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New Devon Groomer All About The Dog

Stratford woman opens grooming business in Milford.

Katelyn McDonnell inside her Naugatuck Avenue shop. Credit: Jason Bagley
Katelyn McDonnell inside her Naugatuck Avenue shop. Credit: Jason Bagley
Katelyn McDonnell worked seven years as a veterinary technician before opening Coastal Canine Grooming & Boutique in Devon last month.

“I always had a passion for the medical side,” the 27-year-old Stratford woman who grew up sled dog racing says of the veterinarian profession.

And McDonnell believes her time as a vet tech sets her apart from other groomers.

“Most groomers have no medical background,” she says. “We’re trained here to notice the signs (of a possible medical condition) and how to care for that dog individually.”

If there is a skin issue, for example, McDonnell says she can perform treatments previously recommended by the animal’s primary veterinarian or else “guide you in the right direction.”

The Stratford woman says her medical experience also enables her to work well with fearful or aggressive dogs. She cites a 100-pound lab that comes in for prescribed bathing because the animal’s too hyper to be cleaned at home.

Prior to opening her business, McDonnell dog groomed on the side at The Natural Dog on Bridgeport Avenue, about a mile down the road from the new shop at 253 Naugatuck Ave.

She did that for a couple years while working as a veterinary technician at Countryside Veterinarian Hospital in Shelton. She also has been a longtime volunteer at the Stratford Animal Shelter.

But now it’s just her. And while McDonnell says she’ll look to hire help as she gets more customers, she doesn’t want her shop to turn into a bustling place with a bunch of different groomers milling about.

“I want it to be calm and inviting where the dogs are comfortable being here,” she says.

Coastal Canine Grooming & Boutique offers medicated baths, nutrition and supplement solutions, gourmet biscuits, hypoallergenic options, apparel, leashes and collars, and more.

The hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shop can be reached at 203.693.2333.

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Tmc January 02, 2014 at 11:18 PM
Best of luck with your new business!
Robert Jochim January 03, 2014 at 06:46 AM
Not the best economic conditions for a new business, but I wish Ms. McDonnell all the best...
Grumpy Old Man January 03, 2014 at 09:24 AM
^ When are people gonna stop blaming the economy ? ^ Screw that ! There's plenty of opportunities for success . Jobs to be filled . And money to be earned ! Good for your miss . You will succeed !
tlkensington January 03, 2014 at 09:44 AM
IBM, GE, United Technologies, and General Motors were all founded during "not the best economic conditions."
Denese Dugay Casey January 03, 2014 at 10:17 AM
Welcome to Walnut Beach (not Devon)! Much success!!

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