Love Fur Dogs is a small family owned business run by Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, International Certified Master Groomer.
Jennifer is a Winnetka native who was one of the first handful of people in the nation to attain the coveted title of Certified Master Groomer (CMG) back in the 1980’s. Jennifer gained her dog expertise and commitment to excellence from her decades in the Dog Show sport world. She has shown dogs in both conformation and obedience in several breeds including German Shepherd Dogs, Standard and Miniature Poodles, Cocker Spaniels, and Australian Shepherds. Jennifer also bred Himalayan cats for years. She brings almost four decades of experience as a pet professional. She is a published author and columnist in national groomer and local pet magazines. The year after Love Fur Dogs opened, Chicago Magazine and the Chicago Tribune named her the Best Dog Groomer in Chicagoland.
Jenniferwas born in Evanston and raised in Winnetka, Illinois. She and her husband Bill Jenkins now live in Northfield and are active residents in the North Shore community. Jennifer is a retired award-winning career high school Social Studies teacher who went on to work as a nationally respected advocate against violence and for crime victims. Jennifer led the effort to amend the Illinois Constitution in 2014 for increased legal protections for crime victims’ rights called “Marsy’s Law” and still works nationally in that movement. Jennifer loves music and is active in the Choir at Kenilworth Union Church. A long time dog owner and dog show enthusiast, Jennifer owned her own grooming shop in another state, and has taught at three other vocational grooming schools nationally in the last four decades. Jennifer is widely noted for her excellent grooming and teaching skills when helping her staff and customers. Her broad knowledge, masterful artistry, and her flexibility and attention to detail in grooming; as well as her experienced wise and gentle handling with all her pet clients, is what brings customers back over and over to Love Fur Dogs.
Bill Jenkins, co-owner and Business Manager, is a full time tenured Professor at Dominican University and an award-winning author. Bill is also a life-long dog lover who has volunteered in dog rescue for many years, and is also a bird expert. Bill runs the business side of things at Love Fur Dogs. He adores our canine clients and enjoys greeting them in the lobby whenever he can. One of Bill and Jennifer’s favorite hobbies is to show their Miniature Poodles, especially their new Champion Bowie. Jennifer and Bill are seen here singing with their oldest, Max Jenkins, at the Blessing of the Animals Christmas Service at Kenilworth Union Church. They have two children, Max and Amanda.
Veronica is a talented Certified Professional Groomer beloved among our staff and clientele for her wisdom and constancy, her incredible gentle treatment of all our clients, her incredible work ethic, and her devotion to all our clients. Veronica’s home includes her husband, three young daughters, and several lucky little dogs. Love Fur Dogs counts ourselves lucky to have a person of Veronica’s caliber on our team. Veronica is pictured with Linda Easton, President of International Professional Pet Groomers, Inc, being awarded her IPG certification in 2016.
Amanda is a rising star on our grooming staff. This talented young groomer works part time for Love Fur Dogs while in college earning her degree in Environmental Science. She has been caring for animals all her life since childhood. Training for two careers, she is an animal lover to her very core. The baby boxer kiss, pictured below, from adorable Clara below shows Amanda doing what she loves with the cherished clients at Love Fur Dogs.
Stephenie impressed us right away by her desire to learn everything she can about grooming. Stephenie is certified by the National Dog Groomers Association of America, and has a personal goal to become a leader in the grooming profession. She competes in dog grooming contests, as she is pictured here competing with her young best friend Nibbler at the All American Grooming Conference, August 2017 in Wheeling, Illinois. She got married in the fall of 2017 and we are so happy for her!
Our groomers and bathers show great care for your pets placed in our arms, and we are blessed to have them at Love Fur Dogs. Our extraordinarily dedicated bathing and drying staff includes Kateryna, Senaida, Lauren, Andrea, Sarah, Hana, Senaida, and Vanessa. They are especially devoted in the application of our many therapeutic treatments that we provide for customers with skin and coat problems.
Our innovative new Daycare Director is Cheyenne who is devoted to your pup’s fun day. She comes to us after working as a Veterinary Technician, and loves to take her daycare pack on outside walks. Cheyenne will talk to each pet owner about how your pet’s day is going, and will send you videos and texts throughout the day if the owner wishes to receive updates. Cheyenne really enjoys seeing the daycare family make new friendships while playing in packs.
Our friendly front desk staff includes Sara and Hanawho will check you in and out with efficiency and care.
Our dedicated and expert staff specializes in catering to the individual needs of your pet.