COATS, Tails & Nails is a professional dog grooming service set up earlier this year by Ruth Hopwood.
And Ruth describes it as a relaxed environment as she works from home on Rayners Lane, Stalybridge.
Husband Michael, a plumbing and heating engineer, transformed their garage into a state-of-the-art salon.
Ruth offers a full range of services, from full groom, wash, fluff dry and brush out to hand stripping, ear cleans, nail trims and spa treatments.
And Ruth, who is building up her client base, says her approach is one of softly-softly.
She said: “I sometimes get dogs that are traumatised from previous grooming experiences.
“If a dog doesn’t want to do something, I will leave it and then try again later.”
Ruth has a 13-year-old cocker spaniel, Honey, who she admits was not a good model when she was starting out.
“She is not a typical dog that dances on the table! She lies on the table, allows you to clip her and then rolls over,” explained Ruth.
Ruth has always lived in homes with pets so had no misgivings about a change to a canine occupation.
She spent 36 years working for the National Blood Service in a variety of PA/ secretarial roles and for the last three years been PA to the principal at a secondary school in Salford.
For her new job, Ruth spent two months training at the Anrich Veterinary Hospital, Wigan, where she gained a professional diploma in dog grooming that is recognised by the Pet Industry Federation and British Dog Groomers’ Association. She also has a canine first-aid qualification.