We are very keen to work with and promote other local doggy businesses, so we visited Gemma Corcoran, owner of Trendy Pooches, Little Sutton recently. We wanted to get to know her and her business a little more.
Trendy Pooches has been open for almost 5 years and has over 1500 customers on the books. It’s also no secret that we regularly take our Brosko there for a trim and wash!
Q. What are your earliest memories of having a dog?
A. I can’t remember a time without a dog in my life! Growing up around horses there was always farm terriers around and my dad used to breed greyhounds.
Q. What did you want to do when you left school?
A. Originally, I wanted to work with horses! I now appreciate having a job that is indoors!
Q. How did you come to start your own grooming business?
A. I worked within the industry in a number of successful salons and was managing the Hoylake Trendy Pooches branch when I decided I wanted my own! I loved the company’s ethos of welfur before furcut and the support network I have with the other branches.
Q. What do you find is the most satisfying part of your work?
A. Seeing a happy dog and a happy owner! I also love to educate owners on correct care of their dog’s coats at home and I love seeing the results of a well brushed knotfree coat! I also love seeing a transformation!
Q. There must be parts of your work you find challenging?
A. I would not say challenging, but one thing that upsets me the most is when a regular customer’s dog passes over rainbow bridge. We get to know our client’s dogs very well and they are like family to me so it always breaks my heart when I hear news like this and I can’t help but break down and cry myself.
Q. Where do you see yourself and your business in 5 years time?
A. Well the sky is the limit! In these testing economical times I am focusing on maintaining the business as it currently is and keep my staff busy. I am planning to start my International Master Certified Groomer qualification as well, as I believe you never stop learning!
Q. I believe you like to Show your dogs? How did you get into it?
A. I used to compete with horses many years ago. When I got my first Bedlington Terrier, Aero, I fell in love and set out to learn more about them and the very distinctive haircut. As I learned more from advocates of the breed it was a natural progression. Seeing how much the breed had struggled in the past numbers wise I wanted to help promote this wonderful breed and showing has not only taught me so much, its strengthened my bond with Aero and I made lifelong friends! My boyfriend started to show an interest in showing and now owns and has plans to show another British native breed in danger, the Manchester Terrier!
Q. What do you like to do in your spare time?
A. In my spare time, I mostly spend it with my dogs, out on walks, training or just snuggling on the sofa. I also love board game nights with my boyfriend and our friends.
Q. Favourite food?
A. Has to be anything with cheese on it.
Q. Favourite breed of dog?
A. Think that goes without saying, Bedlington Terrier!
Q. Favourite drink?
A. Can’t beat a nice glass of wine at the end of a busy week.
Q. Favourite holiday destination?
A. Anywhere hot, I loved visiting America and want to see more of the country one day.
Q. Favourite place to visit?
A. The Lake District with the dogs, I love nature.
Q. Tell me 1 thing your clients would be surprised to learn about you?
A. I am a professional recording artist for demo tracks and commercial work and often sing stuff I’m learning for a recording session to the dogs in work!
If you would like to get to know a little more about Gemma and her team you can follow Trendy Pooches on Social Media :-
Tel: 0151 352 4199