Working as a part-time pet groomer Lisa Clegg came across so many shaggy dog stories she decided to put them down in print.
Now, the Diggle mum is working on a second volume of ‘Tails From the Dog Grooming Shed’ and looking for her own premises in Saddleworth.
The first book is available via Amazon and on sale at Saddleworth Museum.
There has even been tentative interest from BBC Children’s programme, CBeebies.
Not bad for someone with 21 years’ service in the police force and who still works at Sedgley Park training college.
“Let’s say I wanted a change of direction,” said Lisa. “And about 18 months ago I started to have a re-think.
“I have always loved animals and so to start dog grooming was a logical step.
“My little boy, Andrew, who was five at the time, was obsessed with the work and so I used to tell him stories.
‘All the ‘tails’ from the shed have been turned into poems, based on real clients, with illustrations covering different breeds of dog.
“I am not a natural writer and it took some time to put together,” explained Lisa.
“But I worked with Saddleworth Creative Network and slowly it came together.
“I am really pleased how it turned out, feedback has been great and it has sold quite well too. It’s ideal for pre school and reception class children.”
Lisa currently works at Boothswood Boarding Kennels & Cattery in Ripponden.
“They’ve been great with me but I would love to get my own place. I’ve looked at a couple of premises in Greenfield but so far not found anything.”
‘Tails from the Dog Grooming Shed’ is available for £6.99 from Amazon or contact Lisa for more details by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org