New Leeds dog store unleashed

Harley is given a treat by spa manager Charlotte Thompson
Harley is given a treat by spa manager Charlotte Thompson
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Dogs and shopping don’t usually mix but that may be about to change.

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Instead of being tethered outside, pooches can now paw-ruse their very own store.

The aptly names Barkers, which has opened in Ilkley, is sure to get local tails wagging.

Just the third of its breed in the UK, the shop is being billed as a “must-visit shopping destination for dogs and their well-behaved owners.”

Manager Amy Royal, who has two Yorkshire terriers Oscar and Ellie Mae, said: “The store has been designed exclusively for dogs. Everyone involved in the creation of Barkers is a dog lover and this is reflected in every aspect; from the way the shop looks and feels, to the products we sell and the services we provide.

“There are some really exciting sensory areas of the shop for dogs to interact with, from intriguing smells to eye-catching toys, and we can’t wait to meet Ilkley’s canine community.”

Amy added: “Barkers isn’t just a great store for dogs, we want it to become a real hub for the dog-owning community. Whether that’s just owners dropping by for a chat while their pet has a sniff around the store, or seeking more thorough advice on things like health, food, behaviour, hopefully they’ll feel Barkers is an all-round dream destination for their dogs.”

Barkers of Ilkley was officially opened by VIB (Very Important Barker), Pickle-Lilly - a two-year-old whippet who was chosen for the task through a competition on social networking site Facebook.

She will receive a well-deserved pamper session in the store’s spa, which offers a variety of services such as grooming, nail clipping and spa treatments.

Jo Ward and Sarah Carroll, Pickle-Lilly’s owners said their dog had fun opening the shop.

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