Thanks for your candid email. It's an encouragement to me to read your post. I have had standard poodles and other breeds come to me for grooming and it was a nightmare. I do not push dogs and only do what is ocmfortable for everyone. i've had incredibly understanding owners and owners who came once and never returned. I've turned down dogs that I could see would not be a good fit.
I am not a professional groomer but have been grooming for 27 years. I've mostly worked wiht rescue dogs but do have a small clientele who come to me regularily. This is how I 'fund' my foster dogs and help the rescues.
You note speaks volumes and I'm really glad you found a groomer that your dog is comfortable with.