A LADY who owns a dog grooming salon in Rhyl recently won a national competition after giving her four-legged friend a safari-inspired makeover.
Micki Morelli, owner of ‘Tails ‘n’ Nails’ on Aquarium Street, was among the winners of the British Creative Dog Grooming Championships at Woolmer Green Village Hall, Hertfordshire on April 10.
Micki won the category “extreme creation (novice)”, after giving her dog, Luna, a standard poodle, a new all-in-one look of elephant, zebra, leopard and giraffe.
For Micki, who has been running “Tails ‘n’ Nails” for about four years, this proved to be a third chance, with second place being her best effort in the two previous competitions she had entered.
Having taken about three to four weeks to complete Luna’s look, she was thrilled that her hard work was paying off.
She said: ‘It was a full dye job on the dog, which was completed the day.
“Our theme was safari – she currently has an elephant on her bottom, with her tail as a trunk, zebra print on one side and leopard print on the other, and giraffe print on the front!
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“I’ve been a dog groomer for a while now and started to get into creative color on dogs a bit. I did my first grooming contest last year (Salon Creation category) in Manchester, and I just dreamed of going to the extreme creative this time.
“I did another craft show with one of my other dogs, where I turned one of them into a bumblebee; (but) it was the first time I did “extreme creation”.
“I was amazed (to win) because there were some good dogs there – I got a little trophy and a rosette and then the winners of each class then went to ‘best in show’ , which we obviously entered in the selection for!”
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There was also double reason for celebration for Micki, as her four-year-old daughter Emma won first prize in a junior competition.
Dressed as “Cruella de Vil”, Emma stylized her dog to look like a multicolored Dalmatian; a nod to the famous Disney film.
Micki was also keen to point out that there is no element of animal cruelty involved in grooming her dog and that she would not do the same, for example, to a pet of a customer.
She added: “The dogs are cared for regularly and enjoy it. They are never attached to the table; they can jump at any time.
“My dogs love the attention they get, and it’s a great dog bonding time.
“If a client’s dog came and asked for (the same style) to be done, I would probably say no, because I don’t know his dog, or how he would deal with a situation with extra care.
“It’s not extra extra time for a normal groom, because I did his color work for three to four weeks, bit by bit.
“It’s not all at once, and it’s all completely safe, non-toxic, vegan materials.”
To find out more about the British Creative Dog Grooming Championships, visit: www.creativedoggrooming.co.uk.
To learn more about “Tails ‘n’ Nails”, visit: www.facebook.com/TailsnNailsRhyl.