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The Advance of Bucks County - - BRISTOL AREA -

ven with all the won­der­ful op­por­tu­ni­ties on Mill Street to be a part of the on­go­ing re­vi­tal­iza­tion pro­ject of his­toric Bris­tol on the Delaware, one of the shops con­tin­ues to be “go­ing to the dogs.” Bet the canine own­ers are most thank­ful.

If your dog needs a lit­tle “spruc­ing up,” this is the place to go! Donna Lynne [Flesch] Worstall, the owner and her ex­pert crew ex­hibit an im­mense love for all the an­i­mals and this ex­tends to the care and per­sonal at­ten­tion given to their furry clients. With over 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence, DRnnD DnG hHr DVVLVWDnWV/VWDII DrH FRn­fi­dent that once you have been to Dig­ger Dogs, you and your dog won’t want to go any­where else. When you fetch your SHW, yRu’OO EH H[WrHPHOy VDWLV­fiHG wLWh WhH re­sults. Each “fur-kid” that comes into their shop is treated as if it were their own! “Where your dogs feel like they’re home!”

For­mer pres­i­dent of The Bris­tol Bor­ough Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion (BBBA), Richard P. sallejo brings his Lexus and Bent­ley to Dig­ger Dogs. Yes, they are his PLnLDWurH SLnVFhHr SHWV! 5LFh FRn­firPHG, “They are great dog groomers and they care about ev­ery dog that comes in.”

The store front is con­ve­niently lo­cated on friendly Mill Street op­er­ated by wel­com­ing, to­tal dog peo­ple who go above and be­yond pro­vid­ing great cus­tomer ser­vice. “The groom­ing ex­pe­ri­ence should be a fun one” for ev­ery­one.

So, grab a sand­wich, walk down to the river with a book and go shop, all while they snip, clip, wash and dry! Then pick up your pup.

“I love this place” is heard as the pets leave with their own­ers. Dig­ger Dogs earned Best of Bucks in 2009 and they’ve re­cently been voted the best Dog droomer in Buck’s Hap­pen­ing List for 2013.

The owner, Donna, is the mid­dle child in her fam­ily, born in Tren­ton, N.J. but she has been re­sid­ing in Bris­tol Bor­ough for the last 15 years. Her older sis­ter, Janet Leigh Mac­Don­ald was the pro­pri­etor of the Rap­ture Hair Stu­dio on Mill Street and she en­ticed Donna into the bor­ough.

What is your fa­vorite thing about Bris­tol? “Meet­ing my hus­band. He had his Dale James Wood­work shop right next door.”

HHr firVW VhRS wDV ORFDWHG Rn BDVLn Street. She re­lo­cated it to Pond Street for awhile be­fore set­tling in her cur­rent lo­ca­tion at 31T Mill Street.

Donna’s hus­band, Dale Robert Worstall is an ac­com­plished wood­worker and he just com­pleted the creative let­ter­ing for her new Dig­ger Dogs sign. Dale had done some car­pen­try work at the Blue Dog Lounge that had been lo­cated in the for­mer Stocks build­ing. Some of the pic­tures no longer used in the tav­ern now grace the walls. This Mill Street shop lo­ca­tion was orig­i­nally Char­lie and Elsie Rich­man’s win­dow treat­ment, cur­tain and drapery store. Now “the shop is full of dogs at all times.”

Her orig­i­nal store win­dow with the dog preen­ing in a mir­ror, cre­ated by the late Army vet­eran Cpl. An­thony Napoli, is part of the dec­o­ra­tions in the front of her shop now.

Many peo­ple buy a dog, love it, feed it, walk it and wa­ter it and yet they never re­ally even give a thought to groom­ing their pet. Dig­ger Dogs is a full ser­vice dog groom­ing shop pro­vid­ing the safest groom­ing equip­ment and a most ex­pe­ri­enced staff in a play-friendly en­vi­ron­ment.

Donna’s daugh­ter, Brandi Lynn Shaw, an avid an­i­mal lover, started sham­poo­ing dogs as a teenager for a fam­ily friend and it was she who en­cour­aged her en­tre­pre­neur­ial spir­ited mom, a Tri-City Bar­ber In­sti­tute grad­u­ate, to start the dog groom­ing busi­ness. Brandi’s pet was the orig­i­nal Dig­ger Dog. The res­i­dent Dig­ger Dog is the 6-year-old hy­brid smooth fox ter­rier/cat­tle dog mix res­cue pet, the catch RI BrLVWRO’V AnLPDO &RnWrRO RI­fiFHr, BLOO Palmer.

Brandi is the groomer, web­mas­ter and op­er­a­tions as­sis­tant/con­sul­tant re­spon­si­ble for get­ting Dig­ger Dogs into the cyber world and im­ple­ment­ing all of their on­line pres­ence.

Donna’s son, Charles Richard has also worked with his mom and he is pre­par­ing to open a Dig­ger Dogs in North Carolina.

droomer/op­er­a­tions man­ager, In­grid El­iz­a­beth Faber’s de­gree is in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion and she worked in mar­ket­ing, brand­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing. In­grid has been re­spon­si­ble for help­ing Donna build her busi­ness as well as with mar­ket­ing/ ad­ver­tis­ing since 1993. She at­tended var­i­ous groom­ing sem­i­nars, be­hav­ior classes, HDrnHG D 3HW )LrVW ALG / 5HVSRnVH FHrWL­fiFD­tion and is a dog trainer with lp­por­tu­nity Barks An­i­mal Be­hav­ior & Train­ing.

Bris­tol res­i­dent, groomer/shop man­ager Misty Nieves is “re­ally a hard worker.” She helps run the day-to-day op­er­a­tions of the shop and al­ways makes time to hug the dogs!

Sarah Erick­son is a groomer and brings a new mean­ing to the term “pet stylist.” She’s been work­ing at Dig­ger Dogs for over three years and has skill­fully groomed al­most ev­ery breed imag­in­able in al­most ev­ery fash­ion trend avail­able. She makes them “paw”fect!

“Dog whis­perer” Tommy Bar­betta is the bather ex­traor­di­naire. He con­jures the most unique, most ef­fec­tive sham­poos for the an­i­mal’s skin is­sues, us­ing his vast ar­ray of prod­ucts to al­le­vi­ate any con­di­tion. His wife, June, hand cuts stitches, and irons a va­ri­ety of hol­i­day ban­danas. “lnly the best for Dig­ger Dogs!”

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