As anyone who has run a business knows, adding a new location is like doing a thousand piece jigsaw while piloting an airplane. Well this year we count ourselves blessed, because the last (most important!) piece of our Dewey location puzzle just happened to be in the right place at the right time; a talented, experienced, and sunny dog grooming veteran, a cherished thing in this area! We are excited to introduce Anne Pernsteiner, the newest addition to the Hillside family, who is now co-pilot for our new Boutique Dog Salon at the corner of 169 and 69 in Dewey, Arizona. Join us for the Dewey Dog Party: Hillside Grand Opening on December 1st from 9am-3pm!
Anne has been a lifelong animal lover. Born and raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, caring for and wrangling four legged friends has always been a part of her life. So it was only natural that in school she would actively continue her education in programs like Future Farmers of America and Farmer Union Junior.
After school, Anne’s life expanded, earning her the fond nickname from her father, “Gypsy,” due to her love for new places and wayward demeanor. A former military wife and traveler, she has lived everywhere from Oklahoma and Dallas, Texas to Germany and Idaho.
While living in Dallas in 2008, Anne had the goal to get her foot in the door in the animal industry. Little did she know that life would fling her head first in that direction. After accepting a position as an entry level dog bather at a chain pet store, Anne became grooming salon manager within just 1 year! Anne’s following birthday also offered another affirmation with the chance meeting of her future husband during a karaoke celebration. Also an avid animal lover and former dog trainer, it seemed they were moving in similar directions in life.
Years later, Anne accepted a position within the company in Idaho, but soon became restless in the corporate atmosphere. Not wanting to leave her work with furry friends, she accepted a grooming position in a local animal rescue clinic called Scraps, just over the Washington border. “I loved working with animals in need, comforting them with baths after sometimes harrowing ordeals was very fulfilling. Seeing the change in personality and light in their eyes after a good dematting and shave made it all worth it. It is amazing how life changing a simple groom can be for a dog. Not only did it increase their chances of adoption, but it also afforded them a lot more affection from those around them. ” she shared.
Before and Afters of Anne's Canine Clients at
HillsideCanine Resort and Spa, Dewey!
Just this month, Anne, her two children, husband, and two dogs made one last big move after selling their Idaho home, and settling down in Chino Valley. As fate would have it, her move to the area lined up perfectly with the expansion of our Resort and Spa, just a short trip away in Dewey! Hillside owner Jennifer and Anne have been working together closely since our soft opening this month to perfect the area’s first boutique dog salon at the corner of Hwy 169 and 69. Please join us for our grand opening tomorrow, December 1st from 9am-3pm for games, refreshments, and free nail trims!