Salon owner wins top class in competition

Bichon frise Tilly
Bichon frise Tilly

The owner of a dog grooming salon has won a category in a British championships.

Jules Abbott, who owns Eastbourne’s K9 Beauty, took top place in the creative grooming class of the British Dog Grooming Championships, which was held at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on Sunday, October 4.

She entered her best friend’s bichon frise named Tilly. In line with her chosen theme – Little Bo Peep’s Pink Princess – Jules coloured her cotton candy pink two days before the competition.

On the day she had two hours to finish Tilly’s transformation, including K9 branding set with rhinestones.

Jules said, “We stayed in a hotel close to the venue and the amount of people who spoke to us was incredible, phone’s being whipped out left, right and centre as photographs were taken – everyone was wowed by this fluffy pink dog and Tilly loved the 
attention from grown ups and children alike.

“After what seemed an age, we were excited to hear it announced that Tilly and I were the winners.”

Originally trained as a hairdresser, Jules has been grooming dogs for 18 years and in the past 18 months took an interest in creative grooming.

She added,“I am of course fully aware that creative grooming is a very controversial subject. Everyone has an opinion about it but, whatever you think of it, there is no cruelty involved. Being a member of The National Association Of Professional Creative Groomers, an American organisation, I adhere to their strict guidelines as to how creative grooming is carried out.”

Jules owns four dogs: Bobbi and Winnie, cavalier King Charles spaniels, Sidney, a rescue dog from Cyprus, and Pumpkin, a toy poodle.

Fiona, Tilly’s onwer, said, “Everyone knows we adore our girls – the dogs – and in these days of horrors in our world, and without harming an animal, thought why not?

“To help a friend and to make people smile, Tilly would be delighted. Derek [her husband] however is not so keen on the pink. And has said he definitely won’t be walking her for a while.”

For more details about K9 Beauty’s services, visit k9beauty.weebly.com

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