Kate who is the owner of the salon is a fully City & Guilds qualified dog groomer. She trained at an Award Winning dog grooming school that prides itself on teaching Dog Groomers from all around the world. Kate also holds a National Diploma in Animal Care and is Emergency Canine First Aid qualified so as you can imagine animals are her passion.
With experience from Dog Grooming in both popular pet stores and veterinary practices we can assure that all your dogs needs will be met whilst in Kates care at the salon.
Kate prides herself on her professionalism and care for not just every dog but every customer who walks through the salon doors. Working along side local charities and rescue centres Kate been voted the number one dog groomer in Cardiff by the Three Best Rated the people vote of 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020.
Michaela is our dog walker and pet care service manager, she has a passion for animals and enjoys spending her days surrounded by your pets. Whether you have a puppy, a golden oldie or a little fury friend that needs a friendly face we can sure you Michaela treats all animals as if they are her own. She has devoted her career to helping rescues and charities to insure all animals have a loving home to call their own. All dogs that are out being walked by Michaela, will be equipped with a custom designed K8’s Short Bark N Sides collar displaying our name and contact numbers and will only be let off a lead at the owners request, if the dog has been recall trained. Don’t worry if your pooch hasn’t been recall trained, as Michaela comes prepared with her training leads, long leads, short leads and correction leads to help your dog continue with its adventures while remaining safe and secure. Michaela works hard to custom design dog walking & pet care packages to suit your beloved pets needs!
The Salon Mascots
Bailey our salon Pug is the reason K8’S Short Bark N Sides originally opened, you will often see him greeting customers as they enter through the salon doors, watching the world go by on the sofa or enjoying an afternoon nap in one of the salon beds. At the ripe age of 13 Mr B has become one of our biggest fans. He likes to make sure the every pooch that comes in is well behaved and has been extending his forever growing list of four legged friends from the day our salon doors opened. Bailey is the CEO of Short Bark N Sides!
Louis our salon Frenchie started off his life with a very sad story, at the age of 14 months he found himself roaming the streets of Cardiff where he was picked up by the Dog Warden and began looking for his forever home. Little did he know his forever home would be with the team at Short Bark n Sides. Louis was rescued in 2017 and soon became part of the Short Bark N Sides family. Louis went from street dog to living the doggy dream! You may often find Louis with his face pressed up against the window waiting for his friends!
Albie the Special Pug. Albie has become the little heart throb of the salon, being born with brain damage is difficult for anyone, however this little Pug has the biggest character out of all the salon mascots. You can normally hear him before you see him. You can always count on this little fella to put a smile on your face, from him sniffing out treats to pinching and hiding toys, Albie brings so much life to the salon. This little man makes sure nothing gets in his way when he’s treat finding! The Short Bark N Sides team is Albies third family. We are so glad he has found his forever home with us!
And last but not least…….
Bungle the newest member of the K8’s Short Bark N Sides family, you can often find him out in the van with Michaela where he greets all our dog walking customers with a smile and a bum wiggle. When hes not out with Michaela you can find him curled up in one of the salon beds relaxing in the chilled atmosphere of the salon. With joining his 1/2 brother Albie, his great uncle Bailey and his French brother Louis our team is now complete!