Norwich dog groomer Lauren Starling is celebrating opening her own grooming salon after 15 years in the business.
Starling, who is a qualified teacher and assessor for three animal care colleges, opened Taverham-based The Dog Pod a month ago.
She told the Eastern Daily Press: “My dream since leaving college was to open my own salon, I just never got around to it.
“I’m so proud I made the jump – it was scary but it’s been so rewarding.”
Starling also volunteers every Saturday at PACT animal sanctuary in Hingham.
She said: “If they’re in real need of a tidy-over – often they’re feeling quite uncomfortable as they’ve never been groomed before – I’ll give them a little TLC.”