Frequently Asked Questions/Policies
Notice: Please be on time for your appointment. If you are not familiar with the shop location, leave early. Give yourself plenty of time to get your dog(s) to their grooming appointment. Just as you expect a call from me if I can't style your dog due to illness or weather closings, I expect a phone call from you, at least 24-hours notice, if you can't make your appointment. I will enforce my No Show and No Notice policy.
Q--Do you take walk-ins?
A--No, my services are by appointment only.
Q--What if I have questions or concerns about my dog after his/her grooming appointment?
A--You must contact me within 24-hours of the date and time of your dog's grooming appointment to discuss your questions or concerns.
Q--What do I get with the Bath and Brush?
A--Your dog's ears are plucked (if need be) and cleaned. I shave the hygienic areas, clip between the pads of the feet, trim nails, brush out, shampoo twice, express anal sacs, rinse, dry, brush again, comb. The face and feet are groomed.
Q--What do I get with a Bath Brush Clip?
A--You get everything you get with the Bath and Brush, but your dog's body coat is clipped to the appropriate style, pattern, and length.
Q--Can I bring my dog early for their appointment?
A--Yes. I am open by appointment only so call before you come to make sure I am at the shop.
Q--How long is it going to take to groom my dog?
A--Currently I am working on a one-at-a-time basis. I work on your dog clear through until it is done. I do have a 4-hour turn around time. It usually doesn't take that long for me to groom your dog, maybe 1-1/2 -2-hours depending. I will call you when your dog is done. There are exceptions to this policy such as coat condition, puppies, geriatric dogs, or dogs that have been ill or are on certain medications.
Q--What is the spa?
A--The spa is in addition to your dog's bath and brush or full groom. There is a choice of shampoo. I condition the coat, condition the skin, brush the teeth, freshen the breath, apply cologne, and adorn your dog with bows or a bandanna, which are seasonal or holiday related.
Q--Do you groom big dogs?
A--Yes. I am certified to groom all breeds.
Q--Do you groom cats?
A--No, I do not groom cats. I am certified to groom cats. Don't get me wrong. I love cats. I would just rather you take your cat to someone who enjoys grooming them.
Q--Can I bring my pet in just to have their nails trimmed?
A--Sure. Call to make an appointment. I will do any one of my Add On or Ala Carte Services for you.
Q--How could you cut my dog's nail?
A--I assure you that hate it, and I do feel bad when I quick a nail. However, anyone can quick a dog's nail: the vet, the vet tech, the groomer. I know it may be traumatic for some owners, but it is not serious unless the nail hemorrhages, which may reveal a health problem. Experts say it feels like a sore hang nail to your dog. Some dogs do lick or act sensitive about their nail for a short while. That's natural. If the nail bleeds at home, put flour on the nail and apply pressure.
Q--What if my dog gets cut during grooming?
A--You must notify me winthin 24-hours of the date and time of your dog's grooming appointment if you notice a cut on your dog. I am open and honest about grooming practices. If a groomer says they have never cut a dog, they are fibbing. Rarely, I have had superficial cuts on groom dogs. Most cuts I have noticed immediately and a few cuts I have not noticed. I always treat the cut and tell the owner if their dog has been superficially cut with a brush, scissor, or clipper. I take time and as much caution grooming your dog(s) as I possibly can. I keep my insturments sharp (which causes less trauma), but I am working on a moving target. Some dogs are matted, which does increase the possibility of laceration. I am not in the business of abusing your dog (!), and I take it to heart if your dog is cut. Your dog's health and wellbeing are of the utmost importance to me.
Q--Can you groom my dog today?
A--Perhaps, if there has been a reschedule or cancellation. I groom a certain number of dogs per day because I believe in quality, not quantity. I am usually booked 3- to 4-weeks in advance. It would be wise to schedule your dog's grooming several weeks in advance or schedule an appointment when you pick up your pet from his/her current appointment.
Q--What is your cancellation policy?
A--Please be on time for your dog's appointment and give me at least 24-hours notice if you must cancel. If you do not give notice, you will be charged a No Notice fee. If you are over 15-minutes late, you will be considered a No Show; and you will have to reschedule your appointment. No Shows will be noted in your file. No Shows will be expected to pay a No Show fee. After three-times of either being late or not showing, I will no longer make appointments with you. Remember that if you don't show or are late, I have lost business. I could have done someone else's dog during the time you reserved for your dog.
Q--Do you groom special needs dogs?
A--No, I no longer groom special needs dogs.
Q--What do you do in case of an emergency?
A--Initially, I have you complete a groom card and another form, each gives me contact information and history about your dog. There is a section on each form that gives me permission to seek medical attention for your pet. In case of an emergency, I will take your dog to Animal Hospital of Monticello, which is the closest vet clinic to my shop. I will take your dog's file with me, and I will call you. I have never had an emergency, and I pray I never do.
Q--When can I have my puppy groomed for the first time?
A--I can make an appointment for your puppy after its second set of puppy shots, around 8-weeks. It's never too early to start teaching the grooming process to your puppy. I never stress a dog of any age. I will do as much as your puppy can handle. If I get everything done, great! If not, we can make another appointment to finsh the groom. I've never not finished a puppy, but you never know. There's always a first time.
Q--Is my dog too old to be groomed?
A--Just as in humans, old dogs suffer from weakness, aches, and pains. I try to accommodate old dogs with simpler cuts and faster service. I do have a special apparatus that helps support older dogs to stand. As with puppies, I will do as much as your dog can tolerate. If he/she is becoming stressed I will stop grooming, call you, and we can continue the grooming at another visit.
Q--What do you do about notifying your clients if you don't open your shop due to weather or illness?
A--Not only will I call the contact phone number(s) you have given me when you have made your appointment, but I will make a post on the Beggin' Fur A Brushin' Dog Grooming Facebook page. Make sure you click the LIKE button on the BFAB Facebook page to keep informed.
Q--Can I stay while you groom my dog?
A--I have a very open shop and nothing to hide. I am very conscientious about safety. I have found that if the owner is in the shop, the dog's attention is divided. Think about it. Essentially, I am working on a moving target--sharp scissors around the face, etc. Need I say more? I've got to have the dog's complete attention. It is less worrisome for me and much, much safer for your pet if you are not present during the grooming process. A stranger in the shop also disrupts the other dogs. They get excited, bark, and it is hard for me to work in the commotion.
Q--How will you dry my dog?
A--I usually table dry your dog with a velocity dryer. If your dog does not tolerate the velocity dryer or if my time doesn't allow me to table dry your dog, I will use the cage dryer. Not to worry. Remember, I am in the same room with your dog at all times.
When my husband, Mark, retired from Kraft Foods after 33-years, we moved from Bement, Illinois to Phoenix, Arizona. Mark enrolled in Motorcycle Mechanics Institute to work on Harley-Davidson motorcycles in his retirement. Mark worked as a technician at a dealership after graduating from MMI. He is now completely retired and enjoys pulling wrenches in our garage.
While living in Phoenix, I couldn't bring myself to interview for another Administrative Assistant office job. I enrolled in It's A Dog's World School of Grooming. I excelled and graduated in January 2006. Two-days later, I was employed as a pet stylist at Academy West, a vet clinic in Glendale, Arizona. I had been around dogs all my life, loved grooming my American Cockers, and I had gone all breed and finally answered my calling.
After Mark graduated from MMI, we returned home to Bement. We purchased our building in November 2006, and opened Beggin' Fur A Brushin' Dog Grooming on January 30, 2007.
Your dog sees the groomer more than they see the vet. My mission is to work with my clients toward health and beauty for their pet because grooming is not just for aesthetic purposes. I take pride in the fact that my shop is a specialty shop. Time is spent getting to know your dog, prepping your dog, and checking your dog for any possible health concerns. From start to finish, I am the only one who works on your dog while using premium, natural products. Your dog does not leave my shop until they look like I would have my dogs look, and I'm pretty darned picky about My Girls.
I am a registered member of National Dog Groomers Association of America (NDGAA) and International Professional Groomers (IPG). I continue my education by attending workshops, and I groom to AKC standard. I've also been certified in Pet First Aid. Currently, I am studying and taking exams to become an International Certified Master Groomer. I have achieved IPG certifications in Certified Salon Professional, Certified Professional Groomer, Sporting Group, Terrier Group, and All Other Breeds. I set high standards for myself and my business, all to better serve you and your pet.
Don't expect your dog to be done in an hour. I have my stress free routine for your pet, and everything that should to be done will be done. I do not take shortcuts. Your dog will be treated with love and respect, while they are being pampered. They will be handled just like they are one of my dogs, and I am passionate about My Girls!
On Monday, April 7, 2014, My Lettie Anne was diagnosed with a large stone in her bladder at the University of Illinois Small Animal Clinic. The procedure I wanted performed on Lettie was not available at the U of I. I elected to go to Purdue Small Animal Hospital on April 16, 2014, to see if Lettie was a candidate for Endoscopic Laser Lithotripsy. Luckily, Lettie was a good candidate and she had the procedure the next day. Currently, Lettie is recuperating at home. She will return to Purdue in two-weeks for a post op visit and scan.
Fur Fun is loaded with my more recent, favorite seasonal and holiday photos of My Girls. My Girls are sometimes dressed to the K-9's befitting the occasion.
My days off are consumed with purchasing outfits, finding the right background material, shopping for props, grooming, setting up props, taking pictures, tearing down and putting props away, editing, sorting and choosing pictures. After all this work, I upload the pictures to Beggin' Fur A Brushin's Fur Fun Fotos, in the Fur Fun gallery. It's a lot of work, but it's so much fun.
After the current year ends, the older pictures are moved to the AFRchives gallery so new pictures can be added throughout the new year to Fur Fun. Just because they are older pictures, don't miss out on ARFchives!
Welcome to BFAB!
When I worked as a pet stylist in Phoenix, Arizona, I noticed that many groom shop owners had small breed dogs as their shop dogs. The dogs actually worked at the front desk to greet the clients. I liked the idea, and it was something I wanted for my business. When I opened my shop in Bement, Illinois on January 30, 2007, "Lainey Bug" had not only became a family member, she was "employed" as Beggin's shop dog. She greets each and every client with enthusiasm. Bug joins me in welcoming you to our website, and we hope you enjoy your visit with us.
Base Price List by Breed
Beggin' Fur A Brushin' Dog Grooming, 201 S. Macon St., Bement, Illinois 61813 is open by appointment only. My hours are usually 9:00 a.m. until the last dog is done, Tuesday through Friday. I strive to provide you and your pet with the best possible service at all times. If you would like additional information on my grooming services or you would like to make an appointment, please call 217-678-BEGN (2346). My Ala Carte Services, such as a nail trimming, are listed in the Services and Retail section of this website. For your convenience, I accept cash and checks. The minimum price for grooming includes brush out, shampooing twice, drying, clipping nails, cleaning ears, cleaning pads, hygienic trim, clipping the coat, some scissoring, and finishing. Expressing anal sacs are included and expression is elective. Extra will be charged for matted coat, unusual clip style, scissor trims, corded breeds, undercoat, hot oil bath, flea baths, special skin problems that require vet-provided shampoos and conditioners, behavior problems adding time to grooming. All dogs need a good grooming regardless of breed or coat. List does not reflect cost for matted dogs. Base prices are subject to change at any time. Call for mixed breed estimates--217-678-BEGN (2346). The following Base Price List is alphabetized by breed name. Following the individual breed names, I have listed the charge for a bath and brush. The charge for a bath, brush, clip, if applicable, is listed thereafter.
Affenpinscher--$27.00--N/A; Afghan--$60.00--N/A; Airdale--$45.00--$60.00; Akita--$50.00--N/A; Alaskan Malamute--$55.00--N/A; American Eskimo--$45.00--N/A; American Foxhound--$45.00--N/A; American Staffordshire Terrier--$40.00--N/A; American Water Spaniel--$50.00--N/A; Anatolian Shepherd--$45.00--N/A; Australian Cattle Dog--$45.00--N/A; Australian Shepherd--$45.00--N/A; Australian Terrier--$35.00--$45.00; Basenji--$40.00--N/A; Bassett Hound--$35.00--N/A; Beagle--$35.00--N/A; Bearded Collie--$55.00--N/A; Bedlington Terrier--$35.00--$50.00; Belgian Malinois--$45.00--N/A; Belgian Sheepdog--$45.00--N/A; Belgian Tervuren--$45.00--N/A; Bernese Mountain Dog--$55.00--N/A; Bichon Frise--$35.00--$45.00; Black & Tan Coonhound--$40.00--N/A; Bloodhound--$40.00--N/A; Border Collie--$45.00--N/A; Border Terrier--$30.00--$40.00; Borzoi--$45.00--N/A; Boston Terrier--$30.00--N/A; Bouvier des Flandres--$50.00--$60.00; Boxer--$40.00--N/A; Briard--$55.00--N/A; Brittany--$45.00--N/A; Brussels Griffon--$30.00--N/A; Bull Dog--$40.00.00--N/A; Bull Mastiff--$50.00--N/A; Bull Terrier--$35.00--N/A; Cairn Terrier--$35.00--$45.00; Canaan Dog--$40.00--N/A; Cardigan Welsh Corgi--$40.00--N/A; Cavalier King Charles Spaniel--$45.00--N/A; Chesapeake Bay Retriever--$45.00--N/A; Chihuahua (Long Haired)--$23.00--N/A; Chihuahua (Short Haired)--$20.00--N/A; Chinese Crested (Hairless)--$20.00--N/A; Chinese Crested (Powder-Puff)--$40.00--N/A; Chinese Shar-Pei--$40.00--N/A; Chow Chow--$50.00--N/A; Clumber Spaniel--$45.00--$52.00; Coc-A-Poo--$35.00--$45.00; Cocker Spaniel (American & English)--$45.00--$52.00; Collie (Rough)--$50.00--N/A; Collie (Smooth Coated)--$45.00--N/A; Coonhound--$40.00--N/A; Corgi (Pembroke & Cardigan)--$40.00--N/A; Curly Coated Retriever--$45.00--N/A; Dachshund, Long Haired--$35.00--N/A; Dachshund, Wire-Haired--$28.00--N/A; Dachshund (Smooth)--$28.00--N/A; Dalmation--$40.00--N/A; Dandie Dinmont--$35.00--$50.00; Doberman Pinscher--$40.00--N/A; English Foxhound--$40.00--N/A; English Setter--$45.00--$55.00; English Springer Spaniel--$45.00--$57.00; English Toy Spaniel--$40.00--N/A; Field Spaniel--$45.00--N/A; Finnish Spitz--$40.00--N/A; Flat-Coated Retriver--$45.00--N/A; Fox Terrier, Smooth--$30.00--N/A; Fox Terrier, Wire--$35.00--$45.00; French Bulldog--$35.00--N/A; German Shepherd Dog--$55.00--$N/A; German Shorthaired Pointer--$40.00--N/A; German Wirehaired Pointer--$40.00--N/A; Giant Schnauzer--$50.00--$70.00; Golden Retriever--$50.00--N/A; Gordon Setter--$50.00--$62.00; Great Dane--$45.00--N/A; Great Pyrenees--$55.00--N/A; Greater Swiss Mountain Dog--$50.00--N/A; Greyhound--$40.00--N/A; Harrier--$40.00--N/A; Havanese--$35.00--N/A; Heeler--$45.00--N/A;Ibizan Hound, Smooth--$40.00--N/A; Ibizan Hound, Wire-Haired--$45.00--N/A; Irish Setter--$50.00--62.00; Irish Terrier--$35.00--$45.00; Irish Water Spaniel--$50.00--N/A; Irish Wolfhound--$50.00--N/A; Italian Greyhound--$35.00--N/A; Jack Russell Terrier--$33.00--N/A; Japanese Chin--$35.00--N/A; Keeshound--$45.00--N/A; Kerry Blue Terrier--$40.00--$55.00; Komondor--Ask Groomer; Kuvasz--$50.00--N/A; Lakeland Terrier--$40.00--$50.00; Labrador Retriever--$45.00--N/A; Lhasa Apso--$35.00--$45.00; Lowchen--$35.00--45.00; Maltese--$35.00--$45.00; Manchester Terrier (Standard)--$30.00--N/A; Manchester Terrier (Toy)--$25.00--N/A; Mastiff--$55.00--N/A; Miniature Bull Terrier--$35.00--N/A; Miniature Pinscher--$25.00--N/A; Newfoundland--$60.00--N/A; Norfolk Terrier--$35.00--$45.00; Norwegian Elkhound--$45.00--N/A; Norwich Terrier--$35.00--$45.00; Old English Sheepdog--Ask Groomer; Otterhound--$45.00--N/A; Papillion--$35.00--N/A; Parson Russell Terrier (Short & Wire)--$33.00--N/A; Pembroke Welsh Corgi--$40--N/A; Pekinese--$35.00--N/A; Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen--$35.00--N/A; Pharaoh Hound--$40.00--N/A; Pitbull--$40.00--N/A; Pointer--$40.00--N/A; Pomeranian--$40.00--N/A; Poodle (Toy)--$35.00--$45.00; Poodle (Miniature)--$40.00--$50.00; Poodle (Standard)--$50.00--$75.00; Portuguese Water Dog--$50.00--$75.00; Pug--$33.00--N/A; Puli--$75.00+--N/A; Queensland Heeler--$45.00--N/A; Rhodesian Ridgeback--$45.00--N/A; Rottweiler--$45.00--N/A; Saint Bernard--$65.00--N/A; Saluki--$40.00--N/A; Samoyed--$50.00--N/A; Schipperke--$35.00--N/A; Schnauzer (Giant)--$45.00--$70.00; Schnauzer (Miniature)--40.00--$45.00--Schnauzer (Standard)--$45.00--$50.00; Scottish Deerhound--$50.00--N/A; Scottish Terrier--$35.00--$45.00; Sealyham Terrier--$35.00--$45.00; Shar-Pei--$40.00--N/A; Shetland Sheepdog--$50.00; Shiba Inu--$45.00--N/A; Shih Tzu--$35.00--$45.00; Siberian Husky--$50.00--N/A; Silky Terrier--$35.00--$45.00; Skye Terrier--$40.00--N/A; Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier--$45.00--$55.00; Spinone Italiano--$50.00--N/A; Staffordshire Bull Terrier--$35.00--N/A; Sussex Spaniel--$35.00--$47.00; Tibetan Spaniel--$35.00--N/A; Tibetan Terrier--$45.00--N/A; Vizsla--$40.00--N/A; Weimeraner--$40.00--N/A; Welsh Springer Spaniel--$45.00--$57.00; Welsh Terrier--$35.00--$50.00; West Highland White Terrier--$35.00--$45.00;--Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier--$45.00--$55.00; Whippet--$40.00--N/A; Wire Fox Terrier--$35.00--$45.00; Wirehaired Pointing Griffon--$45.00--N/A; Yorkshire Terrier--$35.00--$45.00
February 5, 2014, became a snow day. I decided to take some candid shots of Little Miss Luster Puff during her morning recess. She really likes winter and most of all what's in her playground. She doesn't mind what Winter Storm Nikko dumped on us at all. She loves to run and run in the snow pack, and she'll dig up anything out of the snow to amuse herself. Enjoy Little Miss Luster Puff in the white stuff. She's pretty cool!
For those of you who have photographed a black dog, you know how difficult it can be. Clairee Kayte is my Black Velvet Sweetheart. She has a very tender heart, and she is quite shy. I had gotten some new lights that I wanted to try, and I had also been wanting to photograph Clairee on a black background for a long, long time. I rarely get a good photo of Clairee, so I knew I was in for a challenge.
These photographs began as a lighting experiment, but then I realized Clairee was coming out of her shell. She was giving me the expressions I wanted to capture. The experiment quickly became a real photo shoot, and I just kept shooting her expressions. Clairee really worked with me. I love these photos of My Black Velvet Sweetheart. I'm thrilled with what I got. Enjoy My Clairee Kayte's best photo shoot "eFUR" by clicking on the Slideshow button.
I finally realized that I had never taken a Christmas photo shoot of Coral. I set the props, and groomed Coral. I began shooting, and Coral acted like she had never had her picture taken! She was uncooperative, stiff, and apprehensive with pose changes. I don't know if she didn't like the tree or what. As you will see, we worked really hard to get a picture of Coral putting an ornament on the tree. She just wouldn't hold the pose long enough, and I had to hurry to get the shot, thus the picture was blurred. Since Coral was not in the mood, I decided to stop, and go with what I had. I got a few good ones . . .
November 29, 2013--Luster was 3-months-old yesterday, and her first Christmas is coming. Time to get out the camera. I felt that Luster deserved glitter and shine for her very first photo shoot. She didn't know what to think at first, but we soon were having lots of fun. Enjoy what this little girl did for me in front the camera. She's learning . . .