After recently moving to Benalla from Healesville, Cynthia Jennings has been grooming local dogs with her business Get Gorgeous Grooming for the past 12 months.
With 16 years’ experience, Cynthia said her love of dogs began at the age of seven with her first dog, a pekinese called Sally.
Cynthia offers full grooming services for all breeds of dogs at her salon, including bathing, drying, nails, cologne and bows, as well as show clips.
‘‘I always consult, especially with my first-time clients about what they really want,’’ Cynthia said.
She said some of her more interesting styles had included mohawks and lion cuts, and she could deliver whatever tickled the owner’s fancy.
Cynthia provides personalised care to her canine clients, grooming one dog at a time to earn the trust of the dog and understand its personal needs, including any phobias or health problems it may have.
‘‘You have to keep your mind on the fact you are working with a living, feeling being and somebody’s beloved,’’ she said.
Cynthia said the feedback from clients had been positive, with clients passing her cards on to other dog owners.
She has worked in a salon in Kew in Melbourne as well as the RSPCA and said her breeding and showing experience led to her career in grooming, which she loved.
‘‘I absolutely love my work,’’ Cynthia said.
●You can phone Cynthia for a grooming appointment on 0401394850.