Dog groomer produces stylish display on the global stage

Victoria with Pickle, who competed in the Mastergroom Canada competition in February

Victoria with Pickle, who competed in the Mastergroom Canada competition in February. - Credit: Victoria Harwin

A dog groomer has secured an impressive feat after competing in her first competition on the international stage. 

Victoria Harwin, who runs The Dog Bathing Company in Ely, earned second spot in the salon workshop, toy poodle and Asian fusion categories at the virtual Mastergroom Canada competition on February 28. 

Victoria competed against 30 entrants from across the world such as China and Australia, and had to style her miniature schnauzer Pickle and Beau for the Asian fusion class, before submitting photographs from different angles. 

A dog groomer from Ely shone on her international debut.

Pickle before taking part in the salon workshop category at the Mastergroom Canada competition. - Credit: Victoria Harwin

“It was amazing; the judge even said it was a really tough class as there were great grooms on show,” she said. 

“The lines were quite precise, and it’s always tough in a competition as you have to get it just right as if you take too much off, you can’t stick it back on!” 


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Victoria, who has been dog grooming for four years, has previously competed in national competitions and is also a lecturer on the subject. 

Ely dog groomer with dog Pickle who competed in the Mastergroom Canada competition

Victoria with Pickle, who competed in the Mastergroom Canada competition in February. - Credit: Victoria Harwin

She now looks ahead to the UK Mastergroom competition later this month, where she hopes to compete with more experienced dog groomers in future. 

A dog groomer from Ely shone on her international debut.

Pickle before taking part in the salon workshop category at the Mastergroom Canada competition. - Credit: Victoria Harwin

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“I find competing, grooming and teaching go hand in hand and furthers my career with dog grooming,” Victoria said. 




Ely dog groomer with dog Beau who competed in Mastergroom Canada competition

Victoria with dog Beau, who took part in the Asian fusion category at the Mastergroom Canada competition. - Credit: Victoria Harwin

“A first place will be good and then move into the next category, the open category, that’s my next goal.” 

Ely dog groomer with dog Beau who competed in Mastergroom Canada competition

Victoria with dog Beau, who took part in the Asian fusion category at the Mastergroom Canada competition. - Credit: Victoria Harwin

Ely dog groomer shines on international debut

Beau before taking part in the Asian fusion category at the Mastergroom Canada competition. - Credit: Victoria Harwin

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