WHEN it comes to her career Terri Hardwick is a driven lady.
That’s because her dog grooming business, Hardwick Hounds, is based in a specially converted van.
And the pooch pandering she does is helping abandoned dogs at a local animal sanctuary.
Terri, aged 23, has parked the van her dad converted at Thornberry Animal Sanctuary in North Anston for most of the time.
And not only does she pay rent to the sanctuary, but she also gives a free bath to all the abandoned dogs to ensure they are fully prepared for their new homes when they move on.
Dog lover Terri was never allowed to have a pooch of her own when she was growing up as her mum is petrified of them.
But when she moved into her own home with husband Nick there was no holding her back.
She said: “At the age of 19, I decided to take a course in dog grooming at college which I passed with flying colours and completed the follow-on course in styling.
“I started grooming dogs of family and friends and met a Great Dane called Skye who needed a new home.
“After much begging of Nick, I got what I wanted and Skye got a new home!
“On my birthday, Nick took me to Skegness to meet Alice, my Cocker Spaniel, who is now two, so Skye had a companion.”
Terri became a trainee groomer in Chesterfield and was promoted to salon manager just eight months later.
All the while her family was growing – thanks to Skye.
“I decided to breed from Skye. And I couldn’t see all the puppies go, so we now have a one-year-old Great Dane called Bella, who is bigger than her mum!”
Life took another turn when she set up Hardwick Hounds.
“Dad converted a van into a salon that I designed myself,” she said. “It has a state-of-the-art hydrobath and all new equipment.
“I contacted Thornberry Animal Sanctuary to see if they would like me to set up a day a month to groom the dogs waiting to be re-homed, to help them feel comfortable and be more appealing to potential owners.
“They thought it was a great idea. Now I park up each day at the sanctuary and pay them rent to help towards the animals.
“Everyone who re-homes a dog from Thornberry will be able to bring their dog for a free bath so it is ready for its new home.”