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Fort Lauderdale’s Irina Pinkusevich Wins Dog Grooming Industry’s Most Prestigious Award

National Certified Master Groomer Receives Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Award, Pet Industry’s Version of an Oscar

AZUSA, Calif. – Members of the competitive dog grooming industry gathered recently at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards, the industry’s Oscars, which honor the year’s best and brightest groomers, contest judges and pet salons.  This year’s recipients included Fort Lauderdale’s own Irina Pinkusevich, who was presented with the Congeniality Award for her outstanding sportsmanship, fellowship and camaraderie with her fellow groomers.

A National Certified Master Groomer, Irina has been grooming for 24 years. She is currently working with the Merryfield School of Pet Grooming in Fort Lauderdale and has been with them for 8 years. Irina has been awarded the Linn Carver and Liz Paul Memorial Award multiple times as well as Groomer of the Year at Westminster 2012.

“Irina’s attitude and talent makes her a joy to be around,” said Barbara Denzer, Vice President of Cardinal Pet Care, a major manufacturer of pet products and sponsor of the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards.  “She’s a great teacher and is able to share her talents with others, while keeping a positive friendly demeanor.  We are thrilled to present her with this year’s Congeniality Award.”

The Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards were founded in 1988 by Cardinal Pet Care President Tony de Vos and Shirlee Kalstone, then owner of the International Intergroom trade show for competitive grooming, for the purpose of establishing standards of grooming excellence and recognizing professional skills in the competitive grooming industry.  Since the beginning, the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards have been considered one of the highest honors in the pet grooming industry, annually presenting awards for outstanding achievement in several different grooming categories. A complete description of the criteria for the awards can be found at

Cardinal Pet Care is a solar-powered company “Devoted to Pets, People and the Planet.”  In addition to providing pets with the highest quality products, Cardinal is dedicated to the environmental directive of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Pre-cycle whenever possible. Demonstrating its commitment to the environment, Cardinal has solar-powered corporate offices, warehouses and manufacturing facilities in Azusa, CA.

For more information, visit the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards website at .   More information is also available on the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards Facebook page -


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