Lina Kostaki-Fotini Gkika
Greece | Professional Master Groomer
Lina Costaki Started in participating on dog shows, back to 1999. In 2001 she opened her first Dog Grooming Salon under the name “Dog Spa” at Kifissia area and the second “Dog Spa” branch in 2004 at N. Chalkidona are, both near Athens. She has traveled with her dogs in many countries for dog shows and dog working trials. Engaging with dogs is a way of life for her and whatever around dogs is her interest. Dogs that she has groomed have emerged many times as “Best in Group” and “Best in Show”. She participates with her dogs in National, International, Pan-European and World level dog shows. She has spent incredible hours with dogs, shows, trips, at kennel, at home, in working dogs training courses and more over grooming tables! In 2006 she founded the "Black Moon Rising kennel” and since then she has breed black Standard and Toy Poodles. Her owned dog “Fever da Maya”, a standard poodle, was the “Top dog of the year 2011” in Greece and also, her owned Toy Poodle "Afterglow Arachnophobia" in the same year became “Junior World Winner” at the World Dog Show” in Paris. She particularly enjoys dog shows and claims that she has gained her most important knowledge from there! Together with her self-adhesive and co-owner of the kennel, Fotini Ghika, continue travel all over the world with their dogs. In 2013, they were contributors to the "Grooming Days" Seminar in Poodle section. In 2017 they won first place in the contest "Dual Groom Contest" organized by Animagroom. But their heart belongs to the dog shows as they are used to saying! She has attended the following seminars: 2004 March - Obedience, Knut Fuchs 2006 Stripping-Scissoring, Mijo Klein 2006 Show grooming - Golden Retriever 2007 Stripping, Stelios Makaritis 2008 March - Seminar of Assistants of Protection, German Shepherd Club of Greece 2009 Private Seminar and Workshop, Natasha Kolbe, Planet Poodle Grooming School 2009 & 2011 Obedience, tracking, protection, Knut Fuchs 2011 Educational Assistant Veterinary Seminar 2010 Second Puppy-Continental, Charlotte Sandell 2013 2nd Seminar of Assistance Protection Assistants, German Shepherd Club of Greece 2013 Handling and Conformation, Pet Richard 2013 "The Pack" by George Gramozis 2014 & 15 Second Puppy and Continental, Anders Rosell 2014 Poodle and Pet Grooming, Anna Bardysheva 2014 Obedience, Bart Bellon 2016 Groom Master Lab Airedale, Kerry Blue, Bedlington, Scottish, Carre, Mintzi, Premtsis 2016 Private Bichon Seminar and Workshop, Irina Smirnova 2016 Poodle Show Grooming, Toshinori Omura 2017 Groom Master Lab, Sue Zecco 2017 Breeders Seminar, Anders Rosell
2017 Commercial and Poodle, Alberto Bianchi2017 Schnauzer, Eleni Mintzi 2018 Asian, Michael Zhang 2018 Stripping, Rebecca Cross 2017 & 2018 Master Groomer Diplomas, she is one of the four groomers in Greece who successfully passed all categories (5) and won the "Master Groomer" Title in the specializations organized by the Hellenic Professionals’ Groomers Association.
- She has been a member of the Board of Directors, of the German Shepherd Club of Greece (2013-2014).
- She is a founding member and Chairman of the Poodle Club of Greece.
- She is a founding member and General Secretary of Hellenic Professionals’ Groomers Association.