No Dirty Dogs

May 19, 2008
By

John Swan


Gazette Photo By John Swan
Jenny, a Samoan-German shepherd mix, enjoys a blow-dry following a bath at the new JPuppy Dog Grooming shop at 7 Green St.

JPuppy opens grooming service on Green St.

Pet owners who bemoaned the loss of a grooming service in Jamaica Plain after Dolittle’s closed can take heart. Eder da Silva recently opened his new business, JPuppy, at the same site at 7 Green St.

“I came here often for dinner and really liked the neighborhood,” said da Silva, 32, who had been working as a groomer in Dedham. “I could tell JP had a lot of potential, and I had been looking for a place to open a shop for about a year. When I heard Dolittle’s closed, I realized this was a great opportunity.


“I spoke to the landlord and neighbors, and everyone was so nice and supportive, so I decided to do it,” he said.

The shop opened April 7 after extensive renovations, and da Silva said business has been “very good, amazing, really. A lot of people who used to bring their dogs here are coming in and everyone seems to be happy with the service.”

JP resident Joseph Porcelli said he welcomes the new shop as he came in to check up on his dog Jenny, getting a bath and grooming.

“A neighbor said he took his dog here and he was really pleased,” said Porcelli, watching Jenny grin on the table as da Silva ran his fingers through her thick fur, followed by a stream of hot air from the blow-dryer.

“Hey, she looks great,” he said. “And happy.”

JPuppy offers full grooming service for dogs, but will add cat services in about a month. The business also stocks some dog supplies, treats, brushes, dishes and leashes.

Da Silva turned off the blower and began to brush Jenny’s back with long, slow strokes.

“I’m excited. This is my first business, although I’ve been a groomer for eight years. I love dogs and grew up with dogs all my life,” said the former computer designer from Brazil.

“When I was laid off [as a designer] I took up grooming, and it just grew into a full-time career that, frankly, I enjoy much more,” he said as Jenny seemed to nod in agreement on the table with each stroke.

Business hours are Mon.-Sat., 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Most service is by appointment, but da Silva said he welcomes visitors and will consider walk-ins if he has the time. For appointments or more information, call 522-4364.

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