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Date posted: 22nd March 2016

AN ANIMAL lover has confessed to pampering her pet Chihuahua with more than £30,000 of luxury gifts.

Queenie on her throne and with her toys

Pint-sized pooch Queenie has a bespoke wardrobe crammed with pricey dresses, coats, hats, wigs and accessories as well as her own personalised BUGGY and matching luxury poo bags.

Her owners, mum and daughter Josephine and Kelly Carter from Carshalton, Surrey, bought the handbag-sized hound two years ago and now admit they spend more money on Queenie than they do themselves.

The adorable canine gets hounded by ‘puparazzi’ wherever she goes and has an astounding 30,000 followers on Twitter who want to keep up to date with her latest trendsetting style tips.

Josephine, 50, owner of Licks of London, a dog fashion website, said: “Queenie is worth every penny.

“I spend way more money on Queenie and her wardrobe than I do on my own, I just can’t help myself and when I can I make sure we’re matching, even when it comes to her poo bags.

“She has her very own personalised buggy too, complete with fully functioning chandelier, which helps her to get around as she’s so tiny but we make sure she gets a good walk every day too.

“Queenie has the highest end beauty products including her toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and doggy nail varnish, she always has to sparkle and loves being pampered.

“She’s the most glam dog around and I constantly have people coming over to us asking for photos and where her outfits from, people even recognise her in the street now.

Queenie on the bed in a costume


“Our motto is to not follow trends in the dog world but set them, life’s too short for an ugly collar.

“People think we are barking mad but I wouldn’t change it for the world, it’s all just a bit of fun.”

Queenie, who turns three in June, has taken the internet by storm and now has a whopping 30,000 followers on Twitter, including celebrities like Jonathan Ross.

After competing in dozens of competitions Queenie now even judges them and has been granted VIP access to all the shows she attends.

Josephine added: “I can’t take Queenie anywhere without people making a fuss, she’s definitely a celebrity in her own right in the doggy world.

Queenie with Josephine Carter

“She’s in her element at shows too, she just sits backs and relishes in her outfits and the attention she receives.

“We’re not silly with dressing Queenie up, if it’s hot she goes au naturel but in the winter she’s so tiny and gets cold quickly, plus she absolutely loves it.

“Humans wear clothes every day to keep warm, it’s no different for Queenie.

“By the time we get home she can’t wait to stretch out on her own black velvet chaise lounge, which is encrusted in diamonds and has pink lining to match the curtains in the living room.

“Queenie loves a nice long soak in the bath too and after she gets a pretty pawdicure, with special doggy friendly nail varnish, which finishes her day off nicely.”

Queenie the dog's buggy

After starting her online business nine years ago, Josephine says the company’s sales have rocketed since Queenie became Managing Director.

Josephine said: “I’ve always loved dogs and grew up with Yorkshire Terriers but three years ago I decided it was time for a change.

“I kept being drawn back to Chihuahua’s, they’re so smart, adorable and loving and Queenie is all that and more.

“She’s the star attraction of Licks of London now and our sales have rocketed in the past three years, and it’s all down to Queenie.

Queenie's wardrobe

“I love spending money on her, when we go abroad now my partner Del knows to scout out the best doggy boutiques before we even get there as that’s they’re the first place I want to visit.

“I hate leaving Queenie so I always need to take her a present home, even in the week if I leave her for even a few hours I have to take her a new toy home.

“Queenie really is pawtastic and the best example of why a dog is a girls best friend, you can follow her on Facebook or Twitter @queeniewoofwoof.”

Queenie's collars


Hats, wigs and necklaces – £110

Coats – £840 Toys – £520

Leads & Collars – £1,200

Buggy – £100

Everyday dresses – £840

Couture outfits & Hats (for events and shows) – £600+ a year

Doggy Birthdays, barbecue’s, doggy bags for guest’s and presents – £600

Holistic Doggy massage – six sessions £180 a year (£30 each)

Doggy Reiki sessions to balance her Chakras – four sessions a year £120 (£30each)

Doggy Toothpaste – £27

Poo Bags to match outfits – £40

Travel expenses to shows and hotels – £1,200

Boarding while we’re on holiday and day sitting – £1000

Vets Routine check-up and boosters – £50.98

Pawdicure, grooming & products – £720

Food & supplements – £336

Flea and worm treatment – £149.08

Doggy holidays – £2000

Bedding & blankets car seats – £170