In 1971, Peter Townshend’s song “Going Mobile”—celebrating freedom and traveling the open road—debuted on The Who’s album, Who’s Next.
Forty-six years later, Laney Dicksion celebrated going mobile when she launched Furst Class Canine Mobile Grooming Salon and Spa, LLC, which serves Oklahoma City and its surrounding communities, from Goldsby to Edmond/Arcadia and most everywhere along the I35 corridor, as well as the Greater Tulsa Area from Broken Arrow and Bixby to Owasso.
“Interestingly enough,” she said, “we have the largest service area in the state at this time.”
Laney chose to go mobile for several reasons.
“Personally, I have always preferred ‘express’ type services for the comfort of my clients. Doggies prefer to be close to home and their ‘hoomans’ and definitely don’t enjoy being away for long periods of time,” she said.
“I also needed flexibility for my own children, as it’s a high priority for us as a family to be as present as possible for school pickup and drop-off and extracurricular activities,” she added.Her choice has proven to be a sound one.
“The pups are SO happy and much more content with private one-on-one care, the hoomans are pleased by how convenient the service is and how happy their doggies are, and our stylists love being mobile!” she said.
Laney describes Furst Class Canine as “a luxury, all inclusive, one-on-one mobile pet styling service” in which “each pet receives customized care tailored to their individual needs without being limited to certain packages or offerings."
“Nose to tail, big or small, we literally do it all—every time, without question,” Laney said. “Furst Class stylists are all highly skilled stylists who can provide any style requested with ease and who pride themselves on being thorough and detailed professionals.”
Furst Class bath services start at $90 while their haircut/groom services start at $115 and go up based on breed, size and service.
“There are many mobile grooming services in Oklahoma, as well as storefront salons. However, we believe there is a groomer for every dog and a dog for every groomer. Our niche tends to be for clients wanting high-level grooming work and/or the convenience and attention of mobile,” Laney explains.
“What truly sets Furst Class Canine apart, though, is our amazing team of stylists,” she added. “We have an amazingly talented and experienced team of stylists who can provide top-level service regardless of the request. From senior care to fancy flair, they can do it all! And we’re pretty proud of ‘em, if you couldn’t tell. There are simply not enough ways to brag on our team!”
Describing her own upbringing as tough (she was raised by a single mother with addiction issues), Laney says her story has parallels to that of Cinderella.
“I was lucky to have always had wonderful educators who looked out for me and basically raised me; it helps I was a bit of a nerd,” she said, laughing. “When I was 13, I stumbled into a groom shop looking for summer work and started out sweeping floors and cleaning cages. The rest, as they say, is history.
“But I’m not quite done yet accomplishing more and growing this industry,” she continued. “I am a fervent advocate for continuing education, improving customer contact and relations, and stabilizing pricing and quality in the industry nationwide.”
Furst Class Canine requires proof of vaccination but has few other limitations. They do not currently accept Chow Chows or Akitas. Feline grooming services are provided in the Tulsa area only.
For more information about Furst Class Canine Mobile Grooming Salon and Spa, visit FurstClassCanine.com or call 405.830.8578 (OKC Metro) or 918.699.9833 (Tulsa Metro).