I tried. I tried. And then, I tried again to catch the final episode of the reality television series, Groomer Has It. (Animal Planet, Saturdays, 9 p.m) After a series of challenges and subsequent eliminations, it was down to the final two dog groomers, Artist and Jonathan, with the victor winning $50,000 and a tricked out mobile grooming truck. I woke up the next morning to find out that Artist Knox won and I could not have been happier. And if Animal Planet’s blog/community board is any indication, many others feel the same.
Artist was the underdog (no pun intended) from the start — a single father from the rough side of town with the least amount of professional grooming experience. The other contender, Jonathan, is a self-described celebrity dog groomer. What Artist lacked in experience, he more than made up for in patience, compassion and the willingness to take and learn from criticism. From challenge to challenge, Artist grew in confidence and ability.
His most impressive effort was evidenced during the “shelter” challenge in which the contestants visited an animal shelter and to select and groom a dog that they later had to find a home for. The other three contestants, Jonathan included, selected dogs that were relatively easy to groom. But Artist, chose a dog with an extremely matted coat despite knowing that his selection could place him at an extreme disadvantage thus making him eligible for elimination.
After a couple passed on his dog, Artist directed them to fellow contestant Jose, whose dog Artist thought would be more suited the couple’s needs/desires. Although he did not complete the challenge, thankfully, Artist was not eliminated.
As you may know, I watch way too many shows like this. And I have grown weary of the outright manipulation that is done in the name of gamesmanship. Too many times, the ruthless villain, the insufferable prick, or the conniving beyotch wins in the end. Case and point: This season’s Survivor (CBS) had some real pieces of work — sewer wenches who cozied up to then proceeded to shank their fellow contestants in the back as they laughed and congratulated themselves all the way to the finals. One admitted to using flirtation to get what she wanted in the game of both Survivor and life.
The behavior of the Survivor broads (and previous contestants as well) makes Artist’s win all the more rewarding. Score one for people who dare to hold themselves to higher standards.
For a recap of the final episode, click here.
It seems that Artist Knox has his business up and running. He has website. To check it out, click here.
Artist will be getting his own show, set to premiere on Saturday, May 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, called Beverly Hills Groomer.
Here’s the scoop:
BEVERLY HILLS GROOMER continues Artist’s story after being crowned 2008 Groomer of the Year. This 12-part, half-hour, fish-out-of-water reality series, documents the trials and tribulations Artist faces as he recruits furry and fabulous clients alike, raises funds to open his own shop, balances the demands of being a single father, and hopes to beat the odds of becoming a business success. With his “one for me, one for free,” motto, Artist’s ultimate goals are to give back to his community and the dogs that need him most.
Read Q&A with Artist who talks about new series: Pet Groomer Artist Knox Head for Greener Pastures in Animal Planet’s ‘Beverly Hills Groomer’ (The Ride)