Now an experienced groomer, Erin first became interested in grooming when she rescued her first dog, a Shih Tzu mix that was horribly neglected and matted to the skin. After having him professionally shaved, she was determined to never let him suffer in that way again and taught herself to groom with the help of a good friend. After she got her second dog, she decided that grooming was more than just a way to care for her personal pets, and went through a corporate training program.
In addition to owning The Wiggle Wagon, Erin has worked in and managed a corporate salon, worked for local vet's offices, worked in a high-end independent salon, and also groomed clients in her home-based salon. She is a member of the National Dog Groomer's Association of America (NDGAA), and is nationally certified in non-sporting breeds and terriers; she continues to work towards her prestigious Master Groomer certification. Erin has also been accepted as a member to The Pet Professional Guild: The Association for Force-Free Pet Industry Professionals. She has also completed the AKC Poodle Grooming class and an intensive Canine Esthetics course. She is focused on continuing education in breed standard grooming, and new trends in pet grooming, as well as positive and minimally invasive grooming.
Erin completed the Red Cross Pet First Aid program in 2014.
When not grooming, Erin is a therapy dog handler for her standard poodle, Conan. Along with volunteering for OSF's Paws 4 Healing Program, they also have worked with the Peoria Humane Society's therapy programs, do freelance therapy work, and regularly guest lecture for Graham Hospital School of Nursing. ** Conan is currently retired from therapy work.
Erin also enjoys working with her dogs in agility and rally-obedience, and hopes to be able to compete sometime in the future. Erin and her wife share their home with four dogs and five cats: Justice (Shih Tzu mix), Dash (Cocker Spaniel), Conan (Standard Poodle), Leisel (German Shepherd), Callisto & Artemis (domestic short hair), Sappho (Ragdoll), Doom (Selkirk Rex), and Lwaxana (Maine Coon).