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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 7B 3, t)ec<;,r00e ;Jull..time bu: il zess PROFILES IN BUSINESS AVONNA'S CRITTER CLIPPERS M. Kate West Staff Writer Never in her wildest imaginings would Avonna Burkman have guessed that taking a dirty puppy to PetSmart for a bath 15 years ago would be the catalyst that would set her on the road to a dog grooming career and owning her own business. She said it all began when her husband, Steve Burkman, used to work in construction all around the United States. "Every summer the kids and I would travel to stay with him. One year he was in North Carolina and the kids and I arrived with a brand new puppy. "The puppy got dirty so I took him to PetSmart to have him bathed and while I was there I thought to myself, I could do that," she said. She said at that time her children were babies and she was looking to do something that would basically allow her to work around their schedules. "This all really started as a hobby," she added. She said she and Steve and their children, Joshua and Shannon, are transplants from Orange County who moved full time to Lake Almanor in 1995. "In 2000, I took my hobby and began to build a business in the office of Nelson's Veterinary Service in Chester. Most of my clients came as referrals from Dr. Bob Nelson; he was really good to me," she said. When the gas station building in Old Town Chester became available in 2005, Burkman made the decision to officially open and operate her own business. "Although I had a healthy clientele I was still nervous with becoming independent. About that same time the With next month's anniversary, Avonna Burkman celebrates 15 years of offering grooming services in the Lake Almanor area. Photo by M. Kate West construction company my husband worked for filed for bankruptcy and I had to go from working my hobby to working full time," she said. Since that time, Burkman has relocated her business to a building on the family's East Shore property that used to belong to Steve's grandparents. She said she has found that her original interest and growth from hobby to business owner remains very satisfying. "What I like most alout my business are the animals. This is not just a job, it's my social life. I live far out of Chester and people come to me and we visit -- I couldn't have a better job," she said. Avonna's Critter Clippers offers grooming for small and large dogs and cats, doggy day care, retail products and special transportation. "I have a lot of clients whose owners are shut-ins. Since I moved out to the East Shore I've turned my personal van into the 'critter cab.' I go to Chester once a week to pick up their dogs, groom them and return them home," she added. Burkman said she believes her business success comes from the way in which she interacts with her clients. "I really try to cater to my clients, ff they call me and say they are leaving to go out of town I really try to squeeze them into my schedule. "My appointment hours are not strict and truly don't matter if a client is having an emergency. As an example of an emergency I received a call late one evening and ended up keeping the dog for a week," she said. She also counts the building of trust as the primary factor to her , success. "I think more than anything I've built trust with my clients, so much so that I am like part of their family. "I know the dogs so well that I am part of their lives and I have even been asked to be present when the time comes for a beloved pet to be euthanized." Another factor to her success is her continuing education in the field of grooming. "I like to keep up with new trends and every other year I go to a grooming seminar where I also have the opportunity to network with other groomers. "Two years ago we learned about the art of 'bedazzling' with 'booty bling,' sequins on their hindquarters and feathers in other areas. Grooming is getting very glitzy. "The latest trend that's taking off is the Asian style of grooming," she said. In describing the new technique Burkman said, "Asian styling is a creative grooming method that evokes a sense of whimsy to make a dog look like a stuffed toy. "What I see a lot of is the difference in the groomed legs of poodles. Instead of being clipped straight they are more pillar-like and the dogs often have sweeping bangs over their eyes, much like the Veronica character in the 'Archie' comic books." Local families sought to host exchange .ctudents ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking local host families for international high school boys and girls. These students are 15 to 18 years of age, and are coming to the area for the upcoming high school year or semester. ASSE reports that its personable and academically selected exchange students are conversant in English, bright, curious and anxious to learn about this country through living as part of a family, attending high school and sharing their own culture and language with their newly adopted host family. The exchange students : arrive from their home country shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year or semester. Each ASSE student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to contribute to his or her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. The students are well screened and qualified by ASSE. Families can choose students from a wide variety of backgrounds, nationalities and personal interests. Anyone interested in obtaining more information about becoming a host family is invited to call toll free 800-733-2773 or go to About ASSE ASSE International (formerly American Scandinavian Student Exchange) is a nonprofit public benefit organization. ASSE is officially designated as an exchange visitor program by the U.S. Department of State, was founded by the Swedish Ministry of Education and cooperates with the Canadian Provincial Ministries of Education arid the New Zealand Department of Education. Lassen N0000ticnal Forest c)Tre rs seasonal jobs The Lassen National Forest will soon be filling numerous temporary positions, with duty locations of Susanville, Chester and Fall River Mills, as well as other outlying locations. Potential candidates are encouraged to apply for all positions in which they are interested. Seasonal positions range from science, archaeology and forestry technician to information assistant to various fire jobs, which will be open for applications beginning the end of January. Applicants may view and positions online through USAJobs at Announcements for permanent positions, as they become available, can also be found on this website. In either case, applicants should read job announcements thoroughly to ensure they are applying to the correct Position vacancy and location + . 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