Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins is a career educator and advocate, and an award-winning Master Groomer. Jennifer began breeding and showing dogs in the early 80’s, the same year she began her career as a school teacher. She became one of the first early group of Certified Master Groomers in the nation in 1985 and also taught in several vocational grooming schools over the years. Jennifer has bred, shown, and titled several breeds of Dogs including German Shepherds, Standard and Miniature Poodles, and Australian Shepherds, as well as raising Himalayan Cats.
After retiring from teaching, Jennifer opened Love Fur Dogs In 2015 Jennifer was named “Best Groomer in Chicagoland” by the Chicago Tribune. Jennifer founded the Illinois Professional Pet Groomers Association and served as IPPGA President where she played a pivotal role in helping to gain “essential” status for pet groomers during the pandemic crisis. Jennifer helped found the National Alliance of Grooming Associations (NAGA) and serves on its leadership team, and works as a Certifier for International Professional Groomers, Inc. Now a published author of several articles in the grooming field, and a Barkleigh nominated Up and Coming Speaker of the Year, Jennifer is an acclaimed grooming educator, speaking at conferences, webinars, and trade shows all over the USA. She is currently working on the definitive book about grooming the fifteen unique canine coat types.
Jennifer and her husband Bill, a college professor, are also nationally respected victim activist speakers after murders in both their respective families brought them together. Jennifer led the multi-year campaign in Illinois to amend the Illinois Constitution for Crime Victims Rights that ultimately led to the passage of Marsy’s Law in Illinois in 2014. She continues to work for Marsy’s Law nationally. Jennifer and Bill live in Northfield, Illinois and enjoy the fun they have had showing their Grand Champion Miniature Poodle Bowie and their Australian Shepherd Dory.
Tiana Walters came in to grooming from the veterinary field with experience showing animals from childhood. She and her mule were quite the team on at the national level in both junior and open gymkhana events for multiple years as a child. While still in highschool her first dabbling in dog grooming was learning to handstrip her personal JRT. As an adult she traded the mules for giant dogs, started showing Great Danes, and was the president of her regional breed club for 5 years. She went on to college getting an associate degree in business and bachelors in animal science. She worked as a tech for nearly a decade including 4 years emergency at ISU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She also spent some time at the racing chemistry lab drug testing dogs and horses. After switching to grooming full time she began competing in 2014 in order to certify. That year she earned her master's with both
Jessica Uzzetta is a Nationally Certified Master Groomer with a passion for continuing education and bringing groomers together to better the industry as a whole. Building strong family relationships with her fellow groomers and growing the grooming industry family. She has been competing in grooming competitions since 2012 and earned multiple 1st place and a Best in Show award quickly reaching the highest level in 3 short years. She is a single mother of 2 beautiful girls who owns and operates an upscale salon in Wentzville, MO. She is passionate about her poodles in showing, breeding, rescue and education. She started rescuing dogs when she was just 10 years old. In addition to grooming Jessica has also been an active Veterinary Technician for almost 20 years. Her passion for animals and education to her clients, peers and the public are shown everyday.