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Eighteen-month-old Chantelle and her Currumbin Valley groomer Vanessa Parsons took out four categories at Brisbane Ekka's Royal State Champion Dog Grooming competition this month.
Up against 25 competitors all of whom, unlike Chantelle, had the advantage of being trained showdogs, the pair took out the Poodle Masters, Poodle Group, Queensland Royal State Champion and Best In Show, at what is considered one of the most prestigious such competitions in the country.
"It just shows you can turn any dog into a show dog with good grooming," said Vanessa this week, as Chantelle wriggled about in her arms and licked her face.
Chantelle was not speaking to the media, but her spokesman and owner Steve House said his pet was keeping her paws on the ground despite her new celebrity status.
Mr House said one of Chantelle's hobbies was taking a joy-ride in the back of his kayak on the Tweed River in her own fluorescent-yellow life-jacket.
In a beauty regime to rival a glitter strip trophy wife, in the six-months leading up to the Ekka Chantelle's black bouffant was regularly washed, conditioned and blow-dried and her nails manicured.
On competition day, Vanessa and Chantelle rose at 3am to put the final touches on her look including a coat of dog nail polish, shaving her ears and trimming her tail.
It's the second year in a row that Vanessa has taken out so many awards at the Ekka, last year teaming up with a highland terrier.
Chantelle and Vanessa will advance to the Sydney Royal Show in April, vying for the title of Australian Royal Champion, the canine equivalent of the Miss Australia pageant.
Vanessa established Country Canine's Grooming Salon 23 years ago.
CURRUMBIN Valley dog groomer Vanessa Parsons has won just about all there was to win at a recent dog grooming competition held as part of Brisbane's Ekka.
The Ekka dog grooming competition was the first of its kind to be held in front of an audience, making Ms Parsons the first ever person to win a public grooming competition.
Vanessa said dog grooming competitions used to be held behind closed doors and the Ekka competition offered dog groomers from all over Queensland the opportunity to compete for the state titles in front of family and friends.
Ms Parsons took out several titles including the 'Best in Show', the Poodle and Terrier classes and the prestigious award of Royal Queensland Champion Groomer.
The title win means Ms Parsons will have the opportunity to take on other state champions for the title of best Australian dog groomer at the next Royal Sydney Easter Show.
Ms Parsons said the judges based their judgements on the breed profiles of the dogs which gave them the 'recipe' for correct grooming.
Competition rules dictated dogs such as Terriers needed to have their hair hand-stripped rather than clipped and the groomer 'moulded' the dog's hair with her hands,
"The dog is the canvas," Ms Parsons said.