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Mobile pet grooming
Animal lovers Erica Hirsch and Stephanie Trumbauer are lucky: their working hours are spent with the very creatures that they adore. “While other people have to deal with coworkers and bosses, we get to play with dogs all day,” says Hirsch, who serves as president of the company (Trumbauer is secretary).  “We love it!”

Their business, Whiskers on Wheels, which they developed in June of 2007, offers pet owners mobile dog and cat grooming, including bathing, nail trims, ear cleanings, body clips, teeth brushing and more. They currently service Uptown, Metairie and the West Bank with plans to expand to more areas around the city in the near future. “We service clients of all backgrounds, ages and income levels,” says Hirsch. “Much of our clientele finds it very convenient because they don’t have to have a vehicle to get their pets to the groomer.” She says that many of the clients are handicapped or elderly; others enjoy the service because it’s convenient to fit Whiskers on Wheels in with a busy schedule. Another bonus, is that “most people like that their pet gets one-on-one attention and doesn’t have to sit in a kennel all day waiting to be groomed.”

“Everything we do is for the benefit of the dog or cat. We are both passionate about animals and are dedicated to the well-being and health of the dogs and cats of New Orleans,” explains Hirsch. “Our goal is simple: cleaner, healthier pets.”
Information, 377-8688,

Learning in a global environment
The International School of Louisiana, a charter school, currently teaches grades K-7 with plans to expand up to grade 12 (the school is chartered to grow one grade per year until it reaches the goal). Pamela Stewart, director of institutional advancement, says the school is “dedicated to breaking down barriers in public education by teaching children to embrace diversity in their community.” She says their mission is to provide a challenging education focusing on language immersion, international awareness, the celebration of diversity and community responsibility. As the name of the school implies, the faculty and staff represent 19 different French and Spanish speaking countries; each faculty member is encouraged to bring their culture to the classroom in an effort to celebrate, and educate children about diversity.

Stewart says all classes meet the Louisiana State Grade Level Expectations; and the core subject matter is taught in either French or Spanish. This “2007 Charter School of the Year” as named by the Washington, D.C.-based Center of Education Reform also offers an outdoor classroom, a KaBoom! playground, art, music and circus arts classes as part of the regular curriculum. After school, tutoring and homework help are available, as are other various activities, and children requiring special education can take speech therapy. The International School of Louisiana is the only tuition-free multi-language immersion school in the country.
Information, 1400 Camp St., 654-1088,