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Paxton’s Sue Zecco Becomes Nine-Time Winner of Dog Grooming Industry’s Prestigious Award

Local Resident Receives Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Award, Pet Industry’s Version of an Oscar

LAS VEGAS Competitive dog groomers gathered recently at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for the prestigious Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards, the “Oscars” of the pet grooming industry, which honor leading groomers, judges and pet salons. Among this year’s winners was Paxton’s Sue Zecco who was presented with the Congeniality Award for demonstrating outstanding sportsmanship, fellowship and camaraderie.

Zecco owns and operates the Pampered Pet in Paxton and is no stranger to the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards, having won 9 awards. She has received the American Groomer Award, Grooming Contest Judge of the Year, and The Congeniality Award. Zecco has also won Intergroom’s International Groomer of the Year, Best Scissored Dog, many Best in Show and Best All Around Groomer Awards along with Oster Invitational’s Grand Champion. She began competing in 1985 and is a Certified Master Groomer with the National Dog Grooming Association of America and the International Professional Groomers. The Pampered Pet was opened in 1977 in Worcester, MA and relocated to Paxton years ago. Zecco is a renowned national and international groomer, judge and speaker.

“Sue is a great competitor who is always happy to help her fellow groomers. She has shown great sportsmanship and a willingness to share her knowledge with others,” said Tony De Vos, President/CEO of Cardinal Pet Care. “ We at Cardinal are pleased to give her the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Award for Congeniality.” The Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards were founded in 1988 by Cardinal 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. 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 six different categories and just this year have begun giving $1000 to each of the winners.

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