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About Dirty Dog LLC

About Us

Dirty Dog Do it Yourself Pet Wash & Pawstry Shop LLC is a dog lover's paradise.  We offer dog owners the easiest, affordable, and most convenient way to clean their pet without the hassle of cleaning up the mess.  All within a meticulously clean facility.

For those who don't have the time, ability or desire to beautify their own dog, we offer the option of scheduling an appointment with one of our professional groomers, Rebecca, Amber, and Sera.  They are well versed in all dog breeds and hairstyles and would be happy to treat your dog to a day at the spa. 

Dirty Dog's offers everything from freshly baked dog treats made by our baker Larry to CT's most extensive selection of dog collars and leashes to dog toys that will stand up to even the toughest chewer.  Our knowledgeable and friendly staff members are here to help you with whatever questions you may have.

Meet Our Team

Janet Leitao

Owner

14 years ago I had this amazing idea to open a self serve dog wash in my town. My husband and I owned a beautiful Rottweiler named Britney and she was far too big to bathe at home. I thought other people must have the same dilemma so I jumped in with both feet and with a lot of help from my husband, family, and friends, Dirty Dog was born.

What I love most about Dirty Dog is, of course all of the 4 legged friends I've made throughout our time in business, but also the customers who have beome great friends. They truly have become extensions of my family. 

Rebecca Guiheen

Head Groomer
I began working at Dirty Dog shortly after they opened in 2005 as one of their first employees. I made the decision to go to CTK9 grooming school and graduated in 2006. I’ve been the head groomer at Dirty Dog for the past 13 years. When I’m not busy making dogs look their best, I enjoy riding my horses, taking care of my animals, and spending time with my family. I strive to stay current with the latest trends to keep your pets looking their best.

Amber Kwiatkoski

Groomer

I’ve been grooming for 6 years, having graduated from CT K-9 as a pet stylist in 2013. I strive for quality over quantity and I make sure your pet’s experience is an enjoyable one. My favorite part of working at Dirty Dog is helping pet parents find a suitable haircut for their pet that suits their style and needs throughout their life. Outside of work, I spend the majority of time working and competing my boxer dog, Binx in local agility competitions. Dogs are my life and passion.

Sera Brown

Groomer
An animal lover from a young age, becoming a dog groomer seemed like a natural next step. It’s been more rewarding than I ever imagined! Grooming at Dirty Dog has been such a positive experience in my life. I really enjoy the dynamics grooming offers, from my personal interactions with each owner, down to the fine details of each groom. To all the wonderful owners who entrust me with your four legged family, I can’t thank you enough. I’m here because each and every one of you makes that possible.

Larry & Lorraine Reeser

Janet's Mom & Dad
Hi. We are Janet’s parents. We both were retiring around the same time Janet decided to open Dirty Dog. So it was a perfect fit for us to help her out at the shop. Larry bakes and decorates the treats while Lorraine help at the front counter. Larry also does custom pet portraits.

Brian Morrell

Pack Member
I don’t ever remember a time where I have not had a dog. My current pack consists of Bella, Dwight, Libby and Fiona. My love for Dirty Dog started as a customer 14 years ago and I’ve been lucky enough to work here as well. My favorite part of my job is watching and listening to the interactions people have with their dogs. It’s wonderful to witness the bonds people have with their pets.

MICHAELLA PONTACOLONI

Pack Member
I’ve worked with animals for over 10 years, and have had dogs and cats my entire life. My first interaction with the Dirty Dog team was during Santa photos for a rescue group. I was so happy with the way everyone interacted with my dog that I decided to come back and check out their self serve dog wash. I loved it so much that I ended up bringing my entire family’s dogs in for a wash. Shortly after that I started working here. My favorite part about working at Dirty Dog is hearing the amazing stories that customers share with me about their dogs. I strive to provide customers with the same excellent experience I had my first time in.

JORDAN DANIELE

Pack Member
Dirty Dog is my first job and I’m loving it. I’ve been training at the karate dojo next door to Dirty Dog for 7 years and I recently got my second degree black belt and couldn’t be happier. Along with karate, I volunteer at the Meriden Humane Society with their adoptable cats. When I’m relaxing I like to chill out with my two cats April and Aliza. Of course they’re cats because I’m the crazy cat lady. But I do love dogs too or I wouldn’t be working at the Dirty Dog.

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