Ready for My Close-Up Partner: Best in Show Paws


“Ready for my Close-Up:” Friday, July 12, 6-9 p.m., Sea Dog Brewing Company Banquet Center, 26 Front Street, Bangor. Just a reminder, this is a people-only event. Please leave your pets at home.

Ready for My Close-Up Partner: Best in Show Paws
Owner: Shannon and Dave Byers
Location: Lamoine Center, Maine
Phone: (207) 479-3589

There are lots of things that go into great pet portraits and one of them is nail and paw care. When I was planning my Open House, I reached out to Shannon and Dave Byers from Best in Show Paws to help me show what proper nail care can do for pet health and photos. The couple owns a pair of greyhounds — Annie and Scout — who are adorable and sweet, just like their owners. And they’re volunteers and adopters from Maine Greyhound Placement Service.

Shannon and Dave operate a professional mobile nail trimming service for dogs. Best in Show Paws opened in the fall of 2011 and the couple travels to dog events, public places, and people’s homes to provide nail trim services.

“Because we only focus on nail services, we are experts when it come to nail trimming,” Shannon said. “We go above and beyond the typical nail trim service. We evaluate each dog and use techniques to calm dogs that might be stressed by nail trimming. We trim the nails and then use a sanding tool to smooth the edges. We then apply a protective paw balm. If necessary, we can trim the fur between the pads to prevent matting. And we apply non-toxic pet polish if desired.”

What’s the benefit to trimmed nails?

Nails that are trimmed and healthy will not distract from a great photograph of your pet. I love dogs and I especially love helping owners keep their pet’s nails trimmed. It’s a task that many people fear, but I love it! I especially love when an owner tells me their dog hates having their nails trimmed and won’t tolerate having them trimmed, but then I am able to trim them without the dog becoming stressed.

Why are you participating?

We agreed to participate because it’s a chance to chat with folks in the Bangor area and get to know them and tell them about the importance of nail trimming. I think the event is innovative and a new twist on the typical pet related events we attend.

What will people learn at your booth?

People can learn about the importance of nail trimming, how to use a dremel tool to sand their dog’s nails and that nail trimming does not have to be a traumatic event for them or their dog.