Jill – Pet Groomer, Breeder, Trainer, and Handler
Committed to providing the best services possible to our customers and four-legged friends.
Jill’s career with dogs goes back to childhood and the family’s Shelties. Grooming, obedience training, and showing were in her daily life. Since adulthood Jill has had over 40 Canadian Champions of various breeds and groups. She has had over 20 AKC Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Champions, 10 Chinese Cresteds, and handled other breeds (Newfoundlanders, Dobes, Great Danes, German Pinschers–she was top breeder 3 years in a row!). Not only has Jill handled and bred most of these breeds; she has groomed numerous other breeds for over 36 years. Not only dogs fall under Jill’s skillful scissors and clippers; but numerous cats have too! Since her farm is off the main road and some of her customers have found it too hard to get to her place in the winter, Paw-rific has come into existence to make life easier for all her customers.
For nearly 40 years, owner Jill Rankinen, had provided grooming services from her home. In 2011, help from family members allowed her the opportunity to acquire a life long dream. Together they purchased a centrally located property on Palms Avenue (US Hwy 41, Ishpeming, Michigan). Having improved access with room for expansion, Jill’s home based business extended into a full service pet salon with retail store.
In 2014, Paw-rific offered obedience training and employed 3 professional groomers. Each addition continues to provide Paw-rific a unique perspective, and still accomplish the main goal of being a family orientated business for employees and clients alike.
Anna – Pet Stylist, Animal Lover, and Handler
Anna has been a certified pet groomer for 10 years specializing in all breeds of dogs and cats. She has been under great instructors in years past from Florida, Iowa, and Wisconsin. She and her family moved to Michigan in September of 2013 and love the UP! She has a couch potato Pit and an equally snuggly domestic shorthair. Anna and Jill attended a seminar in Canada this past fall, learning the new techniques of up and coming trend of Asian Styling. She is excited to bring some of the more Americanized clips to the salon! She recently became a member of the Marquette Kennel Club and is looking forward to the knowledge that will be gained from this and to begin handling some of Jill’s famous Kyloe Kennel dogs in upcoming shows! She loves all pets and is looking forward to making yours the most handsome and beautiful they can be!
Jenny – Dog Stylist, Trainer, and Rescuer
Jenny grew up in a farm environment and has been exposed to all likes of animals since childhood. She began volunteering at a local animal shelter during her late teens. In her mid-twenties she became a paid employee of Spring Lake Animal Shelter (Almost Home). Jenny’s experience then continued into the retail pet industry managing, Pet Supplies Plus (Iron Mountain, MI), for nearly 10 years. In 2012, she attended Golden Paws Pet Styling Academy and became a certified dog groomer. She then started a small business grooming out of several locations. The contacts Jenny has acquired over the years allowed her to become actively involved with fundraisers and rescue groups. She currently owns 4 rescue dogs and a cat but over the years has adopted numerous animals including horse and rabbit. Jenny also keeps two Morgan horses that she uses for educational purposes. She is always looking forward to new adventures and is excited to join the Paw-rific Staff!