Hello and a very warm welcome to all you lovely dog owners!
I’m Kate Wiles and I’m the proud owner of my brand new business Shaggy Chic. I’ve been working for over 4 years as a dog groomer and i’m totally in love with my job. I have two dogs; a female Tibetan Terrier called Trebor aged 7 and a female labrador called Coco aged 5.
It’s all down to Trebor; my tenacious Tibetan, that I became a groomer in the first place. This breed are quite high maintenance in terms of brushing and keeping the knots at bay, so as a puppy I brushed her every day to get her accustomed to the feel of a brush and having her feet touched (dogs can be sensitive about their feet!). It was a great bonding experience for us and I discovered that I got a real kick out of making her look her best… and so the passion for dog grooming grew.
I decided to sign up for a dog grooming course online and found an experienced dog groomer who was willing to coach and train me for a year at her salon. After the year was up and I was fully trained she took me on at her salon and I’ve worked there ever since. It was always my dream to have my own salon and after 4.5 years I’m finally here! My time working in the industry has given me invaluable experience and knowledge enabling me to start up my own business with confidence and competence.
You may be wondering, as most people do, why I called my dog Trebor; Its Robert spelt backwards, in honour of my late twin brother who sadly passed away in 2011. He was a massive dog lover and always said I should get one as he knew how much I would love it, and he was right! I never imagined back then, coming from a marketing and retail background that I would be opening my very own dog grooming salon now. I like to think my brother is looking down and cheering me on.
I’m 47, married with 3 children and we are all dog mad, we love walking and hiking with our two doggies, whatever the weather. My family couldn’t be happier about Shaggy Chic as they get to see different dogs every day!
I feel so privileged to be able to do a job that gives me so much pleasure and satisfaction, I take great pride in my work and treat every one of the dogs I groom as I would treat my own.
So that’s just a little bit about me. Hope to meet you and your dogs very soon at Shaggy Chic. xx