Meet our Vita Canis distributor in Finland, Pia von Koch

July 18th, 2018

 

Pia is very well known in the dog show world. She is a very successful handler and groomer, and not only in her home country of Finland. She’s intelligent, tall, pretty and blond, and she has an incredible connection with every dog she shows.

Pia & our young Airedale Richard

I’ve known Pia for a few years now. I used to see her at Crufts and she used to come to Saredon kennels to look at the Airedales and Lakelands. She always looked very stylish and glamorous, and I’ll never forget seeing her coming out of the grooming room one day wearing high heels. Seriously, trimming an Airedale in high heels?! I can barely stand in high heels, never mind working in them and handling a dog. Impressive, I thought!

We became friends when Pia was staying with us a few years ago for the first time. She visited Saredon kennels and worked with John on improving her hand stripping and styling skills for a few weeks. She knows that even if you are at the top of your game you need to carry on learning and improving to stay at the top.

We had a great time together, which is not hard as we share the same passion for dogs, and we both like the same books, films, and jokes. It’s fair to say, we had lot of fun together.

After her first visit here, Pia became a Vita Canis reseller in Finland, and this is her story.

What can you tell us about yourself?

I have been involved with dogs all my life. My first dog was a smooth-haired fox terrier. In the 70’s I started to show my Bernese mountain dog, but at that time I wasn’t so passionate about showing and handling. I have been a cloth designer for about 20 years and over that time I’ve owned different dogs as my family members, the Standard Poodle, and the Doberman to name a few. I got my first Airedale in 1998, and I absolutely fell in love with this king of terriers. Today I have 5 of them. My Airedale terrier, Duke, was the top Finnish Airedale for 6 years, and the top terrier in 2014.

In 2015 I opened my first dog grooming salon, called PiaDog® , in Helsinki and in a short period of time it became very busy and successful, specialising in hand stripped terriers. Over the years in dog showing, I made many national and inter

We both enjoy nice G&T and good veggie food

national champions, won best in shows, and even judged in Japan at the Open Airedale terrier Show.

Why did you decide to sell Vita Canis products?

In 2016 I visited Saredon kennels and worked with John, and you [Jitka] introduced me to your products. The first time I tried the

Hand Butter I fell in love. I loved, and still do, the soft, silky feeling it gives to my dry skin.

What is your favourite product?

The Calming Floral Spray  and Hand Butter . I use the calming spray in my salon on an every day basis and it is always in my show case as well. The Hand Butter helps my dry skin (really it should be called body butter, not hand butter !)

What is the best seller in your salon?

This time of the year it is definitely the Tick Off. Ticks are a massive problem in Finland. The ticks have become more abundant and have extended their distribution range in Finland, and Europe, during the last two to three decades. You can come across ticks not only in the countryside but also in Helsinki city centre!

 

If you would like to become a reseller or are interested to know more about stocking our products, please get in touch with me on enquiries@vitacanis.co.uk

Jitka xx

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