Hi, I'm Helen. I am the owner and head groomer here at Gastall Dog Grooming - our family business.
So how did I become a dog groomer?
I have loved animals all of my life and as a young child craved a furry four-legged friend of my own. I did my first cut in the early '70s when I was 10 years old with scissors and comb on a scraggly mongrel, or as they were known back then a 'Heinz 57 Variety!'. Before I knew it I was (basic) cutting all my mum's friends dogs and loved it.
Having previously been a hairdresser with NVQ level 3 Qualification, it was a simple transition to dog grooming, affording me the advantage of bringing a pre-existing set of skills into the dog grooming profession. I am a qualified dog groomer to City & Guilds Level 2 and 3, certification gained at the renowned Brooksby Melton College. As a dog lover and owner, it is important to me to also be qualified as a Canine First Responder, so your fur babies will be in safe hands. I am also qualified in the first step of canine behaviour and psychology. I believe that this qualification and the experience, has benefitted the other independent groomers and assistants at Gastalls and some have already qualified in the same course.
All my qualifications are current, up to date and displayed clearly in the grooming salon alongside my public liability insurance certificate.
We're based here in the lovely village of Kegworth, centrally situated at the old post office on Church Gate. With easy parking close by, we are ideally placed on the cusp of the three counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, with great transport links. We aim to grow the business, adhering to our core belief, supporting the local community and the surrounding area. We like to give back too and as a supportive link in the dog rescue chain, we offer pro-bono services (emergency dog grooming) to the charity "FLOOF" For The Love Of Our Frenchies. A fabulous charity that works to rescue, rehabilitate, foster and rehome vulnerably and mistreated French Bull Dogs. We also support and promote the Yellow Ribbon scheme for dogs who need space from being approached for many reasons... illness, old age, sight impairment, nervousness etc. So if you see a dog at our salon wearing a yellow ribbon or out and about please don't approach without speaking with the owner/carer of that dog.