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THE WELLINGTONIAN, AUGUST 11, 2011
376 Jackson St
**Speciality Aquarium Shop**
Open 7 Days
Tel. 04 3809827
2 Park Rd
Open 7 days
Tel. 04 3809820
4 Ganges Rd
**Equine Services* *
Open 6 Days (closed sun)
Tel. 04 479 8435
Worm & Flea
with every groom
to the value of
Offer expires 1st October 2011
Getting a new leash on life
WHY THEIRS COSTS MORE THAN YOURS:
1. Your hairdresser doesn't give you a bath and you don't go for weeks
at a time without washing your hair.
2. You don't roll in lots of nasty things before seeing your hairdresser.
3. Your hairdresser doesn't have to clean your ears.
4. Your hairdresser doesn't have to de-matt your hair.
5. You sit still for you hairdresser.
6. Your haircut doesn't include a manicure and pedicure.
7. Your hairdresser only grooms the hair on your head -- not your whole
8. You don't try to bite or snarl at your hairdresser.
9. The likelihood of you peeing or pooping while your hair is cut is slim.
10. You don't have ultra-stinky anal glands!
Isyour dog looking a little ruff
around the edges?
After a visit to Abi and Holly
Groomers, your four-legged pals will
have their tails wagging and be
wanting a cuddle. Abi and Holly will
treat your dogs to a haircut and
bath, keeping them clean and
Their services are available near
you at either Miramar, Khandallah or
Petone Vet Hospitals. Abi Russell is
the senior dog groomer and has
more than six years' experience.
''I've always loved animals. I just
love being with the dogs all day,''
Having the grooming service
connected to the vets was a bonus.
''I love the fact that we are joined
something, if there's a lump or a
gunky ear, or any health issues, we
can get the vet to check straight
Abi said it was satisfying to know
the dogs were not only leaving with
a freshly cleaned coat, but were
''With the grooming when the
dogs come in and they're totally
matted and you get all the knots
out, it's a good feeling. You know
the dogs are feeling a lot better
Holly Taylor has been working as
a groomer for three years and has
been trained by Abi.
She found out about the job at
the vet clinic when she took her
staffie Cash in to be spayed. ''I love
that every day is different.''
Holly said the grooming process
''takes longer than you think''.
Each dog can take up to an hour
and a half.
She said many owners left their
dogs at the clinic all day so the dogs
Every grooming service includes a
full haircut, a nail clip, ear cleaning
and a full bath and dry off.
The price varies depending on the
breed of the dog and the amount of
Abi said grooming was important
for dogs, particularly those with
longer coats which could get
''Also when they get matted and
knotty it hurts for them to move.
They can have big knots under their
armpits, and it can cause a lot of skin
problems,'' she said.
Abi and Holly see lots of dogs
every day: big and small, short-
haired and long-haired.
Dogs who commonly need
grooming include smaller breeds
such as such as bichon frises,
poodles, and mixed breeds
including spoodles -- an english
cocker spaniel-poodle cross -- and
cavoodles -- cavalier king charles
There is often a trend in dog
breeds, Abi said, which meant a lot
of the same types of dogs would
come in at once.
''Spoodles were it about two years
ago. Then shitsu-maltesse crosses.
Retrodoodles [a golden retriever-
poodle cross] are in now.''
Both groomers said it was too
hard for them to say if they had a
favourite type of dog.
''It's a really hard question. I think
it's quite hard to generalise in
''Might say all labradors are gutsy
dogs, but at the same time all of
them have totally different
personalities,'' said Abi.
Most people had their dogs
groomed every eight to 12 weeks
and many booked ahead long term.
''A lot of people book up to a year
in advance, so they
know they get their
spot,'' said Abi.
Christmas was a particularly busy
time, with spots already filling up
fast. Abi said the week before
Christmas was already booked, with
people making sure their dogs were
looking their best for when the
family came over.
Abi and Holly Groomers also offer
a dog hair colouring service, with all
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