I opened Rufus DuMonde Pet Salon in the fall of 2006 soon after graduating from the Wisconsin School of Professional Pet Grooming. Previously, I had spent 30-plus years in the fast-paced printing/advertising industry. I wanted Rufus DuMonde to have a “kinder/gentler” approach to grooming. Since this is ostensibly my “retirement” career, I am not interested in moving a large volume of pets through the salon, but in assuring that the salon is a calm and low stress environment for pets and groomers.
I love to groom all breeds of dogs, especially when pet parents want to follow the AKC standard for their pet’s hair style. I also love to hand strip, with several current hand strip clients which breeds include Wire Fox Terriers, English Setters, and Border Terriers.
I have many animals of my own — Stella, a Miniature Schnauzer, Harper, a Miniature Schnauzer puppy and Monty the cat. I also have chickens and honey bees in the backyard.
I was born in Maryland and have moved to different locations along the east coast. I was in South Florida in 2011 when I learned how to groom. I was taught by two amazing mentors, one of which is my best friend and I have been grooming ever since. Previously, I had worked in retail in pet stores, where I was taught proper pet health and nutrition. I also volunteered and fostered kittens with “Smitten with Kittens” in Miami while at the same time, I volunteered in a spay/neuter and release program. While in Florida I also attended and graduated college at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with a Media and Animation degree.
I moved to Madison, Wisconsin in December 2015 and began working at Rufus DuMonde Pet Salon. The girls here are wonderful people and amazing groomers and they have made me feel very welcome joining their team. At Rufus DuMonde I get to groom a wide variety of breeds. My favorite breeds to groom are Huskies and Malamutes. The girls at the salon have taken to calling me the ‘Husky Lady’. I also love grooming cats and have great knowledge about cat breeds. YES! I do groom cats!
Although I have an art degree, grooming has been a passion throughout my life. Being an artist has alIowed me to bring a special ‘flare’ to my grooms. While I do still have my hand in art, on the side, I get to implement my love of animals by creating paintings of pets.
My life at home includes four cats and four rats. I also use to have a very sweet Alaskan Malamute Husky mix, who sadly passed away in May of 2016. In the past I also use to breed chinchillas.
For my clients: I want them to be happy and to love their companions’ grooms. There is nothing better than seeing your work of art walk out the door with their heads held high.
I grew up and attended school in Onalaska Wi. At Western Wisconsin Technical College in LaCrosse, Wi., I double majored in Commercial Arts and Visual Communication. I was a graphic artist for a year before moving to Madison Wi. in 2000. In 2005 I pursued and started the process of becoming a Dog Stylist. I was full time for 5 years and then decided to groom part time and work a full time job at WPS Health Insurance.
I Love working at Rufus DuMonde and I love all the girls who I work side by side with. They each have a very special place in my heart. I love surrounding myself around dog lovers and dogs. It’s the best atmosphere for a for sure smile!
I love the outdoors! Camping, Hiking and Kayaking you name it, I probably would love it if its outside!
I have 3 amazing terrier mixes; Caroline, Bernie and Ruby that I adopted from ‘Tracysdogs’ located in San Antonio TX. I also have 2 cats; Hobbes and Shiro, 2 tarantulas, a Tortoise named Morla and a tank of fish. My home is full of life and love! AND I LOVE IT!
In a perfect world my girls (dogs) would go everywhere with me!