Decades Of Dog Days

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“It’s OK. Oh, it’s OK,” Eileen Burger of Jasper said to Bailey, an Irish terrier, as she clipped his nails Tuesday morning in her dog grooming shop, The Mutt Hut, located in the basement of her home. Burger began the business in 1979 after she struggled to find a job in the St. Louis area that made use of her degree in psychology. She moved to Jasper to join her family’s furniture factory business and began experimenting with grooming with her parents’ two Scottish terriers. “I whacked on them, let’s say,” she said. She eventually learned about the trade at a dog grooming school in Indianapolis. “I’ve had grandchildren of my original clients bring in their dogs,” she said.

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Rocky the poodle leaned over the side of the tub as Eileen Burger of Jasper gave him a bath Tuesday morning at Burger’s business, The Mutt Hut.



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