Q&A With There's a New Breed on the Block
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Owner: Billy Chapman

Address: Mobile

Hours: Upon appointment

Information: www.theresanewbreedontheblock.com; (480) 678-3171 or theresanewbreed@yahoo.com

Q: Where are you from and what did you do before opening your business?

A: I've lived in the Ahwatukee area for 23 years and have enjoyed watching the area grow into the wonderful community it is today. I originally started my career as a fine artist at the age of 17. My artwork has been featured in many local galleries and abroad. While painting, I developed a relationship like no other with a rescued Golden Retriever. His name was Milo. Milo changed my life by opening my heart and soul and allowing me to receive an endless supply of unconditional love. After Milo passed, my love for dogs kept growing.

Today I still paint, but have dedicated that part of my life to doing commissioned dog paintings for clients in my spare time.

Q: Why did you open your business in Ahwatukee Foothills?

A: I opened my business in Ahwatukee because this is my home. It's the town in which I grew up. Ahwatukee has always been good to me. I felt that returning something positive like dog care would be something nice to give back to a community that has always supported my family and I. Ahwatukee continues to grow, but also remains a tight fitting community that hasn't lost its family orientation.

Q: How did you get the idea to open your business?

A: The idea of opening my own business was a simple choice. I recognized that my clients and the clients of other groom shops needed a groomer they could rely upon. They needed a person that brought dedication and care of their dogs to the table. They desired having a groomer that catered to their individual needs, their dogs' needs, and to be able to feel secure with someone they have come to view as a family member.

Q: What type of merchandise/services do you sell?

A: There's A New Breed on the Block, L.L.C. offers the service of skilled and knowledgeable dog grooming by providing my clients with extra time and understanding that can be difficult to find. I don't believe in assembly line grooming, which is a style in which dogs are brought in and then sent out of the shop as quickly as possible. This hardly is the optimum way of caring for the animal or listening to the client's needs. My loyal clients know when their dog is in my care it is loved as if it were my own. I also provide massage therapy for active or elder dogs, dogs with medical and joint conditions, or just dogs the owner wants to pamper a bit more. I began studying massage therapy and its benefits on the dogs recently, and after hearing firsthand the benefits from the dog's owners, I decided to become certified in this growing field. The response has been overwhelmingly positive.

I keep records of the dog's weight, temperature and any other oddities I may find during the grooming process. These records are kept so my clients have basic information to review with their veterinarian when needed. I do indeed see myself as a new breed of groomer.

Q: How have residents of the community responded to your business?

A: The residents of Ahwatukee have responded with overwhelming satisfaction. They feel as though they have finally found someone that understands their needs and also cares for their dogs in the same way they do.

Q: What does your business have in store for the future?

A: I see There's A New Breed on the Block, L.L.C. remaining a one person operation. I don't see the need to expand my operation greatly, as I will always want to have sincere relationships with the clients I work with. My philosophy when it comes to the care of the dogs is that bigger isn't necessarily better. When my mobile grooming truck pulls up to the owner's home I want them to recognize a face that has become familiar - my own.

Q: Anything else you want the community to know about you or your business?

A: I will continue to donate my time to sheltered dogs with grooming needs. Donating time to this cause reassured me that it's possible for my words to be put into action. Seeing a shaggy, matted dog receive a beautiful hair cut that could lead to its adoption will always make me feel like I am doing my small part in creating a new world of happiness for the shelter dogs.


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