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New grooming shop opens in Crittenden

By Jamie Baker-Nantz

When Michele Pope realized she would have to leave her new Shitzu puppy with a dog groomer, she decided she should just learn to do it herself.

So, Pope signed up for grooming classes in Lexington.

Her family wasn’t sure what to make of her new found career choice.

“I always told my mom that I didn’t know what I wanted to be when

I grew up and grooming seemed like the perfect fit for a career working with animals,” Pope said.

Pope spent 10 years as a groomer at Middendorf Animal Hospital, but she had her sights set on her own business.
On July 1, she opened Bad To The Bone Grooming Salon at Dalton Plaza in Crittenden.

“I love animals,” she said, which is evidenced by her animal brood at home that includes a Rottweiler, Boston Terrier, Japanese Chin, two (rescued) cats and the Shitzu.

Bad To The Bone isn’t just for canines, Pope also provides grooming and trimming services for cats.

She actually believes cats are harder to groom.

“I’m kind of terrified of cats anyway,” she said with a laugh. “But we groom them.”

She said the most scared she’s ever been is when a feline she was grooming decided it didn’t want to be groomed.

“The cat went off. It was hissing and mad. I yelled for my helper to come and the cat grabbed him by the wrist. That was the most scared I’ve been because they can hurt you,” she said.

Pope has been bitten, has needed stitches and even been taken to the emergency room, but she said those things just come with being a groomer.

She chose to open a shop in Crittenden because she felt it was close to her Williamstown home and still close enough to the client base she built in Northern Kentucky.

“Crittenden made sense for me. This is a happy medium and I hope that people realize Crittenden isn’t the edge of the world,” she said.
Bad To The Bone also offers grooming and pet supplies.

When Pope finds herself too busy, she gets help from Katie Beecraft as well as her husband, Mark and sons, Christopher and Michael. Her father, Donald Julian, helped her get the shop ready to open.

A “wipe your paws” sign greets customers when they enter and it’s hard not to miss, the purple paw prints that adorn the shop’s front door and the purple walls inside. There’s even a pot of purple flowers.

“Yes, I do like purple,” she said.

When not working, Pope enjoys riding her motorcycle and gardening.

“My job identifies me. I guess you could say I am my job. I like to think of myself as a canine beautification specialist and I’m most happy when I’m doing just that.”