ELLSWORTH — Doggy day care and grooming business Something To Wag About has packed up its Trenton location and moved to 328 Bucksport Road, Suite 3.
“Everybody got a dog during COVID,” owner Elissa Nally said. “We needed a bigger space.”
Now up to 20 canines can frolic, play and nap in one session, a big jump from the six dogs Nally’s former location allowed.
Something To Wag About is also a full-service grooming salon. Both the salon and the daycare stress a holistic approach to canine care.
“We’ve called off many a groom because the dog was uncomfortable,” groomer Margaret Brooks said.
A holistic approach includes being certified as fear-free, Nally said. She is also certified for pet first aid and AKC safe handling and is a member of the International Professional Groomers Association. Members of her four-woman crew are also equally certified, with newer members working toward the full range of certifications.
The staff also matches dog temperaments for as conflict-free a group of canines as possible for doggie day care sessions. Currently, specific groups of dogs come on certain days, but Nally said she is trying to incorporate a drop-in option.
“I was a stay-at-home mom,” Nally recalled of her time before opening Something To Wag About in 2019. “But I have to be moving, so I picked up a job washing pets at Petco.”
And the rest is both history and future thinking, as Nally also takes a holistic approach with her employees and orphaned dogs. She flew her crew to Las Vegas for a pet services exposition and team building. Additionally, Something To Wag About provides free dog grooming services to the SPCA of Hancock County in Trenton.
“This is our life,” staffer Haily Ferden said. “Whatever we can do to keep the dogs healthy.”
Nally nodded. “This is a career.”
Saturday events are used to fund professional development for staff. This Saturday, Dec. 11, a nail trim clinic and pictures with Santa begins at 10 a.m. and ends at noon, with no appointments needed.
Hours are Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for day care and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for grooming. Grooming services are booked through mid-January, Nally noted. The business can be reached at 667-2924 or through its website, somethingtowagabout.com.