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Originally published: 2013-12-18 11:53:59
Last modified: 2013-12-18 11:57:45

Business Spotlight on Lucky Dawgz

Caroline Harris / (

As you’re crossing off your Christmas list this season, don’t forget the furriest member of the family. Throw your dog a bone and get Fido a new leash on life by treating him to a professional grooming service. Lucky Dawgz in Newland is a dog groomer that can make your favorite canine look and feel their best.

Rhonda Malone, owner of Lucky Dawgz, takes a lot of pride and care in each dog’s grooming experience.

“One of the things that makes grooming the most fun is that you can put some artistic input into it. It makes you feel so good when you can see a dog that comes in all ratty looking and when he leaves he looks like a little gentleman, all cleaned up and scrubbed up like a totally different dog,” Malone said.

Malone’s skill at caring for man’s best friend has grown her business from her basement to its third location on Linville Street in downtown Newland.

“We’ve got some people who come all the way from Boone over here to us,” Malone said. “Rapport with the animals is what sets us apart and, of course, cleanliness. The animals don’t seem as scared with us as with other groomers. We hear that a lot. We try to keep it low-key, cool, calm and collected for the dogs. I think that goes a long way.”

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