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Best Friends the new place to pamper your pooch

WELL GROOMED: Cassie Moroney with Layla the poodle at the new Best Friends store in West Ipswich.
WELL GROOMED: Cassie Moroney with Layla the poodle at the new Best Friends store in West Ipswich. Inga Williams

POOCHES and other pets will be as welcome as their owners at West Ipswich's new pet store Best Friends when it opens for the first time.

The store officially opens on Brisbane St today, with new jobs for 15 staff and services that include a puppy school, an onsite vet and a grooming studio.

Best Friends Ipswich general manager Darren Richards said the store operated as a pet advocate and won't sell puppies or kittens out of on-site cages.

Instead, they have formed a partnership with the Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) to host regular pop-up adoption shops with animals rescued by the organisation.

The store will be selling smaller pets including guinea pigs and different species of birds and fish.

Mr Richards said all pets sold in store would be checked by the on-site veterinary team before going up for sale, and from there they would be checked daily.

The vet surgery won't open just yet, but the grooming studio has been prepped and ready for the first appointments already booked for today.

Pets will be groomed and blow-dried on site and their owners will be able to watch the whole thing while shopping thanks to clear windows that show the studio.

Owners will also be able to watch minor veterinary surgery thanks to a clear window that shows the vet's operating theatre.

The squeamish won't need to avoid the vet's area however - the window will be fogged up for more serious procedures.

An official opening weekend will be held on September 13 and 14, and Ipswich pet owners are invited to attend and check out the services.

Guide Dogs Queensland will also be in store from 2pm-6pm on Friday, September 12.

Mr Richards said the business was looking to partner up with other animal charities such as Story Dogs.

Topics:  animal welfare league queensland, guide dogs queensland, story dogs




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