Wallagrass teen brings love of animals to new business
WALLAGRASS, Maine — A 16-year-old Fort Kent Community High School student has turned her love of animals into the start of a career she plans to continue long into the future.
Mackenzie Corriveau is operator of Kenzie’s Spa 4 Paws, a dog and cat grooming business that opened Sept. 18 in Wallagrass.
Spa 4 Paws is located on Aroostook Road in the building housing the family business, Corriveau Hilltop Blossoms.
Corriveau said that while contemplating her future, she knew she wanted it to involve dogs. The family breeds labs, and Corriveau has four of her own, Hazel, Lucy, Gunner and Nellie.
“I’ve grown up around dogs. I’ve always had dogs,” Corriveau said.
Though she considered the possibility of becoming a veterinarian in the future, she ultimately decided against it.
“That would be too sad with all the problems you see,” Corriveau said. “I wanted a happier business with dogs.”
She job shadowed with a Caribou dog groomer, Rylee Theriault of The Good Dog, and knew she had found something she really liked.
Corriveau took an online pet grooming class and trained with Temika Rafford at Valley Pet Grooming.
“She was gracious enough to let me train with her; she showed me everything,” Corriveau said. “She really put it into perspective for me. After that, I knew this is what I wanted to do.”
Corriveau said she plans to attend college to study business, and is already enrolled in Rural U classes through University of Maine at Fort Kent.
So far business at Kenzie’s Spa 4 Paws has been good.
“I’ve been pretty busy. I get to see all the different types of dogs. I just like how sweet they are. Really I feel a dog is a man’s best friend and I never plan to be without them,” she said.
Corriveau also grooms cats.
“Thank you to everybody who helped me to go where I am today. I’m very excited about this new chapter in my life,” Corriveau said.
To schedule an appointment for your dog or cat at Kenzie’s Spa 4 Paws, call 1-207-316-4310 or send a message on the business’ Facebook page.