Shop dogs of Wellington

Meet the capital's central business dogs

Last updated 11:23 24/05/2013
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Which is your favourite shop dog of Wellington?

Lucy the cavalier-spaniel cross

Bruce the english bulldog

Bernie the bernese mountain dog

Panda the pomeranian japanese chin cross

Winston the pug griffon cross

Willow the rhodesian ridgeback cross

I love all of them.

Dogs shouldn't be allowed in shops.

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Some of Wellington's well-known characters are of the four-legged kind. We look at some of the best shop dogs in town.

Bruce the english bulldog, 4, The Rogue and Vagabond on Garrett St.

Bruce Robert Vagabond is the ''canine bouncer'' of this new boutique beer bar, and his face is even on its logo: ''It had to be him,'' says owner Gwilym Waldren. A bulldog-shaped glass jar of dog biscuits is kept on the far end of the bar, and in exchange for a treat, Bruce will do a very impressive high-five. Bruce is technically not allowed inside the bar, and so can be often found trundling around Glover Park. ''He is the lord and master of this park. It's his domain.'' He also maintains his own Twitter account: @BruceVagabond

Panda the pomeranian japanese chin cross, 11, Carly Harris on Cuba St.

Owner Christine Harris says Panda has her own fan club, with groups of people coming into the store each afternoon just to see her.

Willow the rhodesian ridgeback cross, 8, Flowers Manuela on Cuba St.

Willow, adopted as a pup from the SPCA, is ''a bit of everything, but mostly ridgeback'', says Manuela Lipsham. She has regular visitors at this florist on upper Cuba St, including a man who drops in bones for her for free. ''But they don't talk to us, they just talk to her.'' 

Winston the pug griffon cross, 3, Mall Drycleaning on Tory St.

Winston keeps a fairly low profile at Mall Drycleaning, preferring to spend most of his time in the office - though out the front, above the couch on which he likes to sit, there's a giant painting of him sitting on the couch. Owner Mike Burdett says, ''He's our mascot.''

Bernie the bernese mountain dog, 7, Bernie's on the Bay on Oriental Parade.

Bernie is a familiar sight outside Freyberg Pool & Fitness Centre on Oriental Parade and, even when he's not there, as the namesake and logo of the Bernie's on the Bay cafe. Now his profile is being used to help the cafe raise funds for the SPCA's relocation to the Fever Hospital. Nick Ryan says the dog ''really resonates and engages with the community ... He's very well-known.'' Ryan ''shares custody'' of Bernie with his sister, joking that he has him for ''weekends and school holidays''.

Lucy the cavalier-spaniel cross, seven months, Music Services in the Grand Arcade.

Music Services technician Elaine Ward says Lucy is a ''great shop dog''. ''She sits at the door, waiting to welcome our customers.''

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