Savoy Cen­tre takes the lead with new pooch-friendly pop-up store

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY CARO­LINE WIL­SON

DOG owners are be­ing in­vited to a new pooch-friendly pop-up store launch­ing next month at Glas­gow’s Savoy Cen­tre.

Ailsa Lyall-Mathews, 24, came up with the con­cept for RUFF.sun­day be­cause she felt there was a lack of unique prod­ucts for dog owners avail­able within larger pet stores.

She de­cided to launch a space, which could sup­port small, independen­t brands and picked COLAB, the Savoy’s new re­tail space for her venture.

Some of the brands fea­tur­ing in­clude; Hoop & Loop, Vack­er­tass Sup­ply Co., Buddy Bub­bles, Bark and Hare & Tyne Dog Co.

There will also be ‘pay what you can’ work­shops with dog train­ers, groomers and vets.

RUFF.sun­day is also aim­ing to join forces with an­i­mal char­i­ties to host fundrais­ing events and plans to fea­ture a re-hom­ing wall to help find new owners for aban­doned pets.

Ailsa also wants to en­cour­age more adults bat­tling lone­li­ness to con­sider get­ting a dog.

She said: “There is a proven link be­tween im­proved well-be­ing and dog own­er­ship, and this is what the of RUFF.sun­day is based on.

“We are fac­ing an ab­so­lute epi­demic when it comes to mental health and with things like ther­apy dogs becoming more com­mon, I think it’s re­ally im­por­tant for projects like RUFF.sun­day to pro­vide a plat­form to high­light how im­por­tant own­ing a pet can be in sup­port­ing mental health.

“Glas­gow is such a wel­com­ing city and I’ve made friends here I would now call fam­ily.

“That’s why I thought it was such a good place to start with these events with the aim of bring­ing dog owners and an­i­mals to­gether for so­cial events, while sup­port­ing the in­de­pen­dents that re­ally need it in an ex­tremely chal­leng­ing re­tail en­vi­ron­ment.”

The one-day event is be­ing held at COLAB on May 14.

Dog owners have been in­vited along to RUFF.sun­day

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