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Wednesday, 11 March 2015 13:48

New Downtown Location for Petropolis

It’s a not just a business for Nikki Schiestel, owner of Wingham’s Petropolis.  It’s her passion. 

Opening at a new location earlier this month at 237 Josephine Street, Nikki still offers the same great products, including Canadian-made pet foods, and an array of fun toys and accessories for your furry, feathered, or scaly friends.

One change with the move is that while Petropolis still carries live feeders (crickets and mice) for reptiles, they no longer keep pets for sale on hand, but they will order them in for customers. 

While the retail part of the job and interacting with her human customers is fun for Nikki, it’s the grooming service that she provides that she really enjoys.

“I like people and I like animals, so to bring the two together just makes sense,” Nikki says. “I have always loved animals, dogs especially. And I’ve always wanted to work with animals.”

Being able to own a business in her hometown of Wingham is another dream come true for Nikki. She bought the business in 2010, allowing her to live and work in her community, and start her own family here. She is married and has a six-year-old son who also share her love of animals. They have two big dogs: a lab and a husky-lab cross.

“My son loves coming to the store with me and help out and see the animals that come in,” she said.

Nikki said it’s important to keep up with grooming your pets – even shorthaired animals – to keep shedding to a minimum, keep them smelling good, and most importantly, to have their nails trimmed. This prevents painful breakages, which can lead to infection. 

The grooming process, Nikki says, depends on the breed, but generally includes a haircut, ear cleaning, nail trim, a bath and blow dry. 

There is no limit really to the size of dog she can handle, she says. And she is well versed in trying to keep pets comfortable. If she knows a dog or a cat is very nervous, she’ll ask the owner to stay while they are being groomed. 

But she knows how to handle agitated, possibly aggressive animals by reading their body language. 

“It’s pretty easy to see, and predict,” she said, adding that at the first sign that a dog might get nippy, a muzzle goes on. But she doesn’t hold it against them. 

“They’re just scared,” she said. 

But usually by the second time they get groomed, they are familiar with what is happening to them, and as a result a lot more comfortable. 

But no matter how difficult her furry clients get, Nikki said she loves them all the same. 

“It doesn’t matter what kind of day I’m having, I will get a great big dog kiss, and then it’s not that bad,” she said. 

Store hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays. Call 519-357-1616 to book a grooming appointment. 

Last modified on Wednesday, 11 March 2015 13:55