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Jan Nieman For those who love pets, it seems natural that you'd want to make a living from working with them. After all, what could be more fun than washing and grooming cute, furry dogs all day? Well Jan Nieman did just that -- for 21 years. And she has quite the story to tell about it in her recent book Going to the Dogs: Confessions of a Mobile Pet Groomer. All from the comfort of a mobile pet-grooming van cruising around the Baltimore area, Nieman groomed just about everything -- dogs, cats, you name it! Many times, hilarity ensued. Such a case was when she groomed Spaz, a large springer spaniel, who more than lived up to his name, she says. "With all legs scrambling in four different...

Whether your canine is a pampered lap dog or a rough-and-tumble outdoor lover, its fur can quickly pick up dirt, tangles and knots. (And your furniture and carpet can quickly pick up loose hairs!) With the wide variety of tools on the market, you can easily maintain your dog's coat and control everyday shedding without hitting the grooming parlor. Our friends at Zootoo rounded up five of their favorite dog brushes to keep your pooch's coat salon-style pristine. Kong The rounded bristles of the Zoom Groom Brush by Kong are effective at grooming both long and short coats, making the product ideal for multibreed households. The durable, easy-to-grip rubber brush helps rid coats of loose...

Daybis, Flickr Dog Breed: Boston Terrier Personality: Though also known as the "Boston bull," this breed is described by Dog Breed Info Center as "gentle, alert, very intelligent, well-mannered and enthusiastic." The American Kennel Club praises Bostons as "truly an all-American dog... lively and highly intelligent... with an excellent disposition." Grooming: Only a "minimum amount" is needed for this short-haired breed, according to the AKC. Common Health Issues: BostonTerrierHub.com notes that Boston terriers "are generally healthy, long-lived dogs," and that their most common health issues are those that are common to many breeds: patellar luxation, eye problems, distemper,...

akcporn, flickr Dog Breed: Bichon Frise Personality: "A cheerful, happy dog," says the American Kennel Club, which goes so far as to label the bichon frise "merry." Originally bred as a companion dog, the bichon enjoys nothing more than basking in the nearness of you. "It has an independent spirit, is intelligent, affectionate, bold and lively," notes Dog Breed Info Center, Also, "it has a self-assured, happy temperament that is easy to live with." Grooming: While this dog is considered a non-shedding breed, it still requires daily grooming and some experts recommend a professional grooming once a month. The AKC's website explains, "Hair grows continually and does not shed, so extensive...

As loyal readers of Paw Nation know, we've covered extensively the controversial creative-dog-grooming competitions in the U.S. (featuring the gallery of elaborately groomed dogs that brought out your awe and ire). We've been following the trend in China as well, where the craze has moved beyond the show room to everyday dogs. That's why when we saw this new video at the Washington Post, exploring the Chinese canine fashion, we knew we had to share it. The video features an upscale Beijing pet spa that's making a name for itself clipping and dyeing in an effort to transform English sheepdogs into fairly convincing pandas, and bichons into miniature Spider-Men. The cost for such fancy...

Kate Lacey Meet jet-setting show dog Curry, Paw Nation's newest advice columnist. In between competing at the top dog shows, Curry finds time to answer the questions all dogs long to ask. From grooming advice (Curry's competing at Westminster, so she knows a thing or two about looking gorgeous) to tips on getting along with the craziest of canines (she lives in Manhattan so she has to make friends with the many other dogs on the block), this 3-year-old Glen of Imaal terrier has all the answers to your crucial canine queries. You are so glamorous that I have to ask: what should a single, slightly overweight fox terrier like me do to look great? Do you have any beauty secrets from your...