Hap­pily go­ing from taxes to pam­per­ing pooches

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update - By Sam Wil­liams

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

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4193920

Ju­lia Sin­clair with her dog Macey, who ben­e­fits from her spa equip­ment and sa­lon

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