About Us

Our Mission: We offer unparalleled, all-breed pet grooming in conjunction with exceptional customer service for both yourself as well as your pet.

Roman and Martin
Pictured here is Martin and Roman along with the two Founders of Red Hydrant, Sydney and Muriel. Although they have passed on, their legacy and spirit lives on.Cloud 9 Studio.

Meet the Team

Martin Ellis Our head groomer and co-owner, Martin Ellis, is a graduate of the Academy of Animal Arts in Florida. Prior to opening the Red Hydrant Pet Spa and Boutique, he worked in a top salon in St. Petersburg as well as an AAHA accredited veterinarian grooming shop in Port Richey. He has been a member and in good standing with the National Dog Groomer's Association of America since 2005. He has also studied anatomy, AKC Breed Standards, breeding and AKC Show Grooming with well-known breeders and AKC Best of Show judges. He also spends time coaching, mentoring, developing and perfecting the skills of grooming students. Martin also believes in the importance of continuing education and frequently attends workshops and classes to ensure that he is maintaining Excellence is Grooming as well as providing updated and state of the art care for all of the spa clients.

Roman GiamareseOur buyer and co-owner, Roman Giamarese has shopped in markets all over the country in order to provide you with some of the finest and best unique values in pet care and accessories. Collectively Martin and Roman have over 40 years of combined retail experience. Both of them are committed to offering you and your pet exceptional customer service.

Some of our thoughts and philosophies are
reflected in the thoughts listed below:

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.
- Anonymous

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
- Ben Williams

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
- Andy Rooney

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
- Mark Twain

If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise.
- Unknown

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
- Roger Caras

If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.
- Phil Pastoret

My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am.
- Anonymous

Although we love all pets, our four-legged children are two Flowered Chinese Shar-peis. They are 10 1/2 years old and sisters from the same litter - Sydney and Muriel. Feel free to stop in and say HELLO to them. They are often at the Spa having their nails done or in the Boutique test driving one of the beds and sampling treats.

Peggy PearsonPeggy Pearson
Peggy is the always-friendly voice at the front desk that assists our clients on a regular basis with booking appointments and the all-important task of maintaining vaccination records on all of our clients. Peggy officially joined the Red Hydrant staff after being a "long distance" client for several years. Prior to moving to Florida, she lived in Virginia and traveled here frequently to see friends and have her two dogs, Coco and Lola, groomed. She is also a proud "Grandma of two."

Michael DeGrootMichael DeGroot
Pet Stylist - Mike joined the Red Hydrant team in 2012 and has worked his way through the ranks to be an up and coming pet Stylist. He claims to have two loves - dogs and water! So when he is not working or hanging out with his fur baby Ben, he is often boating, kayaking or fishing in the area lakes or in the bay.

Lisa JordanLisa Jordan
Master Pet Stylist - Lisa has competed in grooming competitions and has even won Best in Show competitions with the National Dog Groomer Association of America. She has owned several successful grooming shops. Lisa and her husband also enjoy salt water fishing and boating. She is the proud Mom to Lucy Lou and BooBoo...both Lhasa Apso's.

Suanne AblesSuanne Ables
Pet Stylist - Suanne has also decided to parlay her love and passion for animals into her career choice. She has degrees in Art History and has traveled the world studying art and its history. She was also a very successful jewelry store owner and designer for 30 years. She currently owns two Irish Wolfhounds; Gracie and Tessa as well as two Smooth Coated Collies; Ollie and Spec. She enjoys herding, agility and AKC shows with her dogs. She also has owned several horses and still enjoys riding regularly. She is also a proud member of the National Dog Groomer Association of America.

Michelle ChappelMichelle Chappell
Grooming Assistant - Prior to moving to Florida in 2005, Michelle lived in Indiana. Her focus has always been on her loving husband and four children. Although most of her professional career has been in child care, she now works on providing love and care for the four legged children! She loves that she can now apply all of the experience as a child care director to the daily care of your pets.

Amber GonzalezAmber Gonzalez
Red Hydrant Grooming Assistant - Amber has a background in both business and education . She has served as a Professional Chef in some of Tampa's finest premier restaurants. She is now fulfilling her love and passion for animals by working at the Red Hydrant. She and her husband have three children and two dogs...Gizmo and Lucky.

Erik ChappellErik Chappell
Erik is an "off leash play coach." He supports the Day Care clients in an incredibly important position as "play coach." He assures that every dog is safe and nurtured while playing at the Red Hydrant. Some of his favorite tasks include throwing balls and teaching new dogs to maneuver the rock climbing wall or slide.

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