Photographs by Richard Hawes Photography
Carole trained at Bellmead training school in Windsor. As part of her training she looked after dogs that were travelling with their owners on the QE2, as well as working at Battersea Dogs Home to beautify the dogs there, in order to maximise their chance of getting a loving home. Carole opened Topdog in 1987 (31 years ago) with a desire to treat each animal as an individual and trim each one to suit the dog’s and their owner’s lifestyle. As an owner of dogs herself, Carole understands your concerns about how your dog/cat is cared for, and can assure you that your pet will be treated with the same love and respect she gives her own.
Jackie joined Topdog in 1998. She has achieved her City and Guilds in dog grooming, and with her years of experience she trims to an extremely high standard. Jackie is particularly fond of trimming Poodles, Cocker Spaniels and Westies. She has completed an NVQ in Customer Services and Animal Care and completed a dog behaviour course at Grimsby College in 2008.
Katie joined Topdog in 2002. She grooms and baths all the dogs and is dedicated to doing a good job with love and care. Katie loves grooming Old English Sheepdogs and Retrievers. Since working at Topdog, Katie has obtained the following qualifications; a Level 3 diploma in Canine Nutrition, a Level 2 diploma in Pet Psychology, a diploma in Dog walking & Pet home sitting and also a distinction in a certified course in Animal physical therapy. She also has a Level 3 diploma in Veterinary Nursing and is a certified canine first aider.
Julie joined Topdog in 2004. She grooms and baths the animals in the salon with care second to none. She soothes the dogs and talks to them as if they were her own, making even the most nervous customers feel at ease. Julie has completed a dog behavior course and is also a trained Canine First Responder.
Laura joined us in 2009. She has a calming influence on the dogs and enjoys working in the salon. Laura's favourite breed to trim is a Schnauzer but she also loves Labradors. She has a National Diploma in Animal Management and a 1st Diploma in Animal care.
Alice joined us a few years ago to complete her training and has returned to us after starting a family to work part time. Alice loves handstripping Terriers and one of her favourite breeds is Labradoodles. She is a valuable asset to Topdog to make our team of groomers complete. Alice is also a certified first aider.
Abi joined Topdog in 2018, she baths and grooms all of the dogs on Saturdays. Abi has a passion for animals and has two dogs herself.