Featherer Pet has been serving Benicia’s furry friends and their people for almost 30 years. The business was opened in 1983 by Delores Featherer, and is now owned and operated by her daughters Karen Hubbard and Kim Duchene. Dolores started by selling mail order pet doors out of her garage, and now the fully-stocked pet supply shop on East Fifth Street is a Benicia staple, complete with a full-service pet grooming facility (with a self-service option) and a talented staff of pet groomers.
In November 2014 the business took it to the next level and purchased a van to offer mobile pet grooming, a service rapidly growing in popularity with today’s busy lives. Karen runs the mobile salon, and recommends it specifically for large breeds who can’t fit well in a car, old dogs or dogs with anxiety that don’t travel well, and folks with busy schedules who desire the convenience of a luxury service.
The mobile salon is open to dogs and cats and, for an extra fee, offers all the amenities the shop facility does, including bathing, brushing, scissoring, de-matting, flea treatment, nail trimming, ear cleaning, potty trims and dental care. However, in the van, dogs get specialized, individualized treatment. Karen also just traded her old van in for a new one with a second table to accommodate two-pet households. She loves driving the van because of the special bond she develops with her clients. “We usually keep a regular schedule so we become friends. When their pet becomes old or they lose their pet, I grieve along with them.”
The mobile pet salon also offers a latchkey service so Karen can come into the home or garage and pick up the pet, get them taken care of and then bring them back inside. Appointments usually take about an hour and a half, depending on the size of the animal, and she currently serves Benicia, Vallejo, American Canyon and Fairfield.
Visit Featherer Pets’ online store at feathererpet.com or call 707.745.5016 to find out which kind of grooming services are best for your pet.