Paws-Itive Image

Jeanette Forsythe first opened Paws-Itive Image in 2001 in the basement of her home. She offered pet grooming and boarding to the local Brookville area. At the time she began she did all the work herself and she could groom approximately five dogs per day and board two to three dogs per week.

Her reputation for excellent work as well as a loving, caring pet environment soon grew and within the first year Jeannette was already hiring employees and thinking about expansion. While she expanded the outdoor region for the boarding of the dogs numerous times over the years, she was never able to expand the pet grooming section due to the limited space of her basement. 

After much deliberation and assistance from the Clarion University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Jeannette decided to take the plunge and build a brand new facility on land that she and her husband owned located across the street from their home. She worked with her business consultant regularly for two years as she carefully planned her major business expansion. In 2009, her vision was realized as the project plans were complete. The final cost would be close to $300,000. She worked diligently with her business consultant on the development of her business plan, which was presented to her local bank. She successfully secured all the funding needed.

The beautiful state-of-the-art, one-of-a-kind pet grooming and boarding facility officially opened its doors in April of 2011 to rave reviews! The building features stations for grooming up to six dogs at a time (all are usually filled!) and boarding of over 30 dogs, each with their own individual pen and outdoor play area. The facility even features several themed doggie suites such as the Steeler Room and the Princess Room. Each suite features flat screen TV’s, 24 hour per day monitoring, webcams to “speak” to “Mom and Dad” while they are on vacation, and much more. The facility also features cat condos that can accommodate up to 30 cats, each with their own condo as well as a giant fish tank to keep them stimulated. The business has grown from two employees to seven.

Jeanette treats each and every pet as if they were her own and it is felt as soon as you walk in the door. The project is a work of love and dedication as anyone of Jeanette’s clients will tell you, human or otherwise!