“I would probably go for a sloth. Those nails really look like they could do with a trim.”
Name: Victoria Taylor
Place of birth: Colchester, Essex, UK
Do: Professional Pet Stylist. Founder / Owner of Dressed To The Canines
Tell us about Dressed to the Canines.
We’re a team of pet stylists and sitters who are passionate about pampering your pooch with exceptional care! What started out as a one-woman mission has since expanded to a whole crew of DTTC staff offering grooming, sitting and general pet care services. We have our salon in San Antonio with a cattery to board your cats while you take a break, a boutique and now a pop up salon in Santa Gertrudis every Friday. The boutique stocks the best quality foods, health supplements, toys and accessories for your beloved furry friends. We also offer a furbulous pick-up and drop-off service as well as organising local dog shows, training events, free doggy meet-ups and exclusive one-on-one pet sitting.
What is it about dogs that you connect with so much?
I was born into a household full of pets! From dogs to chickens, goats and horses to pigs. It’s not easy to say exactly what connects me because to be honest, I’ve never really known anything different! This is just normal to me.
If you could groom any animal, what animal would you groom?
I would probably go for a sloth. Those nails really look like they could do with a trim. And a sloth is definitely my partners spirit animal so I feel like I’d know how to handle one straight away. Always good to be familiar with the animal you’re about to groom.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Well, apart from the success of my business I would have to say making it to the base camp of Mount Everest. I’m not much of a hiker so I don’t know what possessed me when I booked that “experience” for my mum and I, but I like a challenge and it was actually one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. We managed to raise over a grand for a charity in the UK too.
Tell us an Ibiza story.
In my early 20’s I was at a villa party and some boys were showing off their tiny pet terrapins while discussing what they were going to do with them when they depart. Some options included throwing them in a ditch, driving them home in the back of their van, attempting to put them in the sea. Anyway a friend and I who were a little concerned as animal lovers took it upon ourselves to sneak out of the party with said terrapins and return them to the pet shop here in Ibiza…all in full fancy dress! We begged the staff to not give out pets irresponsibly again, especially to tourists. That day we earned ourselves the nickname the Ibiza RSPCA and the guys (although at the time a little peeved) now thank us for doing it and admit they wouldn’t have known what to do with them.
Are you a risk taker? What is the biggest risk that you’ve taken?
Absolutely! Do something that scares you a least once a day! The biggest risk I’ve taken is selling my business in Australia and starting over in Ibiza. It’s paying off though and was totally worth the risk. If you don’t try, you’ll never know!
What’s your favourite day of the week?
Sunday. Sunday usually means a lay in, roast dinner and ample time to spend with my dog, horse and partner. In that order, obviously!
If there was an extra hour every day, what would you do with it?
Have you changed much since you were younger?
Not really. I spent my whole 20’s trying to be different but the closer I got to 30 I began to gravitate back to a lot of who I was during my childhood. I think we spend our 20’s trying out new things, seeing what fits and when we reach 30 we know what is really working, what our passions are and whats important to us. If you told me at 17 when I quit horse riding that I would start again in my 30’s I’d have laughed you out of the room. Now I go at least 5 times a week! It’s funny the things we think we’re done with at a certain age but end up going back to as we get older.