Armed with his grooming tools, this self-proclaimed Dogfather of Harlem is more than determined to change the world, one dog at a time. Although Brian Taylor admitted that he gave himself the title, he deserves it, rightfully so.
When the New York state government announced that non-essential businesses should cease operations, this included grooming services.
This closing down of businesses severely impacted Brian Taylor’s. The Harlem Doggie Day Spa, which offers daycare, cage-free boarding, and dog walking services, had to stop.
From 500 customers, this went down to less than half of it. Now he heavily relies on grooming services to remain operational.
Taylor had to go out of his way by working within the social distancing guidelines to keep the business running. He makes sure everyone wears their masks and gloves when they come.
He takes the dog directly to the tub, and he uses a powerful germicidal shampoo. He also makes sure to only groom one dog at a time for sanitation purposes.
He also opted for cashless transactions, even offering to take the newly groomed pets to his customers’ doorsteps.
Interestingly, the Dogfather of Harlem’s career didn’t start with animals right away. Taylor’s path was in finance. He was a banker. After noticing that there weren’t many grooming facilities in Harlem, he decided to get a dog groomer certification in 2010.
About ten years later, he is still in the business, having groomed over 6000 dogs in his entire career.
With the ongoing pandemic, more and more people opted not to groom their dogs to prioritize other needs. Of course, Taylor wouldn’t let this happen.
With the help of social media, he posted about a pup relief fund so people can buy gift cards to keep the business open and simultaneously help those who can’t afford to take care of their pets’ grooming needs.
Average regular grooming costs $75. But this can go as high as to $200 when the dogs’ coats become severely matted after two months of no grooming.
With his regular clients’ help, Taylor raised $2000, which helped provide free grooming services to 12 dogs so far.
And now, Taylor would do his most enormous undertaking in his career by going on an 8-day road trip, taking his talent, and offering his services across the country, beginning in New York and ending in Los Angeles.
The van he used for this trip could groom eight dogs simultaneously. He also hopes that apart from free grooming services, he would provide free grooming products and teach pet owners to reduce matting on their pets’ coats.
He also envisions collaborating with no-kill rescue shelters and grooming shops owned by people from the black community.
His plan was clear, that when he posted this endeavor on Facebook, a lot of help started pouring in. Two shampoo manufacturers offered to supply him with their products. Other people also offered to help in grooming dogs if he visits their cities.
With all the people thanking him for his deeds, he probably deserves the title, Dogfather of Harlem, after all!
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Source: Good Morning America via YouTube