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Someone You Should Know-Arthur Bender

By: Lee Gordon Email
By: Lee Gordon Email

No one knows more about grooming a dog than Arthur Bender. He's taught grooming for decades in both New York and Florida.

Since moving to Tallahassee, Bender has been giving back to the community. So every Tuesday, he grooms dogs from the shelter for free. It's his way of doing something for the city that's embraced him and his family.

"It's very satisfying, I love doing it for them. And they need it, it really helps out."

It started as a way to make the dogs feel good. But its Bender who is the one left feeling good inside.

"I wanted to give something back to the animals and the shelter and that was the way to do it."

He shampoos the dogs, trims them up, and sends them back, looking prim and proper, ready for adoption.

"They tell us, when they bring in the next dog they say, the dog you did last week pranced through the shelter. The dog seems to sense that they are clean and look good you know."

Bender has taken his work a step further. Anyone who adopts a dog from the shelter or humane society is given a free day of grooming for their new dog. Just another chance to give back and make man's best friend feel good, smell good, and most importantly, look good.


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