Rocky Fork Enterprise

ShamPooch Dog groomer opens at Creekside


Gahanna residents could treat man's best friend at ShamPooch, a dog-grooming business formerly known as 4 Paws and a Tail, at Creekside, 79 Mill St.

Business owners Don and Donna Shively will host a grand reopening from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, when treats will be given to dogs and their owners.

"We'll have treats for the dogs and baked goods for the owners all day long," Don Shively said.

Shively, former Gahanna Lincoln High School football coach, said he and his wife bought out two partners from the business that originally opened in 2010.

"We renamed the salon ShamPooch," he said. "We're starting from scratch in a way. With haircutting, some people follow their barbers if they leave. We want to protect our customer base. We provide a great service to the community."

Shively said the business has survived, despite the volatility at Creekside.

"We groom 5,000 dogs a year and have a client base of 1,600 customers," he said.

The business has four groomers and four bathers.

"My wife has always been an animal lover," Shively said. "She started at Petsmart and moved on to owning the salon."

He said one of the most popular packages to pamper pooches is the "Perfect Pet Package," featuring a bath with special shampoo, dental hygiene, nail grinding, moisturizing and a bow or bandana. It costs $10 if added to the groom.

ShamPooch is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. It's closed Sundays and Mondays.

Shively, a 1974 Gahanna Lincoln graduate, has been a high school football coach for 31 years. Fifteen of those years were in Gahanna, and he currently coaches at Westerville South High School.

The Shivelys are the parents of two children: Devan, a senior at Gahanna Lincoln, and Gabriel, a senior at Otterbein University.