Wisconsin's Deb Compton and son are among 10 teams vying for a $100,000 prize on ABC's new reality show.
Fitchburg dog groomer Deb Compton took another step Tuesday night towards a $100,000 grand prize on the reality TV show “Pooch Perfect” when she groomed a black poodle the judges deemed fit for the red carpet.
Compton and her son Jordan Jones, her partner on the prime-time series, won "best in show" in a competition segment called "Pet Gala." Contestants were charged with decking out a dog with such style that it would be fit for the canine equivalent of the fashion extravaganza for humans known as the Met Gala.
Compton cut the poodle's curls in a spiral pattern. "The breed profile has to be flawless," she said during the fur carving process.
Show host and Australian actress Rebel Wilson called Compton's finished work "Christian D'Orable." "Pooch Perfect" judge Lisa Vanderpump, known from "Housewives of Beverly Hills," described Compton's design as "absolutely exquisite."
"Tonight was something that was really perfection," Vanderpump told Compton. "This was your best work yet."
"The pressure is unreal," Compton admitted on air after the first round of the evening, where her failed attempt at grooming a dog so its fur would glow in the dark put her in the dog house. Compton and Jones were in danger of elimination from the show at that point, but in the final "Pet Gala" round beat the rest of the competition.
“Pooch Perfect,” an eight-episode series on ABC-TV, features top creative dog groomers. Each week another competitor is eliminated; six teams remain.
Compton, 42, is regional salon lead for Pet Supplies Plus, and works out of the Fitchburg store located at 2928 Hardrock Road. Jones, 19, works as a groomer for Pet Supplies Plus in Austin, Minnesota.