After moving here from Toronto the first thing I did was seek out a groomer/pet store, as those who know me, my pets are top priority. When seeking a new groomer, I usually go on referrals but yes, also do my research online. What did I find? Critters, Comforts and Clips in Bancroft were referred to me by just about anyone on Facebook and my mother.
Dista Goguen the proprietor of Critters, Comforts and Clips is a warm, outgoing and what I like most about her is she is outspoken and tells it like it is. Over feeding your pet, or maybe your pet might just need some training…she’ll tell you.
Dista relocated to North of Seven like a lot of people, by meeting her partner Rob Switzer. They dated about 6 years before she took the plunge to move to the area. This was after doing 2 years of research on the economics, location and what she needed to provide the community that was yet being delivered.
What Dista provides is a top-notch pet store with everything you can imagine and probably more. The grooming side is cleaner than a hospital. Everything is cleaned to the highest of standards, tools are consistently being maintained and even their towels are professionally laundered.
Not only is she a licensed veterinarian technician of 15 years, she has been grooming for 20. To me this is key, when they do groom your pets they see things that we might miss thus being able to be more proactive with your pet’s health. By having the technician background she is able to assist your pets special needs which might be diabetes, prone to ear infections, post-op surgeries, epileptic, back/knee trouble. They are thorough when first taking your pet to assess their needs. For example, they check my dog when being groomed for growths as Sammy already had cancer and a mass cell tumor removed when he was just 2. Another set of experienced eyes goes a long way with health prevention.
Dista has also been involved with a behaviorist that has been featured on National Geographic plus two key other organizations PIJAC ( Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council) and the Ontario Dog Groomers Association …again more experience that you and your pet benefit by.
Lastly, Dista and her team have the patience, kindness and care for each pet that walks into her store and that is proven to me time and time again by my own pup. So if you are looking for a new groomer or pet store…try Critters, Comforts and Clips, you love it and so will your pet.
You can reach Critters, Comforts and Clips by dropping in at 37 Hastings St. North, Bancroft, Ontario or give them a call at (613) 332-1216.