We leave a Lasting Impression! Every dog deserves to look his best.


We are now specializing in small and medium dog grooming (under 40 lbs). Our groomers handle your pet with gentle care and attention, using premium products and the latest techniques. We work hard to stay on top of current education and technology to provide the best service for your canine friend.


The Fluffy Ruff Dog Spa was opened in December, 2008 by Julie Rust.  Julie is a National Certified Master Groomer.  She first decided to look into dog grooming as a career while doing volunteer work at Pell City Animal Shelter in Pell City, Alabama. She went weekly to take photographs of dogs and cats at the shelter, and then posted them on petfinder.com with descriptions. She found she enjoyed working countless hours with dogs.  Around this time, her job at a ladder warehouse was eliminated by the company’s losing a contract to Chinese competition.

Julie Rust  Founder

Julie Rust

Julie attended The Paragon School of Pet Grooming in Jenison, Michigan in the summer of 2006, completing their 600-hour program. She then went to work for Debbie Slocum, NCMG in Glencoe, Alabama for almost two years where she began competitive grooming and the certification process with National Dog Groomers of America. She attended many, many grooming trade shows and accumulated many more hours of continuing education.  Julie earned her certification as a National Certified Master Groomer in March, 2008 and then moved to Bainbridge Island in May, 2008.

The Fluffy Ruff Dog Spa is committed to helping every dog look his best. We strive to stay up-to-date on the latest techniques and tools and products. We try to provide as calm an environment for grooming as possible, with gentle and mindful care to every dog’s tolerance and needs. We have studied and are able to groom to breed standards as promoted by the American Kennel Club. Most pets, however receive a modified breed trim to maintain the look while having an easier-to-maintain coat length. Many receive custom trims that are visually pleasing to the owners and friends that lead to more treats and attention for that pet. We try to place almost all of our clients on a repeating schedule through the remainder of the year to ensure the dog is groomed to minimize tangles, and keep it as happy and healthy as possible.


Second Place in Terriers Intermediate Division, Tacoma WA 2016
Second Place in Sporting Intermediate Division, Tacoma WA 2016
Third Place Group in Sporting, Tacoma, WA 2016
Second Place in Terriers Entry Division, Tacoma WA 2013
Third Place Group in Terriers, Tacoma WA 2013
Third Place in C Division Poodles, Atlanta GA 2008
Third Place in C Division Terriers, Atlanta GA 2008
First Place in Entry Division Poodles, Olympia WA 2008
Best in Show Entry Division, Olympia WA 2008
Second Place in C Division Terriers, Charlotte NC 2007
Second Place in C Division Terriers, Cape Canaveral FL 2007

Professional Grooming Education

The Paragon School of Pet Grooming, 2006
Apprenticeship with Debbie Slocum, NCMG 2006-2008
Completed Certification as National Certified Master Groomer with National Dog Groomers Association of America - 2008
Multiple continuing education opportunities per year since then, at many different trade shows, seminars and workshops.


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