Meet
The Team

Our highest priority is the health, happiness and well-being of your beloved pet.

To ensure the best experience our salon is bright and roomy with spacious pens. We have an open floor plan where all grooming is performed in plain view of the public.

Our staff have mastered a gentle, confident approach to the handling and grooming of your dog. In short, your stylist will make your dog look and feel their best!

We invite you to visit, meet our friendly staff, look at our beautiful salon to feel confident your dog will be happy during their pamper session.

Melissa Spinks

Salon Manager

Melissa began her career as a vet nurse in 1991. She joined Sydney animal hospitals as a senior nurse in 2005.

During her time nursing, Mel developed a keen interest in pet grooming, after many years of helping in the Veterinary Hospital grooming salon Mel picked up the skills to become a professional groomer.

Melissa oversees the running of Hot Dog Cool Cat and is available for grooming on an appointment basis. Melissa sets our service standard and is contactable by email mel@hotdogcoolcat.com.au if you have any questions or concerns.

Maya Yamada

Senior Pet Stylist

Maya has over 10 years as a professional groomer in Sydney. Originally from Tokyo, Japan where she started her career as a veterinary nurse, then pet stylist, under the strict standards of the famous city’s pet salons. Maya leads the Hot Dog Cool Cat team.

Maya is an expert at scissoring and will on request give your dog a classic style cut, such as a poodle lamb clip of old style classic cavalier king Charles spaniel.

As Maya is an inner urban resident she is experienced in all the terrier clips and styles that are so popular.

Amanda Duran

Pet Stylist and Cat groomer

Amanda has worked for Sydney Animal Hospitals for about 20 years as an in-Hospital pet groomer. Amanda’s clients look to her for summer clips, hygiene clips and shorter and more easily managed “wash and wear” styles. Amanda does our cat clips, which are very popular.

Amanda will perform the requested groom to the best of her ability depending on your cat’s demeanour and cooperation. Should your cat become aggressive or stressed during the groom we may not be able to complete the grooming process. Should this occur, we recommend your cat is groomed under anaesthetic at Sydney Animal Hospitals, as this is the safest option for both cat and groomer. Cats which are groomed in the Veterinary Hospital (next door) are performed as a closely monitored procedure under a full general anaesthetic (A separate consent will need to be given prior to your cat being groomed under a general anaesthetic).

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