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I was bought up in the King Country and loved the farm life I had. Always out with animals and playing sport.
As a youngster I rode horses and competed in ponyclub events until I found the sport of Golf at age 11. I spent the next 10 years playing my loved sport, reaching Junior National and then Senior regional representative level.
I married and moved to the Bay of plenty, living in Tauranga and have been here ever since.
Being an animal nut all my life has led me to a lifelong dream job working with animals.
I have been grooming for 17 years (however as child /teenager I did groom my own dog with various styles thank goodness no one saw it gasp!).
I completed a 600 hour apprenticeship before working along side my teacher and purchasing her existing salon and Pet store- Greerton Pet World. Running the combined pet shop and the grooming for 10 years was quite a challenge. And as time has progressed the pet store has faded out and the grooming has evolved into a busy stand alone salon.
During the Pet shop days I bred and showed pedigree Ragdoll cats winning many ribbons across the country. I also bred miniature poodle puppies, oh and rabbits earlier on but that was a disaster. Breeding Rabbits is actually not that easy.
I have 3 grown children and an extended family of Dragon boat paddlers which takes up most of my spare time now along with a new hobby of photography.
In 2017 I ventured out of the country for the first time racing a dragon boat of course. Hong Kong was my first overseas regatta and then followed that with a trip to Italy in 2018 to the IBCPC (International Breast Cancer Participatory ceremony). Racing against 3000 other Breast Cancer survivors from 28 countries in Florence ITALY. We were placed 11th out of 134 teams and in our final produced the 6th fastest time out of the whole regatta.
I proudly display information about my team the BOOBOPS, photos, trophys and medals from this inspirational team of gutsy women.
The salon averages around 2000 dogs per year and as long as I stay fit and strong I will continue doing what I love both grooming dogs and racing dragon boats.
I hope to see you and your dog in the salon very soon.
I was born in Tauranga and raised in Mount Maunganui with my Mum, Dad, older Brother and 2 cats.
As a child I enjoyed being active and played many sports including netball, soccer, inline hockey and rock climbing.
In 2005 I was selected to represent New Zealand at the world youth rock climbing championships in Beijing, China. It was an amazingly proud moment for me and I got to learn about the history of China and walk the great wall.
I’m also a single mum to my son, who like his mum loves science and when he grows up wants to become a scientist and make a cure for cancer.
I have a Pomeranian, Marty who is always by my side. Marty is full of energy and loves going for bushwalks and beach runs and relaxing at home on my lap at night time.
In my spare time I like to draw/ sketch and read. For the last few years I have been trying to write a novel (it’s a lot harder than I thought it would be)
I have always loved animals of all sizes and types in 2012 I completed a National certificate in animal care and Vet nursing at the BOP polytechnic.
In 2013 started working in the dog grooming industry as a bather, I have slowly worked my way up to being a groomer, I enjoy grooming because every day is different, with different breeds, temperaments and style cuts, you never know what’s around the corner. I’m proud of the confidence and skills I have gained in this time and look forward to furthering my grooming techniques.