I have always loved animals, since the first budgie I owned at the age of about 6!
The first dog came into my life when I was 8. Ben, a Cavalier King Charles. It wasn’t long before I started bathing and grooming him! And after he went to a grooming parlour, I then became interested in the real art of grooming and out came the scissors. (Kitchen scissors at that time!! Poor thing, he tolerated so much!!)
And then, after following my love of horses for a few years, I finally had my own dog. She was a terrier cross, who taught me so much about handling dogs. She came from a rescue centre and had an unknown background with a very fiesty temperament!!! After much hard work and plenty of plasters, she finally became my friend for life. This is when my true interest in dog care came to the fore.
Not long after, I started work at an International Quarantine and Boarding Kennel, and here I learnt all I needed to know about caring for dogs. I gained a vast amount of experience in the handling, caring and most importantly, the grooming of hundreds of dogs of all shapes and sizes. All under the watchful eye of highly experienced dog groomers, breeders and handlers.
I set up Four Paws Dog Grooming in 2004 after I had my children. I wanted to return to working with animals, and my first love of grooming won the day!! Having also studied Canine Behaviour and Psychology, a dog’s well-being is of the utmost importance to me.
I completed my City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate of Introductory Dog Grooming at Plumpton College, and then continued on to complete the C & G Level 3 Diploma for Professional Dog Stylists, gaining a Distinction for my Cocker Spaniel and Merit’s for my Westie and Miniature Poodle.
If you want to find a groomer who will love and care for your dog the way you do, then look no further.