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Waterloo’s Stephen Kropf is Honored with Dog Grooming Industry Award

Bark Avenue Owner Receives International Groomer of the Year Award at Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Award Ceremony

LAS VEGAS The pet grooming industry’s version of the Oscars, the 27th Annual Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Award Ceremony, held at the SuperZoo pet trade show in Las Vegas, saw some of the competitive dog grooming industry’s best and brightest. Among the winners was Stephen Kropf of Ontario, Canada, who took home the award for International Groomer of the Year.

Kropf is a Certified Groomer and owner of Bark Avenue, which was established in 2003. He graduated from Pets Beautiful Canine School of Grooming with honors. His first competition was Canada Grooms in Ontario, where he took home 1st Place in the Novice Division. He has also won 1st place in the poodle class in Open Division and Best In Division at the Toronto Ontario Grooming Show. The International Groomer of the Year Crystal Award is his first major international grooming award.

“Stephen has shown his great grooming abilities and wonderful sportsmanship. He is very talented,” said Barbara Denzer, Vice President of Cardinal Pet Care, a major manufacturer of pet products and sponsor of the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards. “We are very pleased to award Stephen with the International Groomer 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, annually presenting awards for outstanding achievement in several different grooming categories. A complete description of the criteria for the awards can be found at http://www.cardinalcrystalawards.com/card_awardDesc.htm.

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For more information, visit the Cardinal Pet Care website at www.CardinalPet.com or call 1-800-433-7387.For more information, visit the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/cardinalcrystalawards.

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