Sue is a Certified Master Groomer with both the National Dog Groomers Association (NDGAA) and the International Professional Groomers (IPG). She has been grooming for over 30 years, starting her business the Pampered Pet in Paxton MA in 1977. She began grooming competitions in 1985 and since then has won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at Intergroom, multiple Best in Show, Best All Around Groomer, Best Scissored Dog, Best Groomed Poodle , and her biggest show accomplishments, International Groomer of the Year 1998, and 1999’s Oster Invitational Tournaments Grand Champion.
Sue is also the very proud recipient of the 1998 and 2000 Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award for Groomer of the Year, and the 2002 Cardinal Award for Grooming Contest Judge of the year, along with the 2004 & 2005 Cardinal Award for Congeniality. Sue has been a member of GroomTeam USA since 1997, and broke all records in 1999 earning more points than anyone in past years at 113. She participated in the 1999 World Team Championships in England, earning a Silver medal for the team. She was also part of the 2001 World Team Championships in Calgary Canada, helping the USA bring home the Gold. In 2003 she assisted GroomTeam USA to Barcelona Spain for the World Championships as the GroomTeam Coordinator. Sue co-coordinates the Celebration of Style Grooming competition for H.H.Backer Associates. She is also a Wahl Clipper Corporation spokesperson. She is a National and International judge, speaker and demonstrator, having traveled to great places like Italy, Ireland, Spain, Germany, England, Scotland, Argentina, and Canada. Sue’s most recent endeavor is a series of full day seminars she conducts with Jay Scruggs called Super Styling Sessions. A fun learning experience for all groomers, held at different locations throughout the country. Sue, her husband Ray and their 20 year old son Christopher breed standard poodles under the “Dreamcatcher” prefix. They currently have 7 standards, a Bedlington Terrier, an Arabian horse, and two cats.