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.
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.