Are You A Dirty Dog?

          Clean up your act!

About

After an extensive renovation in 2007, Cataraqui Pet Grooming became Kingston's premier pet spa: Are You A Dirty Dog? The salon provides unsurpassed service in a caring, professional environment. Located in Cataraqui Pet Centre, between Urban Paws and Cataraqui Pet Hospital the salon complements the pet services we provide.  

Groomers Erika, Emily, and Jenn, and Grooming Assistant Rikki, are committed to meeting the individualized needs of the guests at our salon. Dogs enjoy the stress-minimizing, cage-free environment, and socialize before and after their appointment, while cats are housed separately.


Erika Ferris-Baker, Salon Lead:

Erika is committed to the idea that a trip to the groomer should be a positive experience: for both the owner, and the member of their family they are entrusting with her. She is highly proficient in breed standard clips and the art of hand-scissoring, and particularly enjoys customizing styles to fit her client's unique tastes and lifestyles. She is also trained to groom cats in lion clips, lynx clips, and shave downs.

Erika began her grooming career in 2012 at PetSmart, where she quickly built up a loyal clientele as a result of her commitment to quality work. Since then, she has been dedicated to learning as much as possible about the art of grooming, and spends much of her time studying new grooming techniques and styles.

In 2014, Erika left PetSmart to pursue grooming on an in-home and house-call basis with animals that benefitted from a quiet, one-on-one atmosphere. During this time, she discovered that she missed the experience of working alongside other groomers, as well as the more creative aspect of grooming, and in 2015 she became part of the Dirty Dog team under salon manager, Katie Lefley.

Now a Certified Intermediate Stylist Technician, Erika continues to expand her knowledge and skill set in the grooming world by attending grooming shows and conventions, staying connected to other stylists, and immersing herself in learning material as it comes out. She is a registered member of the Canadian Professional Pet Stylists Association, which is the only federally registered non-profit certifying organization for groomers in Canada. 

 

Emily Smith, Pet Stylist:

Emily is a lifelong dog-lover, and has spent most of her life involved in different aspects of the pet industry. In 2012, she started working as a bather/brusher, which introduced her to the world of grooming. She started her career as a pet stylist in early 2013 and hasn't looked back since.

Emily worked as a dog trainer for two years and her focus with positive reinforcement methods have helped shape her attitude towards grooming. She believes that in order to be comfortable, a dog must be able to feel confident, and she works enthusiastically with her clients to make that a reality. Emily's connection with animals truly shines through her work as a stylist and it's clear to see the individual care she provides to every dog.

In 2016, Emily joined the Dirty Dog salon, where she quickly became a staple member of the team. Now a Certified Intermediate Stylist Technician, she particularly enjoys working with double-coated dogs who maintain a more "sporty" style, such as shelties and golden retrievers. Emily is a registered member of the Canadian Professional Pet Stylists Association, which is the only federally registered non-profit certifying organization for groomers in Canada.

 

Jenn LaRusic, Pet Stylist/Salon Coordinator:

Jenn is originally from the Barrie area, where she successfully ran a fast-paced salon with high quality, excellent customer service for ten years. She ran her own private salon for four years in the Petawawa area before moving to Kingston. She has a degree in Biochemistry and a diploma as a Veterinary Technician.

She has two beautiful children and two beautiful dogs, an Affenpinscher named Aubrey and a Boston Pug mix named Koi. She has groomed a number of dogs and cats over the years and made many friends with both pets and their owners, and she is excited to be starting a new adventure with Are You a Dirty Dog? in hope of building more amazing relationships. Jenn will also be looking after clients at our second location, Dirty Dog 2, in Amherstview.

 

Rikki Magee, Grooming Assistant:

From a very young age, Rikki always felt a deep and special connection with animals of all shapes and sizes. Raised on a small farm in rural Selby, it did not take her long to realize that she could see no other future than one that was based around the creatures that had taught her so much responsibility and respect: dogs. In 2010, Rikki moved to Kingston to pursue an opportunity at a local dog kennel where she spent 2 years sharpening her canine behaviour and grooming skills. During her time, Rikki found the most pleasure in the one-on-one time she spent bathing, brushing, and attending to the grooming needs of the dogs in her care. It was this that made her realize, that though she did enjoy being a kennel attendant, her true passion lay in grooming.

In the spring of 2012, after completing schooling, Rikki applied for an open position at Dirty Dog, and it was not long before she found herself part of an amazing team under salon lead, Katie Lefley, and now, Erika Ferris-Baker. Ever since, Rikki has been consistently pushing to expand her knowledge and skills; aiming for an end goal of becoming a certified Professional Pet Stylist.

 

 

To see Cataraqui Pet Centre's Accessible Customer Service Plan, please click here.

Welcome
Welcome
New Hours
We are excited to announce that we are extending our salon hours to provide a wider variety of appointment times for our wonderful clients.
 
MON-FRI: 8am - 7pm
SAT: 9am - 5pm (by appointment)
 
We will now have more availability for Sat. appointments; however, these slots fill up very quickly, so make sure you call in advance!
 
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Grooming
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New Hours
We are excited to announce that we are extending our salon hours to provide a wider variety of appointment times for our wonderful clients.
 
MON-FRI: 8am - 7pm
SAT: 9am - 5pm (by appointment)
 
We will now have more availability for Sat. appointments; however, these slots fill up very quickly, so make sure you call in advance!
 
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New Hours
We are excited to announce that we are extending our salon hours to provide a wider variety of appointment times for our wonderful clients.
 
MON-FRI: 8am - 7pm
SAT: 9am - 5pm (by appointment)
 
We will now have more availability for Sat. appointments; however, these slots fill up very quickly, so make sure you call in advance!
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Bath Time
New Hours
We are excited to announce that we are extending our salon hours to provide a wider variety of appointment times for our wonderful clients.
 
MON-FRI: 8am - 7pm
SAT: 9am - 5pm (by appointment)
 
We will now have more availability for Sat. appointments; however, these slots fill up very quickly, so make sure you call in advance!
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Blow Out
New Hours
We are excited to announce that we are extending our salon hours to provide a wider variety of appointment times for our wonderful clients.
 
MON-FRI: 8am - 7pm
SAT: 9am - 5pm (by appointment)
 
We will now have more availability for Sat. appointments; however, these slots fill up very quickly, so make sure you call in advance!
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