New Ulverston boutique for chic cats and canines

The Westmorland Gazette: Shop owner Charlotte Ronald and pampered puppy Arnold Shop owner Charlotte Ronald and pampered puppy Arnold

A DOG lover and her pet pooch have launched a luxury boutique for chic cats and canines.

Charlotte Ronald, 21, and her puppy — a Tibetan terrier crossed with a Pom called Arnold — have opened Wonder Paws, on Bolton Place, in Ulverston.

Miss Ronald, of Barrow, set up the business after finding a niche in the pet accessory industry.

“We’ve got lots of pets at home, cats and two other dogs,” she said. “When I got Arnold I couldn’t find gifts or accessories for him.

“People really love their pets in Ulverston and I thought I would create a store that could offer all the luxuries for dogs and cats that I struggled to find for my own.”

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4:37pm Tue 23 Oct 12

Witty Tanker says...

That really is a beautiful picture, Charlotte has a lovely puppy.
That really is a beautiful picture, Charlotte has a lovely puppy. Witty Tanker

4:50pm Tue 23 Oct 12

zaney5 says...

One of my pet hates (pardon the pun) is dressing animals up. I'll forgive the occasional dog coat in bad weather but anything else is just cheap and tacky.
One of my pet hates (pardon the pun) is dressing animals up. I'll forgive the occasional dog coat in bad weather but anything else is just cheap and tacky. zaney5

5:05pm Tue 23 Oct 12

jazzactivist says...

Good luck with your venture, Charlotte and Arnold. It's a good idea. I'll definitely be 'round to your shop, as I am looking for a stylish, not-too-blingy but not-too-agricultral-
fair collar and waterproof coat for my dog.
Good luck with your venture, Charlotte and Arnold. It's a good idea. I'll definitely be 'round to your shop, as I am looking for a stylish, not-too-blingy but not-too-agricultral- fair collar and waterproof coat for my dog. jazzactivist

5:12pm Tue 23 Oct 12

cumbrian1 says...

zaney5 wrote:
One of my pet hates (pardon the pun) is dressing animals up. I'll forgive the occasional dog coat in bad weather but anything else is just cheap and tacky.
I completely agree zaney5, they are animals for gods sake.Its like these folks who have dogs and carry them round in bags, they have legs to walk with!
[quote][p][bold]zaney5[/bold] wrote: One of my pet hates (pardon the pun) is dressing animals up. I'll forgive the occasional dog coat in bad weather but anything else is just cheap and tacky.[/p][/quote]I completely agree zaney5, they are animals for gods sake.Its like these folks who have dogs and carry them round in bags, they have legs to walk with! cumbrian1

9:49am Wed 24 Oct 12

life cycle too says...

I am put off by the fact that Charlotte seems to be enjoying the experience far more than Arnold does!
His expression seems to be saying "OMG, what have you put me in now... somebody get me a mirror quick..!"

Are there not laws that protect animals from such indignities?
I am put off by the fact that Charlotte seems to be enjoying the experience far more than Arnold does! His expression seems to be saying "OMG, what have you put me in now... somebody get me a mirror quick..!" Are there not laws that protect animals from such indignities? life cycle too

11:54am Wed 24 Oct 12

zaney5 says...

I just wish people would realise that animals aren't fashion accessories or status symbols. If you want a fancy bejewelled sparkly bed for your cat then fair enough, go out and waste your hard earned cash on one. If said cat is anything like ours she'll take one look, walk away and curl up under your bed instead! But dresing up animals in cutesy outfits is just wrong on so many levels!
I just wish people would realise that animals aren't fashion accessories or status symbols. If you want a fancy bejewelled sparkly bed for your cat then fair enough, go out and waste your hard earned cash on one. If said cat is anything like ours she'll take one look, walk away and curl up under your bed instead! But dresing up animals in cutesy outfits is just wrong on so many levels! zaney5

1:16pm Wed 24 Oct 12

tictoc1 says...

cumbrian1 wrote:
zaney5 wrote: One of my pet hates (pardon the pun) is dressing animals up. I'll forgive the occasional dog coat in bad weather but anything else is just cheap and tacky.
I completely agree zaney5, they are animals for gods sake.Its like these folks who have dogs and carry them round in bags, they have legs to walk with!
Absolutely agree. Humans wear clothes, not animals.
[quote][p][bold]cumbrian1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]zaney5[/bold] wrote: One of my pet hates (pardon the pun) is dressing animals up. I'll forgive the occasional dog coat in bad weather but anything else is just cheap and tacky.[/p][/quote]I completely agree zaney5, they are animals for gods sake.Its like these folks who have dogs and carry them round in bags, they have legs to walk with![/p][/quote]Absolutely agree. Humans wear clothes, not animals. tictoc1

3:59pm Fri 26 Oct 12

nixon1 says...

I do hope it all works out for Charlotte as setting up a business in these times and at her age is a very brave and risky decision. We are becoming all too "American" and i will be surprised if this takes off in such a rural farming area where historically pets are used for works. Maybe promoting web sales would be worth looking into.
I do hope it all works out for Charlotte as setting up a business in these times and at her age is a very brave and risky decision. We are becoming all too "American" and i will be surprised if this takes off in such a rural farming area where historically pets are used for works. Maybe promoting web sales would be worth looking into. nixon1

4:37pm Mon 29 Oct 12

badgerbitesback says...

life cycle too wrote:
I am put off by the fact that Charlotte seems to be enjoying the experience far more than Arnold does!
His expression seems to be saying "OMG, what have you put me in now... somebody get me a mirror quick..!"

Are there not laws that protect animals from such indignities?
I'm sorry what laws? Against what exactly dear friend... So if I had a dog, and I took it for a walk in the heaving rain, me wearing a nice coat to keep me dry and good shoes to keep my feet cosy and dry, and let my dog suffer because it is bad that I give it a coat and shoes (I have no dog btw) how am I a better person? Surely neglecting my dog to the weather has laws against more than keeping it as dry as I am.
[quote][p][bold]life cycle too[/bold] wrote: I am put off by the fact that Charlotte seems to be enjoying the experience far more than Arnold does! His expression seems to be saying "OMG, what have you put me in now... somebody get me a mirror quick..!" Are there not laws that protect animals from such indignities?[/p][/quote]I'm sorry what laws? Against what exactly dear friend... So if I had a dog, and I took it for a walk in the heaving rain, me wearing a nice coat to keep me dry and good shoes to keep my feet cosy and dry, and let my dog suffer because it is bad that I give it a coat and shoes (I have no dog btw) how am I a better person? Surely neglecting my dog to the weather has laws against more than keeping it as dry as I am. badgerbitesback

4:39pm Mon 29 Oct 12

badgerbitesback says...

tictoc1 wrote:
cumbrian1 wrote:
zaney5 wrote: One of my pet hates (pardon the pun) is dressing animals up. I'll forgive the occasional dog coat in bad weather but anything else is just cheap and tacky.
I completely agree zaney5, they are animals for gods sake.Its like these folks who have dogs and carry them round in bags, they have legs to walk with!
Absolutely agree. Humans wear clothes, not animals.
Wow, and there in lies the problem, it's only an animal so I don't need to think of keeping it warm and dry, I suppose you'd tell them not to put socks on dogs in the snow... because it's only a dog and only humans wear socks right?
[quote][p][bold]tictoc1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cumbrian1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]zaney5[/bold] wrote: One of my pet hates (pardon the pun) is dressing animals up. I'll forgive the occasional dog coat in bad weather but anything else is just cheap and tacky.[/p][/quote]I completely agree zaney5, they are animals for gods sake.Its like these folks who have dogs and carry them round in bags, they have legs to walk with![/p][/quote]Absolutely agree. Humans wear clothes, not animals.[/p][/quote]Wow, and there in lies the problem, it's only an animal so I don't need to think of keeping it warm and dry, I suppose you'd tell them not to put socks on dogs in the snow... because it's only a dog and only humans wear socks right? badgerbitesback

4:44pm Mon 29 Oct 12

badgerbitesback says...

nixon1 wrote:
I do hope it all works out for Charlotte as setting up a business in these times and at her age is a very brave and risky decision. We are becoming all too "American" and i will be surprised if this takes off in such a rural farming area where historically pets are used for works. Maybe promoting web sales would be worth looking into.
Historically pets are used for work... Certainly not all, since we're not all farmers, besides the point that if people didn't like ti, they wouldn't buy it. There is no harm coming to these animals by wearing a coat (stylish or otherwise) and most other items sold are toys and beds... Are we all going to jump on this and say dogs and cats aren't allowed pet beds because there should be some law against this kind of cruelty?
[quote][p][bold]nixon1[/bold] wrote: I do hope it all works out for Charlotte as setting up a business in these times and at her age is a very brave and risky decision. We are becoming all too "American" and i will be surprised if this takes off in such a rural farming area where historically pets are used for works. Maybe promoting web sales would be worth looking into.[/p][/quote]Historically pets are used for work... Certainly not all, since we're not all farmers, besides the point that if people didn't like ti, they wouldn't buy it. There is no harm coming to these animals by wearing a coat (stylish or otherwise) and most other items sold are toys and beds... Are we all going to jump on this and say dogs and cats aren't allowed pet beds because there should be some law against this kind of cruelty? badgerbitesback

5:49pm Mon 29 Oct 12

life cycle too says...

badgerbitesback wrote:
life cycle too wrote:
I am put off by the fact that Charlotte seems to be enjoying the experience far more than Arnold does!
His expression seems to be saying "OMG, what have you put me in now... somebody get me a mirror quick..!"

Are there not laws that protect animals from such indignities?
I'm sorry what laws? Against what exactly dear friend... So if I had a dog, and I took it for a walk in the heaving rain, me wearing a nice coat to keep me dry and good shoes to keep my feet cosy and dry, and let my dog suffer because it is bad that I give it a coat and shoes (I have no dog btw) how am I a better person? Surely neglecting my dog to the weather has laws against more than keeping it as dry as I am.
I would have thought that the choice of words - indignities - clearly singled this out as a tongue in cheek comment, otherwise I would have resorted to claims of cruelty, which IS legislated about.

However, in the light of your comments, I looked again, and I can see clearly now that Arnold is in fact wearing a practical outfit that should protect him from the rain, keep him warm and dry, and it has got nothing to do with dressing him up with a BOW TIE, to impart a twee human appearance to a DOG.
[quote][p][bold]badgerbitesback[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]life cycle too[/bold] wrote: I am put off by the fact that Charlotte seems to be enjoying the experience far more than Arnold does! His expression seems to be saying "OMG, what have you put me in now... somebody get me a mirror quick..!" Are there not laws that protect animals from such indignities?[/p][/quote]I'm sorry what laws? Against what exactly dear friend... So if I had a dog, and I took it for a walk in the heaving rain, me wearing a nice coat to keep me dry and good shoes to keep my feet cosy and dry, and let my dog suffer because it is bad that I give it a coat and shoes (I have no dog btw) how am I a better person? Surely neglecting my dog to the weather has laws against more than keeping it as dry as I am.[/p][/quote]I would have thought that the choice of words - indignities - clearly singled this out as a tongue in cheek comment, otherwise I would have resorted to claims of cruelty, which IS legislated about. However, in the light of your comments, I looked again, and I can see clearly now that Arnold is in fact wearing a practical outfit that should protect him from the rain, keep him warm and dry, and it has got nothing to do with dressing him up with a BOW TIE, to impart a twee human appearance to a DOG. life cycle too

9:08pm Wed 31 Oct 12

snuggle-bunny says...

beats working for a living i suppose
beats working for a living i suppose snuggle-bunny

9:39am Thu 1 Nov 12

life cycle too says...

I view this habit of dressing up animals in the same light as parents who dress up their young daughters and enter them in beauty pageants, with make up, fake tans and padded bras.

:(
The sale of quality practical coverings, and decorated leads and collars is altogether different to playing "dress up" with a pet.
I view this habit of dressing up animals in the same light as parents who dress up their young daughters and enter them in beauty pageants, with make up, fake tans and padded bras. :( The sale of quality practical coverings, and decorated leads and collars is altogether different to playing "dress up" with a pet. life cycle too

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