When Misty Porter, owner of Busy Bones Pet Studio, learned how to groom her Standard Poodles, she enjoyed it so much that she decided to start a business.
âI had a love for dogs for many years,â she said. âI’ve owned Standard Poodles for six years now, and I got to a point where I knew I wanted to learn how to groom them, and then I realized ‘hey, you’re actually pretty good at that’, and I like to do that, and my mentor who trained me, he kind of nudged me, like “let’s do this”. So being in Gary I thought it might be a good service for those far away so people don’t have to go to town.
Porter runs the business with Nick Harvey, who trained her in the toilet and has over 20 years of experience, having even treated Reveille at A&M College Station in the past.
Porter said the grooming was a good outlet for his creativity.
âI started learning to groom myself in February,â Porter said. âSo I’m pretty new, but I have training. I was raised in 4-H farming and used to show steers growing up. So we used to cut their hair and groom them, so I’m used to doing a lot of things, and then over the years I’ve had my own pets that require grooming that I’ve done … I would go on YouTube and try to teach myself how to do it, and it’s just a more natural thing. I’m a very visual person, so I can see it, and it went really well.
Porter offers grooming services for dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds. They cut the nails and also make the expression of the glands. Recently they opened an overnight boarding house and they are planning to start a dog day care center next month.
The business is located in a building outside of Porter’s house.
âWhat I like is that we’re here all the time, so we can be of service all the time,â she said. âIt’s not like we leave at a certain time and your dogs are there all by themselves. I’m super excited because I’m around animals, and not only that, but I love people, and we meet their animals who are like their kids and make everyone happy. I mean it was really fun learning about the different types of breeds, different dogs, different personalities, and it was awesome. I was a teacher for 10 years, so I feel like I traded children for dogs. “
Porter feels like he’s having a different experience at Busy Bones Pet Studio.
âYou come to Gary and we live on our 400 acre farm,â she said. âIt’s calm there, the dogs have a different experience, especially if they live in the city. We are just thrilled to be able to meet more people from the community and help those who need a service for their pet.
Busy Bones offers discounts for multiple incoming dogs, for boarding based on length of stay, and for regular customers. They are located at 351 County Road 177 in Gary. They can be reached by phone at (903) 692-8577
âAt Busy Bones, we aim to make their experience fun, comfortable and as close to home as possible,â Porter said. “We have experience with all types of dogs and can adapt to meet their needs.”