Collins named top show dog groomer in the nationBy last Monday night, Cloquet’s Beth Collins had pretty much conceded the fact that she had not been selected the top winner in the Cardinal Crystal Award “Show Dog Groomer of the Year” competition – and then the phone rang.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
By last Monday night, Cloquet’s Beth Collins had pretty much conceded the fact that she had not been selected the top winner in the Cardinal Crystal Award “Show Dog Groomer of the Year” competition – and then the phone rang.
“I was grooming one of my dogs at the time, and it was kind of hard to hear the voice on the other end of the line,” Collins related. “She acknowledged the fact that I had been one of the top finalists nominated for the competition, and then she informed me that I had won!”
Collins and her husband Tom, along with a friend and fellow Afghan Hound breeder/handler, will now attend an invitation-only, black tie banquet on Saturday night at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, where she will be honored with her award along with other top dog industry winners. The Purina Pro Plan Show Dog of the Year Awards Banquet is considered a lead-in event to the internationally renowned Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, slated for Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 15-16.
Collins is a nationally certified groomer and raises and shows championship Afghan Hounds out of her Taza kennel in Cloquet.
Even before learning of her personal win on Monday night, she had planned to be on the East Coast this weekend for dog shows in Connecticut and Long Island. She said she is thrilled to be making the “side trip” to New York City on Saturday to receive her award, considered by many in the dog industry to be one of the most prestigious since it is voted on by fellow dog groomers, owners, breeders, handlers and trainers.
And while Collins is proud to be bringing home the big award, she is equally thrilled about another little addition to her household that will accompany her as well – a silver Afghan pup, the great-granddaughter of her national AKC champion Afghan, Justice.