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Springtime brings spring cleaning, spring break and a chance to get out of the cold routine of winter.
This is as true for dogs as it is for humans. Luckily, there’s a new place in Kalona where pooches of all shapes and sizes can get freshened up for the spring season.
The Country Paw Spa in Kalona was started in October of last year by Chelsea Bowlin, who owns and operates the business. Bowlin said she started the spa after going to school to get her grooming degree.
“I went to Kirkwood for a year and couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do,” Bowlin said. “My mom had the idea that I should start grooming dogs, since it was a pretty popular business.”
After her mom suggested it, Bowlin said she went to school for a year to get her grooming degree.
“I really enjoyed it. It was fun and something different,” she said. “My teacher eventually told me he thought I had a talent and that I should open my own business. So I took the idea and ran with it.”
The Country Paw Spa operates out of one side of Bowlin’s father’s barn, on Larch Avenue. The side of the barn the spa is in has been completely rebuilt into a mini day spa for dogs.
Bowlin is currently the only employee but said she might be getting help soon.
“I might have other grooming students come in to shadow with me,” she said. “Just to come in and help a bit, learn what a groomer does.”
Business has been picking up this spring, Bowlin said.
“We’re getting a lot more business in the spring,” she said. “Winter was hard, hopefully now that it’s spring we’ll take off.”
Country Paws Spa offers full grooming, baths, nail trimming, ear cleaning, fleas, styling and more.
For her part, Bowlin said she loves working with the canines at the spa.
“I love it. It’s fun, and you get to see different dogs every day,” she said. “Every animal is like their own person. So, just like every person is different, every dog is different.”