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Miami’s Lulu Rodriguez 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 best and brightest groomers, contest judges and pet salons. This year’s recipients included Lulu Rodriguez of Miami, who was presented with the Congeniality Award for her outstanding sportsmanship, fellowship and camaraderie with her fellow groomers.

A National Certified Master Groomer, Lulu made a career move into the grooming business in 2009. She studied under and still works with GroomTeam USA competitor Irena Pinkusevich at K9s By Design. Lulu recently entered the world of competitive grooming and has placed in several shows including Atlanta Pet Fair, Fun in the Sun, Groomania, and Pet Stylists Supershow.

“Lulu’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 always keeps a positive and 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 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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