cLassie grooming - News

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For any historians... feel free to peruse past news and events below on this page.   

20th June 2014

Great day at Blackpool Championship Show, where Toy Poodle, Norris (Daddy Cool at Manlinson) won 1st in his Limit Dog Class and Best of Breed.  

5th - 7th April 2014

Mike was delighted to compete at Intergroom (New Jersey, US), with Katie (below).  Whilst in the States, Mike completed the newly recognised grooming certification, International Certified Master Groomer (ICMG), passing with top marks in the sporting practical exam with Katie  

March 2014  

Another great Crufts for us and our clients, with wins for:

  •  English Cocker Spaniel 
    • Burns' Villaspanola Silk 'n' Steel 
    • Scourfield's Danton Forget Me Not
  • Toy Poodle
    • Warde & Wildman's Daddy Cool at Manlinson
    • Jones' Clopton's Call me After Dark
  • Hungarian Wire Haired Visla
    • Holmans' My Solataire for Silvanus
    • Holmans' Sh. Ch. Silvanus OHOH Seven
  • Weimaraner
    • Best of Breed Winner - Gibbons & Gilbert's Gunalt Socialite at Tellara

 6th December 2013  

We are pleased to say that we are are now settled at our new premises at Woodside Farm, Parkgate Road, Saughall, Chester, CH1 6JS (Click HERE for Directions!) 

We have limited appointments available in the run up to Christmas.  Please book early to avoid disappointment (Tel: 01244 880 000).

We have received lots of nice feedback from our customers and we would to thank you all for your continued support. 

14th November 2013 - Moving to new Premises!!! 

After five years on Brook Street, classie grooming has moved to a fantastic new premises at Woodside Farm, Parkgate Road, Saughall, Chester, CH1 6JS.  This new location is only 5 miles from Chester centre, is easily accessible and has much improved parking facilities to enable easy drop off and collection for our much valued customers.  We also have a new telephone number: 01244 880 000. 

We hope you like our new place!

6th October 2013 - British Dog Grooming Championship 

Mike Wildman secured his second dog grooming 'Best in Show' win in a year at the British Dog Grooming Championship, at Bingley Hall, Staffordshire. 

 Click HERE for more FROM THE DAY!!

 22nd September 2013 - Swedish Cocker Club Show (Karlshamn, Sweden).

Mike ventured back to Scandinavia to Judge at this well organized Breed Club Show.  With a fantastic entry of quality dogs.  Picture below with Mike and his main winners.


 Above: Mike with Best in Show Winner (SEU(U)CH NOUCH SE VCH Perchwater like a Perfect Dream), and Reserve Best in Show, at the Swedish Cocker Club Show 2013.

7th September 2013 - International Show Reykjavik (Iceland)

A voyage to the beautiful country of Iceland, proved a great success, where Mike Wildman handling his and Mandy Edwards', Sh.Ch. Travellers Joy of Malpas.  The trip was very worth while as TJ gained the Icelandic Show Champion Title!

Thanks to Pordis for being a wonderful host and taking care of TJ while he currently resides in Iceland.

11th August - Premier Groom 2013

We are delighted to announce Mike Wildman won through tough competition in the Setter / Spaniel Champion Class, Hand Stripping Skippy (Cocker Spaniel) to go on to win the competition, to become Best In Show in Winning Premier Groom 2013.

Click HERE for more from the day!

Or Click HERE to view the PREMIER GROOM Website

28th October 2012

Sunday saw the British Dog Grooming Championship hosted by the Pet Care Trust, at the Kennel CLub Building, Coventry.  I was delighted to win Best Advanced Groomer, and for the second year running the Special Award for Best Technique.

I'd like to thank Kim Bowers and Sandy Platt for allowing me to groom their beautiful dogs, without which this honor would not have been possible.

Click HERE for photos from the Day!

22nd September 2012

We have had a busy Summer of Showing.  The highlights are listed below:

  • TJ (Travellers Joy of Malpas) picked up his 4th Dog C.C. at the Welsh Kennel Club Championship Show (August), where at he was also shortlisted in the Gun Dog Group.
  • Lisa (Charbonnel Ermine'n'Pearls) was 1st Post-Grad Bitch at three Championship Shows! 1) Border Union (July), 2) The Welsh Kennel Club (August), 3) Driffield (September).  Lisa also picked up the R.C.C. at the Border Union Championship Show
  • Zac (Lindridge Ticket to Ride) returned to the ring after a years break, and picked up Best Veteran at the prestigious Cocker Spaniel Club Championship Show (July).


7th July 2012

We are going to support the Cheshire Dogs Home.  by spending a full day pampering some of their much needed resident.  We will also be giving the staff some tuition to help them improve their grooming technique.  We will put some photos of the day on this news page.

If you would like to donate any unwanted food, bedding, or toys for the dogs at the Cheshire Dogs Home, please feel free to drop them off in our Brook Street shop, and we will ensure they get there. 

6th July 2012

- To make things easier for our customers, I am pleased to say that cLassie grooming will be accepted payment by credit card as of 23rd July. 

- In May I was given the honour of becoming the Secretary of the North of England Cocker Spaniel Association.  We are in discussion about setting up a grooming seminar that would welcome both Show and Pet people enthusiastic about the breed.

- We now have a Group on Facebook (cLassie dog grooming Chester) where we constantly update news, stories, and points of interest.      

29th June 2012

A wonderful day at Windsor Championship Show, where TJ (Travellers Joy of Malpas) won his 3rd Challenge Certification (Under Judge Mrs S Cox) and has now earned the title of Show Champion.  This was achievement is particularly special as TJ is owned by Mandy and John Edwards; Mandy was a client who has become a really close friend. This success has a lovely story as not many exhibitors can say that from their first Cocker's litter, the first puppy born, becomes their first Show Dog, and is now a Show Champion!  I was really pleased when Mandy first asked me to groom TJ as he is a beautiful dog, that I have the pleasure of handling for the Mandy at the Shows.  I am glad to be able to say Congratulations Mandy and the Edwards family!  I am very happy to have played a part in your success.  

15th April 2012

I really enjoyed giving my first grooming demonstration to an audience of enthusiasts eager to learn at the Grooming Matters Event in Kent.  I am looking to delivering my next grooming demonstration at The Festival of Grooming Event, which is being held in the Midlands in July  

9th November, 2011

Sunday was the Dog Grooming Championship 2011. This prestigious event was held at the Kennel Club Building in Coventry. Michael Wildman was awarded Best Experienced Groomer in Britain. He also won a Special Award - Best Technique. For more information and photos of the day CLICK HERE!!!

 Above: Mike Wldman wins Best Experienced Groomer, with Desi (Sh.Ch. Charbonnel Swedish Design), at the British Dog Grooming Championships 2011

2nd November, 2011

Travellers Joy of Malpas (T.J.), owned by Mike Wildman and Mandy Edwards, has had a fabulous run this summer with wins at the Cocker Spaniel Club (1stMid-limit), Bournemouth (1st Limit) Welsh Kennel Club (1st Limit & Reserve Dog C.C.), and The Cheshire Cocker Spaniel Club (Best In Show).

30th June, 2011

Congratulations to Max, a lovely CavaPoo, owned by Janet Reading who succesfully won the cLassie grooming free groom competition for June.  The winner was selected by Cath Clutton.

28th June

See our dog rescue page for a 7 year old Collie looking for a good home. 

26th June

A lovely weekend at Blackpool Championship Show for us and our clients.  Our TJ (Travellers Joy of Malpas) won his Mid-limit class, while Lisa (Charbonnel Ermine'n'Pearls) came 2nd in Junior.  While Mandy Hayes' German Wire Haired Pointer (Germanus Guaridian JW A.I.) won the dog C.c.

19th June, 2011

Above- Lisa (Charbonnel Ermine'n'Pearls) at Border Union Championship Show, where she won 1st in Maiden and gained her Junior Warrent (subject to Kennel Club confirmation).

30th May, 2011

The winner of the free-groom competition for May was Mrs Duke's Cocker Spaniel, Daisy!

22nd April, 2011

Thank you to all those who attended our Aloe Vera day, which was most informative.  We plan to hold another one in the future.  A raffle run on the day raised 50 pounds with proceeds going to Cancer Research UK.  

18th April, 2011



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17th April, 2011

Congratulations to all the winners at yesterdays Bebington Open Dog Show.

16th April, 2011

East Anglia Cocker Club - Lisa (Charbonnel Ermine n Pearls) was 1st in Any Other Colour Puppy Bitch.  TJ (Travellers Joy of Malpas) was 3rd in a respectable Any Other Colour Open Dog Class, the hottest class of the day... it contained 5 Show Champions!

10th April, 2011

A good trip to Scottish Cocker, where our dogs did really well.  My and Mandy's TJ (Travellers Joy of Malpas) won 1st in Any Other Colour Open Dog, Whilst Lisa (Charbonnel Ermine n Pearls) won Any Other Colour Puppy and Novice Bitch classes.

31st March

This months winner to the 'Win a Free Groom Competition' was Mrs Ashton Shih-Tzu, Kofi. The prize winner was drawn by Julie Harris.

15th March, 2011

An excellent day at Crufts (10th March) in the Cocker Spaniel ring.  My and Mandy Edwards' TJ (Travellers Joy of Malpas) was 1st in the Mid Limit Dog class.  While Lisa (Ermine 'n' Pearls) had a 2nd in Puppy Bitch, and Lexi (Bencleuch Business as Usual) was 4th in Junior.


Mike Wildman and Mandy Edwards with TJ, Lexi, and Lisa at Crufts (March 2011)

We were so proud to see Jane Butterworth and her dog Henry (Fleurisse Notorious) win 2nd in Special Junior Dog behind the eventual C.C. winner.  We are thrilled to have played our part in Jane's great success... as our Mickey (Charbonnel Chase The Ace to MikiFil) is the sire of Henry.

On to pastoral day.  I had a good win in the Yearling dog class with the all black German Shepherd Masai (Tracelyn Hobson at Folkvang).


Mike Wildman handling Masai (Tracelyn Hobson at Folkvang) to 1st in the Yearling Dog class at Crufts (March 2011)

6th March, 2011

We will be closed for Crufts Dog Show from Thursday 10th Match, to reopen on Wed. 16th March.  Good luck to all clients and friends of cLassie Grooming that are competing this year!

28th February, 2011

Congratulations to the winner of our 'Win a Free Groom' Competition, who is Barbara Nuttall's Blaze (Siberian Huskey).  The lucky ticket was picked by Marion Lawson.  Thank you Marion, and well done Blaze!

Thanks to Kira Hoyle who popped in and left us food, bedding and toys for us to pass onto Rescue.  It is much appreciated.

6th February, 2011

North Wales Cocker Spaniel Club was a good show for us and our clients.:

  • My and Sandy Platt's Charbonnel Ermine 'n' Pearls (Lisa) was Best Puppy in Show. 
  • Sandy's Charbonnel Life 'n' Times (Timmy) was Reserve Best in Show.  
  • My and Angela & Linda McClaren's Bencleuch Business as Usual (Lexi) was Best Opposite Sex in Show.
  • My and Mandy Edwards' Travellers Joy of Malpas (TJ) won 3rd in a good open class.

All dogs were under Judge Fran Bowman, and all were groomed at cLassie Grooming.


Above: Charbonnel Ermine 'n' Pearls (Lisa) at 10 months old

Also good news from Mandy Hayes, whose German Wired Haired Pointer won the Gun

dog Group at a recent Open Show after his groom with us.  Well done one and all!

31st January, 2011

Today was the first day of the draw of the cLassie grooming, 'Win A Free Groom' Competition.  The winner was Holly Hughes (Lhasa apso), owned by Rose Hughes.  The winning ticket was selected by 7 year old Georgia.  The next draw will take place on Monday 28th February!

18th January, 2011

Thank you to our customers who left donations for animal charity.  They are: Derek & Ann Jones, of Little Sutton.  Mrs Joinson, of Chester.  Karen Bartlett, of Broughton, Chester, who all left £5.  Pauline Brannan, of North Wales left £20.  Mo Miller left £10, plus a cheque from myself, Mike Wildman as promised in lieu of Christmas Cards, for £55.  An odd amount, but it rounded the money up to £100 for our chosen charity this year - Paws for Kids (Reg. Charity # 1084861).  An excellent charity who foster dogs, cats, and other family pets belonging to women and children who are escaping domestic violence.  To find more information CLICK HERE!!

9th January, 2011

Lexi (Bencleuch as Usual) wins the Cocker Spaniel Club's Puppy Challenge Event.  This presitigious anaual event had 69 puppies entered for guest judge Mr. David Bell.  Lexi won through all her rounds to be declared Best Puppy in Match.  Much to the delight of her co-owners and breeders, Linda and Angela McClaren.  CLICK HERE to the Cocker Club Website to see the results of the Puppy Challenge

Above - Co-owner, groomer, and handler, Mike Wildman with Lexi (Bencleuch Business as Usual) after winning at the Cocker Spaniel Puppy Challenge

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cLassie grooming competition!  cLassie grooming will be running a competition for you to win a free full groom for your k9.  All dogs groomed each month will be entered into a draw which will be selected on the last day of each month.  The last client of that day will select the lucky ticket.  The winner will receive their next full groom free of charge.  Just a way of giving something to our loyal and appreciated clients!

The winner will appear on this site.  The prize must be taken within 8weeks of the winners last appointment.  Good luck all! 

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cLassie grooming would like to wish a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to all of our friends and customers!

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Our Salon will be closed for a week while I'm go on my hols.  We close on Saturday 20th November, and reopen on Monday 29th November.

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Mike and Mo enjoyed a very informative day attending the well organized British Dog Groomers Association Championships where we both went mad shopping but came away with some great ideas for 2011.

I know I hate to say it but Christmas is fast approaching and we are now taking bookings for this busy period.  So please book early to avoid disappointment. 

This year cLassie grooming will be donating to Animal Rescue instead of sending Christmas cards to all our friends and clients.  We will also be collecting unwanted toys and blankets and any other dog / cat related gadgets for a rescue centre.  So if you are planning to buy your dog / cat any new toys or bedding this Christmas, please bring them into us and we'll be happy to pass them on to the Animal Rescue. 

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A great day at our local North Wales Cocker Spaniel Club Championship Show.  Under dog Judge Sally Ellison, my and Eidth Fowles' Sh.Ch.Ir.Sh.Ch. Lindridge Ticket to Ride was awarded the Reserve Dog C.C.  his tenth such award.

Mike Wildman handled TJ (Travellers Joy of Malpas) to 2nd place in his first Limit Class, only beaten by the C.C. winner of the day.  Mike also handled Sandy Platt's Charbonnel Life N Times, to win the Yearling class.  Both dogs were hand stripped and prepared at cLassie grooming prior to the show. 

Our Lexi (Bencleuch Business as Usual) won another good puppy class under Judge, Mrs Glynis Williams.  A very busy, but successful day!

  Lexi (Bencleuch Business as Usual) after winning her Puppy class at The North Wales Cocker Club Championship Show (Oct. 2010).- owned by Linda & Angela McClaren, and Michael Wildman.  Photo by Lee Robertson.

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A successful day for cLassie grooming and our clients at South Wales Kennel Association.  Lexie (Bencleuch Business as Usual) won Best Puppy Bitch, while Zac (Lindridge ticket to ride) was second to his son, the beautiful, Sh.Ch. Cassom HeyJude.  Over in the German Wire Haird Pointer ring, our friend and client, Barbara Stamp won Reserve Best Bitch with Tynsil Tigra Mit Helmstar.

Above: Lexie (Bencleuch Business as Usual) after winning Best Pupppy Bitch at South Wales Kennel Association.  October 2010. 

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Good things come to those who wait, when today at City of Birmingham Championship Show, TJ (Travellers Joy of Malpas) co-owned by Mike Wildman, and Mandy and John Edwards, won his first C.C. with best of Breed in a quality entry, under reknowed Judge, Miss Barbara Muller from Switzerland.  TJ's half-brother Sh.Ch. Cassom Hey Jude won the Reserve C.C. making a great day for their sire who was second in Open.  Whilst first, second and third in Minor Puppy Bitch had all been groomed at cLassie grooming.  Congratulations to the owners of all these Cocker Spaniels owners.

 Above - Michael Wildman with TJ (Travellers Joy of Malpas) being awarded Best of Breed at the City of Birmingham Championship Dog Show, September 2010


15th August

A good day at Bournemouth Championship Show for cLassie grooming dogs - Edwards Travellers Joy of Malpas was third in Post-grad dog, and our Zac won his 20th C.C with Best of Breed, whilst Lexie won a respectable second in the minor puppy bitch class.  It certainly made the long journey home more pleasureable.  Thanks to Mo and Mandy for their company and great laughes in the travel lodge the night before.

8th August

cLassie grooming now offers Cocker Spaniel grooming training / tuition.  For more details please see the Training & Tuition page on this website.

2nd August

cLassie  grooming will be closed until Tuesday 10th August, as we are exhibiting at some of the southern Summer Dog Shows.

26th July

A great Leeds Championship Show 2010 for us and our customers, where Barbara Stamps (Liverpool, Merseyside) Tynsil Tigre Mit Helmstar won her 6th Post-graduate Bitch Class, whilst Sh.Ch. Tynsil Tysee JW Sh.Ch. won Open Bitch and the Challenge Certificate, and Mady  Hayes Germanus Going to be There JW wins 2nd to Tigre in the Post-graduate class under Breed Specialist, Ruth Martin (Sunhouse) who commented on the great condition of their coats.  So well done to all.  We're happy to play a part in your succes. 

Over at the Cocker ring, where my and Linda McLarens Bencluch Business as Usual was 1st in Minor Puppy Bitch before taking Best Puppy Bitch. Then our star of the show was my and Edith Fowles' Sh.Ch.Ir.Sh.Ch. Lindridge Ticket to Ride JW, who won the dog Challenge Certificate (his 19th) and Best of Breed (his 8th) in an entry of 176 Cockers; the largest Breed entry in the Gundog group, under Breed Specialist, Mrs C Harris (Melgrove).  Thanks to Mo for all her help getting the gang ready for the ring.

Above - Michael Wildman with Zac (Sh.Ch. Ir. Sh. Ch. Lindridge Ticket to Ride) being awarded Best of Breed at the Leeds Championship Dog Show, July 2010

 Above - Barbara Stamps,Tynsil Tigre mit Helmstar, who won her 6th Post-graduate class at Leeds Championship Dog Show, July 2010

10th July

As we find ourselves half way through Summer, please be aware of the dangers that grass-seeds can have in causing your dogs great discomfort, resulting in expensive vetinary costs.  We stock Snoods which have proved a great help in preventing grass-seeds being picked up by long eared breeds.  See the Snoods page for more details.

Snoods are availabe in the shop and we also offer a mail order service.  We have some great feedback from some of our Snood customers:

"Thank you so much for keeping back the snood for my dog.  It's my last hope against the fight against grass seeds in her ears.  she has had 5 procedures for grass seeds alone plus 2 other ops, so 7 lots of general anaethetic in her 2 years to date". Jane, Hemelhempstead

"I am very pleased that I found your website as I don't want my cocker spaniel to get any more grass seeds.  You would not believe what we had to pay the vet!" Mary, Wimbledon

30th May

Congratulations to Pauline Brannans (North Wales) and her lovely American Cocker Spaniel puppy, Stormjoy Limited Edition (Nico), for winning Best Puppy + Puppy Group 2 at Chester City & County Canine Association, after visiting cLassie Grooming.

Above - Nico (Stormjoy Limited Edition) being groomed at cLassie Grooming ahead of being successfully shown at the Chester City and County Canine Association, May 2010

 8th May

Another succesful day for cLassie groomed dogs with Zac (Sh.Ch. Lindridge Ticket to ride) wining his 18th C.C. at the National Championship Show in Birmingham, whilst his son, Edwards' Travellers Joy of Malpas (TJ) was 1st in Post Graduate Dog in very fine company.

20th April

cLassie grooming now stock a range of Snoods.  Exclusively handmade by Trudy Anslow.    Click HERE to See Our Range of Snoods

13th April

Building works have now completed on Brook Street and the road is now open as usual.  Sorry for any inconvenience the works have caused, but I hope the nicer wider paths now make the shop more accessible.

6th April

cLassie grooming are now offering Dog Grooming Vouchers.  These are great gifts for the owners of show dogs and pets alike.  Ask in store for details.

28th March

Congratulations to Mandy Edwards (Cheshire), our friend and client, who had a successful weekend showing at Bootle, Crosby, and South Liverpool Open Show, where her dog TJ was Best of Breed.  The following day at North Wales Cocker Spaniel Club Show, TJ was Reserve Best in Show.  TJ was groomed to success at cLassie grooming. Well done, Mandy and TJ.

Above:  Another happy cLassie groomed dog - Mandy Edwards' beautiful Cocker Spaniel, TJ, after a successful day at North Wales Cocker Spaniel Club Show.

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Good news from Crufts 2010 with success for our client, Miss Barbra Stamp (Liverpool, Merseyside), who won the Bitch C.C. with her delightful Sh.Ch. Tynsil Tysse JW under the world renowned top UK judge Mrs Zena Thorne Andrews.

Above: Miss Barbara Stamp with Sh.Ch.Tynsil Tysee JW after winning the bitch Challenge Certificate at Crufts (March, 2010)  

Above: Mike Wildman with client and friend Mandy Edwards and her lovely Cocker, TJ.  Crufts, March 2010.

I also had a successul day handling in the German Shepherd ring, with first prize wins in Veteran Dog and Graduate Dog, and was well placed with others on the day too.

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We're back from our hols! 

We'd just like to extend our best wishes to all of our customers that are exhibiting at Crufts Dog Show. 

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