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Sunday 20th July saw the Horses Inside Out team making an early start to a very different type of “paint job”; still four legs, but no mane or hooves....this time they were painting a dog!

Dog AnatomyDIOPresley, the 18 month old Great Dane, was the Star of the show at this year’s Festival of Grooming event where Gillian was asked to present a Canine anatomy demonstration, which included never-seen-before canine body paintings. With the help of James Bailey, a fourth year RVC student, and Julie Holmes, Canine grooming expert, Gillian gave the audience lots to think about and consider when grooming and handling their client’s dogs.

Dog AnatomyArriving into the auditorium to flashing lights and dance music, at the end of a long weekend for the delegates, Presley showcased his skeleton on one side and muscles on the other much to the excitement of the crowd (it didn’t quite take as DOg anatomylong as painting a horse, but it certainly had more difficulties as Presley kept wanting to sit and lay down as he got tired!). The atmosphere was electric as everyone was amazed and spell bound by the surprise performance...they had been told Gillian was coming to talk to them about anatomy, but they had no idea they would be seeing a live painted model!

Gillian, James and Julie presented a fascinating talk to end the weekend’s event, with lots of useful hints and tips for everyone to consider when handling, manipulating and caring for their dogs. From tips on massage when bathing to the correct way to lift and restrain difficult “clients”, they also explained how useful it could be to remember how each breed of dog needs slightly different methods of handling due to their specific breed characteristics.

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It’s safe to say the demonstration was a great success, with everyone clambering to take a closer look at Presley as he did his “lap of honour” around the room to the claps and cheers of the audience.


A video of the event is now available on the Horses Inside Out YouTube channel – make sure you check it out and share with all your friends (remember this has never been done before!!)

Will you see more dog painting??? Never say this space!!!

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