My name is Bek and I am the Resident Groomer here at Barkleys On The River and I manage The Grooming Lounge!
I discovered the grooming world by accident after completing qualifications in Photography & Interpreting and Translation at the University of Auckland and moving home to Whangarei. I am a farm girl, brought up with all sorts of animals and of course dogs, German Shepherds, Dachshunds, Pyrenean Mountain Dogs and many rescue mixes. I need to be around animals so when my family opened Barkleys On The River, Dog Grooming seemed like the natural path to take.
So, I completed my training at the School of Grooming in Auckland passing with Excellence in 2017. I regularly attend seminars and workshops both in New Zealand and Australia to further my knowledge, improve my craft and meet new people. In 2017, I became registered with the National Grooming Association of New Zealand, in 2018, I became registered with International Pet Groomers Inc. and most recently in 2019, I passed International Certifications to qualify as a Certified Advanced Professional Groomer.
Dog Grooming has grown into my passion, I literally live and breathe it! I love to see the transformations both in outward appearance and in confidence of the dogs that pass through our salon. I love being able to please dog owners and provide a quality service that they can trust. I am proud to work in a cage-free, relaxed grooming environment which gives both dogs, owners and myself, great experiences.
I firmly believe that finding a Groomer who your dog gels with, is important! I want dogs and owners to be completely comfortable in their experience. I encourage you to have a chat with me and look at my salon. Also, check out my Facebook Page “The Grooming Lounge Whangarei”. There are reviews from clients available to view as well as behind the scenes video and of course photos! I am an open book and will happily answer any questions you may have.