How It All Began
Everyone Has a Story This is Ours...
It was many years ago, as a hobby I was breeding & showing Great Danes & Pembroke Welsh Corgis.
I married a man who came and bought a Great Dane from my family. Hence the name; VEN=VENTURA, EL=ELLEN, GER=GERRY, which is pronounced VEN ELGER and from then on Ven-Elger Pet Care Center, Inc. became our kennel name.
For as long as I can remember I was involved in the pet world and most of my friends ended up being people who had come to buy puppies from us. They also, were showing and traveling with their children and pets.
We never had a place that I considered clean and comfortable enough to leave our pets, that were staying home, at the same time we were traveling and showing our other pets. Whenever I wasn't traveling I was always dog sitting & grooming my friends pets.
As long as I can remember, going back to when I was quite young, I was always grooming dogs. Some things you just learn from hands on experience.
I was in the nursing profession and my husband and I worked separate shifts so one of us would always be home with the children, two and four legged.
One day my husband came home from work with a great idea. He said Ellen, you are always selling puppies and advising people where to go to purchase certain kinds of food, leashes, collars, crates etc. that we recommend. Why dont you open your own little shop? You can just open a couple of days a week and see how it goes. You can board and groom other peoples pets in a safe, clean, friendly, homelike environment, which you always wanted to find for your pets.
And thats how it all began, in a garage. Thats right, a garage, with a second floor that became my first grooming room and downstairs was the show room, with 5 indoor/outdoor kennels.
My husband passed away shortly after opening the shop.
Strange sometimes how life evolves isnt it? I got to do something I loved and was home for my two young boys after school every day.
The business continued to grow and grow, to what it is today, a unique state of the art facility, with fifty indoor/outdoor kennels and all the comforts of home.
We strive to be more than a profitable business. Every pet is an individual, and each has different wants and needs than the next.
We give lots of one on one attention whether it is playtime outside fetching a ball, going for a walk, or just spending quiet alone time with them petting, and scratching their tummies.
Ours is an innovative approach and it works. Nothing is more important to all of us at Ven-Elger than the safety, health, happiness, and well being of your familys four legged BEST FRIENDS, when you have to be away from home. In other words their home away from home, or as some customers call us,
Camp Ven-Elger - A Special Place
I married Leo, who loves it at Ven-Elger. His specialty has been to computerize the business, and he helps me keep things running smoothly on a day to day basis, in every aspect of the business.
And so the saga continues...
Lilly Mae, Molly Mae & Jeni Mae