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Paws of Enchantment ...a Holistic Pet Spa In Washington DC

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Welcome to Paws of Enchantment, founded in 2005. We are now home based in Silver Spring off of New Hampshire Ave. Originally located in Takoma Park, MD we then spent many years in our beautiful salon in the Gateway Arts District in Mount Rainier, cultivating personal relationships with our clients and their animals. In spring of 2020 we moved to our current magical property and now offer one on one, appointment based grooming services as well as animal communication and energy healing services.

About Cassandra
Cassandra has been grooming dogs since the age of twelve, when she acquired her first dog, a field-bred Cocker Spaniel by the name of Sam. Within a year, she was grooming neighborhood dogs, the mostly fondly noted being a Bichon-Poodle mix owned by a woman known to the neighborhood as ''Grandma'', and ''Peabody'', an Aussie-mix which ended up coming to live with Cassandra and her family.

Through high school and her BA, Cassandra went on to work for a Standard Poodle show/breeding kennel (Kan-Deau Poodles), as well as a couple of grooming salons. While completing her MA at the University of Connecticut, she operated a small grooming business. Cassandra went on to become a teacher at language and international schools in Athens, Greece, and Cairo, Egypt... but always maintained grooming jobs as well as her love for dogs and making them look and feel good always persisted.

In 1997, circumstance brought Cassandra to Washington, DC, where she met some lovely industry people, including late friend, Stanley Tyree. Stanley will always be remembered for his adeptness with handstripping terriers and specialty in grooming Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers. It is in his memory that Cassandra has taken these specialties on as her own, in light of the belief that as she feels it would have made Stanley happy, and serves as a living memorial to him. She does imagine hearing his voice (usually giving nit-picky advice!) when working with these breeds.

Cassandra has been grooming in the DC area since 1997, having started in Tenleytown/Wisconsin Avenue area, then moving to Dupont Cirle, and finally forming Paws of Enchantment in November of 2005. ''Paws'' was originally located in Takoma Park's acclaimed holistic pet supply, The Big Bad Woof.

Cassandra's belief in a holistic lifestyle for dogs and people extends far beyond just 'grooming'. Cassandra is a level Three/teacher Reiki Master, certified professional Animal Communicator through The Lightfoot Way, Certified Crystal Healer (with a speciality in animals), and has received training in flower essence therapy, aromatherapy, SASA (Sacred Animal Spiritual Alchemy) and Healing Touch for Animals. She has completed course work through Communication with All Life University's Animal Mastery Program, another comprehensive program in animal communication and energy healing. She hopes to deepen these practices and for the new Paws of Enchantment to evolve into a holistic temple of the animals with community, holistic boarding and care.

Cassandra shares her home with a 'pack' of beloved Salukis and an affable Afghan Hound named Big Bird, whom she considers to be some of her greatest teachers. Although the original 'pack' that served as the inspiration for Paws of Enchantment has joined the world of spirit, the current pack continues to offer their wisdom, teach new lesson, present new challenges and share their amazing vibration of fun and love. She continues to strive to live life in the vibration of Talia, the 'supermodel'in our logo, whose message of unconditional love was, and always is, 'May you always always be bathed in the sweet light of love'.

When not working with clients, Cassandra enjoys hiking and training with her dogs.

Final Note

Paws of Enchantment has evolved after over thirty years in the pet grooming industry combined with a lifelong passion for dogs, balance, and natural healing and communication techniques for animals. We work closely with a number of pet professionals in the holistic pet sphere-- including trainers, pet supplies and nutritional consultants, and will be adding their links to our site soon. and look forward to working closely with them on recommendations for your petís health and lifestyle. Paws of Enchantment welcomes you and looks forward to serving your pet's unique needs.!