Sisters embark on dog grooming career

LYNN de la Mare swapped a career in finance for a whole new venture with her sister Julie Smith.

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L-R: Lynn de la Mare and Julie Smith with Mickey and Rio

LYNN de la Mare swapped a career in finance for a whole new venture with her sister Julie Smith.

The pair opened their own dog grooming business, Barks ’n’ Bubbles in the summer and have seen their client list steadily grow.

‘I left a good salary to do this, but finance isn’t as fun any more.

‘I got to the stage after 30 years where I thought if I don’t do it now, I never will,’ said Mrs de la Mare.

‘We both love animals and we love doing this. We took to it very, very quickly.’

Mrs de la Mare said that she has enjoyed the opportunity to do something completely different.

‘It’s very artistic because each owner wants their dog to look a certain way.

‘The majority of clients want their dog to have a specific look that keeps the look of the breed,’ she said.

‘It’s quite intense and you have to get it right, but most of all it’s really good fun.’

Comments for: "Sisters embark on dog grooming career"

PB FALLA

Quote of the year

"I left a good salary to do this, but finance isn’t as fun any more"

Martino

But they wouldn't have had the finance for their pooch pampering venture without finance - you've got to be one dumb mutt not to see that.

John West

My question is, was finance fun in the first place?

Karen

By "fun" I think this refers to the fact that since 9/11 the client relationship had to be less trusting as "know your client" became the forefront of your initial and ongoing relationship as the world became less trusting rather than fun and games in the office. The intelligent person would know where she was coming from and would not need further explanation.

Bubbles

I can't grasp the reasoning why dog owners don't simply buy a set of clippers and tidy up their mutts themselves?

One treatment would pay for a set of clippers and there would be enough change for a good meal and a pint afterwards.

What is so difficult about this that I'm missing? My cat looks all pricey and designer. She was sourced from the Animal Shelter and was completely free. I treat her with Imac hair removal moose on a weekly basis to give off an expensive designer Sphynx appearance. Everybody asks how much I paid for her. When I say she was free they all want one.

Hucc

I read the article in the GP and it was refreshing to see two sisters taking the brave decision to start a new business with one of them moving out of the finance sector and giving up a salary to do this.

I note the comments from the "regulars" which made me chuckle somewhat!

It is reassuring that there are still people out there willing to take a gamble on a new venture and provide a service, from what I hear, which is needed. Well done Lynn and Julie.

Check your email as I wish to make an appointment to bring my "pooch" in to your parlour.

Good luck to the both of you.

Hucc