Georgina Covington has been surrounded by dogs all her life, growing up amid a pack of ten Old English Sheepdogs and one wiley Fox Terrier. Animal welfare is her enduring passion, and her hair-raising adventures have encompassed everything from injured snakes and orphaned kangaroos to troubled horses and shy dingoes.
A biologist, canine behaviourist and Internationally Certified Master Groomer, she has worked – literally – with all creatures great and small, in zoos, vet clinics and wildlife and domestic animal shelters.
Internationally Certified Master Groomer (International Professional Groomers Inc)
Certificate III in Pet Grooming ; Certificate III in Dog Behaviour & Training
Bachelor of Science, major in Ecology, minor in Behaviour ; Graduate Certificate in Canine Science
Born into the In The Pink team in September 2014, Daniel Covington already knows everything there is to know about dogs. He can wash, dry and brush with the best of them, knows his way around a stripping knife and is already learning to clip and scissor!
But his favourite job is painting dogs’ toenails … whilst his favourite breeds are Poodles and Bichons, the smaller and fluffier the better!
When not helping in the salon, he can be found playing with something involving wheels, or racing around with his best friends, Seamus, Sparkles and Kora!
He became Daniel’s constant companion from the day he was born, and loves nothing more than being surrounded by doting children. With a fetish for ears, he smooches all he meets, and has the most entertaining range of peculiar personal habits ever encountered.
He has a passion for kissing cows, yet maintains an ongoing feud with a Shetland named Tallula.
Sparkles the bouncy Bichon Frise puppy joined us in February 2019. Whilst everyone knows Seamus’ favourite place is far from the grooming salon, Sparkles was literally born to be groomed! And she loves it!
With a big future ahead in the grooming competition arena and maybe even the show ring, currently she spends a large part of her time asleep on Georgina’s feet whilst she’s grooming.
She is the cutest, funniest, fuzziest little pocket rocket around… and has wiggled her way rapidly into all of our hearts, even the mighty Seamus!
Joining us in March 2020, Kora is an Azawakh: a rare breed of sighthound bred by the Tuareg nomads of the Sahara desert region of West Africa, encompassing parts of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. Azawakhs are coursing hounds, helping their masters catch food in the harsh desert environment by day, and guarding their camps and precious livestock from poachers by night.
Named after a West African musical instrument, Kora is just 10 generations down from her Sahara-dwelling grandparents. They are reserved by nature so she may not meet you at the gate like her bossy sister Sparkles… but rest assured, she will be watching you!
Fergal was the face behind In The Pink. His arrival in August 2010 changed Georgina’s world, leading to new goals, qualifications, friends and romance. Thanks to him, she leads the life of her dreams.
Fergal lived to worship his mum. Born with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (common to his breed), he was prone to deep anxieties out of keeping with his imposing stature and big fat waggy bum. With flawless obedience skills and a yearn to work, he joined a demo team at 18 months, and ran many a class. He died suddenly of heart failure in August 2017, and not a day passes when we don’t long for him back.
The memory of Kimberley the working Border Collie has long kept the In The Pink team on the straight and narrow. She was the most extraordinary dog Georgina and many of her colleagues have ever worked with, capable of performing any new task asked of her …at any age, under any circumstances… from herding and obedience to trick training and scent detection.
Her innate wisdom, and quiet, steady presence saw Georgina through some of the toughest times of her life, and she is very sorely missed.