UK’s first grooming competition for rescue dogs, ‘Style to Rescue’, takes place this month.

Rescue dogs from all over the country are invited to be treated like Crufts Champions at the first-ever grooming competition specifically for rescue dogs, Style to Rescue, taking place on Saturday May 19at Stoneleigh, near Kenilworth, Warwickshire. Style to Rescue is all about benefiting rescue dogs and their rescuers. Professional, experienced groomers will compete against each other in grooming the dogs.

Specific attention will be paid to the groomers’ ability to deal with dogs they’ve just met, keeping them calm with kindness and compassion, as well, of course, as grooming them in a manner that enhances their natural features, whilst remaining appropriate for the breed. It is the hope of the organisers that all the attending dogs 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. In total, 10 groomers and the rescue organisations that bring the winning dogs will benefit from monetary awards, starting with £500 each for the 1st prize ranging down to £20 each for 10th place. Every dog that is entered receives a donation to their rescue of £10.

World-class judges Philip Langdon and Mike Wildman will decide on the winning entrants.

The show promises to be a big draw for the general public who can observe the grooming competition and attend seminars being held throughout the day on topics such as Canine Coat Care (Sue Oliver), Pet First Aid (Jan Gallier) and dog training tips (Craig Flint, aka. The Dog Man) as well as a grooming demonstration from the England Groom Team.

The public can also meet a real canine celebrity in the form of Mojo the Poodle who’s appeared in films and even on Britain’s Got Talent!

The event is being run on a strict non-profit basis by a small group of volunteers and is the brain-child of Jitka Krizova, 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.
More information on Style to Rescue can be found on the website, and its associated Facebook page and Instagram.

Pictured in main image: event organiser Jitka Krizova.

This is a guest essay by Jenny Holden. Want to write for us? Visit or email


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