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Highland dog groomer lends a helping hand in Thailand

Victoria Mackenzie in Thailand.
Victoria Mackenzie in Thailand.

A Highland dog groomer has helped care for rescued animals during a recent trip to Southeast Asia.

Victoria MacKenzie first fell in love with Thailand 11 years ago as part of a round-the-world trip.

However, a two to three week stay soon turned into five years of living and working as a diving instructor and photographer.

For the last six years the doting animal-lover has been living in the Highlands devoting time to her Dornoch—based dog grooming business Ultimuttly Groomed, which she established in 2017.

During a recent return trip to the the Island of Ko Lanta, she offered her assistance at the local rescue centre Lanta Animal Welfare, run entirely by volunteers.

She said: “I let them know that I was coming over to stay for a couple of weeks. They had recently rescued a dog from the street who was in desperate need of some TLC. I spend around two hours with him, building his trust with cuddles and lots of chicken. Then, using basic tools, I rid him of the matted hair, which must have been very uncomfortable.”

The centre has helped some 15,000 animals since opening their doors in 2005.

As well as putting her grooming skills to good use, she also spent time with a litter of puppies, whose mother had died, and worked with a group of dogs who were in isolation due to their infectious skin conditions.

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