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Japanese dog groomer sets up shop in Pendleton

East Oregonian

Published on December 8, 2017 6:18PM

Last changed on December 8, 2017 8:20PM

Megumi Takayama stands in front of a mural at her Pendleton dog groom business, Samurai Doggie.

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Megumi Takayama stands in front of a mural at her Pendleton dog groom business, Samurai Doggie.

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One of city’s newest business owners went from Japan to Pendleton and it had nothing to do with the Sister City Exchange Program.

Megumi Takayama spent part of her Friday putting the finishing touches on her dog grooming business, Samurai Doggie, ahead of its anticipated Tuesday opening.

Located in basement suite 105 at 920 S.W. Frazer Ave., the grooming room included a mural of a dog in traditional Japanese attire and a whole wall painted to resemble the Japanese Rising Sun Flag.

Takayama said she first moved to the United States in 2003 when she and her then-husband moved to Nebraska. While living in the Cornhusker State, Takayama was inspired to become a professional groomer while washing her own dog and started studying under an experienced groomer. “I just followed her like a stalker,” she said, laughing.

Takayama moved to Washington and bounced around from Olympia to Tacoma to Kennewick. She eventually divorced her husband and met her boyfriend, a Pendleton native who decided to move to his hometown two years ago.

Recognizing the city from the Pendleton Woolen Mill blankets and clothing that were used in Japan, Takayama said she grew up in a small town and enjoys the similar experience Pendleton offers.

When she decided to start her own dog grooming business, she consulted with her brother and came up with the name and an “eye-catching” logo.

Takayama said she’ll offer bathing, trimming and other grooming services at Samurai Doggie, although her diminutive stature means she won’t be able to take on larger dogs.

Samurai Doggie can be reached by phone at 541-276-6220.

Samurai Doggie is one of four business licenses the city of Pendleton issued in November. Below are the rest of the business names, their physical or mailing address and their owner or contact person.

• Jimco Fence Co., 9493 Porter Road, Suite B, Aumsville

• Simplicity Homes, 2464 S.W. Glacier Place, Suite 110, Redmond

• James Challis Construction, 64427 Airport Lane, La Grande


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