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April’s Grooming Instruction Program Student Of The Month – 2013

ABC Grooming Instruction Program Student of the Month– April 2013

Blake Hernandez

Blake Hernandez - April's grooming program student of the month

Blake Hernandez lives in San Francisco, where he works full time as head groomer at Mudpuppy’s Tub & Scrub in the city’s Castro district. Blake has been grooming for about 2½ months since his externship. He offers many different services, including cat grooming. His future plans are to become a certified master groomer and open up his own shop, as well as become a breeder.

  • Was grooming your first choice for a career?

No, I originally wanted to be a gemologist and jeweler. However, every time the thought of working with animals came to mind, I always thought of grooming.

  • What animal or person most inspired you to pursue a career in the animal industry?

My dog Fiona; she is a fifth- generation AKC-registered lab. Her mama passed when she was only three weeks old, so I took her in and bottle and spoon fed her until she was old enough. Then that’s when the nail painting started, and I think it all snowballed from there.

  • When and how did you know that you’d be a success in the pet industry?

When people gush over how beautiful I make their dogs look.

  • What was the biggest challenge you have faced during your externship and how did you overcome it?

His name was Cheetoh and he was a crazy 6-lb. mix breed that just needed a puppy cut, but was so squirmy and tiny I thought I was going to breakdown and cry. Thankfully, I was still in my externship and my mentor helped me through it.

  • If you could style a dog or cat after any celebrity, who would it be and why?

President Obama, because he has a dog who gets national attention, and I want national attention as a groomer.

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