Rachel Diller ~ NCMG, CFMG
Hi everyone! I have been involved with animals since I can remember. It started with what I could sneak into my room at a young age (lizards, fish, frogs, chinchillas, birds – you name it, I’ve probably owned it!). Working in the pet industry has been such a pleasure. I’ve worked for Joe Markham, owner of the Kong Company. Mentored under George Alston, who was one of the top handlers for AKC conformation events. Trained under Danelle German, at the only school in the world for Cat Grooming, NCGIA. Managed several premiere boarding kennels, some holding well over 180 dogs and 40 cats. Worked with prestigious dog trainers, volunteered my time with many AKC All Breed Clubs, have been on the board of Colorado Professional Pet Groomers Association and Rocky Mountain Mastiff Fancier’s group. I am a National Certified Master Groomer and a Certified Master Feline Groomer. Competing and staying current with industry trends is at the top of my list. I have close friends in every breed and have mentored under them to become the skilled groomer I am today. It has been a wonderful unfolding of experiences.
I own/exhibit/breed English Mastiffs. I have also owned/shown/whelped Afghan Hounds. They are a tricky breed for sure! I am a huge advocate of health testing and proper rearing of dogs and what they produce down the line. Unless they are in an approved show home, all of my puppies go home on a limited registration and are spayed & neutered. I won Best Bred By Exhibitor at the Rocky Mountain Cluster of dog shows in February of 2006 with Moose (Ch. Magnum’s Playing With Fire). I also won Best Bred By Exhibitor, Winners Dog and Best of Winners with Jersey’s brother, Boss (Ch. Magnum’s One Ton Speedwagon) in February of 2004. Since those shows, both dogs have passed, but have left behind a legacy of winning puppies and I can’t wait to see them grow up!
Charlene Dwyer ~ Terrier Specialist
My family and I have raised Kerry Blue Terriers since 1956, under the kennel name Casey Kerry Blue Terriers. My father started with Scottish Terriers. So, you can see, terriers run in my blood. I met Rachel a long time ago as she was prepping a Kerry Blue for a client of ours (for show), she was working at a shop for someone else at the time. I called to compliment her on the job she did and introduce myself as the breeder. My mother, Lois and I have been friends with her ever since. I can usually be found at a dog show with any one of our dogs, keeping my schedule somewhat exclusive. My mother and I own a Bedlington Terrier, German Pinscher as well as the Kerry Blues. We finished our first ever Bred By Exhibitor bitch, Champion Casey’s Pawsatively Choice (Pearl) in April 2015 at the Sunflower Cluster. She was 13 mos old. Pearl was co-bred with Odebt and Bill Massey, Pawsatively Handling.
I groom all breeds, but specialize in Terriers (Cairn Terriers, Kerry Blues, Bedlingtons, Border Terriers, Scottish Terriers, Westies, Wire Fox Terriers, Norfolk/Norwich, Australian Terriers, Airedale Terriers etc…) I secretly want a chihuahua and our house cat, Lola. She loves me so.
One of our most special boys GCH Velvety Quarterback Sneak aka “Peyton” was also used by owner Rachel Diller in the National Dog Groomers Associations’ Colorado Groomfest winning Best Groomed Dog in Division B. He looked great and made us very proud. My brother operates a mobile grooming business, but I choose to work with Rachel and her amazing team of professionals. This is where I can learn and grow as a groomer but I suppose, occasionally, I may help out my brother. If he asks nicely. I’m an avid photographer, most of my work can be seen at Blue Lamb Dog Photography. My sense of humor is unparalleled and if you need a good breeder referral, let me know!
Mary Rodriquez – Groomer
Hey Everyone! My name is Mary Rodriguez. Ive been grooming dogs and cats for 15 years. I have loved animals for as long as I can remember. Growing up I had a dog, cat, hamster, canaries, fish and even horses. Today I am the proud mom of a Rottweiler named Max, a Cattle Dog named Laila, a Maltipoo named Little and two Siamese cats Koby and Brewer. My assortment of pets has a lot to do with the rescue work I’ve done over the years for different organizations. I love fostering and helping animals in need when I can.
When I was 18 I got a job at a local grooming shop in Chicago as a dog bather. I started to see how the groomers worked and thought to myself, ” Hey I can do this!” I went on to complete my courses at the Academy of Dog Grooming Arts in Arlington Heights Illinois. Upon completion of my courses I was a certified Professional Groomer. I moved to San Diego, California when I was in my early 20’s and got my first grooming job at a small shop called Grateful Dog in Leucadia, California right by the beach. I eventually bought this little shop from the original owner and owned it almost 10 years. Part of my business was selling holistic pet food and supplements. I studied up on nutrition for several years and to this day I am very grateful for the knowledge I can share with my clients so their pets can live their healthiest life possible.
I eventually sold Grateful Dog and decided to move to Colorado to be close to my family that has all migrated out to Denver from Chicago. Since moving to Denver five years ago, I have begun the process of working toward my Master Groomer Certification and hope to have it completed in the next year. I have started to compete in grooming competitions as well. Grooming dogs is my passion. For me, its not only about a good haircut but also taking care of the over all wellness of every pet I groom. Whether it be picking out the right shampoo to nourish their skin and coat, or simply recommend a good food or dietary supplement to the pet parents. I am so very excited to be joining this amazing team at the Poodle Shop and cant wait to meet you all and your fur kids too!
Jaclyn Kuzmich – CFMG
I have been involved with animals as long as I can remember. Whether I was riding double on my Grandpa’s horses or off to a dog show with my sister, Rachel Diller. I knew at a very young age I would dedicate the rest of my life to working with animals. Whether it be in the grooming salons or at home with my Springers and Himalayans.
Growing up with Rachel and her Mastiffs gave me my start in the dog show world. I quickly picked up on Junior Handling with a Clumber Spaniel, my first show dog I co-owned named Atria. I then moved on to a little Mastiff named Simone. We retired our partnership with #1 Junior Handler in the breed of Mastiffs with limited showing and Top 20 in the Working Group in the country. I decided I needed a coated breed to compete stronger. I was hooked on sporting breeds since Atria and wanted an English Springer Spaniel. Henry (my first springer) had 52 Best Of Breeds with limited showing and countless Junior Handler placements. Henry is retired and loved life until his passing at 13. You could often find me running around showing multiple dogs for Professional Handlers/Breeders. Most of the handlers I helped out had dogs with Multiple Best in Shows, Group Placements, and countless Breed wins. George Alston and Corky Vroom have been my idols since I started showing dogs. Together, they have had several Westminster Kennel Club Best in Show winners and some of the most legendary show dogs of all time.
I have attended two George Alston Seminars for Advanced Handling with my boy Henry. George actually showed Henry’s great-grandfather back in the 80’s. One of the top winning Springers of all time. After I retired Henry, I mentored under Lynda O’Connor of Gold Camp Springers, Tekla Viker of Dartek Springers and Julie Roberts of Eldamar Springers. These ladies have been breeding/showing/raising Springers for 30 plus years. I am truly grateful for the stepping stones they have provided me in the dog show world as well as their impeccable grooming capabilities. Caleb, was my promising young Springer, he is my heart-dog and produced my first litter with my girl Sailor. Sporting breeds are my forte, I understand their sensitivity and emotional needs being a spaniel or a retriever. I develop a great bond with most dogs, however if they have spaniel behind their name we just click. Rachel mentored me as I started grooming dogs and now cats, I grew up with her in The Poodle Shop and now at Urban Sophisticats. I continue to grow my knowledge of the grooming standards of this industry.
In the fall of 2014 I traveled to South Carolina, to a school called the National Cat Groomers Institute of America to learn the secrets of cat grooming. I like to think of it as “Special Forces” grooming. There, I studied under Danelle German, Olivia German and Lynn Paolillo. It takes a trained and passionate person for this specific kind of animal. They are lovely to pamper and the emotional rewards are wonderful. I returned as a fresh CFMG and was hooked. I adore Himalayans/Persians and hope to start a show career with my young Flame Point, Fender.
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Rachel has been grooming our golden doodle and chug for almost 8 years and she is the best! She is kind, gentle, loves dogs, and does a great job every time. We also call last minute and she always fits us in when she can, and my dogs don’t mind going at all. She even gives Christmas gifts. We live on the opposite end of town but wouldn’t go anywhere else.