Love Fur Dogs is a small family-owned business run by Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, International Certified Master Groomer. Jennifer is a Winnetka, Illinois 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 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 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 lives for the last 15 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 owned grooming shops 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. 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.
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, at the Blessing of the Animals Christmas Service at Kenilworth Union Church. They have two children, Max and Amanda.
Jennifer loves to groom all sorts of pets, from cats to guinea pigs, and nothing is more appealing than her handscissored work on a poodle!
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.
We are so happy to have Judy, who moved away south, back with us part time. With almost three decades of grooming experience, there is nothing our Judy cannot handle!
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 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.
Senaida receives loving thanks from a grateful clean Schnauzer.
Kateryna is a daily blessing for all of us who appreciate her gentle, thorough attention to detail.
Lauren gives Tobey a gentle fluffing up after his bath!
Kathryn is a great dog-talent and we are so pleased that she brings her considerable skills to us as Groomer Assistant, also training to groom.
Sarah R. and Andrea joined our staff in 2017 pursuing grooming training under Jennifer. They are pictured here giving Gibson a great afternoon at the spa!
Our devoted Daycare Director is Jerry and we think this picture says it all about his willingness to play with our daycare family and supervise their exercise, socialization and walks with all his heart!