by Stefanie Watson
Hudsonite Amy Millsaps, a seasoned professional in the dog grooming industry, recently opened her own dog grooming and boarding facility, Hudson Hounds Room & Groom. The business is located near the Barlow and Stow roads intersection in a building – which underwent months of renovations and updates – behind Millsaps’ home.
“It was a long process to open, and I discovered quite the learning curve,” she said. “The animal-care side of things was very familiar, but the actual ins and outs of starting and operating a business were brand new to me.”
Over the last decade, Millsaps has filled a variety of roles in the industry from receptionist to dog bather, eventually training as a groomer under another local salon owner.
Hudson Hounds Room & Groom is divided into two parts. One half serves as the grooming area, equipped with state-of-the-art tools in a calm, relaxing atmosphere. The other half is dedicated to the boarding of dogs, each of which get their own private suite and outdoor run. She offers full-service grooming, short- and long-term boarding, as well as half-day “doggy daycare” services.
Millsaps said what sets her new endeavor apart is the truly personalized experience for each and every dog.
“I am a one-woman facility,” she said. “I am the sole person scheduling you, checking you in, checking you out, and working on your dog. This creates a more personal, one-on-one connection with your dog.”
Additionally, Millsaps focuses on creating a calm and peaceful environment for her furry clients. She uses diffused calming oils and soft music to create a serene atmosphere. Around-the-clock proximity to the facility also allows Millsaps flexibility in attending her charges more often and for longer periods. She can provide quick overnight attention in the case of an emergency, Millsaps stressed, so her clients can feel comfortable leaving their pet in her care.
Both Millsaps and her husband are Hudson High School graduates, and after briefly leaving the area, they returned to Hudson to raise their children. With such strong ties to Hudson, the decision to start a business in the community was an easy one.
“Owning this business is a dream come true for me,” Millsaps said. “The success I’ve enjoyed since opening my doors is largely due to the wonderful community of dog owners here.”
Positive word of mouth, she added, has really helped Hudson Hounds thrive in its early stages.
Millsaps admitted that she is a big fan of both Golden Retrievers and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels for their affectionate and playful personalities. But, she said, no matter the breed she is eager to welcome your canine and provide individualized care.
A complete list of services and pricing can be found on the Hudson Hounds Facebook page and eventually its website, set to launch this month. Visit facebook.com/hudsonhounds330. ∞