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

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

LAS VEGAS, NV – (For Immediate Release) – 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 version of the 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 Grooming Contest Judge of the Year, awarded for outstanding knowledge of breeds and grooming procedures, good judgment, honesty, and integrity.

A Nationally Certified Master Groomer and 25-year veteran of the industry, this is Irina’s second consecutive year winning a Cardinal Crystal Award. She has served as a Professional Grooming Contest Show Judge for the International Judges Association. Dedicated to improving the industry, she has also been teaching at the Merryfield School of Pet Grooming in Fort Lauderdale for 9 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 experience and years spent in the grooming industry make her a perfect candidate for this award,” said Barbara Denzer, Vice President of Cardinal Pet Care, a major manufacturer of pet products and sponsor of the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards. “Irena is an impartial judge, a grooming instructor and an award-winning groomer herself. Her expertise as a groomer gives her a unique perspective on judging contests. We are thrilled and honored to present her with the Grooming Contest Judge of the Year Award.”

The Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards were founded in 1988 by Cardinal Pet Care President and CEO 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, with awards presented annually for outstanding achievement in several different grooming categories. A complete description of the criteria for the awards can be found at

In addition to providing pets with the highest quality products, Cardinal Pet Care 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 social media pages.

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