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Comments Off on The importance of regular nail care for your dog.

Imagine your toe nails had not been trimmed in 6 months. Imagine they grew downwards, pushing your toes upwards and affecting the way you carry your weight. You must alter your gate, you can feel the affects in your muscles, all the way to your spine …. It doesn’t sound nice does it?

This is how your dog might feel when his nails go overgrown. Dogs nails should not hit the ground when he is standing still. If they do, they are overgrown. Now, here is the clincher, Unfortunately dogs have a blood and nerve channel in the nail called “the Quick”. If the nails are left to themselves the quick will usually grow as the nails grow. (Not the case with the photograph example). This means your vet or groomer can’t take them back to where they need to be in one trim. Why? Because the quick will bleed and it would hurt, A LOT!

Thankfully, there is a way to solve the problem.

We have successfully pushed the quick back with many of our clients by trimming the nails closely and regularly (not too close – no bleeding or pain). We do it every two weeks and then every month, then as and when necessary.
The result is a much more comfortable, happier and more mobile dog!

Nail trims are included in most of our packages. For drop ins, we even include a spritz of cologne. No appointment necessary! 091-867812

Nail Trim, Sore feet, Dogs nails, dog nail trim.

An example of before and after a much needed nail trim on a dog.


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Comments Off on Monday Madness Offers! Free Blueberry Facial & Massage worth €7.50! Jan/Feb 2018

Celebrating the fact we are now open 6 days per week!

Free Blueberry Facial and Massage worth €7.50

for every lucky pooch groomed on Mondays! 

This mild yet concentrated, lightly foaming facial cleanser soothes and balances. It has natural exfoliating activity and is slightly hydrating.

This product is especially popular for light coloured dogs such as Bichons. Maltese, Cavapoos and Doodles to help keep faces and paws dazzling clean. However,  dogs of all colours will benefit from it’s properties.

  • Includes 15 minute relaxing facial massage that your dog will LOVE!
  • Refreshing blend of Blueberry and Oatmeal
  • Smells Divine, even to dogs!
  • Effectively cleanses whilst removing dirt, beard and tear stains
  • Designed for safe use around doggies eyes – ‘tearless’ formula
  • Great for all skin types and all ages of pets
  • All natural ingredients
  • Works best with regular use
  • Available for purchase in store in 100ml bottles
  • Treatment cost as an Add-on €7.50.

New extended opening hours:
Monday – Saturday
9.00 – 17.30.
*Except Bank Holiday Mondays

To avail of our offer simply book your dog in for their groom on a Monday in January/ February 2018.

Watch this space for Monthly Monday Madness Offers!

Doggie SPa, Facial, Galway Groomer, Bearna

Puppy enjoying her first facial


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Comments Off on Pooch Parade to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society.

We will be walking from Galway City to Bubbles and Barks (about 7.5kms) and we would like to invite you and your dogs to join us. I have set a goal to raise €1000, don’t aim high, and you won’t get close!

This is a challenge guys so I will be doing the walk in fancy dress! You are all invited to join in the theme but the main goal is to raise money.

I have set up an official donation page through Today FM which I will ask you to donate to and I would ask that you tell your friends to donate there as well. If we all raised even €20 each we would be at the goal in no time.

I have provisionally booked Sunday 24th from 2pm as our walk day. Leaving from The Swamp. We will have tea and coffee waiting for us at Bubbles and Barks and we can let all the dogs have a little social at the beach afterward.  Please join the Facebook Event linked below as the dates and times may change.

Thanks for reading and I hope you can join us on the day and help us to raise as much money as possible.

Katie & Gráinne



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Comments Off on Back to School Offer Extended!

10% OFF all grooms with Jemma!

Offer Valid until September 30th or while spaces last.

Jemma styled all these lovely pooches recently. She has been fully trained by Katie and has attended grooming seminars to advance her skills. Your pooch will be in safe hands!

  • Limited spaces available.
  • Bookings must be made specifically with Jemma.
  • Call, Email or Send an online request to reserve your spot today.
  • Offer ends September 30th.


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Comments Off on Paw-ty Photos now upoaded!

Thanks everyone for coming to Gráinnes PAWty!

We had a ball. It was so great to see all the pups together again and meeting all the new faces was PAWsome too.

We had a lovely day hanging out and talking dog. Not to mention the amazingly talented photographer Maisie who was busy taking portraits for the guests.

I have just uploaded an album of snapshots taken by Maisie HERE  which you are free to download or share. Maisie will be emailing all the portrait clients individually and directly.

Thank you all for coming! See you next year!


XXX Katie + Gráinne

Birthday Cake for Dogs!

Birthday Cake for dogs!


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Comments Off on Gráinnes 2nd Birthday Bash!

Birthday party

Gráinnes birthday bash poster



Comments Off on New policy regarding Anal Gland Expression.

We want your dog to be happy and healthy so in future we will only include anal gland expression if requested and deemed necessary. A service charge of €10 will apply.
After having discussed this topic with our local veterinary offices we think this is the best policy going forward. We would recommend only requesting that the glands be checked if your dog has been dragging its bottom or if it’s been licking the area. This would be a sign of a bit of difficulty in releasing the fluids from the glands. Expressing glands unnecessarily can cause weakness of the muscles meaning continued intervention may be required. It can also lead to inflammation and infection.
We will be happy to check and express anal glands on request and if the right circumstances apply for the fee of €10. Please request the add on service at check in.



Comments Off on Limited opening hours and grooming services for the Month of February.

Hi everyone,
I will be on holiday from the 4th February to the 3rd March 2017.

Jemma my very talented assisant will be at the shop, tail wagging, 3 days per week while I am away. She will yappilly bathe your dog in luxury, providing “Mini Pampers”, our new very pupulour “Wash and Fluffs”, and maintenance grooms while I am gone. ——— Read more about Jemma.

That’s just under 6 weeks to get your dog booked in with me. Those non shed breeds groomed before Christmas wiil be due before I go and if we haven’t seen you since November then your pooch may be overdue their pampering.

As a little treat for coming we will even bump up the luxury with a complimentary Blueberry Facial for every furtastic client, that’s for January AND Febuary!


All full pampers in January will be entered into a draw to win a  FREE “Wash and Fluff”  with Jemma, in the month February!

If you have already booked an appointment for the time I will be away, please don’t worry, I will be in touch personally in the next week to confirm or reorganise your booking.

Lastly, we at Bubbles and Barks want to Thank you for your custom in 2016 and  wish you all a Yappy New Year!

See you in 2017!

Katie, Ponc and Gráinne xxx





Comments Off on September Newsletter Including special offers!

Breed of the Month:

The Shih Tzu
10% OFF for this month with Promo Code “weloveshihtzus”.
Simply mention the code when you collect your dog!

This offer is open to new customer too. Please tell all your Shih Tzu buddies. 
-Offer ends 30/9/16  -Only valid with promo code

Nina and Katie won a Merit at 2014's Grooming Championship 

Fun facts:

  • Shih Tzus originated in Tibet/China and is an ancient breed.
  • Their name means “Little Lion Dog”
  • They are shown in full floor length coat.
  • They need regular grooming to keep the coat in good condition (every 6-12weeks, depending on coat type and style choice), as well as home grooming.
  • Shih tzus are generally alert, loyal, friendly and outgoing. They need early socialisation and training as they can be stubborn. 
  • They are a true companion breed, they were bred to sit still on monks laps as they meditated in order to keep them warm. The dog worlds hot water bottle!
  • Katie won a Merit Award in 2014’s National Grooming Championships with Nina (photo top left)
Win a Free set of Doggie Socks:
Our social media post about our new range of doggie socks Exploded! To celebrate we are entering all of our guests this month into a draw to win a set of their own! OOoo-la-la!
The winner will be announced in next months newsletter!
Online Booking requests now Available!
Follow the link below to request a date and time to suit you. We will call you back to confirm or offer the next available spot. Handy!
Booking Request Online!

We send email reminders!

To ensure you receive all your reminders and receipts for your dogs grooming appointments please send a BLANK email to the below address:
Many email hosts have increased their Spam filter software so some of our clients have noticed that they are no longer  getting their very helpful confirmation once they make an appointment and even handier, their reminder two days before the scheduled date.Our system also sends out receipts after checkout.

Thank you all for your continued custom. We love doing what we do and without you it wouldn’t be possible..
We are so glad to say that our services are in high demand. We usually book a week in advance and we have a long waiting list of people that would like to get in sooner.
When you book a spot for your dog we are blocking off 3 hours just for them. We will have turned down a lot of other clients that would have taken the appointment.
When a client doesn’t turn up, gives insufficient notice or turns up over 15minutes late resulting in missing their booking, we lose money. As a self employed person, that money comes out of my pay cheque.
As per our T’s&C’s such incidents will result in a requirement of a deposit of 50% of the groom fee up front at time of booking before an appointment will be made. In the case of repeat offenders 100% deposit is required. Deposits are non refundable.
Of course we understand that sometimes life gets in the way and these policies will be enforced at our discretion.
Please call us if you can’t make your appointment xx
View out Terms and Conditions
Thank you all for reading, please share with your friends.
Next months newsletter will include another Breed of the Month, more offers and maybe even a photo of your dog!
Woof Woof!
Love from Gránne, Ponc, Katie and the Bubbles and Barks Team. xxx


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Comments Off on Online Booking Requests Have Arrived!!!

Exciting News!!!!

For your convenience you can now choose a date and time which suits you, we will check availability and get back to you asap with a confirmation or other suitable date offer!

Simply Click the picture below to create your account. You only need to do that once! Then click “Book Online” to choose your date!

Please be aware that we book a week in advance in busy seasons. This feature is not a booking guarantee, a member will reply to you asap to confirm.

Thanks for reading!!

Katie, Chief Pamperer!

Link to Booking request