Pearl’s 15 minutes of fame

A large chunk of my recently published memoir is about dogs. My mother was the first person in Philadelphia, 1961, to open a full-service beauty salon for dogs.

It didn’t take long for the word to spread that there was a talented woman named Pearl who could style the hair of any breed of dog from Kerry Blues to Afghans to Yorkies to the ever popular Poodle. She became a local “celebrity” in her own right and even had a television appearance on The World Around Us at 7:30 a.m. on December 11, 1967,  Channel 6 (WFIL-ABC), Howard Kesselman, producer.  Pearl was told to arrive at the back door (Monument Road, Third Level) at 7 a.m. and to see the Pinkerton guard.  They wanted her to bring Simone and Duan, along with dog clothing from her shop.  She saved the ♦thank you note from Mr. Kesselman, which stated, “Everyone enjoyed your segment of the program. We have received many favorable comments regarding it.”

Our apartment was always full of dogs — our own, dogs we were pet-sitting, plus bitches getting ready to whelp. Pearl was the midwife to many canine mommies, and she also arranged mating dates for oodles of pedigreed pooches. She knew whose Schnauzer was coming into heat on which days.


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