A PAIR of fabulous pooches has helped a Mooloolaba business clean up a few trophies in the Ekka dog-grooming competition.

While Animal Affair Dog Boutique's Melanie Coutts and Ashley Cromblecomb were quite used to pampering pets behind the scenes, neither had put their magic before the judges.

With a bit of egging on from boss Monique Ashmore, the two submitted

entries in the contest and both snapped up surprising results.

"They were really nervous but I said, 'Let's do it for fun' and they won," Monique said.

Melanie and her pampered Smoodle Milo claimed first prize in the novice freestyle groom, while Ashley and McDougal the poodle claimed the novice groomer title.

GROOMED: Animal Affair Dog Boutique has won grooming awards at the Ekka. Astrid Walker (left) is with Milo and Denise Clarke is with McDougal.
GROOMED: Animal Affair Dog Boutique has won grooming awards at the Ekka. Astrid Walker (left) is with Milo and Denise Clarke is with McDougal. Warren Lynam

With hair dryers, combs and the finest shampoo in hand, they managed to transform the patient pups into groomed works of art.

"We specifically let them grow out as they needed a minimum of eight weeks' growth," Monique said.

"They're different-looking dogs so that also played a part.

"They looked beautiful."

While Milo and McDougal were known for their playful and mischievous natures, Monique said she was surprised how well behaved they were during the show.

"They were perfect," she said.

"They're ratbags in the salon but they stood perfectly - probably because everyone was watching them."

Despite being up against quite a few pups, both dogs proved to be clear stand-outs in their rounds.

Each was awarded a trophy and a sash for their efforts.

Monique said the accolades were recognition for the amount of work put in behind the scenes daily.

"These girls work tirelessly around the clock," she said. "For them to get the recognition for the amount of work they put in was unbelievable."

To get your pet pampered by Animal Affair's award-winning team, visit Animal Affair Dog Boutique on Facebook.


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