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., In 2019, I passed International Certifications to qualify as a Certified Advanced Professional Groomer & most recently I won awards in the 2019 Central Grooming Championship. Taking home in my level,1st Place for Salon Freestyle, 2nd Place in a team event, 3rd Place in Clipped Terrier Class & Best Newcomer.
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