They say a house is not a home without a dog and the recent lockdowns have seen purchases of pups soar! Research from Dogs Trust in November 2020 showed that Google searches for ‘buy a puppy’ had increased by 115% since the start of the first lockdown last March.
I’m sure this isn’t surprising to many of us, I have literally never seen so many dogs on my daily walk.
No matter what your favourite doggy breed is, the fact is dogs should be part of your family and loved and cared for and are not just for the pandemic or Christmas.
Unfortunately, the numbers of puppies being returned and rehomed has risen due to the demand, according to the RSPCA’s campaign #ForPupsSake. So always think about your purchases carefully as they are a big commitment and might require regular grooming depending on the breed, which leads me to my next subject. Dog groomers!
Long gone are the days where you put your miffed looking dog in the bath, soaping it up frantically before it bolts free and drenches everyone.
Dog groomers are far more common nowadays. A professional grooming session typically consists of the dog being brushed, bathed, and dried, as well as trimmed or clipped. Groomers can also brush your dog’s teeth with a dog-specific toothpaste.
My “step dog” Joey, who is a very handsome Cavapoo, goes every 6-8 weeks. I did ask him if I could interview him, but he just woofed at me and gave me his toy duck, so I have gathered intel on the very best dog groomers in Swindon.
Here in no particular order are my top five!
1. Bella Jo Jo’s
Bella Jo Jo’s is a pet boutique and spa based in Old Town. The owners met through their mutual love of bulldogs, having owned and exhibited the breed for many years. The salon specialises in high quality pet products and accessories for the modern-day pampered pet. This isn’t your run of the mill dog groomers; it does the essentials but omg it also provides a dog zillion and painted paws on its price list! Talk about glam. website
2. A Helping Paw
This is Joey’s salon of choice, and he always comes back looking like a pampered pooch who smells amazing. Based in East Swindon, the owners are massive dog lovers. Their aim is to provide a friendly service where you know that your dog will be left in safe hands, be it for just a wash, full groom, walk or boarding/sitting whilst you get on with your busy life. website
3. Tails of Lydiard
Located in Toomers Garden Centre, this lovely little salon provides a great and affordable service for your pets. Professional pet groomer Kirsty offers a wide range of grooming services for dogs, cat and small pets. Kirsty prides herself on offering amazing grooms and putting animal welfare first, making sure your pet is comfortable and as stress free as possible facebook
BelMar studio has recently expanded from North Swindon to a fancy new studio in Cheney Manor industrial park. They provide a loving approach and use high-end equipment to ensure your pet will always be safe and cared for. Pets come back looking and smelling amazing. website
5. Hollywood Dog Grooming
Run by dog groomer Annie and based in North Swindon the salon is a purpose-built studio that provides a kind and loving vibe that ensures your best friend is clean, trimmed and fresh. facebook
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