Anna Denton has a new lease on life.
Or in her case, maybe, a new leash on life.
“A pet loves you unconditionally and then it’s the therapy of it as well. So you have all this unconditional love and how you could not love a pet or want to do a dog grooming shop,” says Denton.
For Denton, the shop has been a dream come true. A dream that came after a difficult journey and an uncertain future.
“It was an in and out procedure. Got an infection and then I wound up almost dying over it. They gave me a 25 percent chance to live,” says Denton who fell ill after a standard procedure.
That was a year and a half ago. After a year-long recovery, Denton knew she wanted to open up her own pet grooming shop.
While owning a business can be challenging, it’s nothing compared to the challenges Denton has already faced.
“I couldn’t even walk 200 feet. So I had to get up and then try to get myself walking and moving again.”
With support from others, Denton has been able to move ahead.
“It has been really rewarding and the love and support that I’ve had and the people that’s got behind me, I just can’t thank them enough,” says Denton.
And she hopes that her story of recovery can be an inspiration for others.
“I know there’s going to be days when you just sit and cry and you want to give up but you’ve got to find that little speck of hope and on that little speck, you’ve got to keep focusing on that,” says Denton.
And she has high hopes for her future.
“I want to be like Petco. I want to go where the pets go. I want to have Anna’s Groom Room everywhere,” Denton says.
And with about 15 furry clients a day, Anna Denton is well on her way.