By Debra Bell
Of the Weekly Staff
Holden resident Sherri Therrien is passionate about dogs, and she’s fortunate to make a living making them look and feel great.
Therrien is the owner of Fetch Grooming, located at 421 Wilson St in Brewer, next to Bangor Savings Bank in the Brewer Shopping Center.
“This is not only my living, but it nurtures my soul,” she said. “It’s immediately evident as soon as you walk through the door of my grooming salon that this is a cheerful place, and it is a reflection of how I feel inside.”
Fetch Grooming, named after Therrien’s dog Fetch who was adopted from Bangor Humane Society, is an outgrowth of her other business. Before opening the Brewer grooming salon, Therrien groomed dogs out of her Bagaduce Road home in Holden.
However, the move was a good one that allowed her to expand her client base. Since her three sons, Dakota Jr., Stone Ty, and Bronson Trey are older, she and her husband Dakota decided it was the right time for the business to move.
The storefront is located at street level, making it easy to access for elderly people and pets alike. The salon’s bright and colorful interior is open and spacious. It’s conveniently located near shopping and other services, Therrien said.
She uses several local artists to decorate her grooming salon. Illustrator Adam Weaver, a professional artist and graphic designer in Westbrook, will be doing some commissioned work for her in addition to some illustrations to welcome guests. In addition, Monroe-based photographer Barbara-Jeanne Clark, owner of Paws and Pose Photography, will have photographs on the walls showcasing images of dogs.
“I am often asked if I love what I do, and my answer is this, ‘How could I not?’” she said. “I get to work with dogs.I am also blessed to come in contact with the dogs’ best friend: their human. I [also] meet the best humans. Right from the get-go we have something in common: We love our dogs.”
Dogs have always been part of her life and are the main reason she went into a pet-related field.
“This is my passion,” she said as she took a moment to rub Fetch’s ears. “If not, I simply wouldn’t be here doing this. It is important to me that my customers with four legs leave looking, feeling, and smelling great and my customers with two legs are pleasantly surprised about my pricing. It’s priced right for everyone because everyone has a story.”
The price is discounted, Therrien said, but that doesn’t mean the quality is compromised. Everyone should have the ability to have their dog groomed on a regular basis.
In the same way that regular haircuts, shampoos, and nail trims make humans feel fantastic, regular grooming helps keep dogs feeling great and improves their health. Groomers are able to remove dead hair and tangles, hydrate skin, reduce dander and odor, and improve pups’ well-being. In addition, regular grooming helps to bring attention to any potential health issues and changes in coat and skin.
“My grooming skill is really top notch,” Therrien said. “I don’t drag my heels coming in here, and it shows in my work. I like to get creative and give unique cuts. I enjoy what I do and it shows.”
During the school year, Fetch Grooming is open 8:30 a.m.- 5.p.m, Monday-Friday and Saturdays by appointment. During the summer, Fetch Grooming is closed Tuesday and Sunday, and is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and Saturday by appointment. Walk-ins are accepted before 3:30 p.m. year round.
To make an appointment or learn more, call 989-8888.