The Owner

Nancy Kallenbach-Han NCMG CAH has an innate love of dogs.  She began grooming when she was sixteen years old, starting with her poodle Philip.  For years, Nancy used Phillip to test everything she learned from books as she studied on her own.  Nancy later attended Midwest Grooming School in Chicago, then moved to California in 1982 where she opened Dogís Best Friend & The Catís Meow.

With a growing business, Nancy continued her studies wherever possible and soon became a Certified Master Groomer.  In the certification exam, groomers are graded on their work Ė and Nancy achieved the highest possible score in each of the four categories.  To earn her Companion Animal Hygienist certification, she studied coat care, conditioning, bathing and drying, and the finishing touches appropriate to all breeds of  dogs and cats. Nancy's hunger for knowledge is still evident today.

Nancy believes that in addition to applying oneís skills artistically, being a good groomer requires business acumen,  an understanding of animal and people psychology, and expertise in pet health and nutrition. In working with new groomers and peers, Nancy stresses the importance of continuing education to enhance their skills and their professional image.  She encourages her staff to pursue these certifications and gives them every opportunity to participate in educational programs.

Grooming Competition
Over the years, Nancy's talents have been recognized at every level in numerous grooming contests.  Among her more prestigious honors:

  • 1990 Golden Shear Award   (Professional Association of Pet Industries)
  • 1994 Intergroom   Winner of the Oster World Invitational Grand Championship
  • 1995 Best in Show   5th Annual NDGAA Pacific Northwest Dog Grooming Contest
  • 1995 Nominee for the Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards' American Groomer of the Year
  • 1994 & 1996 Master Groomer of the Year   (Consumer Business Review)

Nancy often serves as a Judge at national and international grooming competitions, and is also currently a Certifier for the National Dog Groomers Association of America. 

Life as a Dog Breeder & Exhibitor
Together with her husband, veterinarian Sang Bong Han DVM, Nancy breeds and shows Kerry Blue Terriers and Bedlington Terriers.  Together, their love and knowledge of dogs provides a strong base for a unique partnership. Their household includes a cat, an Airedale, two Bedlington Terriers and three Kerry Blue Terriers. Their Bedlington Terrier Ch Willow Wind Tenure was the #1 Terrier and #3 All-Breed in the US in 2000.  Breeding under the Kallehan kennel name, Nancy has produced numerous champions, multiple Specialty winners and several nationally ranked dogs. Perhaps more important to Nancy and Sang Bong, each of their puppies is well-loved and firmly ensconced as a member of a very lucky and grateful family.

Life in their house is never dull!

About Us
What We Do
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The Owner
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Dog's Best Friend
The Cat's Meow

525 San Pablo Avenue
Albany CA 94706

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  NCMG   National Certified Master Groomer
  CAH   Certified Animal Hygienist
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