Weybread dog grooming business Paws Fur Fun continues to look after pet health
For dog lover Julie Clark, grooming and pet care are not just the basis for a business, but essential aspects of a dog’s health and wellbeing to which she is glad to devote her time.
Having initially trained as a hair dresser, Mrs Clark, 55, began working in an office to make ends meet, before eventually moving to Weybread for a fresh start.
“I never enjoyed working in an office”, she said.
“When I moved away I just thought it’s now or never. I took a training course in Norwich and then opened my business - Paws Fur Fun, in March of last year, which was a couple of weeks before the first lockdown arrived.
“I’m fortunate in that I work alone and my studio is my own grounds so it didn’t hit me too hard, although I have of course made all the necessary changes in attending appointments, scheduling those appointments, being masked and gloved up and sanitising after each client to ensure complete safety.”
“The services I provide are centred on the welfare of dogs which means I’ve been able to keep going. Dogs can suffer with ingrown nails which are an infection risk, and it can also affect their mood and make them nervous, so they still need grooming care.”
Mrs Clark is currently offering services for matted fur, ear complaints as well as nail treatments, but is not selling any products or undertaking appointments that are simply about aesthetics.
When it comes to the future of her business, enquiries have been made about cat grooming appointments, but Mrs Clark is happy to stick with dogs for the time being.
“I have four cats myself, so I know how much some cats hate being handled. In those instances you would definitely need a second pair of hands. So, long term, I might expand and take on another member of staff and I’m fortunate in that I have the space to do that. Although for safety reasons I’ll keep working alone for now.
Mrs Clark’s webpage can be found at www.pawsfurfun.co.uk