Friends launch Wags to Whiskers mobile grooming van


By Maria Cook

For 18 years, Beth Jenneman worked as the Carmel Clay Public Library’s marketing and public relations manager. It was there that she met Krista Arland, who worked for the Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation. They immediately became friends.

“We quickly bonded over our shared love of dogs and desire to have our own businesses,” Jenneman said. “We planned to someday own an animal-related business together.”

Shortly thereafter, Jenneman became a Certified Professional Groomer and took the plunge into entrepreneurship, launching a mobile pet grooming business called Wags to Whiskers.

“After I started Wags to Whiskers, it only took us a couple of weeks to realize that someday was now, and Krista became co-owner,” Jenneman said.

Wags to Whiskers opened in May. The business travels to clients and grooms pets in a self-contained mobile van. The van features a hydraulic grooming table, bathing tub and heating and cooling system.

“We have quite a few clients with elderly, anxious or disabled pets that don’t do well being away from home for hours, around a lot of other animals that they don’t know,” Jenneman said. “The van is quiet. We focus on just that pet for the duration of the time they are in our care, and they are close to home.”

Above all, Arland said Wags to Whiskers is a business focused on the joy of working with animals.

“I am a breast cancer survivor and I wanted to work in an environment that was both mentally and physically healthy for me,” she said. “I found it so much easier to prioritize my well-being over the continual struggle for more – more money, more possessions, more of everything. Being an entrepreneur with my best friend and working with animals was the answer to that. I truly love getting up every day to go to work.”


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