A Face In The Crowd 

Regina Huggins is co-owner with husband Jimmy of Miss Kitty’s Bed and Bath, perhaps the swankiest dog salon in town. What started 10 years ago as a small grooming business has grown into a full-service kennel complete with doggie day care and a staff of nationally certified “stylists.” Overnight guests enjoy linoleum floors, wood and Plexiglas-curtained enclosures—rather than the standard concrete and chain link décor—plus soothing piped-in music. The hospitality even includes a bedtime treat on each pup’s pillow. It’s the kind of place that might have convinced Steinbeck to leave Charley behind. Some Miss Kitty’s staff members have even competed for the U.S. in international grooming competitions (and you thought the national curling team was bizarre). While she sees some humor in humanizing canines, Regina takes great pride in her work, which has grown from a lifelong love of animals. Exposed to horses and ponies very young, Regina was active in the Overton High School riding club (where she first met Jimmy) and supplemented the income she made at a local pet shop with a $35-an-hour pony ride business. After graduating from MTSU, Regina tried getting a “real job,” as her friends suggested, but none satisfied her. A position with a local animal clinic finally inspired her to become a registered veterinary technician. Becoming emotionally attached to so many sick animals was wearing, so she learned all she could about grooming. Eventually, Miss Kitty’s took off. With her business running smoothly, Regina now works fewer hours so she can look after her menagerie at home—including horses, ponies, a donkey, chickens, chicks, dogs, a cat, a parakeet and two young humans.

—Jonathan Harwell Jr.

Regina Huggins is co-owner with husband Jimmy of Miss Kitty’s Bed and Bath, perhaps the swankiest dog salon in town. What started 10 years ago as a small grooming business has grown into a full-service kennel complete with doggie day care and a staff of nationally certified “stylists.” Overnight guests enjoy linoleum floors, wood and Plexiglas-curtained enclosures—rather than the standard concrete and chain link décor—plus soothing piped-in music. The hospitality even includes a bedtime treat on each pup’s pillow. It’s the kind of place that might have convinced Steinbeck to leave Charley behind. Some Miss Kitty’s staff members have even competed for the U.S. in international grooming competitions (and you thought the national curling team was bizarre). While she sees some humor in humanizing canines, Regina takes great pride in her work, which has grown from a lifelong love of animals. Exposed to horses and ponies very young, Regina was active in the Overton High School riding club (where she first met Jimmy) and supplemented the income she made at a local pet shop with a $35-an-hour pony ride business. After graduating from MTSU, Regina tried getting a “real job,” as her friends suggested, but none satisfied her. A position with a local animal clinic finally inspired her to become a registered veterinary technician. Becoming emotionally attached to so many sick animals was wearing, so she learned all she could about grooming. Eventually, Miss Kitty’s took off. With her business running smoothly, Regina now works fewer hours so she can look after her menagerie at home—including horses, ponies, a donkey, chickens, chicks, dogs, a cat, a parakeet and two young humans.

—Jonathan Harwell Jr.

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