I am Rachel; I am the owner of Precious Pampered Pooches which is a small home based dog grooming salon situated in Whitley Bay.
All my life I have loved dogs. All types and have had all sorts of breeds over the years. I have always wanted to work with dogs, especially within the dog-grooming field, but like everything, life got in the way so I never did anything about it. For years and years, everyone said I should be working with animals.
Summer 2018 a video popped up on Facebook of a dog groomer grooming a very frightened and a little aggressive dog. The way she calmed him amazed me and I knew there and then I wanted to be that lucky woman with the amazing job so I looked into local courses, my nearest one was being taught at Kirkley Hall Horticulture College 16 miles away.
However the cost of the course floored me so I thought “oh well, wasn’t meant to be”. As gutted as I was later that day I told my friend about the video and the course and how much I really wanted to do it but the course cost was the problem. Her laid-back response was great “it’s only money, just do it” so I did. I robbed Paul to pay Peter and I got the fee together and started my level 2 City & Guilds in Dog Grooming in September 2018. It was the best thing I have ever done and I made some lovely new like-minded friends too.
In February 2019 I passed my Level 2, sitting through a nerve racking exam which I have not done for 30 years and that has opened the door for me signing up for Level 3 in September which I can’t wait for. I have also done my Pet First Aid course and passed with the PDSA training which was very interesting so you can be sure your dogs are safe with me as well as much loved.
I now have a little caravan that my dad transformed into a grooming salon. It is parked on my drive and rigged up to water and electric. Its so lovely, I’m at my happiest in the caravan aka “Bertha” the caravan.
Therefore, since passing my Level 2 I am grooming dogs on a one-to-one basis. It’s great for nervous dogs as there is no other dogs to distract them it is lovely and quiet, just the iPod on in the background.