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Chesterton’s Scott Wasserman Wins National Dog Grooming Industry Award

Local Resident Named Grooming Contest Judge of the Year at Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Award Ceremony

LAS VEGAS Pet groomers gathered at SuperZoo pet retailer trade show at the Mandalay Bay hotel for the announcement of the winners of the 27th Annual Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards. These ceremonies are the grooming industry’s version of the Oscars and for the first time each winner received cash prize of $1,000 along with their Crystal obelisk statue. Sponsored by Cardinal Pet Care, the Awards celebrate the astounding talent within the competitive pet grooming industry with awards in six different categories. Among the winners was Scott Wasserman of Chesterton, who took home the award for Grooming Contest Judge of the Year Award.

Wasserman, a pet stylist at Smoochie Pooch in Valparaiso, had a love for animals at a young age. Wasserman is a certifier and consultant for the International Society of Canine cosmetologists. Among his many awards, Wasserman has won Best Pet Stylist in Show at the US Pet Pro classic twice along with Intergroom’s International Groomer of the Year. He has also been nominated three times at the Cardinal Crystal Awards for Judge of the Year, Groomer of the Year and The Congeniality Award.

“Scott’s knowledge of grooming and integrity as a judge have made us so grateful and we are happy to give him 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. “Scott’s willingness to help other groomers and his knowledge of breed standards make him deserving of this award. He really has been an amazing judge.”

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

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