Erica Li – Dog Groomer
Most regular readers know that my dog Oscar is the unofficial Hoboken411 mascot.
I take good care of my Chow-Chow/Collie mix, spent lots of quality time (he sometimes helps with the site), and take him with me almost everywhere. He’s in good health, eats quality food, and everyone loves him!
However, one thing that was lacking was a good grooming. I brush him from time to time, and is a great looking pup, but with the recent snow & mud, along with the regular abuse at the dog park – he was getting quite ratty. A couple friends strongly suggested a new dog groomer in town.
Erica Li – an amazing groomer!
A recent graduate of the New York School of Dog Grooming, Erica seems to have found her calling! As one of the many victims of the tumultuous economic cutbacks, she was laid off along with the thousands of others in the area. She decided to follow what she was passionate about – dogs.
I scheduled an appointment this past week at her uptown 14th Street location. You can either drop your dog off, or she can pickup and deliver – your choice. So what were the results?
Affordable full service treatment
For starters, Erica’s pricing is very reasonable. A simple bath and brush out starts at $25, and for a full grooming most average sized dogs are around $45 – and includes pretty much everything you can imagine: A bath and drying, brushing as well as haircut/shave if needed, nails, and ears. Teeth can be done for a nominal fee ($5).
She’s also very flexible with the scheduling – if you need to leave your dog there for an extended period, it’s perfectly OK. No cages are used at any point.
Additionally, she offers sliding scale pricing for those that may be suffering economically (unemployed, etc.)
This is where the difference shows. Unlike going to more commercial places (such as Petco – which isn’t horrible by any means) – you get very personalized treatment. Erica will not just rush the job to get ready for the next client – she’ll make sure the dog is done properly. Like a professional hair stylist, your dog will not be ready until Erica feels right about it!
In my instance, Oscar got a bit of a haircut, because being a medium/long haired dog he was a bit out of control (matted, etc). She also trimmed, let’s say, the “private areas” to make sure they stay clean in the future. I got a brand new dog! I was so excited, and so was Oscar – who was exceptionally light on his paws and was almost proud of his new “do!”
A fantastic experience
I really enjoy doing business with people that are passionate about their work. Erica is no exception. Normally, Oscar gets a bit nervous when I drop him off somewhere – in this case, he was a happy camper!
She chose working with dogs because she loves them, and it shows!
You can reach Erica via phone at 917-747-5524 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you use her services, tell her Hoboken411 sent you, and please share your experience in the comment section!