COMPETING at Crufts, the world’s most famous dog show, was the last thing Emma Smith envisaged when she bought Remi, a standard black poodle puppy.
Though Remi is still only 21 months old, he is already a veteran of two Crufts
and has already qualified for next year’s championships.
Emma, who runs Carrbrook-based Groomingtails, explained: “I have always been a dog owner, but never competed.
“I originally bought Remi because, as a standard poodle, he needed a lot of grooming so he was ideal to improve my skills.
“The original idea was to enter grooming competitions but, as he developed so beautifully and he became very handsome, his breeder, Carol Hutchins from Gloucestershire, was keen for me to compete with him.”
Remi was only six months old when he came second at the Manchester Championship Show and qualified for 2017 Crufts where he was second in the minor puppy class.
“We were absolutely over the moon for Remi to finish second in his first Crufts,” explained Emma.
Remi continued to star at other championship shows, winning a couple of classes and also claiming a number of seconds to qualify for Crufts 2018.
Emma continued: “Though Remi didn’t win this year, he competed in a higher group – post graduate instead of yearling.
“He was the youngest dog in the class and did amazingly.
“It was his best-ever show, even though he was not placed.”
Remi recently qualified for Crufts 2019 following success at the South West Poodle Championship Show.
Emma’s business has been based on Buckton Vale Road for the last two-and-a-half years. Before that she had premises in Woodend Mill, Mossley.
The business is flourishing and Emma has another member of staff, a Saturday girl and is looking to take on an apprentice groomer.
Emma trained in Huddersfield with award-winning Alison Rogers, a former groomer of the year.