said.
Since all three of them have groomed in their own shops, they have the knowledge of how to groom any dog, any kind of way. Corri said they used to groom Duke, the previous Mayor of Cormorant who died this past spring, and have even groomed guinea pigs before.
As Sherri works toward training her daughter and granddaughter to take her place at All Star Grooming, they will continue fixing up all the animals they get in.
If you go
All Star Grooming is at 415 Washington Ave. Appointments can be made Monday through Saturday by calling 218-847-6479. You can also register for a six-week dog obedience class that starts on July 25.