A Maltese makeover earned a local dog groomer top spot in a competition with peers in the business over the weekend.
Alison Anderson of Ali's Plush Puppies took first place in the rescue dog category at the PUPtastic Grooming Extravaganza in Nisku, Alta., near Edmonton.
Anderson took part in a number of competitive events, including one in which rescue dogs, retired from service and put up for adoption, get a fresh, healthy treatment. Competitors were randomly assigned dogs after drawing names from a hat, with large and small breeds in the mix.
"When they're looking all cute and fluffy, they have a better chance to get adopted rather than sitting in a kennel all matted and dirty," Anderson said after arriving home on Tuesday.