NORTHERN GROOMERS - THE BIG EVENT
After months of preparation and stress, Saturday morning kicked off with Yoga for Groomers by Barbara Bird. If you are a member of the Northern Groomers egroup or have looked at some of the American websites you will already have read some of Barbaras words of wisdom. She has been grooming for 30 years and has owned the Transformation Pet Center in Arizona, USA for 23 of those years. She has a strong commitment to grooming support and education and, as well as her work on the internet, has trained several apprentices and presented seminars at industry level. She knows only too well the strain we Groomers put on our bodies and minds and demonstrated various Yoga techniques to help us get through our daily stresses. The second topic of the morning was Cyber Grooming and Networking. Curtis Hanvey, owner of the American email list, Groom_TNT, unravelled the mysteries of the internet. He has been a great help to Northern Groomers in helping us set up our own egroup. The reason why we started the magazine was to get Groomers communicating with each other. As we all know, if you are a sole grooming you can feel a bit isolated at times. The magazine has been a great success, but a bit slow, the internet is so instant. For those of you with access to the internet, if you have not joined our group already, you dont know what youre missing. (You can join from our website www.northerngroomers.co.uk). Saturday afternoon was run by Pet ID, who taught Groomers how to earn a bit more cash for a lot less work by microchipping dogs. This is definitely an extra job worth thinking about, if you are not too squeamish!
The trade fair and grooming competition were held on the Sunday. This was a much busier and active day, lots to do and see, with trade stands from grooming supply companies to nutrition, education and even art. We also had some unusual breeds to see, such as the Russian Black Terrier, Puli, etc. This was a popular stand as many Groomers were interested in meeting breeds other than the usual ones that enter their salons. There were also seminars about shampoo (Barbara Bird), new equipment (Technogroom and Dezynadog) and nutrition (Burns Pet Nutrition).
The grooming competition was well attended. As well as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each class, there were prizes for those who had never competed before (Debutante) and for under 16 year olds (Juniors). Winners were presented with rosettes and gifts such as clippers, shampoos, etc. Well done to everyone who competed. Especially those first timers, it takes a lot of courage to stand up and trim in front of an audience. And of course congratulations to Richard Barker who won Best in Show with a Standard Poodle and to Paula Hull who was runner up with her Cocker Spaniel. Instead of trophies we decided to present these winners with framed and engraved photographs of themselves and their winning dogs. A great memento for a successful day.
Thanks to everyone who came to our event. Especially those of you who
travelled so far. One of the biggest moans we get from Groomers is "I can't go to
seminars they're always too far away". Can I urge everyone to try to get to at least
one event a year. Surely you can manage one weekend out of a year to take some time off
and support these events. Think of it as a holiday. If you are able to, treat yourself to
a night in a fancy hotel. It's about time we groomers start pampering ourselves and not
just the pooches, (and don't forget - it is a BUSINESS trip and therefore a business
expense). Now that Northern Groomers have run this event we realise how much work is
involved pre, during and post the event. If no one had bothered to make the effort to come
then we certainly would not bother doing it again. And I'm sure we're not the only event
organisers to think that. However, all the hard work has been worthwhile, we saw many
happy groomers at our event and thank you to everyone who supported us.
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