I’m pondering my last grooming show. As usual, it was a busy day. The vendors were buzzing and the competition ring was full. This was a real shopping trip for me. I bought everything I needed. I also replaced and upgraded my clippers and had my shears sharpened.
The night before the show I looked at my shopping list and realized that I would be doing a lot of walking. Everything I bought would have to be carried. I wasn’t looking forward to this. I recalled that I had a small cart in the attic. I brought it with me.
It sure came in handy. I enabled me to put everything I purchased into the cart. I didn’t have any shopping bags on my shoulder as I walked up and down every aisle. I didn’t have to carry that heavy gallon of shampoo.
This show was in a convention center. It was a long walk from the garage parking lot and up a flight of stairs to the front door. It was a rainy, windy weekend. Having the cart saved a lot of steps. I didn’t have to take an extra trip back to the car. All my purchases went right into the cart and off I strolled.
Think ergonomics. Thinking ergonomically provides your body with optimum comfort. This can help you avoid aggravating an existing injury and cuts down on stress. Since many groomers have work related issues concerning their neck, back, shoulders, elbows, and wrists, it makes a lot of sense to bring a cart to a grooming convention. My back thanked me all day long, because it was much easier to push and pull my cart than to carry. Happy and healthy shopping!
Ellen Ehrlich is a mobile pet stylist who loves to think, talk, read, and write about pet grooming. Next to grooming, Ellen loves to empower, motivate, and inspire other groomers to be their best. Ellen is the author of The Successful Pet Groomer, Go Mobile And Succeed, and 49 Essays On Pet Grooming. For more information go to: www.gomobileandsucceed.com