Shampoodles owner faces fears

After being bitten on the face as a child, Leeann Crowder said she was afraid of dogs.

But in her 20s, she saw a job advertisement for a dog bather and became interested.

Facing her fear, she started the job and became a dog lover.

“I never thought I’d ever hold a dog the way I do,” said Crowder, now the owner of Shampoodles, a dog grooming business in Wolfforth.

Kayla Thurmon, a dog bather at Shampoodles, said no one loves dogs as much as Crowder does.

Shampoodles opened in a Wolfforth shopping center at 708 U.S. 62/82 in January. It’s open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., “or until the last dog goes home. Sometimes that’s 7,” Crowder said.

The business is open to any dog, every size, every age, every breed, she said. A full grooming is $30-$34.

Crowder said after being in the dog business in Lubbock and Midland for about 20 years, this is her first time to own her own business.

She moved to Wolfforth two years ago, and likes it because it’s close to Lubbock, but retains a country feel.

“Wolfforth’s been so inviting,” she said. “I think it would be easier (owning a business) here.”

Crowder said Wolfforth people have gone out of their way to help her business.

“This community is just huge as far as pulling together,” she said.

Potential customers can come to the storefront on U.S. 62/82, but Crowder said it is easier for them to call ahead and make an appointment, especially if they are in a hurry.

“Just give us as much information as you can about your dog,” said Crowder, noting that all dogs need to have current shots when they are brought in for grooming.

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