Need some sandals for your Shih Tzu? Gary has 'em.

Need some sandals for your Shih Tzu? Gary has 'em.

Need some sandals for your Shih Tzu? Gary has 'em.

First published in News

BASILDON’S most pampered pet dogs are being treated to cologne, hair dye, trainers and even their own prams, as part of a craze, said to be sweeping the country.

Customers at Wickford’s new Doggie Style Dog Boutique are snapping up everything from dog beds to fancy dress outfits, handbags, jelly sandals, sun screen and even edible birthday cards – some spending thousands of pounds.

Owner, former care dealer Gary Bruce, who opened a shop a few weeks ago after running the business online for 18 months, said: “It is going really well. It’s an Essex thing.

“I love all animals, especially dogs, and when I went to Spain I saw lots of dogs dressed up, I just thought ‘that’s brilliant’.

“Everybody is entitled to their opinion, but none of it harms the dogs. It’s just pure pampering.”

Catherine Tredwin, 36, from Pitsea, is a regular visitor to the shop and often takes her miniature pinscher Anu, and imperial shih tzu Elmo to buy treats and practical things such as shampoo.

She said: “I think it’s brilliant. The birthday cards are great, as you do want to treat your dogs.

“They’re special. What’s the point in having a dog if you’re not going to treat it right and spend out on it?

It’s my money and I choose to spend it on the dogs.”

Asked what others might think, she added: “Everyone can be judgmental, but the dogs don’t get hurt. They aren’t bothered. If the dogs don’t like it, don’t do it.”

The boutique, in Southend Road, Shotgate, also fundraises for the Dogs Trust’s new centre, at Nevendon, and Guide Dogs UK.

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9:15am Tue 22 Jul 14

152 says...

Oh. my. God.

This has TOWIE written all over it.

“ What’s the point in having a dog if you’re not going to ...spend out on it? "

'Nuff said.
Oh. my. God. This has TOWIE written all over it. “ What’s the point in having a dog if you’re not going to ...spend out on it? " 'Nuff said. 152
  • Score: 2

9:17am Tue 22 Jul 14

Leighdweller says...

Fair play to the guy, if he can get away selling this stuff to his punters. However, I cannot understand why anyone would buy sandals for their dog, least of birthday cards?

As Catherine Tredwin admits, the dogs aren't bothered. If they're not bothered, why do it?

I've never sent my dog a birthday card and I'm not sure he's holding a grudge against me.
Fair play to the guy, if he can get away selling this stuff to his punters. However, I cannot understand why anyone would buy sandals for their dog, least of birthday cards? As Catherine Tredwin admits, the dogs aren't bothered. If they're not bothered, why do it? I've never sent my dog a birthday card and I'm not sure he's holding a grudge against me. Leighdweller
  • Score: 3

10:03am Tue 22 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

Sorry but this is ridiculous when the previous story I read on this website was about an 11 year old boy trying to raise funds for a charity.

Good for them for raising money for Dogs Trust, which is a worthy cause but sandals and hairdos for muttleys. For God's sake!

Essex has enough poor image to contend with, what with TOWIE and other airhead celebs.

But when a young boy is trying to raise money for charity in memory of his friend who died of cancer, I know where I'd rather put my money.
Sorry but this is ridiculous when the previous story I read on this website was about an 11 year old boy trying to raise funds for a charity. Good for them for raising money for Dogs Trust, which is a worthy cause but sandals and hairdos for muttleys. For God's sake! Essex has enough poor image to contend with, what with TOWIE and other airhead celebs. But when a young boy is trying to raise money for charity in memory of his friend who died of cancer, I know where I'd rather put my money. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 1

11:23am Tue 22 Jul 14

black jack ketchum says...

I spend plenty of money on my dogs but I draw the line at sandals & hair dye, that is just plain tacky!
I spend plenty of money on my dogs but I draw the line at sandals & hair dye, that is just plain tacky! black jack ketchum
  • Score: 1

11:29am Tue 22 Jul 14

John Right says...

I think that Gary should try to sort his appearance out first, before worrying about a rat on a string..
I think that Gary should try to sort his appearance out first, before worrying about a rat on a string.. John Right
  • Score: 2

5:43pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

Plenty of shih-tzu on my sandals everytime I go for a walk over the park thanks to ignorant irresponsible dog emptiers
Plenty of shih-tzu on my sandals everytime I go for a walk over the park thanks to ignorant irresponsible dog emptiers Howard Cháse
  • Score: 0

5:44pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

152 wrote:
Oh. my. God.

This has TOWIE written all over it.

“ What’s the point in having a dog if you’re not going to ...spend out on it? "

'Nuff said.
That
Onanist
Wickford
In
Essex
[quote][p][bold]152[/bold] wrote: Oh. my. God. This has TOWIE written all over it. “ What’s the point in having a dog if you’re not going to ...spend out on it? " 'Nuff said.[/p][/quote]That Onanist Wickford In Essex Howard Cháse
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