These hairy dogs show that humans were not the only ones rushing to the barbers – as the pampered pooches were also treated with long delayed haircuts.
The long-haired dog breeds, including poodles, labradoodles, spaniels and a pomeranian, would normally have a haircut at least every six weeks. However, since dog sneakers had been closed during the winter lock, the dogs were in great need of a serious trim when groomers [in England] finally opened their doors again on Monday. And among the first pockets back through the doors were some of the regular customers at Bone Idol groomers in Brighton, East Sussex.
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Happy customers like Joey the Border terrier and Nellie the Welsh terrier had serious cuts and left a mountain of fur that was about half the height of the pooches themselves. And others, such as the cockola Lola, could finally see right again – after having their furry fringes cut back from the place where they had grown over their eyes.
Bone Idol owner Scott Learmouth said: “Our customers and their dogs love to come to the salon and we love to see them, so the shutdown has once again been really tough for everyone. On the first opening day and for the foreseeable future we have a busy schedule , and it’s really satisfying to see the transformations from sad to fabulous again. “
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The Bone Idol company also extends to the Bone Idol Academy, which trains permanent dog trimmers. Scott said that part of the company has seen a huge increase in applications since the start of the pandemic.
He added: “While of course we have been subject to restrictions like most retailers, dog care is a flexible occupation. It is also really fun and creative, and people who have been stuck in the lockdown home working in jobs they can not suffer, are coming to dog care and starting their dream career. “
“The pandemic has been a real time of reflection for many people.”
This story was originally published by the South West News Service.