From grooming celebrities to grooming pets

A former international make-up artist to A-list celebrities has changed direction to recently open a dog grooming business in an idyllic Banburyshire village.

After almost 20 years of airports, hotels and jet lag, Ruth Warrior has converted the outbuildings at her family home in Warmington into a bespoke grooming studio for four-legged clients.

The Warmington Grooming Co opened its doors on November 17 and is already attracting many furry friends.

Ms Warrior said: “We moved here two-and-a-half years ago and fell in love with the Oxfordshire countryside.

“So I decided it was time to give up London and the jet setting life to be at home with the family. I made a career from knowing how to make people look and feel great, everyone from Scarlett Johansson, Kylie Minogue, Naomi Harris... so now I am doing the same but for dogs!”

Having trained under Julie Harris, master groomer and widely regarded as one of the best in the UK, Ms Warrior achieved a distinction in her City & Guilds Level 3 grooming qualification from the Pet Spa in Chelsea.

Now established in her own studio, the business has got off to a great start and Ms Warrior fully intends to keep sending both her clients and their owners home happy.

She said: “I have a very calm studio, I even have classical music on and most people have commented that they would like to stay themselves as it’s got a great feel.

“I hope to attract all sorts of different colourful characters – everyone from master of the hunt to the beloved pet owner.”

Ms Warrior added a good dog groomer should be a buffer between the owner and the vet. She said: “A dog should be groomed on average every six to 12 weeks. This includes the big dogs, working dogs and gun dogs.

“They need to be maintained not only for hygiene reasons – bringing the whole of Oxfordshire in the house is never nice – but also for care and attention to health.”

Every dog gets three baths. They then get conditioned and dried when the dog’s skin is also checked for allergies, ticks etcetera.

The claws are then clipped, ears cleaned and pads cleared ahead of a full groom.

There is parking on site but Ms Warrior can also offer pick up and deliver if needed. For more information, see www.thewarmingtongroomingco.com or call 01295 690288.