There is no doubt that Australians love their pets. The Australian Veterinary Association estimates that Australia continues to have one of the highest household rates of pet ownership in the world with around 5.7 million of Australia's 9.2 million households home to a pet.
Dogs remain the most popular type of pet with almost two in five households (3.6 million) owning a dog.
It is no wonder then that a wave of excitement and anticipation has been building among pawrents and friends of fur babies of Brisbane awaiting the opening of the new DOGUE BOUTIQUE at Bulimba.
The doors to the Bulimba Dogue Boutique swung open on 24 May 2018 (with a rather grand opening) to become the first store in Queensland. Co-owners Brooke and Nikki and their trusty fur legged sidekicks Daisy and Cino have brought the stylish house of canine couture to Brisbane's north.
My pup didn't need much convincing to slip on his favourite jacket and lead and join me for a day out at Dogue.
The Dogue Tale Dogue was created in 1998 by Simone Kingston as she "set out to bring the world of haute couture to the canine by launching the brand as a unique and stylish way to accessorize your pet". You could be mistaken for thinking that the styling resembles Vogue. Well, in it way it does just that, as it is high fashion and pampering for dogs. DOGUE is a franchise operation with stores in the ACT, New South Wales, Victoria and now Queensland.
The Bulimba shop is set over 2 levels at the river end of Oxford Street (near the ferry stop).
Pawte Couture Puppy Products Strolling in off street level and past the yellow, blue and white striped picket fence entry, I found the raft of rather dashing products and accessories. DOGUE is light and bright and easy to wander around.
• Stylish leads and collars (some with striped and dotted bow ties)
• Stand out from the crowd harnesses
• Cosy beds
• Wollen Jumpers
• Luscious grooming products
• Tee-pees for the adventure seeker
Doggy Day Care and Playtime
Dogue also offers doggy day care/playtime services to help with socialisation, playtime and a safe place to hang out if the pawrents are away. Prices range from $50 (full day), $35 (half day), $15 hourly and $450 for a 10 visit package.
If you decide to visit Dogue, street parking is available but highly sought after. After you've finished, look out for the park across the street where pooches can strut the grassy catwalk and show off their new "do" or fashion accessory to the envy of passersby.