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Date posted: 22nd March 2016

  • Josephine and Kelly Carter from Surrey spend a fortune on dog Queenie
  • Two-year-old chihuahua even has pricey beauty treatments to look tip top
  • Dog leads the way in canine couture and has 30,000 followers online
  • Owners says she is a mini celebrity and gets ‘VIP entry’ to all top events

A pint-sized pooch now boasts a wardrobe bigger than that of most humans after its owners spent more than £30,000 on doggy fashion outfits, accessories and high-end beauty products.

Mum and daughter Josephine and Kelly Carter from Carshalton, Surrey, bought chihuahua Queenie two years ago and admit to spending a fortune on their dog can lead the way in canine couture.

Not only does Queenie have a bulging bespoke wardrobe filled with sparkly fashion ensembles and matching luxury poo bags, she even has her own bright pink personalised buggy in case she doesn’t want to get her paws dirty.

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And to ensure she feels her best as well, Josephine and Kelly shell out hundreds each year for ‘pawdicures’, holistic doggy massages and reiki sessions ‘to balance her chakras’ – on top of a range of expensive beauty products such as toothpaste and shampoo.

The trendsetting handbag hound gets snapped by ‘puparazzi’ wherever she goes and has some 30,000 followers on Twitter who want to keep up to date with her latest style tips.

Josephine, 50, who owns dog fashion website 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.

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‘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.

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‘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.

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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.

‘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.

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‘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.’

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 chihuahuas, 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.

‘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.’

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