VIDEO: Geisha girl Dobby wins US grooming award

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A champion dog groomer from Rushden has won a prestigious competition in America.

Su Eld-Weaver cut, coloured and groomed her poodle Dobby to represent the book and film Memoirs of a Geisha, impressing the judges at the recent Creative Grooming Competition held in Pennsylvania, and going one better than last year when she came second.

Su Eld-Weaver with her poodle Dobby

Su Eld-Weaver with her poodle Dobby

Su, who appeared on Alan Titchmarsh’s ITV show on Tuesday, was given two-and-a-half hours to transform Dobby.

Her design included geishas, carp and a Japanese crane.

She said: “I get my inspiration from everyday things. I love the film Memoirs of a Geisha and started wondering if I could recreate it.

“Dobby loves the attention, you can’t get her off the table.”

Her win in America was followed by first prize in the poodle class at the British Grooming Championships, when she showed her less flamboyant side, cutting a miniature poodle in a classic style.

Talking about her colourful designs, Su said: “It’s a bit of harmless fun.

“The dogs get lots of pampering and admiring comments when they go out.

“Dobby is allowed to act like a normal dog, she goes out in the rain and rolls in the mud. The dogs’ welfare is paramount.”