Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins has been a Certified Master Groomer for 35 years and professionally grooming, at least part-time, for 40 years. But all her adult life, she has mostly been a Teacher. Jennifer taught High School and some Junior High full time for many years, including as an Academic Dean. She also taught College part time as an adjunct for the better part of three decades. Jennifer has two Masters Degrees in History and Education, and her love for teaching is reflected in the passion with which she always engages her audiences.
Jennifer started showing dogs right out of college, the same year she started teaching full time - 1981. Some of her earliest breeds required serious grooming, so she had to learn. At first, grooming was just for her show dogs, but soon she figured out that grooming professionally was a great side gig for a teacher who had summers and long holidays off and who are notoriously underpaid.
Jennifer has now only been grooming full-time since 2014 when she opened Love Fur Dogs in Glencoe, Illinois as a retirement project. By then, she knew enough about the grooming industry to be fully committed to doing it right. She was only going to open a grooming shop if they could do everything Best Practices, no cutting corners, always the best for her beloved dog and cat clients. So it felt very good when just a year after she opened Love Fur Dogs in May of 2014, that she was named Best Groomer in Chicagoland by Chicago Magazine and the Chicago Tribune.
Jennifer went on to win numerous other awards and to found the Illinois Professional Pet Groomers Association The National Hulu Network television program Small Business Revolution on Season Three featured Jennifer as the "Grooming Expert." She started speaking at grooming conferences, first locally then, nationally, to great reviews. Jennifer may be one of the very few Certified Master Groomers in the USA who is also a Master’s Degree educated career teaching professional. The groomer who can teach . . . the Teacher Groomer.