Are they fur-real? Fa­cials for dogs

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Danielle Jarvis

ST CLAIR dog groomer Hope King has brought a bit of lux­ury to the ca­nines of west­ern Syd­ney with her blue­berry fa­cial for dogs.

While most dog groom­ing ser­vices in­clude a wash, cut and blow dry, Mrs King en­sures all her furry cus­tomers go home feel­ing pam­pered and smelling de­li­cious.

“When dogs come here they will come for a full hair­cut, a sham­poo, con­di­tion and blow dry but then as an add-on we of­fer the blue­berry fa­cial and the pro­tein con­di­tion­ing treat­ments,” Mrs King said.

“The blue­berry fa­cial is re­ally good for dogs that have got re­ally grubby, dirty faces. es­pe­cially breeds like mal­tese and shih tzus. As they age their faces will be very grotty be­cause of tear-stain­ing or they’ll get food stains around their mouth.

“The blue­berry fa­cial helps to clean their face up and just give them a bit of a re­fresher and a nice, good clean.”

While go­ing to the groomer can some­times be as stress­ful as a visit to the vet, Mrs King said the fa­cial helped to re­lax the dogs.

“Some­times when they’re here, they can be a bit anx­ious and the blue­berry fa­cial will calm them down and they will re­ally en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence a lot more,” she said.

She also ad­vised dog own­ers to get their pup­pies groomed from as young as three or four months old.

“Once the puppy is fully cov­ered for parvo and hepa- titis, it’s a good idea to bring them reg­u­larly – even if it’s just for a bath and toe­nail trim to start off with,” she said. “So they get a good re­la­tion­ship with their groomer and they get used to the whole groom­ing process, be­cause it is quite scary.”

Of course, her own oneyear-old shih tzu, Ma­son, is used to five-star treat­ment.

Mrs King be­gan her dog groom­ing busi­ness in St Clair four years ago and she now pam­pers 15 to 20 pooches a week. “I do it be­cause I en­joy it,” Mrs King said.

Visit stclair­dog­groom­ing.com or call 0431 343 516.

See video of the fa­cial at mt­druitt­stan­dard.com.au

The blue­berry fa­cial helps to clean their face up and just give them a bit of a re­fresher and a nice good clean.

Pic­ture: David Swift

Ma­son, the pam­pered shih tzu, gets a blue­berry fa­cial.

Hope King with a pam­pered Ma­son. Pic­ture: David Swift

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