Rescue dogs from all over the country are invited to be treated like Crufts champions at the first-ever grooming competition specifically for rescues.

Style to Rescue will take place on Saturday, 19 May at Stoneleigh, near Kenilworth.

The event is all about benefiting rescue dogs and their rescuers. Professional groomers will compete against each other in grooming the dogs. They’ll be judged by Philip Langdon and Mike Wildman with specific attention paid to the groomers’ ability to deal with dogs they’ve just me, keeping them calm with kindness and compassion, as well as grooming them in a manner that enhances their natural features, whilst remaining appropriate form the breed.

It is also hoped by the organisers that all the attending dogs will find their forever homes as a result of the event. The winning groomers and the rescue dogs’ charities will share the financial rewards as well as prizes donated by sponsors. Ten groomers and rescue organisations will be placed, with £500 each for first prize. Every dog that is entered receives a donation to their rescue of £10.

Visitors can observe the grooming competition and attend seminars held throughout the day on topics such as Canine Coat Care (Sue Oliver), Pet First Aid (Jan Gallier) and dog training tips (Craig Flint), as well as a grooming demonstration from England Groom Team.

You could also get to meet Mojo the Poodle who’s appeared in films and Britain’s Got Talent.

The day will be run by a small group of volunteers and is the brainchild of Jitka Krizova (main photo), successful business entrepreneur and championship groomer from Uttoxeter in Staffordshire.

Style to Rescue is very grateful to all the sponsors and raffle prize contributors, who include Vita Canis, The Welsh Grooming Association, For all Dogkind, Roses Top Dog, The Hair of The Dog, Tail Waggers Lichfield, Beco Pets, Lintbells, Fish 4 Dogs and Dogrobes.

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