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Our exciting new service for potential dog groomers!

Deciding on a career change is daunting, so our taster days will make your decision a little easier. Be sure grooming is the path you want to take by joining us for a full day, hair, drool, tail wags and the whole shebang! See the real world of dog grooming and gain valuable experience.

Dog grooming is not as glam as people may believe, It can be noisy, wet and hairy but to a few it is the most rewarding work that can be done. Your day will begin at 9.30.a.m and finish at 3.30p.m. Lunch may be taken any time you wish and Tea/Coffee facilities are included. You will learn how to safely behave in a busy salon and observe correct handling. You will shadow Katie for the day and see the grooming process from start to finish. Learn more about Katie HERE

Fee €150

Booking in advance is required.

Contact Katie Here


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Dog Groomer position:

We are looking for an energetic creative person to join the team. The candidate must have a love for dogs, be a confident and kind handler and an ability to work independently and  as part of a team. Duties will also include dealing with clients so a friendly and outgoing personality are a must. Grooming experience essential with an ability to groom 4-6 dogs per day to a very high standard. Further training can be provided. The applicants must be able to demonstrate their skills as part of the interview process. Remuneration based on experience.

Please contact Katie in total confidence @

Pom in Blue bow

Pomeranian in a lovely short style and a blue bow

K9 Connectables Poodle

Shop Mascot Gráinne posing with her new toy

Doggie SPa, Facial, Galway Groomer, Bearna

Puppy enjoying her first facial



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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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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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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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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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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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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