Why Trixie & Bess?

Why the name

Trixie and Bess were two collie cross dogs which I grew up with during the 1970s. Trixie was my grandparents dog and Bess her daughter, who belonged to my aunt and uncle.

Trixie wasn’t supposed to have puppies but she had a habit of taking herself for a walk down to the beach in Paignton and wasn’t spayed (this was the 1970s remember). She had three puppies, two boys and Bess which my aunt and uncle kept.

Grampa with Trixie or Judy
This is my grampa with one of their long line of pet dogs. It might be Trixie but I think it's more likely to be Judy their next dog, another collie cross.
Kirsty with Ben the Border Collie
This is me at some point in the 1980s with Ben as a puppy. He was a Border Collie and came after Judy.

Why the business

Like many people who train as a pet groomer, it’s a second career. My first one being a graphic designer (which I still do at k-creative).

As a child I was always interested in animals and looked at working with them as a career. But decided I wasn’t intelligent enough to be a vet and it was too hard to make a living working with horses.

I never considered pet grooming as an option at the time. I don’t think it was even thought of as a career back then. So I opted for design instead.

Fast forward a good few years and after over 25+ years in design I decided I wanted to do something else and preferably with animals. So I had a light bulb moment... how about pet grooming.

After completing City & Guilds training* at Chichester College I’ve now been grooming for three years and am set up as a mobile in-house pet groomer. With plans to eventually open my own home-based parlour, offer more services and take on more pets.

* City & Guilds Level 2 Dog Grooming Assistant & Level 3, Part 1, Certificate in Introductory Dog Grooming. Level 3, Part 2, Diploma in Professional Dog Grooming completion expected for April 2020