Get To Know Us: Q&A With Michelle

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Michelle with her beloved Dennis

 

I’m sure many of you Fluff Dog fans are curious to learn more about shop owner and groomer extraordinaire, Michelle Wolff. I was at Fluff Dog a few days ago and got to sit down with her to probe her animal-loving mind for a fun Q&A.

 

 

When did you know you wanted to work with pets?

Basically since I was a baby.

Tell us a brief history of how you became a groomer?

I had to get a job, because I needed experience to work for this veterinarian, so I started working at a grooming shop bathing dogs. And I always liked it. And then after a little time I was able to start working for the vet.

So years later, how did you get back into the grooming industry?

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Vicki (fellow Fluff Dog groomer) and Michelle

Later on, I was actually working as a massage therapist for people, but got sick of working with people, and wanted to go back to working with animals. So I got a job bathing and grooming dogs at a kennel. And then it just started from there. That’s how I actually started learning how to do cuts.

What is one of the most rewarding aspects of running a business where you beautify dogs all day?

I would have to say being your own boss is awesome. And making your own schedule. But as far as rewarding, a lot of the time you get to form relationships with the dogs, rather than, like compared to when you’re working at a vet and most of them are scared. And, you know, it’s a little more of a relaxing environment.

That you’ve been able to help create (the relaxing environment) because you knew you wanted Fluff to be a place with positive energy?

Right. Yeah. Yeah.

Tell us something about operating Fluff Dog that your clients may not know about?

I like to stagger appointments so that dogs who may not want to be here don’t have to stay too long. Also because that helps prevent it from becoming too overwhelming in the shop. Less stressful, which is also better for the dogs. We also cater to dogs who need more personal attention, or need to be groomed without other dogs around. I always make sure I have enough time in situations like that.

So, now I’m going to ask you some questions that are unrelated to grooming, so clients can get to know another, more personal side of you.

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Michelle and her mom on their Disney World vacation in 2015

 

Where and when were you born?

I was born in March, in a blizzard, in Boston, Massachusetts.

What’s your favorite TV show, movie and book?

Okay, so Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. Movies, there are just too many.

What’s one, or more than one, that you really love that comes to mind right now?

Well, it wouldn’t be like my favorite movie, but it’s one that I watch every time it comes on TV… Wedding Singer. But I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite movie. Just like Overboard, it doesn’t matter if it has like ten minutes left, I still have to watch it.

And book?

I can give my favorite author.

Okay. Favorite author?

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Michelle and me during our trip to New Orleans in the fall 2016

Neil Gaiman.

How about a food you can’t live without?

Cajun food.

What does the perfect day off of work look like?

Pajamas and TV, surrounded by my pets.

What three items would you want to have if you were stranded on a deserted island?

A shovel, like one of those gardening shovels, so it could also be used as a knife. And a tent. And a water purifier.

During road trips which artists have to be on your playlist?

Arcade Fire. I’d say Led Zeppelin. And some Drake.

If you could be any superhero or fictional character, who would you be?

Dr. Doolittle.

Tell us why?

Because it would just be a closer connection, you know, a closer connection to animals. More than I have now. Like I could actually talk to them. And I would be able to fix them, you know, ‘cause he’s a vet.

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Michelle and Savannah

What are three words that describe you well?

Okay, so three words that describe me well…. Moody, I’m moody. Hungry. And silly.

(It’s at this point that client and friend Donna Lynne Barfoot, who was sitting on the side during the interview, piped up to add her own three words that describe Michelle well. I thought they were perfect, and asked if I could include her thoughts.)

Donna: I’d also add generous. And an amazingly gigantic heart. One of the most compassionate people I have ever met in my life. Michelle has an infinite amount of compassion.

Did you discover something new or surprising about Michelle after reading this Q&A? Share your thoughts or questions with us in the comments section below.

8 comments

    • Thanks for your comment, Trinity! You’re absolutely right — Michelle has a special gift! I believe that’s a big part of what sets Fluff Dog apart from the rest.

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  1. You did massage?!?! I bet you were super good at that too!! One thing that the interviewer neglected to mention is besides being the best and most compassionate groomer ever, You are the BEST at grooming Aussie butts!

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    • Michelle was very good at massage! She has magical hands with whatever she does. I did not know this about her Aussie specialty! Thank you for enlightening me.

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  2. She is extremely patient and compassionate with the animals she comes in contact with. She is a good “doggie parent whisperer”, too. LOL. She likes Ice mochas with extra shots and a fellow make up lover and Game of Thrones fan, too.
    I feel that when you leave your beloved dog with her they are safe.
    And although her interview says she was ‘sick of people’ in massage therapy, she is very professional and kind. 😉

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    • Thanks for those extra fun facts and sweet comments, Teri! She was definitely meant to work with animals, but her compassionate nature is felt by us humans too.

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  3. Excellent interview – and wow, another Game of Thrones fan!!! I hear a great friendship between the two of you; also, here’s a person who really loves and cares deeply for dogs. And, I learned a bit more about the author/interviewer – very interesting. Thank you for sharing with us.

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    • Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Michelle and I have been friends since we were 10 years old! We’re more like sisters, really. It’s the best getting to work together!

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