Love Fur Dogs is a family-owned pet grooming business in Glencoe, Illinois, run by Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, International Certified Master Groomer and Bill Jenkins. Jennifer is a Winnetka, Illinois native who was one of the early handful of people in the nation to attain the coveted title of Certified Master Groomer (CMG) back in the 1980’s. Jennifer and Love Fur Dogs were the first grooming salon in the Chicagoland area to become AKC S.A.F.E. Certified. Jennifer gained her dog expertise and commitment to excellence from her decades dabbling in the Dog Show sport world. She has occasionally 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 and is a trained cat groomer. Jennifer brings almost four decades of experience as a pet professional and is a published author and columnist in national groomer and local pet magazines, as well as well reviewed teacher at various grooming conferences. The year after Love Fur Dogs opened, Chicago Magazine and the Chicago Tribune named her the Best Dog Groomer in Chicagoland. The online community “NextDoor Winnetka” named Love Fur Dogs the most popular Dog Groomer for 2017. And Expertise.com using objective internet data ranked her in the co-equal top 20 Best out of 700 regional groomers in 2017. Jennifer founded and runs the Illinois Professional Pet Groomers Association. She appeared on Hulu Television’s Small Business Revolution Season Three as the Grooming Expert to help a small town, Alton, Illinois, business improve her pet grooming shop. See a promo here. See the episode here. Jennifer works hard every single day to bring her considerable expertise to the very best in care to your four-legged best friend.
Jenniferwas born in Evanston, raised in Winnetka, and has lived for the last almost 20 years with her husband Bill Jenkins in Northfield. In addition to decades working with dogs, 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 after murders in her family. 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 is active in the Choir at Kenilworth Union Church. Jennifer has owned a grooming shop in another state in the 1980’s, 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. Jennifer is especially known for doing the longer hand-scissored haircuts and brush out of even the most tangled dogs, in an industry where too many others just shave most dogs down short. Jennifer’s expertise in canine skin and coat informs her commitment to keep their coat as natural, healthy, and protective of their thinner skin as possible.
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 lover. 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, Office Manager, at the Blessing of the Animals Christmas Service at Kenilworth Union Church. They have four living adult children between them: Paul, Mary, Max and Amanda.
Our wonderful Groomer Assistants show great care for your dogs in the bath and drying process. They are especially devoted in the application of our many therapeutic treatments that we provide for customers with skin and coat problems.
Lauren gives our beloved Tobey a gentle fluffing up after his bath! We send all our love to Tobey’s family at his passing in 2018.