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Bratdogz primps longtime OC pet spa

The First City’s oldest pet grooming store got restyled with a new owner and name.

What has been Yipper’s Clippers since 1972 officially became Bratdogz Pet Spa on April 1, but kept the same Oregon City address and phone number, 125 Molalla Ave., 503-657-0319.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Pictured outside Bratdogz Pet Spa are, from left, Ruger, an Australian-border-collie/pit-bull mix, Chihuahua-poodle mix Penelope (in owner Janelle Roberts lap), and Reese, an American Staffordshire terrier.New owner Janelle Roberts, a resident of Gladstone for 12 years who lived for 20 years before that in Oregon City, worked at Yipper’s Clippers after previous owner Karin Youngblood bought the place in 1993. Both Roberts and Youngblood graduated from Tara Lara Canine Academy of Hair Design, open until about 1997.

“It’s a dream come true, and it’s really a gift to have come full circle like this,” Roberts said.

All breeds of dogs and cats can still get a “personalized professional grooming” at Bratdogz. A “bath and tidy,” including ears, nails and shaving in between the dog’s foot pads, starts at $30 for a small dog, with prices up to $50 for complicated trimming.

An open house on Saturday, June 22, had free face painting, nail clippings and snacks. Lacy, a miniature poodle who comes in every week, was on display during the event with her owner’s favorite cut, the Town & Country, which includes poufy paws and shoulders, shaved legs and belly, and a pom-pom tail.

Roberts owns Ruger, an Australian-border-collie/pit-bull mix, and an American Staffordshire terrier named Reese. Ruger and Resse appear as cartoons on a new sign designed by her Hillsboro-based artist nephew Don Hardcastle III.

Roberts also just got Chihuahua-poodle mix Penelope “to understand small dogs better.” She’s learned that smaller canines can be more sensitive to scares. But Penelope has braved occasional visits to Bratdogz with Ruger and Reese.

“They don’t like to go because they think it’s work, and because they don’t like to take baths, but like all dogs, they also know how to be good sports,” Roberts said.



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