Today we’d like to introduce you to Malia Kainoa.
Hi Malia, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I started grooming in 2013 when my friend at the time encouraged me to follow what I’ve always wanted to do– which was to work with dogs! Now, almost a decade later, I’ve kept at it! Beyond the accomplishments, certifications and awards; I’m still so grateful to work with animals. I love my job!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Something that I’m sure all artists and skilled workers have come across is being undervalued. Because dog grooming is not a regulated industry there is low barrier to entry which makes for uncertified, unknowledgeable people in our field. There’s loads more that goes into grooming than people are aware of — it takes years to learn proper handling, different methods for different coat types, getting to a point where you have your own style, etc. There is constant continuing education in seminars and grooming expositions. Plus providing the best tools, products and techniques takes a ton of trial and error. Dog grooming for myself has been a combination of caring for animals, artistic expression and intensive studying. The hardest struggle has been that people are unaware of the effort that goes into “just a haircut.”
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Fawn & Sable Mobile Grooming?
Fawn & Sable Mobile Grooming is a mobile dog grooming that brings the salon to you! I provide small dog one-on-one monthly services. We are known for specializing in Teddy Bear and Asian Fusion Inspired Trims. What sets Fawn & Sable apart is that we believe in continuing education—I am a Nationally Certified Master Groomer through the National Dog Association of America, an Award-Winning Competitive Groomer, Certified Canine Esthetician, Fear Free Certified Professional, Pet First Aid & CPR Certified, Pet Tech CPR Certified, AKC S.A.F.E. Certified, and Animal Reiki Level 1 Certified. Mobile grooming is especially great for busy dog owners who are short on time and want a grooming service where you don’t have to stress about pick-up and drop-off times and know that your dog is receiving expert care.
How do you think about luck?
I’ve had great luck being able to learn from the grooming industries top professionals (Groom Team USA Gold Medalists!) Seriously– it’s a thing! I’ve also been fortunate with putting myself out there and having clients organically find me who appreciate the effort I’ve made to give their dog my best.
- Dogs 20lb and under at adult size haircuts
- Dogs 30lbs and under at adult size short-haired bath only
- $100 per hour with a 1-hour minimum per dog
- Website: fawnandsablegrooming.com
- Instagram: @fawnandsablegrooming
Fawn & Sable Grooming LLC