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75 arleen Wheelington Enriching Lives


Devoted is Darleen’s theme song. She dotes on the dogs that visit her full-service grooming, boarding and training busi- ness, Waggin’ Tails.


“I am always looking for opportunities to enrich the lives of my four-legged-friend customers. And I’m always adding new services that my customers want for their babies.”


Her kennel is attached to her home, so Darleen offers true 24/7 care. Her facility also includes a dog park and doggy daycare.” I love getting to spoil a pet while it’s in my care,” says Darleen, with a smile.


Name Recognition


Established 27 years ago, Waggin’ Tails is well known and well thought of throughout southern Arkansas. “I love when my customers tell me they cannot say my name without their dog getting so excited,” says Darleen.


We know how many dogs run off tail between their legs at the mention of bath time or shampoo and suds. Not so at Waggin’ Tails.


It makes her heart sing, adds Darleen, when a customer drops their dog off in her front yard and the dog comes to her door and scratches on it, wanting in. “You can't buy that kind of advertising!” she says cheerfully.


Darleen’s business is aptly named. “I make sure my clients’ dogs are happy while in my care. I always say if their tail is not wagging, then I'm not doing my job. A happy pet means a happy owner!”


All Their Life Long Darleen takes great pride in the loyalty her customers show


her. “We have such a trust, and they know that their pet is my number one priority,” says Darleen.


She also loves to get in a puppy, then groom it as it grows. “I’m honored to groom and care for that dog for the rest of its life. I groomed and babysat a Shih Tzu from the time she was an 8-week- old pup until she was 18. She came weekly for baths,” recalls Darleen.


A Terrier Mix as Assistant Extraordinaire


Darleen was 3 years old when she got her first dog, Brownie, a terrier mix. When Darleen opened Waggin’ Tales at age 22, Brownie was at her side and with her every step of the way. Brownie,. who lived to the remarkable age of 27, proved to be a business partner who could carry her own weight.” Brownie helped train many of the new puppies I would bring in,” explains Darleen.


“Dogs are my life, and it is an honor to be trusted to love and care for them. I make sure pets here are treated as though they were my own.”


Contact Darleen Wheelington at 870-836-7297 or whee- larkk@aol.com.


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