With four dogs at home, it came as no surprise that Stephanie had a deep rooted desire to work with dogs. Suffering Chronic Anxiety and Depression for 14 years prior to opening the Spa, it became clear that spending time with these animals helped lift her mood naturally and more effectively than any medication ever did. Embarking on the journey into dog grooming, therefore, was a natural transition which would lead her into a far more rewarding and exciting career doing something she truly loved...
It wasn't long before Stephanie received media attention and an article was featured in local Newspapers including The Kilmarnock Standard and The Daily Record. She was later interviewed and filmed for BBC Scotland's 'The Nine' show, where she spoke about her goals and aspirations for the Spa and how working with dogs' helps manage her mental health condition and from that, invited to the BBC Studios in Glasgow where she spoke more on the topic, live, on national television with her loyal sidekick, King Louis.
Stephanie is currently working towards her Diploma in Canine Behaviour via the International School of Canine Psychology (ISCP).
She enjoys writing frequently for the UK's Top Holistic Dog Magazine, Edition Dog Magazine as their holistic dog grooming expert.
The future of Scrub-A-Dug-Dug is bright and Stephanie urges all to keep a look out for the expansion of the business due to commence this year!
The plan is to incorporate all existing strategies with a whole new concept, focusing on helping more individuals - human and dog alike!
"I feel very humbled to have been given the opportunity to visit the BBC and speak about a cause that is close to my heart" - Stephanie.
After appearing on BBC Scotland's 'The Nine' show, Stephanie launched a petition targeted at the Assistance Dog UK organisation, to make Mental Health Disorders a qualifying disability eligible for Assistance Dogs.
Having a Mental Health Disorder as a sole Disability does not grant you the same rights to an Assistance Dog or the funding to have your own pet trained to the specifications required to be qualified as an Assistance Dog.
Sadly, due to strict training guidelines, Emotional Support/Therapy/Companion Dogs are not given the same respect and/or rights.
To learn more or sign the petition, click here
Stephanie is very proud to have been a finalist for both the Scotland's Business Awards and Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce Awards under the categories:
Best New Start Business 2019
Best Pet Grooming Business 2019
Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2019
The business comes "Highly Commended" under Stephanie as Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 Awards at the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce.
Best Pet Grooming Business 2020 - FINALIST
Scotland's Business Awards
(Winner To Be Announced Later This Year)
Nominee for Best Dog Grooming Business 2020
Scottish Pet Industry Awards
Nominee for Lockdown Hero Awards 2020
Animal Star Awards
A very proud moment for me :D