A poodle groomed and dyed to resemble a Salvador Dali painting has brought TV fame for a Fenny Stratford dog parlour.
The creative grooming styles of Tanya Stevens, who runs Brittanya for Mucky Pups in Milton Keynes, caught the eye of veteran comedian Ronnie Corbett.
The pair were chosen to appear in the first episode of his Ronnie’s Animal Crackers show, to be screened on BBC1 at 7.30pm on Friday.
“It was quite nerve-racking having a film crew there while I was grooming. I only hope I don’t come out looking really crazy!” said Tanya.
She spends most of her time doing routine cuts on people’s pets, and entering national creative grooming competitions is a hobby.
But she allows a little bit of her passion to creep into the parlour by offering colour tints and glitter tattoos for pampered pooches.
“Some owners like to have a touch of colour here and there to make their dog stand out. The colours are harmless – they’re either vegetable dye or chalk,” she said.
Tanya is quite accustomed to being in front of cameras, as her parlour offers a unique service for customers – a live webcam link to view their dog being groomed.
“It put their mind at rest and shows the dogs enjoy it,” she said. “You have to have the right dog for competition level though – Barney loves all the attention.”
Ronnie’s Animal Crackers is a series to explore how potty the British public can be about their pets.