A Different Breed of Pet Stylist
Photos courtesy of JMC Equestrian Custom Clipping/Facebook
As any pet grooming professional—particularly those who thrive in the creative grooming arena—knows, grooming a pet is as much an expression of love and nurturing as buying a premium cat food for a beloved feline or rubbing a puppy’s belly. Stylistically speaking, pet grooming can also create living art, a masterpiece born out of a human/animal bond and the artist’s own vision and imagination.
We recently came across a remarkable example of how a deep love for animals can be masterfully and explicitly expressed through, what else, grooming. A recent article in The Telegraph, a UK-based newspaper, told the story of a horse clipper who is using her talents to create stunning designs on her equine clients. Melody Hames’ horse clipping masterpieces feature sophisticated medieval designs befitting of the regal animals that she grooms.
Her passion for creating such designs was inspired by her frequent trimmings of her pony, which suffered from a condition called cushings. Cushings causes the pony to grow a thick, woolly coat that doesn't change in the warmer season. It was long before she debuted her own clipping company JMC Equestrian, through which she makes her services available. Her services are particularly in demand with owners of show horses.
Of course, from an aesthetic standpoint, it is easy to see why horse owners may fall in love with Hames’ work and want to commission her talents for their own animals. But I do see a deeper meaning behind human beings’ compulsion and passion for adorning and preening their animals. It is most likely an extension and an expression of love for our pets that makes us want to bring out their beauty, sometimes in the most spectacular and fabulous ways possible.