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Welcome to Absolutely Barking.

Man’s best friend is set for pampering like never before with the launch of Absolutely Barking, Northern Ireland’s first dedicated holistic dog grooming salon. The premises, on the outskirts of Belfast, nestled in the heart of Newtownabbey in Throne View Centre have been designed and fitted out to put the dogs, and indeed their owners, instantly at ease from the moment they walk through the door. It’s a refreshingly dog centric philosophy specifically intended to promote a totally stress free approach to grooming.

Trained by one of the region’s top dog grooming experts, Marion Dundee, Lisa (proprietor) is absolutely clear that a holistic approach to pet care and grooming creates a happier, less anxious and healthier pet. “I absolutely love my work and I am truly dedicated to providing dog grooming with a difference, ensuring the experience is an entirely positive, enjoyable and calm one for both the dog and the owner” says Lisa.

“We are very excited to be using the Betty and Butch product range, and are the first salon in Ireland to be granted a contract, showing a belief in us from the owners who distribute the natural products globally.  I believe the products we use are equally as important as the treatments we offer.  What goes on our pets’ skin is just as important as what goes on our own which is why we have decided to use the range; Betty & Butch and also the Tropiclean Spa range both products ensuring the pH levels are just right for your pets skin and hair type.  The range is totally natural and includes dog shampoos, conditioners, fragrances sprays and paw balms which are enriched with pure essential oils and natural extracts.”

Health checks are also an important part of the unique service with owners reassured their four legged friend’s eyes, teeth and coats will be assessed at each and every visit.

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Meet the groomer – Lisa Rea

Groomer - Lisa Rea

From a very young age Lisa has had a love for animals and anyone that knew her then knew that she would have a career with them. After school she completed a BTEC National Diploma in Animal Care at Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education while working in a veterinary clinic.

Upon finished her course she went to work with dogs in Hillside Kennels and Cattery. This started her 11 year career with dogs. Initially she learnt how to care for, clean and handle dogs before moving into the grooming. Over the years Lisa has matured into an excellent dog groomer and handler. She can groom dogs to breed and pet standards and her personality allows her to work with clients to assess their needs and wants for their furry friends coats and looks.

In 2012 Lisa fulfilled her ambition to open her own dog grooming salon and Absolutely Barking was born. She knew the look and feel that she wanted and the holistic approach she wanted to take with dog grooming. Being a dog owner herself she knew how owners felt leaving their furry family members to be groomed and therefore styled Absolutely Barking around this. “I know that people don’t like to not know what is happening to their dogs so there is no back rooms to Absolutely Barking, I groom in front of the owners, even my bathing room has a window so I’m never out of sight” says Lisa.

To have a chat with Lisa about booking your dog in to Absolutely Barking give her a call now on 02890 771017