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By Sylvia Parker, Cliverton, Norfolk

The Grooming For a Living Roadshow came to Kirby on Sunday 14th April 2002. The Venue was the Kirkby Leisure Centre, parking was plentiful. The show started promptly at 10am with a welcome and introduction by Carole Flatt from Dezynadog. A city & guilds Mock exam proceeded with guest speaker and City & Guilds Examiner Diana North. A Miniature Poodle in Lamb Trim was demonstrated by Jan Newdick of Dezynapet, King’s Lynn. The English Cocker Spaniel was demonstrated by Heidi Anderton from Absolutely Animals, London and the West Highland White Terrier by Nicola from Smartpets, Liverpool. The City & Guilds is designed to show Groomers’ competence on pet and companion dogs. The styles are not the same as recognised in the show ring. Instead they are tailored to shorter, more manageable, easy care styles, in keeping with the breed and they are not too time consuming for the family to care for. Students and others just entering the grooming profession found this section of the programme most valuable.

Carol Flatt from Dezynadog did an interesting section on enhancing your business and improving your prospects as a professional Groomer. The Animal Welfare College programme of First Aid was well attended and most enlightening. Many delegates said it was well worth travelling the distance to see the First Aid Section alone. Jo Barton, a professional Groomer and Schnauzer enthusiast shared tips on this smart and ever popular dog. Lee Cox of Kaston Kennels demonstrated the American Cocker with great flair.

Groomers proudly paraded in their workwear and uniforms to compete for the Best Dressed! The prize was a Dezynadog gift voucher and the judges were the delegates. The winner was Kim’s K9 Kutz, sporting a very nice outfit that looked as if it may have been inspired by 101 Dalmatians! They all looked very smart indeed and it gave many good ideas to improve the image of the dog groomer. A trade vehicle competition took place on the wall by one of the trade stands. Groomers proudly showed off their Groom Mobile and Vans, etc. Again judged by the delegates, the winner was Hest Bank with an eye catching retro vehicle. The prize for winning was the new Andis AGC Clipper with a blade. This was sponsored by Andis USA.

Many delegates were riveted to the demonstration by Ron Ramsey on the Kerry Blue Terrier. Always an eye catching breed that interests the professional groomer. Joanne Angus, Groomer of the Year 2001 and 1991 from Salon 2000 in Keighley attracted many Groomers to her working salon demonstration based aroung the pet Yorkshire Terrier. Together with Emma Walton on Salon 2000, they answered many questions on salon equipment and the use of making the average pet that may not be that glamorous look a million dollars! Pauline Friedlander from Dezynapet demonstrated the finer points of handstripping the Scottish Terrier, she passed on hints and techniques that many professionals will value. The Wire Haired Dachshund was beautifully presented by Trevor Borman from The Dog House, Chester. Crossbreeds are always a challenge in the salon, what do we do? Chris Chadwick from Scruffy Wuffy, Milnrow was full of ideas to transform and make over the crossbreed. Lesley Macleod showed great skill with her scissors demonstrating the Pet Bichon. Practical styling for the family pet. This little dog is so popular now and always a demonstration Groomers enjoy.

Hoc Hopepa Italian Spinones turned out in force with Christine Bennet. This beautiful team of dogs gave insight to the breed and the types of coats and colours available. This ensured us of a complete Spinone programme, most interesting and informative. The Cesky Terrier was once again demonstrated by the ever popular Melanie Winters-Holmes of the Dog Studio Training School. Melanie presents Ceskys for show and was Groomer of the Year 2000 and a judge at Groomer of the Year 2001. The Bedlington Terrier was skilfully demonstrated by Barbara Burgess and the result was a real treat. Long standing Groomer, Jackie Connor from Dogs Bodies, Liverpool demonstrated the show Welsh Springer. A majestic looking Standard Poodle graced the Grooming table of Lee Cox. He created a little more magic with his scissors and kept a good sized audience mesmerised for a couple of hours.

The event was organised by Carol Flatt and Mandy Housden, over 200 people attended. Dezynadog sponsor these events across the country to further their knowledge in Professional Companion Grooming. Delegates interested in the latest the industry has to offer kept a large trade area with over 1200 grooming products displayed busy. Cliverton Insurance attended the event to help and advise on insurance for this specialised industry. Groomers from all walks of life left Kirby with new ideas, renewed enthusiasm and a little bit richer for making some new friends. We look forward to the next event at Luton on Sunday 6th October 2002. Telephone Dezynadog on 01553 816400. Tickets are available now!

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