Dunkeswell dog salon celebrates launch after paw-sing grand opening because of lockdown

Celebrations have been held behind closed doors after a new dog grooming business launched in Dunkeswell amid the coronavirus lockdown.

Wendy Kenney has opened Shampooches dog grooming salon and canine teeth cleaning service in Dunkeswell, teaming up with business partner Michelle Bluck, of Winnies Pawporium, a dog grooming, walking and pet sitting service.

Lockdown rules meant the grand opening of the business, in Marcus Road, had to be shelved in favour of a video tour of the new salon.

Wendy, aged 56, who lives in Culmstock, the mid-Devon village where she founded her business four years ago, said trade has been brisk since opening doors to canine customers.

She said the salon had been due to open at the start of April, but was postponed until May, when lockdown laws allowed them to trade.

The businesswoman said the salon opening had been welcomed by owners who had been left attempting DIY dog cuts when the UK was in full lockdown.

“Some people have tried it themselves,” said Wendy. “We’ve been really busy and it’s been really good.

“We have had a lot of positive feedback from people saying it looks lovely.

“We planned to have a grand opening when lockdown started so all I did was take a video and post that.”


The outside of the new business.


Inside Shampooches and Winnies Pawporium.

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The grand opening was shelved because of the coronavirus lockdown. The salon made and shared a video instead.

As I’m unable to do the Grand opening this weekend here’s a virtual look around. Can’t wait to open on Monday and see all the lovely dogs.

Posted by Shampooches Dunkeswell on Saturday, 9 May 2020

Wendy, who for 25 years had worked in the social housing sector, began her dog grooming business Shampooches almost four years ago, working out of a tiny shed in her back garden in Culmstock.

She changed careers because she preferred a more therapeutic profession.

Wendy teamed up with former care worker Michelle, aged 37, after giving the younger woman work experience.

Wendy and Michelle set up the new business in Dunkeswell, renting an empty unit in Marcus Road.

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Winnies Pawporium’s van

To find out more about Shampooches, see here, and Winnies Pawporium here.

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