PUPDATE! MEET THE TEAM: Clara Mondragon, Groomer, Lakeview!
Clara Mondragon has already gained a variety of professional experiences in the animal-care industry. Prior to working at PUPS, she worked as a veterinary assistant but realized it was a more emotionally daunting environment that she expected. She also attempted to work in pet merchandising and, although she enjoyed the experience, she knew her passion for animals could be better utilized elsewhere. That’s when she stumbled upon PUPS Pet Club! She thought PUPS seemed like a fun job with great community rapport. She started as a Daycare Attendant but quickly enrolled in the PUPS Pet Club Grooming Apprenticeship Program at the Lakeview Club in the Summer of 2021.
During the apprenticeship, she realized that grooming is a unique and sometimes meticulous process. But she really had an appreciation for the craft! This is exactly why pomeranians are her favorite dogs to groom. They require a lot of strategic scissoring which makes it a challenging but fun experience for Clara.
As a Groomer and a Pet-Parent herself, Clara recommends that every pet-owner brush their dog 2-3 times a week, especially in the “nooks and crannies” like behind the ears or under their armpits. This will prevent stubborn matting in dogs with thicker fur.
Clara has spent most of her life in Cicero, Illinois but loves the Chicagoland area all the same. She says there are “endless possibilities” for fun activities in Chicago. Clara is exceptionally creative which means you can find her drawing or baking in her free time. Her family used to own a bakery in Cicero but now Clara enjoys making fruit tarts and bundt cakes for fun. During her downtime, you’ll also find her cuddling her 13-year-old Bichon Frise, Dorothy!
You can book a bath or grooming appointment with Clara at the Lakeview PUPS Pet Club! Schedule an appointment by calling 312-971-7080 ext 1502.