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Hello, I'm Matthew Harwood,
owner and founder of Dogfather Grooming!


I was born and raised in Killingworth, Connecticut. My introduction into the grooming world started in 2005 when I adopted two loving poodles, Vader and Lulu. The love for these animals led me to explore my talents in grooming. Soon, I found that it became a natural ability.I then made my way to grooming school, where my success as a student paved the way for me to then become one of the school’s most valued facilitators! This truly is the best job in the world! Spending my days working with many different kinds of animals, I’ve come to understand each and every breed. Whether it is understanding their unique qualities and sensitivities while grooming or using special techniques when removing matting, I always come away feeling rewarded at the end of the day. I am a true animal lover and when I’m not working, I look to give my time and energy to wonderful animal causes.
I treat each and every animal with the utmost care and compassion. I pride myself most in being the voice for those animals I work with and expressing their each and every need to their respective owners. Unfortunately, Vader and Lulu both passed on in 2017, but they are forever in my heart and I know I will see them again one day at Rainbow Bridge. I have owned several Bullmastiffs some of which became the nation’s top dogs. After 17 years in business, our awards are both extensive and well known in the dog show world. I am a working owner-groomer and appreciative every day to do both something I love and feel so passionately about.
We have a wonderful team that all feel passionately about this business which makes for an exceptional company.

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