60 Seconds with Keri Squibb

Meet Keri Squibb of The Dog and I. A dog groomer who is launching her own brand of canine grooming product and is ‘Making Dogs Lives Better One Woof at a Time’!

3 words that describe you best?

Impulsive, motivated, adventurous

What was your first ever job?

Shop assistant in a gift shop

What’s on your desk right now?

Phone, diary, laptop and some tropical woodlice that have just arrived in the post for my sons gecko tank!

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A veterinary nurse

Which device or piece of equipment could you not live without?

My mobile phone, sad but true. It keeps me connected to my business no matter what I am doing.

What’s your favourite tool of your trade?

For dog grooming my cordless clippers. For my brand, my mobile. It really does make running a business on top of everything else possible for me.

What’s in your handbag?

Dog poo bags and my diary when I go out – it goes everywhere with me

How do you relax?

I struggle with this, I use lavender essential on my pillow at night. I try to read but it tends to be something easy as my mind is so busy I can’t concentrate on anything too complicated by the end of the day. I also enjoy walking with the dogs, across the fields or down to the beach.

What’s your favourite holiday destination?

Australia, my sister has lived there for 20 years so I am very fortunate to have been there 3 times.

What do you find most difficult?

Switching off

Best piece of advice to someone starting out with their own business?

Give it time. Nothing happens overnight. You need to build trust, a reputation and prove yourself. You will get there, anything is possible if you want it enough.

You’re stranded on a desert island. What 3 things would you choose to have with you?

I’m quite practical so it would have to be matches, warm clothing for night time and my husband!

Superheroes are always on topic in our house. Who is our favourite Superhero?

Oh no, I don’t do superheros, um. Can I say my husband for that one too? He is pretty super and is a hero to me. Always supporting my my mad cap ideas, or at least silently tolerating them.

Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman?

Batman, simply because I like bats but not spiders!

And finally, the plug?

Hi, Im Keri and I am a dog groomer who is slowly building a retail brand ‘The Dog and I’ Its early days but my ethos is ‘Making Dogs Lives Better One Woof at a Time’ In my case thats one product at a time. Having discovered some time ago through my dog grooming that the canine grooming product industry is completely unregulated, I have undertaken a variety of research and found that many shampoos etc are full of chemicals that are potentially toxic to dogs. This has led on to me recently launching my own brand of SLS and paraben free shampoo and detangler plus a gorgeous skin, nose and paw balm. All scented with essential oils. Future plans include developing my own range of shampoo bars for dogs and other skin care products. Unfortunately I cannot spend as much time on this as I would like, I work 24 hours in the public sector which I have to continue with for the moment at least, I run my own dog grooming business from home plus we have 4 children, 3 dogs and 2 cats! However, if you want to do something enough you will find a way. Have faith in yourself and don’t give up. If it takes 5 years so be it ! Thankyou for reading  Keri


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