Captain of the Swiss team, Karine trained with Allison in her living room in the Jura before the world championships.
The hair dryer that can remove a cow’s horn, shall we call this hair dryer in a repair salon? In Alle, near Porrentruy, those who bring their dog or cat to Karine enter her house like a hairdressing salon, except that instead of chairs, there are two dressing tables.
On a display stand, canine perfumes have the names “Malabar”, “Bodyguards” or “Diablesse”. In Karine Cordella’s world, it’s all in her scissors and it’s managed by Allison Cabibbo, her employee who was voted best Swiss groomer last year, six years later becoming France’s best apprentice.
The two are part of the national team selected for the next World Team Grooming Championships to take place in the fall in Belgium, Karine as captain, Allison as competitor, along with three other Swiss groomers. Aside from the registration fee, all are the responsibility of the participants, so the kitten is open to the show.
The training sessions follow each other, but Karine and Allison have little risk of losing their touch: clients follow each other in their guilt. Karine has, as she says, “always have dogs in the house”. Trained in Paris, he wields a depilatory knife with “Honey Moon”, a “westie” terrier.
A depilatory knife? “Dead and stiff hair in any case is called to leave”, Karine explains. Cosmetics aren’t really far off: “It’s a craft,” dares Karine, who opened her salon four years ago from Belfort. Nor are the ticks far away: “I removed three,” Karine told one client.
At Alle, groomers work every hour. All cats and dogs are the same, but some work harder than others when their coats are all broken. Karine and Allison continue to apply their knowledge of morphology.
Groomers cut the pants with scissors, if possible once a week, to avoid knots. The other day, they “pulsed” a bichon poodle, but in Switzerland, the profession of canine groomer is not recognized by a diploma. The chic of the chic is a large royal poodle, a show dog that is fed for hours. It was a dog, as they called it “extravagant”, from the court of Louis XIV, with “lion macaron” cuts.
The macaroon left on the side has the function of protecting the kidneys from the cold. “The real poodle is used for duck hunting, the egg cut in the coat gives weight to diving into the water,” said Karine, who is afraid of Italian groomers, but also French.
The Japanese are never far away, but on a register that includes colors, with Asian cuts. About “Aslan grooming”, as the Jurassiennes.
In Alle, extensions are sometimes installed. “We remain in the kingdom of the living: the dog is not a puppet!” said Karine. There is hair, which causes allergies when it is not light: “We see eczema”, breathes Karine. But the nail can also be a problem if it gets stuck. The ears were also cleaned, while “only a hairdresser did the head”, according to Karine’s expression.
“We’re not veterinarians”, Karine determined. “A dog is never perfect, but you can hide his flaws”, Karine said. Next fall, the standards will be international. The Swiss are not favorites, but they have a dog!