About Fur's A Flyin'
Tina Dickel, Lori Scruggs (owner of Westside Pet Parlor) and some other friends had been working on a
business plan for a pet-related facility which was to include pet grooming, doggie daycare, focused retail, training,
and rehabilitation services. Well into writing that business plan and searching for commercial property they learned that
a similar facility was already in the making. After much debate, the group decided to table their idea.
Early 2004 - 2009: Tina learned that the organization for which she was the HR Manager was planning to close its Mankato facility. She decided to revisit the idea of a career change and talked with Lori about the possibility of expanding her grooming salon, Westside Pet Parlor. From there, Fur's A Flyin' Pet Grooming was born. Fur's A Flyin' opened on October 1, 2004, inside the Moore Oil Service Station located on North Riverfront. One might think this was an odd decision, coupling pet grooming and automotive services - we did! However, Donna and Tom Moore were also retailing high-end pet food at their service station. It ended up being a nice blend, until the Moore's were forced to close their business due to the spike in gasoline prices. In the Fall of 2005, after Moore Oil closed and sold the property, Fur's A Flyin' began remodeling their portion of the building from service station to full on pet grooming and high-end pet food. Life was good!
2009 - 2012: In November 2009, a box truck accidentally smashed into the back of the building, leaving a truck-size hole in our shop. This event led to Fur's A Flyin' relocating to a hilltop location, as we were unable to find a suitable property on Riverfront Drive. From January 2010 to December 2012, Fur's A Flyin' had a great deal of success at our second location. We always remained independently owned and operated and enjoyed the convenience of having retail and veterinary services available to our clients. Unfortunately, we knew this space was far too small when we moved in but hoped that the store owner would be willing to allocate more space to grooming if we demonstrated our continued growth. In the end, things did not work out as we had hoped, and the owner decided to re-utilize our leased space for the store itself.
2013 - 2017: We immediately turned our sights back to North Riverfront Drive as we liked our first location and knew we could continue to drive our success and continued growth in that area of town. We were fortunate to learn that one of our clients had just purchased 1522 North Riverfront Drive and was willing to work with us on the next expansion of Fur's A Flyin'. Thanks to Eric Hayes, we now have a facility that will allow us to continue to grow our grooming services, as well as, expand into doggie daycare. As of January 2015, FAF has now added dog training to our available services!
2018: 2018 will be a year of change for the staff of FAF. Lori has decided to retire from grooming and relocate her family to Texas. I wish Lori all the best in the next chapter of her life as I take on sole ownership of FAF. I will continue to develop the skills of our current staff in 2018 as we focus on the highest quality services we can offer!
Tina Dickel, ABCDT:
Tina grew up in the small town of Vermilion, Ohio located on the north coast. She spent her youth helping her grandfather and father train dogs to compete in water races and also spent time helping her father with the family-owned business. Early in life Tina aspired to be a Veterinarian, but after further consideration decided to obtain a degree in business. Despite this decision, working with animals and aspiring to own her own business has always remained the primary goal. In 1995, she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration & Human Resources from the University of Toledo, Toledo, OH. Post-graduation, she obtained the professional certification in Human Resources (PHR), through the Society for Human Resources Management. In 1997, her HR career brought her to Mankato. It was in Mankato that Tina fell into the hobby of grooming, handling, and showing Giant Schnauzers. In 2004, after losing her HR Manager job to a plant closing, she decided the timing was perfect for a career change and business ownership. Tina obtained a certification (ABCDT) for dog training through Animal Behavior College and began working with Lori Scruggs to expand Westside Pet Parlor. Thirteen years and two re-locations later, the business has continued to grow as our staff focuses on providing high quality services. Tina enjoys working on the business, turning scruffy muffins into a show quality groom or turning a behaviorally challenged pet into a canine good citizen! Beginning January 2018, Tina is the sole proprietor of Fur's A Flyin'.
Josie Cockrell: Professional Grooming Apprentice 2
Josie was born and raised on the coast of Southern California. She attended Ventura County Community College where her emphasis was on anthropology and photography. She worked full time in an orthodontic office and part time as a grooming assistant. The 3 years she spent working as a grooming assistant helped to reshape her future career goals. In the Fall of 2015, Josie relocated to Mankato and decided to pursue a career in pet grooming. A quick search online brought her to the Fur's A Flyin' website. It didn't take long before she thought, "I want to work there!". Flash forward 2 years and she finds herself surrounded by compassionate and knowledgeable humans who get to work with animals day in and day out. According to Josie, "she has evolved into the grooming apprentice she is through the tutelage and shared wisdom of Tina and Lori. Through Tina's continued leadership, Fur's A Flyin' staff puts the welfare of our client's pet's first. I have never known another pet grooming facility that displays such passion for animals in every aspect of their services. Every day I strive to give our client's the quality of grooming they have come to expect!"
Josie is welcomed home at the end of every workday by her 9 year old shepherd mix Fae, 3 year old male cat Quasar, and 1 year old female cat Octavia. Josie has been with FAF since October 2015.
Sally Blakesley: Professional Grooming Apprentice 1
Sally is a lifelong resident of St. Peter where she lives with her husband and their pets; dog-Chance, and cats- Penny and Sammy. She went to South Central College and graduated with an Associates Degree in Business Management. After working in care facilities and offices, Sally decided to take a leap in 2017 and follow her lifelong passion for animals. Fall 2017, she graduated from Rio Grooming School after completing their 436 hour course. She had taken Chance to Tina for a couple nail trims and liked the way she worked with him - not just on his nail trim. When Sally told Tina about her plans to go to grooming school, Tina hired Sally to start working as a bather. Sally reports that she is so happy to be working at Fur's a Flyin'! While grooming school was helpful, there is nothing like learning in an environment with a teacher who strives to make us all better at what we do!
Donna Moore: Grooming Assistant & Doggie Daycare Monitor
Donna grew up always having dogs in her life. In 1974, she purchased her first mini schnauzer. This led Donna to learn more about pet grooming and she took over a grooming business just for schnauzers. Many times she would end up boarding her clients' dogs in her own home. Later she and her husband Tom, bought a small local oil company, and did business as Moore Oil Company. This business was located at 1429 N. Riverfront Dr. until it closed in the fall of 2005. Donna retailed pet food out of the service station and raised four Giant Schnauzers at the station. Donna met Tina through ownership of Giant Schnauzers and actively recruited Tina and Lori to open Fur's A Flyin' inside her gas station. Donna has worked for a variety of pet related businesses since retiring from business ownership herself, including doggie daycare. She is currently owned by two Standard Schnauzers named Jack and Kate. Donna has worked on and off for Fur's A Flyin' as a grooming assistant since its inception in October 2004.
Rachel Finch: Grooming Assistant & Doggie Daycare Monitor
Rachel grew up in Little Rock Arkansas, but her family moved to Janesville, MN when she was 10 years old. She has always had a passion for helping animals including strays and wild animals alike and currently plans on pursuing a veterinary technician degree along with learning more about the grooming profession. When Rachel is not working at FAF, she raises and races homing/racing pigeons and peacocks and is an avid hunter and outdoors woman who enjoys teaching her daughter Genna about animals and the outdoors. Rachel is owned by a Morkie named Austin and a Bulldog named Bella. She has been with FAF since March 2014.
Abby Hlavac: Grooming Assistant & Doggie Daycare Monitor
Abby has lived in the Mankato area her whole life. She graduated from Mankato West High School and is currently enrolled at Minnesota State University, Mankato. As a little girl, Abby always wanted to become a Veterinarian, however, her passion for sports led her to pursue a career in physical therapy. Abby has always had a love for animals, and this especially applies to dogs. Her family got their first dog when she was 4 years old, a Bichon Frise named Joey, and she is currently owned by a Bichon Frise named Jasper. She dog sits for her neighbors, and she has been with FAF since September 2014.
Emily Winsor: Grooming Assistant & Doggie Daycare Monitor
Emily grew up in Faribault, MN. Her love for animals and was largely inspired by Steve Irwin and many other animal activists such as Jane Goodall. Throughout her childhood with the influences of many, Emily hopes to further her knowledge of animals. Emily has worked at both a children's daycare and doggie daycare before coming to work at FAF where it has been a completely different and amazing experience! Emily is currently owned by a Pug named Avery and a "Teacup" Pot Bellied Pig named Carlton. Emily has been with FAF Since October 2017
Liz Stensland: Grooming Assistant & Doggie Daycare Monitor
Elizabeth grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She moved to Mankato to attend Minnesota State University and is finishing her last semester as an undergraduate receiving her BFA in ceramics. Elizabeth has always had a love for animals (especially dogs) growing up and to this day that love remains true. She just adopted her first puppy to call her own! Beau is his name and he is a crazy mix of Malamute, Husky, Lab, German Shepard, and American bulldog. Liz has been with FAF since August 2015.
Samantha Friesen: Grooming Assistant & Doggie Daycare Monitor
Samantha grew up in St. Peter on her parents' hobby farm, but currently lives in Amboy. After graduating high school, Samantha decided to pursue a career with animals and hopes to learn more about the grooming profession. She has a strong passion for horses and spends most of her time outside of FAF riding and showing. Samantha is owned by an Australian Cattle Dog named Jack, a cat named Hazel, and two horses named Blackjack and Tessa. She has been with FAF since November 2017.
Sommer Bristol: Grooming Assistant & Doggie Daycare Monitor
Sommer was born and raised here in Mankato, MN. She graduated from Mankato West High School this past year and is spending some time working before starting college. She got her first dog, a Lhasapoo named Max when she was 8 years old. Sommer's mom has been bringing Max to get his haircut at Fur's a Flyin' for many years, which made her want to work here! Sommer's brother and sister have owned German Shepherds and now Sommer recently purchased her own German Shepherd puppy named Grimm. Sommer has been with FAF since July 2017.