Brian Taylor, called the “Dogfather of Harlem” by his community, likes to provide free grooming services to dog owners affected by the pandemic. Taylor quit his job as a financial advisor to pursue a career as a groomer and opened Harlem Doggie Day Spa. His passion for dogs inspired him to open a New York City business that provides dog training, cage-free boarding, and daycare.
During the COVID-19 lockdown, he was struck, much like many other small companies. He had to learn how to work alone and restore what he had lost. Harlem Doggie Day Spa reopened, but Taylor’s grooming skills keep him afloat since most people aren’t traveling or working from home.
He will drive to his clients’ homes or pick up and drop off dogs in his mobile grooming truck. He takes the appropriate measures to ensure everyone’s safety and grooms just one dog at a time.
Providing assistance to others
Most of his clients and their dogs were extremely happy to see him. But due to the lockdown, many of them were overdue, resulting in too many matted dogs. Many who could afford to get their dogs groomed came forward to assist other dogs in the neighborhood.
He was able to collect $2,000 and assist other dogs in New York City. Besides his clients’ hospitality, he’s continuously providing free grooming services to two or three of his clients each month. He wanted to take his services on the road after seeing how many pets were in dire need of haircuts and de-matting, and he launched The Pandemic Pup Relief Tour.
The cross-country tour will take place from New York to Los Angeles, stopping in six major cities along the way. Taylor’s tour piqued the interest of pet food companies, who’ve donated supplies for him to give away for free on the road. Others learned about his initiative and volunteered to join him when he comes to their city to provide much more free grooming services.
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