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Walbridge’s Bubbles and Bones beautifies pets PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 07 October 2013 09:16
LuAnn Sturm, left, and Krystal Meach owners of Bubbles and Bones in Walbridge. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
WALBRIDGE - The bubbles are in the back, and the bones are on the counter.
The village's new pet grooming business, Bubbles and Bones, beautifies dogs - and cats - which their owners can drop off for service. When they return, their animals smell divine, feel soft and often have bows entwined in their fur.
"We'll do any breed. It doesn't matter," said owner LuAnn Sturm.
Bubbles and Bones is tranquilizer-free. Sturm and partner Krystal Meach seem to have a magic touch with cranky canines and finicky felines.
Their secret is calling in a partner to hold or distract the animal while the other works. Patience helps, too. There's also a canister of dog biscuits on the main counter.
"Out of the 20 years we've been doing this, we've turned away four to five cats," Sturm said. "It's just like kids with a babysitter. They'll behave better for someone they don't know."
Services at Bubbles and Bones include bathing, cutting hair, brushing teeth, coloring hair and painting nails.
"We do it all," Sturm said.
She and Meach attend one or two shows a year to keep up on grooming trends and new products.
"The grooming industry has gotten into the creative, artistic side," Sturm said, noting the nail colors and cuts. "We're constantly staying up with everything that changes in the pet industry."
She often practices on her three dogs, a cocker, Miniature Schnauzer and Rottweiler. Even the big dog gets his nails dolled up for football games.
"My little cocker right now has red and blue pom poms," Sturm said. "You've got to have fun with your animals."
And the Schnauzer? He has a Mohawk.
Sturm has been working with animals since she went to a career center, similar to Penta's, while in high school. She and Meach have known each other since they were kids.
"We have worked for the bigger companies … and smaller ones. We wanted something that was ours," Sturm said.
They opened the Toledo branch of Bubbles and Bones in 2008. They started looking last year for a second location.
Their spot on North Main Street, by the Walbridge library, had been for sale for about five years. They decided to lease, however, Sturm said.
After some remodeling, including painting a lot of the interior in purple and black and coloring a Crafstman tool box filled with grooming supplies purple, Bubbles and Bones opened on June 1.
"We could not be any more happy. The community has been great," she said of Walbridge. "They've really welcomed us. It's a nice community. They definitely take care of each other."
Bubbles and Bones is located at 102 N. Main St. For more information call (419) 662-5707. Prices range from $35 to $55, depending on the animal's size. Military, senior and police-fire discounts are available.

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