Carrie was looking for change when she left Washington, D.C. in 2015 and headed west. After spending the better part of two decades in corporate america and completing her MBA, Carrie made the decision to leave the rat race behind and follow her passion — dogs! Carrie knew she wanted her own business, and she wanted it to involve dogs. She bought La de’ Paws Grooming Salon and Boutique in St. George, Utah and in Mesquite, Nevada.
Within the first week of Carrie taking possession of La de’ Paws, she met one of their loyal customers, Sommer. Sommer’s love for dogs rivaled her own, and Carrie knew right away that they would be great friends. Fast forward to July 2017. Carrie sold the Mesquite location to Sommer.
Sommer is a life-long resident of the area and attended Dixie State University. Having robust business ownership experience, Sommer dove right in and has been a welcome presence at the Mesquite location, as well as in the Mesquite community.
The mission of La de’ Paws is to provide a safe and comfortable environment while delivering high-quality grooming that exceeds expectations. Additionally, it is a goal of both locations to give back to the community. Each location consistently partners with local shelters to groom stray and abandoned dogs at no cost. This enables these precious pups to be adopted more quickly and brings down the overhead for the shelters.
In December 2017, La de’ Paws Mesquite hosted a fundraiser for the We Care for Animals rescue group. Dogs were able to get their picture with Santa, and were then given a digital copy. All donations went to We Care for Animals. Whether it is through their Rotary Club connections, Habitat for Humanity involvement, or other rescue initiatives, Sommer and Carrie often contribute grooming services and pet supplies for donations.
Sommer is currently foster mom to Jasper. Jasper is a sweet boy that was saved by the local rescue group, RSQ DOGS. He underwent extensive surgery to remove cancer tumors, and is on the road to recovery! La de’ Paws and their teams would love to put you in touch with local rescues so you, too, can help save these adorable kids.
One of our favorite adoption stories is about a puppy named Olivia Kate. Olivia, formerly Olive, came in to the Saint George location with her owner who was desperate for help. She had just bought Olive the week prior for her aging mother, and realized that she had bit off more than she could chew. Puppies take work, and she underestimated the care and attention Olive would need. She asked Carrie if she could help her find a new home as she didn’t want to have to take Olive to the shelter. She would have to do just that if she couldn’t find a new home for her by the end of the day. Carrie asked to keep Olive for the day so she could try to find her a home. The owner agreed and committed to check in at the end of the day.
Carrie sent a 911 text out to her friends, Sommer and Lil, and they came to the rescue. Within 20 minutes, both had showed up to the salon and both went to work with their network. Olive was adopted later that day by Britta. When they realized that both Britta and Olive had the same birthdate, they knew it was fate. That day, Olive became Olivia Kate. They have lived happily ever after.
Carrie and Sommer often hear from families that have adopted, “My dog rescued me just as much as I rescued him/her.” They love these stories. You are encouraged to pop in to one of the locations and tell them yours.
Sadly, two million animals will be euthanized this year in America’s shelters, and it costs U.S. taxpayers approximately two billion dollars to collect, house, kill, and dispose of these homeless animals. [Animal Shelter Statistics, Statistics Brain (https://www.statisticbrain.com/animal-shelter-statistics/)]
It is estimated that 17 million families will add a pet to their home this year. So, as you contemplate growing your pet family, please consider adoption. (https://bestfriends.org/our-work/promoting-adoption-vs-buying)
Both La de’ Paws locations provide discounts to recently adopted dogs. Carrie and Sommer will even help you with an introduction to the local rescues and shelters.
Mesquite: 742 W. Pioneer Blvd. Ste. E www.ladepawsmesquite.com (702) 345-4085
St George: 140 N. 400 W. Ste. B1 www.ladepaws.com (435) 674-0451