A Day In The Life
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Kim Nolan from Chingford’s Funky Dogs dog grooming centre shares an insight into what her day in the canine world involves
RISING AT 5AM is fine, as I love mornings. My day starts by going straight over to the forest where I walk all of my dogs. It’s beautiful and it’s a great way to start the day, as I love the outdoors.
I LIVE IN CHINGFORD so generally it takes me ten minutes to walk to my shop, Funky Dogs, which is great and very convenient. The shop opens at 9am and closing times vary during the week. Wednesday is our late night and we close at 9pm. Everyone’s lives are so busy now and it’s good to give people an option to come in during the evening or weekend.
THE FIRST THING I DO is reply to all my messages, emails and social media, which my colleague Tina tends to do. I’m not really into social media at all, however it has been brilliant for the business, so it’s definitely a must.
WHAT WE DO when we have a new customer is spend a little bit of time chatting to them, to find out how they want their dog to look and also the practical aspects too. It’s not sensible for your dog to go for a longer style if you’re not going to brush your dog or have them groomed regularly. It’s important that the customer walks away completely comfortable leaving their dog with us.
EVERY DAY IS DIFFERENT which is great. For example, Marley is a Labrador who comes in every four weeks for a bath as it helps reduce the shedding of his hair, which can be annoying for dog owners. Every day is busy and we always have a variation of baths, brush outs and full grooms for different breeds from a tiny Manchester Terrier to a large Briards.
WE CATER FOR EVERY DOG AND THEIR NEEDS. We have a West Highland Terrier who has been coming to us for more than two years. She was rescued by Battersea Dogs Home and she was so nervous when she first came in, but now she loves it! Some dogs just need that extra reassurance and time.
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I LOVE MY JOB as I adore dogs and I like seeing how much people love their dogs too. I only do the lottery with hope that I will win and have a lovely animal sanctuary to rescue all the poor little dogs that need a home. We try and help charities by not charging our customers for nail trimmings, but instead we ask them to make a donation to one of our charity pots, which include Haven House or The Dogs Trust. So throughout the day we get a lot of people pop in to get their dog’s nails trimmed.
MY JOB HAS TO BE the most unglamorous job in the world. With a mixture of bathing, clipping, scissoring and hair flying everywhere, you could never be concerned or worried what you look like. I love it!
THE DAY ENDS by clearing up and making sure everything is fresh for another day for our four-legged friends. Last decision of the day is always ‘do I go to the gym or go for a glass of prosecco on the way home?’ Glass of prosecco it is!
200b Chingford Mount Road
Monday 9am to 5pm
Tuesday 8am to 4pm
Wednesday 9am to 9pm
Thursday 9am to 6pm
Friday 9am to 5pm
Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays by appointment only.
Walk in and same day appointments are subject to availability.