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During my (Jacqueline Roberts) 34 years in this role, 9 of which have been spent in Spain, I am proud to say that I have had the privilege and honour to be involved in helping rescue and save the lives of over 600 dogs! I would not have been able to do this without help! At Barkinside we are very lucky to have an amazing band of supporters and volunteers behind us, always ready to react at a moment's notice to ensure rescues are ongoing and successful. Their endless kindness provides us with a wide range of physical, emotional and financial support, without which we would struggle to keep doing what we do. For all of this we and the animals in our care are grateful beyond words. One part of our amazing support network is Paraíso del Perro, a voluntary dog grooming service run by our friend, the amazing Machteld De Dier. Machteld describes herself as a professional and passionate dog groomer and volunteer with a deep love for our four-legged companions. We know and love her as someone who donates her amazing grooming service voluntarily to the dogs in our care, something which is very obviously enjoyed to the full by every one of them. Her professional and deeply compassionate approach gives the animals the opportunity to trust a person, often for the first time in a long time. Magically, her warm and loving approach builds enough trust for the dogs to allow that first touch, to feel the care and healing she is offering. Paraíso del Perro is able to prove to them that their previously abusive and painful physical contact with people is over, her touch gives them hope. From this tiny spark they change quickly into the loving trusting creatures they were meant to be. There isn't one dog who Machteld hasn't been able to gain the trust of, this allows Paraíso del Perro to give them a much needed wash and brush up, and in many cases grooming takes on a more serious role as a medical necessity, providing relief from health, pain, age and disability related issues.

A passionate dog groomer and volunteer by Machteld De Dier

Welcome to my world of wagging tails and fluffy coats!

Who Am I?

I'm a professional dog groomer with a deep love for our four-legged companions. My area of operation lies in the picturesque villages of Hondón de las Nieves, Hondón de los Frailes and La Romana, nestled in the heart of Spain.

My Mission: 

My mission is simple, to make every dog feel pampered, loved, and ready to conquer the world with a fresh haircut!

What I Do:

  • Rescue Dogs: I dedicate my skills to grooming rescue dogs who are still waiting for their forever homes within various rescue organisations. 

  • Foster Dogs: Those adorable pups (or larger) in foster care also get the royal treatment too! I ensure they look their best before joining their new families.

  • Private Dog Owners: Whether it's a fluffy Pomeranian or a playful Labrador, I'm here to transform their fur into a masterpiece.

Fees? Nah!

I don't believe in charging fees. Instead, I encourage everyone to contribute by dropping a donation into the boxes placed in my cosy salon. 

Join Me!

Let's celebrate the joy of grooming, one wagging tail of a time.

Welcome to Paraíso del Perro - Dog Grooming Salon!

We have an adapted schedule for the opening hours as of May 6 2024

  • Monday:

    • 9:00am - 2:00pm

      • Exclusive for our private clients. Here, dogs are treated like stars. Think velvet paw prints and a special "pawpampering”.

    • 4:00pm - 6:00pm

      • Private clients again, later on the day, double the cuddles, double the shine!

  • Tuesday:

    • 8:30am - 10:00am

      • For our private clients. Early birds get extra petting time 

    • 10:00am - 2:00pm

      • Specifically for the rescue dogs from Dogxida/Alma. They deserve all the love and care we can provide. I am trained in handling both tangles and hugs.

  • Wednesday:

    • 10:00am - 2:00pm 

      • Welcome, rescue dogs from Barkinside. We have a special "bark-tender" providing them with fresh water and a crispy treat after their grooming session.

    • 4.00pm - 6.00pm

      • Back to our private clients. We call this the "Golden Hour" of the dog grooming world. The sun is low, the coat shines, and the dogs wag in harmony.

And now, a few important rules

  1. Location Exploration: If you're visiting us for the first time, please take a clear look at our location in advance. We wouldn't want you to get lost, and your dog misses out on their glamorous makeover!

  2. Solar Panel Disclaimer: We live on the campo, so our electricity network is as reliable as a cat taking a bath. If the weather turns bad, we might have to reschedule your grooming session. But don't worry, we won't let your dog walk around with half-trimmed ears and a crooked tail.


Google maps: Casa Margiz, Barranco del infierna, La Canalesa, Spain

Come by and let your dog shine at Paraiso del Perro!

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