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Medway dog groomers, Dashing Hounds, converted van into salon to adapt during lockdown

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A Brompton dog groomer has found the changes she was forced to make for the pandemic has caused business to boom like never before.

Dashing Hounds has a shop in Medway but now the pet groomer is on wheels, she can take her business anywhere and everywhere.

Dashing Hounds, owner Kayleigh Darling
Dashing Hounds, owner Kayleigh Darling

When lockdown forced Kayleigh Darling to shut the salon, it forced her to look for other options.

She ended up visiting Wet Pets to convert a van into a mobile dog groomers so Dashing Hounds could still reach their customers safely.

Kayleigh added: "I decided to go ahead with that and get a van so I can go to customers houses now as opposed to them having to get to me.

"What would people shield in and not being asked to leave the house, it means they can still get their dog groomed without worrying about their well being.

"It's done wonders for my business, I'm really enjoying it. It makes the every day different, I'll go different places all the time. It's just a lot more convenient for everyone involved."

Inside the Dashing Hounds van
Inside the Dashing Hounds van

Now the restrictions have eased, Kayleigh has found the van has helped her reach a wider customer base of people who have trouble visiting the shop - whether that's because they're home workers, elderly or disabled.

She added: "I've only just been mobile now for a few weeks, but I have seen a large increase in bookings.

"I've got a lot of elderly customers that were struggling to bring their dogs to me and then worrying about the state that their dog was in because they couldn't get to me.

"So it's a lot of pressure off customers now they don't have to worry they just need to know what time I'll be there ready with their dog at the door.

"I have a few customers that have to get pet taxis to bring their dog to me, which is another expense on top of having their dogs groomed. So that's another thing they now don't have to worry about."

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