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We’ve all heard that famous line: β€œMom knows best”. Well, Shelby Annuschat’s mom had that motherly instinct in knowing her daughter would one day open a dog salon. Growing up Shelby’s mom would refer to her as the dog whisperer, not only for the love, passion, and care for dogs, but it was how she could put them at ease. Shelby’s mom mentioned that she should open a dog grooming salon. At the time Shelby never saw it as a great idea. However, she wanted a career that would allow her to bring her super anxious dog, Bear to work. She thought about the possibility of becoming a Veterinarian but quickly decided that there would be occasional sad moments that she wouldn’t be able to avoid. Remembering that moms do know best, she decided to look into dog grooming.

Shelby attended a 10-week program at the Academy of Dog Grooming and Arts in Bethany. By day 2, Shelby knew that she would be doing it full-time. She completed her schooling in January of 2022 and opened Sweet Baby Salon.

Shelby and her husband Ben, live in Okarche with their 3 fur babies, Bear Jackson, Opal Jade, and Ruby Rae. Bear, a mixed German Shepard, is their number one baby and is the reason for the name β€œSweet Baby”. Opal, a Great Pyrenees was once a true farm dog, now living a life of luxury indoors. Lastly Ruby, a CavaPoo, Shelby’s little dream dog. She fell in love with a mini poodle during her time at school and knew that one day she would have one of her own. Shelby expresses how she didn’t pick them, they picked her, along with the perfect timing in her life.

Shelby knows that each dog comes in with a different personality, and for that, she treats each one as an individual. She likes to keep a routine for β€œher babies” and works at a pace that allows them to adjust as it is helpful with dogs who may struggle with high anxiety. Shelby says β€œThe most rewarding part for me is the transformation of going from seeing them in discomfort to seeing them happy after grooming”.

Sweet Baby Salon LLC is open Tuesday through Friday with a daily dog drop-off from 7:30 to 8:00 am. Once your dog has been groomed you will receive a text notifying you that you can pick him or her up. Shelby understands that life happens, and she is willing to adjust times to best suit your needs. Call or text Sweet Baby Salon to schedule a grooming at 405-882-1137. Located at 111 E. Miles in Kingfisher

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