I am one of these crazy dog ladies … I have always loved dogs and always wanted to have my own one from a very early age. Pretty much all of my dogs I received as puppies or youngsters, or were given to me in different stages of their lives. Back in Slovakia I had two dogs that I found on the street: Boba was a miniature smooth haired dachshund and Prco was a small hairy cross, that looked just like a bigger, hairier chihuahua. Both were very sweet and very challenging at the same time!
During my career as a dog groomer I’ve worked with hundreds of rescue dogs and always admired those people who adopted them. I always felt a need to do something or to help somehow, and for a number of years now I have been a sponsor of the Ashbourne Animal Welfare Fun Dog Show, it’s always great fun!
A few years ago I heard about a dog grooming competition in the USA, called Rescue Rodeo, where the groomers were using rescue dogs to compete with, and almost all of the dogs found a new home on the day. That was so incredibly touching to me, and since then the idea of a rescue dog competition has always remained in the back of my mind.
And so, at the end of the last year I finally decided that I was going to organise something like this! I approached the organiser of the event in the USA and a very helpful lady, Judy, helped me with all of the details I needed to know.
With a massive helping hand from my friends, Nicci and Sam, and huge support from fellow dog groomers, we started to organize this unique event … and Style to Rescue was born!
Style to Rescue is all about beneﬁting the rescue dogs and their rescuers.
Professional, experienced groomers will compete against each other in grooming the dogs. Speciﬁc attention will be paid to the groomers’ ability to deal with dogs they’ve only just met, keeping them calm with kindness and compassion, as well as, of course, grooming them in a manner that enhances their natural features, whilst remaining appropriate for the breed. It is the hope of the organisers that ALL of the attending dogs ﬁnd their forever homes as a result of the event.
The winning groomers and the rescue dogs’ charities will share a ﬁnancial reward as well as prizes donated by sponsors. In total, 10 groomers and the rescue organisations that bring the winning dogs, will beneﬁt from monetary awards, starting with £500 each for the 1st prize and ranging down to £20 each for 10th place. Every dog that is entered receives a donation to their rescue of £10.
World-class judges Philip Langdon and Mike Wildman will decide on the winning entrant.
We’re currently contacting rescue organisations all over the country and have been happy to receive positive responses from so many!
The following organisations will be bringing dogs – assuming they have suitable candidates for grooming in May:
Many Tears Animal Rescue – www.manytearsrescue.org
Forest Dog Rescue – www.forest-dog-rescue.org.uk
Dog Watch UK – www.dogwatchuk.com
Poodles in Need – www.poodlesinneed.co.uk
Cairn Terrier Relief – http://www.cairn-rescue.co.uk/
And more coming soon…
The show promises to be a big draw for the general public who can observe the grooming competition and attend seminars being held throughout the day on topics such as Canine Coat Care (Sue Oliver), Pet First Aid (Jan Gallier), Dog Training Tips (Craig Flint, aka. The Dog Man) as well as a grooming demonstration by talented Lisa Hart. The public can also meet a real canine celebrity in the form of Mojo the Poodle who’s appeared in ﬁlms and even on Britain’s Got Talent!
For more information you can visit our website www.style2rescue.co.uk
I hope you will find the time to come and see us on Saturday, May 19th, 2018 at the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park, nr Kenilworth, Warwickshire.