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History

History

The Happy Days Grooming and Boarding story by Suzanne Curran

My father, Ronald Bailey, was a veterinarian. In 1965, having just graduated from the University of Minnesota, he left Minnesota where he had grown up and set off to take his board exams in several Southwestern states (It was his desire to be able to practice and raise his family in a warmer climate). Passing through Arkansas on his way to his targeted states, he was struck by the state’s natural beauty, and he made plans to return on the way home and take his boards there as well. A few months later, having secured his license in Arkansas, he returned to live with his young family and beloved Old English Sheepdog. I was 2 months old.

After working for another vet for 2 years, he was ready to strike out on his own and purchased the land we now occupy. At the time the land was located outside of town along what was then a quiet two lane Highway 10. He was firmly convinced he picked a good spot because he expected Little Rock to expand westward. He built his small practice and offered veterinary as well as boarding and bathing services. Most of his clients were the “country folk” who lived in the area as it was quite a drive for most people living “in town”. Over time, Little Rock did indeed move west, and this coupled with his reputation brought in a growing clientele. It was truly a family affair with Mom running the office and my older brother Jon and myself acting as kennel help.

In 1974, Dad felt the time was right to expand and another building was erected on the property and he moved his practice. A longtime friend and client leased the old building and, naming it “The Shaggy Dog”, offered boarding and grooming services. Both businesses prospered and the decision was made to expand the kennel building adding more runs and space for the expanding grooming business. The arrangement lasted a number of years and subsequently, while the kennel remained in continuous operation, it did pass through a few different management arrangements.

In 1990, Dad was again in need of someone to run the kennel and I was available having recently returned to Little Rock and given birth to my second son. So, I packed my son up at 6 weeks and stepped in to temporarily run the business and get it back on its feet. After a few years the demands of running a boarding kennel open 24/7combined with thedemands of raising a young family proved to be quite difficult, so I chose to move a few blocks down the street to operate a smaller grooming only shop (Bubbles & Bows),leaving the kennel in the care of another manager. This arrangement was short-lived when the person entrusted to manage the kennel departed abruptly, leaving at a time when my father’s health began to falter. I stepped back into help, juggling my busy shop with helping out the family with the increasingly busy Happy Days. A few months ago, we made the decision to merge the 2 businesses.

This is indeed a family affair. We function as a close knit team at Happy Days. Together we are committed to maintaining a clean, healthy environment and providing the best possible care for each beloved family pet entrusted to our care, We are also committed to treating our 2 legged and our 4 legged clients with compassion and respect. You will find us to be both professional and warm.
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