Maria's story
Last updated on August 13th, 2022

I grew up in a pet orientated family. We always got our pets from my Grandma Turner. She was a chairperson and then the President of the Northwest Rhode Island Humane Society. She converted her house into the shelter to be able to provide for the homeless pets! I helped her in my 3rd grade year by walking dogs, riding along to vet visits and spending time with the homeless pets. This is definitely where my love for animals started. As a young adult I started bathing and brushing in a small shop in Cheyenne, WY. After graduating from high school and saving some money, I moved to Eugene to go to college and law school but I got a job at Petco and started training under a groomer with 25+ years of experience. She insisted that part of my training was to go visit a dog show. There I fell in love with Basenjis and the world of showing dogs in conformation!

In 2015 after a few years of showing and breeding Basenjis, 16 years of grooming I decided to bring the grooming salon to my home, with the help of my Grandma Sherman and immediate family I was able to start up my own salon! Since then my main focus is continuing education in grooming. I am Safety Certified through the AKC. I have Pet First Aide and CPR certification, Poodle certification and many other certificates of completion in other areas. I have my Science of Skin Certification which is the first step toward becoming a pet Esthetician Certification, which I just completed! I am officially a Certified Canine Esthetician! I have taught a class in the past for Barkleigh at the NorthWest Grooming Trade Show about customer relations and I was fortunate enough to get my toes wet in the grooming competitions one year.

The Oregon Professional Pet Groomers Association has been formed and I was proud to be a Board member and the VP of this Association for almost two years, it is a huge step in grooming history! I stepped down from the ORPPGA to focus on family during the Covid Pandemic and planning out the huge leap to opening up the salon outside of our home. In April of 2021 we moved into a storefront! We will be providing the same TLC as always just in a larger space with the help of more caring pet professionals!

I look forward to meeting you and your pets!

About George
Last updated on August 13th, 2022

George is Maria’s husband and has been one of, if not her biggest supporter in starting The Doodle Room now Pits to Poodles. He too has always had a love for dogs that grew when he met Maria.

As The Doodle Room became more successful he and Maria decided it was time to become a team and she taught him how to be a Bather. Now George is the Bathing Department Supervisor and has also developed a passion for continuing education in the pet industry.

George has his Pet 1st Aide & CPR certificate, Science of Skin Certificate, Bather Brusher Certificate and he too is now a Certified Canine Esthetician! George and Maria own a Saint Bernard, Pit Bull and currently still have an elderly Basenji, plus kids and a lot of plants!

About Brittney
Last updated on August 13th, 2022

Brittney has been with Pits to Poodles from opening day at our store front location! She is kind, and compassionate, takes pride in completing quality haircuts by creating an experience that is safe and positive for everyone involved. Maria and George truly care for and value everything that Brittney has contributed throughout the years. We look forward to many years to come with Brittney. We are very fortunate to have her as a part of our Team.

Brittney has a full 5 years (as of 2021) of grooming experience. She started learning to groom by completing a grooming certification course that entailed 250 hours of hands on training. Continuing her grooming education is a priority for her. She has recently completed a Poodle Certification course, Science of Skin Certification, Pet 1st Aide and & CPR and is AKC S.A.F.E. certified. Brittney is looking forward to going to more grooming seminars and trade shows!

Brittney has two dogs, a horse and four kiddos!

About Rose
Last updated on August 13th, 2022

Rose started as Maria’s apprentice in Feb 2022 with almost 2 years of bathing experience prior. She has a sense of humor that is beyond compare, brings life and vibrancy to our salon!

Rose has completed her Science of Skin Certificate, Pet 1st Aide & CPR and she is AKC S.A.F.E. certified. Her enthusiasm to learn shows in how fast she is mastering her grooming skills. If we were a baseball team she would be Rookie of the Year! We couldn’t be happier to have Rose a part of our Team and we look forward to many years to come with her!

Rose has a dog and loving boyfriend!

Established in 2015

Pits to Poodles Dog Grooming has helped Maria fall in love with her career all over again. Text (for the fastest response) or email (response time may be delayed) today and make an appointment for your dog or cat. Follow Pits to Poodles on social media links below to keep up with the day to day business.