Pet Groomer's Pain Is A Pet Peeve At The Pump

After a quick stop-over, Gloria Reeves was back on the road again.

About a year ago, Reeves said she decided to go into business for herself, and bought a trailer.  "I love it," she said.

It's called Kritter Kutz--a mobile pet grooming service.  "I do toe nails, clean their ears, groom them, bathe them, and dry them."

All of her equipment, including the water for doggy baths, was in the back of her trailer.  Reeves said she covers a lot of territory, making Schnauzers snazzy, and pampering paws for clients all over East Texas -- that is, she used to.

"Before, I could go to Mineola, and down to South Tyler, but now, I have to be very particular and really watch my miles because of the gas."

High prices have forced Reeves to change her business practices.  Her trailer has to be towed, and her truck needs gasoline to do it.

"Right now, it's costing me about $85 to fill it up.  A couple of months ago, it was $65," she said.

She said her grooming prices haven't increased, but her travel fees have. Trips are also a lot closer to home, scheduling trips around a central area each day.

Now she has accepted an unfortunate reality.  "I wish it would go back down to $2 a gallon," she said, laughing.  "I know it won't."

Layron Livingston, Reporting.