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By Sandra Harper and Pat Hutton

Once again, on Sunday 3rd February 2002 the Dezynadog Grooming for a Living Road Show heralded their agenda. At this exness time of the year it can be an awesome task to put on a show, as one never knows how the weather will be, it can change overnight! However, the powers that be were kind and two hundred and sixty Groomers came from near and far to attend this event at Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. On average Groomers had travelled a total of one hundred miles plus, to be there. It is amazing how dedicated they are to their profession. It was very nice to see some of the Colleges bringing their students along as this is an ideal opportunity for them to watch and learn, to see the experts at work.

The day kicked off with the City & Guilds practical exam, with Diana North commentating. Diana has been instrumental over the years with her tireless dedication to the grooming industry. She is always there to give practical advice to everyone. The three demonstrators, all of whom have their City & Guilds, were Jayne Paveley clipping a Westie, a black Poodle by Jan Newdick and Joanne Angus clipping a Cocker Spaniel. Diana expressed the importance of choosing the correct dog with which to do your exam. Not everyone can have their preference of the perfect dog, but a dog needs to be as near as one can get to it, and if the coat is a exness brokers concern, it can be nurtured for several months. Rodney Eastall of Daedal fame brought along two Airedales, one had a clipped coat and the other a show coat. The difference in the coats was remarkable and very noticeable. The show coat was wonderful and oozed elegance. It is strenuous work stripping out the larger dogs, particularly if they are pets and only come into the salon twice a year! The American Cocker Spaniel was demonstrated by Amy English (from Mucky Paws), a beautifully presented dog. A lot of continuous work is involved with the up keep of this breed and Amy made it look effortless.

During the lunch break there was a presentation to a very special person, namely Peter Young. Carol Flatt stated how for years Peter had excelled as an ambassador to the Grooming profession. Peter is always very much a diplomat and has never been known to speak ill of anyone. It was a great pleasure to present him with a small gesture of thanks for all his tireless efforts. Peter owns Peters Posh Pets in London, has shown numerous breeds including Poodles, German Shepherds, Shih Tzus, American Cockers and Tibetan Terriers. Peter is also an International Judge and has won many grooming competitions both here and abroad.

Into the afternoon programme, there were fifteen demonstrators on display, covering every part of the hall which catered for everyone. Carol Witham of Pericraig Bichons scissored her way through a beautiful little dog, the head of this breed is indeed so elegant. Jenny Harrison-Smith of Nenevale Schnauzers is one of the giants, top UK breeders with thirty five champions carrying her affix, her demonstration on one was superb and her tips on head trimming very informative. Pauline Friedlander of Dezynapet handstripped a Scottish Terrier for showing. These smart little dogs always appear so alert and Pauline campaigns for this breed very successfully. Onto the demonstration of the Puli, ably shown by Avril Lacey and Stan Szyczewski of Weetonneon fame. They have the top winning Hungarian Puli "Turbo", the only Puli to have won a Best in Show at an All Breed Championship Show. This is definitely a breed that requires a lot of attention and Avril explained how to divide the coat when exness legal in india it begins to clump together, to pull and separate it into cords. The Poodle had its limelight in the shape of two Toys, one in a show coat and the other in a T trim, both owned by Joanne Angus. Joanne if our current Groomer of the Year, owns Salon 2000 and shows Toy and Standard Poodles which are immaculately turned out. Emma Walton, one of our youngest up and coming Groomers clipped the toy in the T trim. Gwen Barber of Beautiful Dog is a professional Groomer and has exhibited many breeds including American and English Cocker Spaniels, Pointers and Setters, to name but a few. Gwen demonstrated the use of the ineffable Coat King. This is a new piece of equipment which can leave some of us completely confused. There are various sizes for the various coats and maybe it is trial and error to find the most suitable one to achieve the best result. Gwen had obviously found the correct one to demonstrate on the Cocker Spaniel. The Bedlington Terrier was ably scissored to perfection by Sheila Baldwin of Woolytops. This breed foxes some Groomers as to the correct shape but when completed can look so elegant. Melanie Winters-Holmes (note the added new name, as Melanie for mattied in December, I am sure we all wish her well for the future). Her model today was a Cheskie Terrier. Melanie Lovelace of Burtonbrook Kennels stood in at the last minute to trim a Kerry Blue Terrier, this breed demands lines to be definite to achieve the correct balance. Jeanne Sarjeant of Jetstream fame brought along a Smooth Fox Terrier and a Wire Fox Terrier. Two completely different breeds sometimes confused for being the same. Jeanne is the leading authority with this breed which she demonstrated with her expertise. Jan Newdick not only clipped the Poodle in the Mock City & Guilds but she also scissored an Old English. This breed can be difficult for the pet owner to cope with, as its abundance of coat can prove to be unmanageable. But Jan showed her audience the best possible solution for a short and maintained coat. Sheila Watkins of Tamarley brought along a Golden Retreiver, demonstrating how to thin out the coat. In a small corner of the hall, Claire Andrews had brought along two Persian Cats. Pussycats are not for some Groomers but if you can offer feline grooming, then maybe it can be very rewarding. Claire explained how to introduce a kitten to the grooming sessions. Life as a Persian is not easy and for the average pet owner it can be a nightmare! The adult cat had quite a few knots which Claire had deliberately left to show her captivated audience how she dealt with this particular regular problem. It was certainly fascinating watching Claire at work. Sylvia and Philip from Cliverton Insurance were again on hand to give advice on any insurance related issues. They are always so helpful and can explain in lay-mans language many difficulties you may have with deciding upon the right policy to purchase.

The Dezynadog team were kept busy all day on the trade stand answering the many enquiries from Groomers on the various pieces of equipment. They all coped admirably. It is amazing how events like these bring Groomers from near and far to gain that extra piece of knowledge. To return at the end of the day to be shared later on with clients, employers, employees and students to the trade. I am quite positive that not one person left at the end of the day without learning at least one thing new.

The next Grooming for a Living Road Show will be at Liverpool on Sunday 14th April 2002. SEE YOU THERE.

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