Wednesday, Dec 18 2013 06:00 AM

'Wizard of Pawz' is new on the local dog grooming scene

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Posing with Dorothy before the Wizard of Oz's castle, from left to right, are Wizard of Pawz employees Jennifer Daniels, Theresa Johnson, Jose Duenez and two of their happy customers. The staff's goal is to provide an experience so pleasant that tails wag. Linda Lovendahl/Tehachapi News

Just walk in and watch.

The staff at the Wizard of Pawz practice a great deal of friendliness every day. They groom all sizes of dogs and welcome any observers to come in and see how they love their work.

The Wizard of Pawz is the creation of Jennifer Daniels. She has been involved with the caring of pets since she was 16 years old. She has worked for Pet Smart and small pet stores, as well. She earned her degree in animal health and care at California State University in San Bernardino and Golden West in Westminster.

Daniels hired her former employee of a Bakersfield grooming shop and current neighbor Jose Duenez to be a part of the Tehachapi shop when it opened last July.

Filling out the staff is Theresa Johnson. She previously worked as a kennel manager for a local groomer.

As a service to the community, they voluntarily groom dogs for local shelters. This includes Marley's Mutts, Tehachapi Humane Society, Have a Heart Human Society, Dobie's SOS and Rainbow Rescue in Mojave. All shelter dogs that are first cleared by a veterinarian within the last seven to 10 days qualify for a bath and brush.

"These animals are helpless and it is much easier to love on them when they are clean," Daniels said. "People are much more likely to adopt a happy dog, too. We love on all the dogs we groom. We want the visit to be a calm and pleasant experience for both owner and pet."

The staff is proud of a grooming schedule that lasts no longer than two hours. One groomer handles the dog all the way through the process. Customers earn a free session after 10 visits.

The shop is open Monday through Thursday at 406 E. Tehachapi Blvd., and the phone number is 300-1775.

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