Happily going from taxes to pampering pooches
A woman has swapped taxes for pets after opening a spa for dogs in Ashford.
Julia Sinclair has transformed the garage in her Kennington home into a pamper parlour for her new business, Shaggy to Chic Pet Spa Boutique.
Grooming services for dogs include shampooing, brushing, blow drys, haircuts, clipping, ear cleaning and conditioning treatments.
Miss Sinclair even has a hydrotherapy bath for her clients, and offers canine massages and facials.
She can groom anything from a small chihuahua to a St Bernard.
The pet parlour is a new venture for the 32-year-old, who worked for tax refund company, Rift, for 12 years.
However, when the company restructured she made the deci- sion to leave to her position and start a new adventure.
She said: “I was paying around £50 every six weeks to have my dog Macey, a cockapoo, groomed.
“When I was out on walks people would ask me where I went and I just thought ‘there’s an opportunity here’.
“It was a massive decision – going from being in an office all day, managing people to working with dogs.Now all my old colleagues bring their dogs to me.”
She went back to college and got a City and Guilds certificate for dog grooming, and then set about turning her garage into the mini spa.
She says the secret to getting dogs to co-operate and stay still is to keep clam, be patient and talk to them.
Miss Sinclair will hold an official launch day this Saturday at the spa, with all proceeds made on the day going to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
For more information and prices go to pamper-my-pooch. com
Julia Sinclair with her dog Macey, who benefits from her spa equipment and salon