Meet Our Dog Groomer
My name is Bek and I am the Senior Groomer and Owner of The Grooming Lounge and Daycare.
I discovered the grooming world by accident after attending the University of Auckland, travelling the world and trying to figure out what I wanted to do in life. I am a farm girl, brought up with all sorts of animals and of course dogs, German Shepherds, Dachshunds, Pyrenean Mountain Dogs and many rescue mixes. I need to be around animals so when my family opened Barkleys On The River, Dog Grooming seemed like the natural path to take and I worked there until it's closing after my Dad passed away in August 2020. It was after this event in my life that I decided to continue to pursue my passion and I opened The Grooming Lounge & Daycare.
Rewind a little, I completed my training at the School of Grooming in Auckland passing with Excellence in 2017. I regularly attend seminars and workshops both in New Zealand, Australia & Online to further my knowledge, improve my craft and meet new people. In 2017, I became registered with the National Grooming Association of New Zealand, in 2018, I became registered with International Pet Groomers Inc., In 2019, I passed International Certifications to qualify as a Certified Advanced Professional Groomer.
I have participated in competitions around New Zealand winning awards in the 2019 Central Grooming Championship. Taking home in my level:
1st Place for Salon Freestyle Novice
2nd Place in a team event
3rd Place in Clipped Terrier Class Novice
In Christchurch's One Shot Competition 2019, I successfully won 1st place for Novice level
In February, Sulphur City Groomwars 2020 in Rotorua I placed:
1st for Salon Freestyle Intermediate
1st for Clipper Class Intermediate
2nd for Terriers Intermediate
3rd for Asian Fusion Intermediate
Rising Star Award
Best in Group for Salon Freestyle
& most recently in Auckland Groomalong 2020 I placed:
2nd in Salon Freestyle Silver Level
3rd in Gundog & Terrier Combined Clipped Class Silver Level
Dog Grooming has grown into my passion, I literally live and breathe it! I love to see the transformations both in outward appearance and in confidence of the dogs that pass through our salon. I love being able to please dog owners and provide a quality service that they can trust. I am proud to work in a cage-free, relaxed grooming environment which gives both dogs, owners and myself, great experiences.
I firmly believe that finding a Groomer who your dog gels with, is important! I want dogs and owners to be completely comfortable in their experience. Check out my Facebook Page “The Grooming Lounge Whangarei”. There are reviews from clients available to view as well as behind the scenes video and of course photos! I am an open book and will happily answer any questions you may have.