Welcome to "The Old Bell"
New Street, Macroom, Co. Cork
"The Old Bell" is situated on the N22 Cork to Killarney/Tralee Road, only a 2 minute walk from Macroom Town centre.
We boast a first class, state of the art premises with all the relevant equipment to cater for your pets treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will my dog spend at "The Old Bell"
Normally between 3 and 6 hours. This depends on your dog's size and coat type and condition.
Dogs stay for longer than it takes to groom them to ensure that each dog gets plenty of breaks in between de-matting, bathing, drying and so on. If we groomed your pet from start to finish he/she would go home very tired!
How much will the grooming cost?
As each dog is an individual, it can be very difficult to quote for our work. We groom to a very high standard and the bulk of our cost is in the preparation stage of the grooming (i.e. de-matting). All prices are dependant on the following factors;
As each dog is an individual, it is best to contact the salon so we can meet your pet and give a more accurate quote for grooming.
Should I wash my dog before I bring him or her in ?
NO THANK YOU! Bathing a coat which has not been carefully brushed out beforehand will result in the dog becoming matted all over. It is often thought that bathing and applying conditioner/sprays/lotions before brushing will help to de tangle. This is NOT the case. There is no alternative to good old fashioned elbow grease! We are more than happy to accept very dirty dogs.... it's our job!!
My dog is very nervous and I am worried about how he will react to being away from me while being groomed. Can you put my mind at ease?
It is natural for you to worry about how your dog will react to being in a strange place and being groomed by someone they don't know. Remember, dogs don't have pre conceived ideas about a new experience and look to us, their owners for reassurance and guidance. So when owners arrive for their appointment clutching Fifi or Fido to them, saying how nervous they are feeling- it is easy for a dog to pick up on the stress the owner is conveying.
Why not pop in to our salon without your pet, to observe the dogs being groomed that day? Our open plan design means you can watch what happens and how dogs generally react. The reason we don't encourage owners to stay with their own dogs is that this is quite distracting for the dog. He will want you to stay right next to him, naturally, and it can be dangerous for us to use scissors/clippers on a dog that is concentrating on someone other than the groomer. It is a little like a child at the dentist surgery.... they really can cope without you!
Will my dog be sedated while being groomed?
Absolutely NOT. At "The Old Bell" we have a policy of never sedating any animal on our premises. This is for a number of reasons; firstly it does not allow us to form any sort of relationship with the dog as they are afraid and unaware of their surroundings. Secondly, it can be extremely dangerous to work on a sedated dog as their movements are very erratic and unpredictable. As we do not have a vet on the premises , we are not in a position to administer drugs. As a professional groomer, I am accustomed to dealing with all sorts of temperaments and issues dogs may have. I prefer to deal with each dog as an individual, not just complete the work in the fastest time.
Give your pet the care and attention it deserves.
Give your pet a trip to "The Old Bell".
Contact John @ 086 0890984
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 9.30am - 5pm
We have a large car park, free of charge to our clients