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New start for dog grooming business in Moulton near Newmarket

A local dog groomer who has run a successful business in the area for seven years is set to open up in new premises at Moulton tomorrow.

Lucy Thomas’s grooming parlour will revert to its original name, Mutts of Moulton, having traded as Vanity Fur from a base at Kennett for a year.

Lucy, who worked for the late Michael Jarvis at Kremlin House Stables and also held a jockey’s licence, turned her love of dogs into a career when she enrolled on a course at Milton College, in Cambridge, gaining NVQs at Grades 2 and 3.

Dog groomer Lucy Thomas who is about to move to new premises in Moulton
Dog groomer Lucy Thomas who is about to move to new premises in Moulton

She then worked as an apprentice with experienced Wicken groomer Joe Magri who was also dog warden in East Cambridgeshire and Cambridge City.

Branching out on her own, Lucy set up Mutts of Moulton at the cottage in the village she shared with Godolphin work rider Darren and their children Luna and Freddie, initially in the utility room and the family’s own bathtub, before converting a shed in the garden to accommodate her growing business.

A year ago, the family moved to Centre Drive, Newmarket and, with a change of name to Vanity Fur, she re-opened temporarily at Kennett, but is now thrilled to have found a new home at the Griffiths Yard business estate in Gazeley Road in Moulton.

“I got the unit purely by chance and out of the blue,” said Lucy. “I am so excited about starting up in my own proper unit with everything I need to get the business growing again.

“It’s never ideal to move, especially when an influx of new groomers has made it very competitive with people sometimes choosing cost over quality, but I like to do the job the old-fashioned way I was taught at college and as an apprentice.”

She offers full grooms, which include bath, de-shed, clip or scissor trim and nails or any combination of those services plus Emmipet teeth cleaning, at prices based on the size of the dog, the condition of its coat and the time taken.

Lucy also offers advice on treating allergies, common now there are so many new cross-breeds of dogs, and obesity often caused by too much food and too many treats.

Mutts of Moulton will open from 9am to 3pm on Monday to Friday and customers can visit the business’s facebook page. To discuss a dog’s needs or book an appointment, call 07443 457278.