When I started Just 4 Paws Pet Spa 12 years ago I wanted to work with animals, make them look and smell great, and run my own successful business. I was a groomer, happily going about my days. Then, as time went on I began to learn more about the grooming industry and how it was much like the “Wild West“. This is an unregulated industry; a shocking fact to most. This means anyone can do this work without training. That’s when I started noticing more and more pets coming to my shop because they’d been hurt or traumatized at other grooming locations, including the many big box retailers. At Just 4 Paws Pet Spa we provide “Gentle Pet Grooming you can Trust“. That’s who we’ve always been. This was never a novel concept to me. I just always felt if these were my pets, I would certainly want someone else treating them with nothing but the love, comfort and respect they require while in their care. I’ve always adopted my pets, so they always came with a host of anxiety issues. So I could never imagine leaving them with just anyone! Many of my clients can relate on a personal level to this exact issue. It’s why they come to us.
Over my 12 years of growing this business I’ve created the Just 4 Paws Pet Spa Philosophy through the help of these loving pets, my wonderful clients and my talented team of professional groomers. I’ve learned from all of them.
Our philosophy is this: At Just 4 Paws Pet Spa we care about your pets just as much as you do. We become your pet’s guardian while they’re in our care. Above and beyond all else, we exist to help people help their pets. That is our mission and the foundation of everything we do.
I love animals! I’ve always loved animals. I grew up with cats, dogs, and a whole host of other small creatures. By 6 years of age I was cutting my cats’ toenails. I’ve always had a love and passion for animals. For a while I thought I’d become a veterinarian. So it was of little surprise to family and friends when I gave up my lucrative marketing career to pursue a 600-hour certification program to become a pet groomer.
I founded Just 4 Paws Pet Spa in 2004. It started as a mobile service and expanded to become a highly sought after pet spa store front where my furry sweetie’s from throughout the region come to be groomed with love and adoration. I’ve assembled an amazing team of pet stylists, each professionally certified to ensure top quality care and service.
As a Reiki Master Practitioner, I often work with pets that are anxious or traumatized due to an abusive past, aggressive or suffering from chronic illness. I am able to offer gentle, non-invasive care through this healing methodology.
In addition to beautifying dogs and even a fair number of rabbits, cats are one of my specialties. Pet parents, many who call me “the cat whisperer,” travel quite a distance to have me work on their frisky felines’ coats.
Something I’m most proud of in my life’s body of work is the week I volunteered in Othello, WA to help save an animal shelter in need. I was a groomer host for the reality show pilot “Animal House,” which helps save or create animal shelters in communities around the country.
In 2009 I provided grooming for rescue dogs featured on the Today’s Show, “Pet Makeovers”.
From 2005-2010, I collaborated with the Hartz Mountain Corporation as the company revamped its grooming products and tools sets. I’m most proud of the purple and black slicker brush that they still retail on shelves today. I helped them design that brush.. In fact, I now buy that brush from them.
My volunteer efforts also include providing love and spa therapies to needy shelter pets at the Animal Care & Control Center in NYC.
I am the proud and grateful mother to two beautiful boys, Liam & Alexander. I am also blessed to have grown my family and become step-mother to another beautiful son, Eric as I am now married to his wonderful dad, Peter Loria. Our family also includes Dalai our fluffy genius border collie, Mimi, our diva tabby cat and our newest addition is Moose, a bugger of an orange tabby cat. We love them all!!
Phyllis Lazares : Certified Pet Stylist
I’m here at Just 4 Paws Pet Spa, because I believe in what we do here. We are different from many other groom shops, because we pay extra special attention to all the animals and make them our number one priority. I have personally seen first-hand how receptive animals are when we treat them with kindness. Their behavior changes entirely when you take the time to care. I believe that over the time I have been with Just 4 Paws, I have been able to build friendships with not only the pet owners, but with the animals themselves. Just 4 Paws Pet Spa is the best place to retire!
After nearly 30 years in the corporate world I decided to take my career in an entirely different direction, knowing that pet grooming would allow me to embrace my affinity for animals and creativity. I went to grooming school and in 2011 became a Certified Specialist in “All Breed Dog Grooming.” Now my days are filled with wet kisses and wagging tails rather than staff meetings and reports. I am a loving pet parent to Milo, a ShiTzu/Bichon mix, and Sandya Shi-Poo.
Being here at Just 4 Paws Pet Spa has been an incredible experience since the moment I walked through the doors. I saw immediately that love and kindness towards the animals is woven through every aspect at Just 4 Paws and that’s just as it should be. Every animal is deserving of the upmost time and devotion. That’s what sets us apart from every other grooming shop you have ever been to. We always treat your animals as if they were our own.
I began working here in September of 2015 as a bather and quickly realized that I wanted to become a groomer. Although I just graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities, I always had the desire to work with animals. Being an assistant groomer has allowed me to merge my creativity with my affinity for animals, and I couldn’t possibly imagine myself being happy doing anything else. I’m eternally grateful to have the opportunity to spend my days working with such loving creatures, and continuing to improve on my grooming skills in the hopes of becoming a groomer myself one day. When I’m not helping beautify other people’s fur babies, I have my own Calico cat named Sandy whom I love to spoil to no end.
I grew up in a small town in Washington state. I’ve owned dogs my whole life so grooming fell in very naturally for me. I started out working for big corporations and just will not do it anymore! I love working for smaller shops, its better for me! Animals always come first, especially here at Just 4 Paws and that’s the way it should be! I grew up on a hobby farm with my twin sister. That farm led me from Washington to horse barns all across the country. I still ride very often and I’m working hard to bring my little Appaloosa home. I just moved from New York to New Jersey and I’m looking forward to getting settled in nicely with my little morkie Melvin!