Pawsome career for pup loving girl

Adele Smith spends her days making cute puppies even cuter. Taranaki Community News caught up with her to find out the best (and worst) things about working with man’s best friend.

Tell us a little bit about who you are?
I’m Adele Smith, I’m 21 and I own my own dog grooming business, Pup Culture. I worked in hospitality from the age of 15, but I started to realise that I needed to work with dogs when I’d get distracted when they came into the cafe I worked at. There would be a huge line waiting to be served and all I’d be thinking about is petting the cute dog outside lol. 

You now get to spend every day with cute dogs. What’s the best thing about working with dogs all day? 
Getting cuddles! Getting to know and love our client’s fur babies, and learning all their little quirks. But definitely the cuddles. 

What about the downside?
Eye boogers are up there! I should say dogs pooing on the table, but it always makes me laugh. The biggest challenge is that dogs can’t understand instructions like humans , and when they don’t like something they can be pretty good at wriggling around – which is not ideal when you have sharp scissors out! Dog grooming isn’t a career for someone who lacks patience. 

So, if you were a dog, what type of dog would you be? And what would you get up to?
I’m needy and love attention/being around people, so probably a Spoodle. I’d like to think I’d be a very active dog, but I’m not even an active person so I’d probably just enjoy sleeping and getting cuddles. 

What are your favourite things to do when your not making dogs look extra cute?
I’ve always been into photography and I think it shows because I care a lot about the photos I take for Pup Culture and I try get the best photos possible. I love just chilling out and watching a good TV series – I’m currently watching Game of Thrones for the first time and wooowww I’m so into it. I’m very vocal and yell at the TV lol! 

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