Recent Press Release:
Local groomer goes to great lengths for
Jamie Kumm of
Royl Kennels grooms Fannie Mae. Recently, Kumm
attended a six-month training program on grooming at
International Academy of Pet Design. - Dean
Most area pet groomers can't say they've groomed the dog
of a multi-million CD selling R&B singer who's won numerous awards.
Some can say they've trimmed the dogs of politicians or other
pseudo-celebrities, but only Jamie Kumm, owner of Royl Kennels, can say
he's groomed music superstar Usher's Siberian Husky.
No, Usher didn't make the trip to Royl
Kennels, just off U.S. Highway 77 near the edge of Fremont and Inglewood.
Kumm groomed the pooch at the International
Academy of Pet Design near Atlanta where he trained for 600 hours to
become a certified groomer.
"I was nervous, but it was basically just a
bath," Kumm said. "It was one of my first days there, so thankfully I
didn't have to do much more than that."
Royl Kennel started in 1968.
Jamie and Alison Kumm bought the strictly
kennel business in 2002 wanting to remodel and add services.
"We just completely repainted and refurbished
our kennel," he said. "We designed a play area where I want to pay a kid
to get out there and play ball with (the dogs) in the summer."
Currently, the couple both still work part
time until the grooming business takes off, but as word gets out grooming
is more of a full-time job for Kumm.
The kennel business is not a problem. It's not
uncommon for all 32 indoor/outdoor temperature controlled runs to be
"It's always cool in the summer and warm in
the winter. We have a standard here of cleanliness, and we annually get a
100 percent on our inspections," Kumm said. "We live right next door, so
24 hours a day we can be here."
There have been no grooming services at Royl
for 25 years, but since Kumm recently graduated from the International
Academy of Pet Design, that has changed.
"It's ranked up there as the top school in the
nation. I did every breed of dog imaginable at school, and I'll probably never see
half of those breeds here," Kumm said. "Now, we're not only a full-service
kennel, we offer full-service all breed pet grooming. I know how to groom
breeds that you're not going to get too much opportunity for in the area,
but it's nice to know how to if it happens."
There's a whole lot more than a haircut
involved with bathing, brushing, anal gland expression and nail trimming.
"There's no dog too big and no dog too small,"
Kumm said. "I did some monsters out there. I give my best shot at cats,
but some just don't like to be groomed."
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