Captain of the Swiss team, Karine trains with Allison in her Jura living room before the World Cup.
The hair dryer that would dehorn a bull, shall we call it a hair dryer in a nursing home? In Alle, near Porrentruy, those who bring their dog or cat to Karine enter her home as in a hairdressing salon, except that instead of the chairs there are two care tables.
At an exhibition stand, dog perfumes have the names “Malabar”, “Bodyguards” or “Diablesse”. In Karine Cordella’s world, everything in her scissors and those handled by Allison Cabibbo, her employee was named best Swiss groomer last year, six years after being best apprentice in France.
Both are part of the national team selected for the next world championship in team grooming, which will take place this autumn in Belgium, Karine as captain, Allison as competitor, along with three other Swiss groomers. In addition to registration fees, all participants are responsible, therefore the kitten is open at the show.
The training sessions follow each other, but Karine and Allison have little risk of losing contact: the clients follow each other in their living room. Karine has, as she says, “always had dogs at home”. She is educated in Paris and uses a hair removal knife with “Honey Moon”, a “westie” terrier.
A hair removal knife? “The dead and hard hair is called to go anyway,” Karine explains. Cosmetics are never far away: “It’s a craft,” dares Karine, who opened her salon four years ago from Belfort. Ticks are never far away either: “I removed three,” Karine told a client.
In All, hairdressers work by the hour. All cats and dogs are alike, but some are more labor intensive than others when their fur is tangled. Karine and Allison continue to practice their knowledge of morphology.
The hairdressers cut the trousers with scissors, if possible once a week, to avoid bumps. The other day they “pulsed” a bichon poodle, but in Switzerland the profession of dog groomer is not recognized by a diploma. The chick’s chick is a large king poodle, a show dog that is pampered for hours. It is a dog that is said to be “extravagant”, from the court of Louis XIV, with its “lion macaron” carvings.
The macaroons left on the side have the function of protecting the kidneys from the cold. “The real poodle was used for duck hunting, the egg cut in the fur gave it weight to dive into the water,” says Karine, who fears Italian groomers but also Frenchmen.
The Japanese are never far away, but in a register that includes colors, with Asian cuts. About “Aslan grooming”, says Jurassiennes.
In All, extensions are sometimes installed. “We remain in the realm of the living: a dog is not a doll!” says Karine. There is hair that gives allergies when it is not lightened: “We see eczema”, Karine breathes. But the nail can also be problematic once it is ingrown. The ears are also cleaned, whereas “a hairdresser only does the head”, is Karin’s expression.
“We are not vets,” Karine clarifies. “A dog is never perfect, but you can hide its flaws,” Karine slips away. Next autumn, the standards will be international. The Swiss are not favorites, but they have the dog!