Robyn Michaels – K9U Chicago Groomer
Robyn Michaels started grooming dogs in 1967, the year she got her first ‘show’ dog (an Afghan Hound), and clipper, an Oster “Lucky Dog” model, with S & H green stamps.
She graduated from the New York School of Dog Grooming, under the tutelage of the late Don Doessel (Dansel Miniature. Schnauzers).
She worked for:
- Dale Miller (Barclay Square Miniature. Schnauzers),
- Mimi Coleman (Miro Standard Poodles),
- Joan Fredericksen (JoKor’s Klippette in Milwaukee),
- Jan Condurso (Collar & Leash, Bedlington Terrier specialist), and
- Jocelyn Slatin (Jamboree Airedales & Soft-coated Wheaten Terriers).
Robyn has helped the Northern Illinois Welsh Terrier Club, the Chicagoland Old English Sheepdog Club, the Lhasa Apso Club of Chicago, and North Central Maltese Rescue give grooming seminars. She has won divisions in grooming contests.
Robyn has published in pet industry magazines, owned a nationally ranked obedience whippet, and put obedience, field, and Rally titles on an Afghan Hound and 3 Whippets. She also showed a Saluki to an AKC championship has also chosen show dogs for other people. Her goal is to help people have better relationships with their dogs and ‘pay it forward’.
She currently lives with 2 rescued Whippets….and a Japanese Engineer.
Robyn has a B.A. in anthropology from Northeastern Illinois University (which she paid for by grooming dogs), and a Masters in Urban Planning & Policy from the University of Illinois/Chicago. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi in 1992, and as a U.N. election supervisor in Bosnia in 1997.
Currently, when she has the time, she is a court advocate for animals in the court system, for Safe Humane Chicago.
Robyn is available to show you how to do basic at home grooming, and available to rescues and shelters to help.