Ten-year-old Tulip Todd of Mt Crosby pictured with her dog Buzz has been making homemade pet collars and leads called Tu Tu's Bling.
Ten-year-old Tulip Todd of Mt Crosby pictured with her dog Buzz has been making homemade pet collars and leads called Tu Tu's Bling. David Nielsen

10-year-old 'petpreneur' helping pooches look their best

BUZZ is one of many much-loved Ipswich pets that will receive a special treat this Christmas, in the form of a gift under the tree.

The Mt Crosby dog's present will be more personalised than most, because his 10-year-old owner Tulip Todd designs pet accessories herself.

Tulip began designing pet leads and collars in a children's business class, and now sells them under the name Tutu's Bling.

This Christmas she's released a special edition lead and collar with reindeer print.

Buzz is by no means alone in his Christmas pampering, a national survey has shown.

About 50% of Australians buy their pets festive gifts, according to an Australian National Retail Association survey.

ANRA chief executive officer Margy Osmond said many Australians still considered presents for their pets important, despite a growing "thrifty mood".

"In 2011 we asked people who they normally bought for and 13% included pets," Ms Osmond said.

"In 2012, the number who always buy for their pets sits at 29%, suggesting some relaxation in budgeting for the festive period."

Ms Osmond said women were most likely to treat their pets to a Christmas gift, with 56% considering a gift for a pet perfectly acceptable.

She said the pet gift-buying trend was also definitely one for younger people, with 60% of over-65s strongly against the idea.

Tutu's Bling products are stocked at Cultiver in the Top of Town, including a limited supply of Christmas items.


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