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Pet Industry News is Australia and New Zealand’s only pet trade magazine. Published four times a year, around 4000 copies of the magazine are sent free of charge to every pet-related business in our region including pet shops, aquariums, kennels & catteries, grooming business, wholesalers, major vets, etc


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April 2015

‘Cinderella dogs’ revealed at the Sydney Royal’s grooming championships

The Sydney Royal's prestigious grooming competition hosted by the Pet Industry Association of Australia dazzles spectators with the stunning handiwork of the very best dog groomers from around Australia. 


Certified Master Dog Groomer Annett Whitelum of NSW was crowned Supreme Royal Groomer with a silky, black English Cocker Spaniel.


“I’ve been training very hard to prepare for this competition, and winning this award is a huge accomplishment. It shows me I’m on track for the World Dog Grooming competition in October in Italy, where I will be representing Australia,” says Ms Whitelum, who runs Turners & Pooch Pet Salon on the Central Coast.


Showing or competing at a Royal Show is for many competitors the peak of their achievement and something they strive to achieve in their discipline, and it's the same for groomers, explained Karen Swan, Grooming Director of the Pet Industry Association.


Ms Whitelum competed against four other elite dog groomers – Lauren Novak of South Australia, Helen Forester of Western Australia, James Bennett of Queensland and Dani Segal from Victoria. These groomers were winners of last year's Royal State by State grooming challenge hosted by the Pet Industry Association, in conjunction with the Royal Agricultural Shows in the groomers' respective States.


“The Supreme Royal Groomer Championship has been growing steadily since it started in 2013, with more groomers having entered this year and we also had Western Australia represented for the first time,” says Ms Swan.


The Best in Show and Sydney Royal Groomer titles were both awarded to seasoned NSW competitor, Wendy Wouters of WE GROOM in Luddenham. Ms Wouters, who has showcased her talents in Europe, America and New Zealand, has earned a place in the 2016 Supreme Royal Groomer competition representing her state.


“It was a very exciting and nerve wracking competition,” she says. “I’ve won Best in Show at the Royal before, but I was so thrilled to win this particular groom as it was a true ‘Cinderella’ transformation using a dog I have never groomed before.  The exhaustion and sore shoulders from the day were worthwhile. When you have a win, it all seems worth it!”


The Victorian Government wants to ban the sale of puppies and kittens in pet shops. There is a reason that Governments in the past have not implemented this policy - not only will it not solve the Puppy Farm problem and the reported high level of shelter animals but it will make it worse. The Melbourne Age newspaper reports the reality of of such an irresponsible decision.

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