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Local dogs go barking mad for BWS store!

The Geebung BWS is not only a favourite destination for locals, but also their furry friends after the team started serving dog treats and fresh bowls of water - with some naughty pooches refusing to leave until they’ve been served!

“Customers love coming here and so do their dogs. I reckon it’s the dogs who bring their owners, not the other way around,” said Geebung BWS store manager Kristy Edwards.

Animal loving Kristy - who has two rescue dogs and fosters a third - decided to buy dog treats as part of a marketing campaign 12 months ago and has kept it up long since the campaign wrapped up.

The orange water bowl by the store entry is always freshly replenished, and a packet of dog treats is readily available - which has created a very local furry following, with a Bulldog named Sass and a Cocker Spaniel called Evie leading the pack.

“We have video footage of Evie’s owner having to pull her away from the store entry when we were closed because she was refusing to leave without her treat. Sass just plonks himself down on the ground when he walks past. He patiently waits for me to finish serving customers, so I can give him his treat,” she said. 


Local dogs Ozzie, Myf, Charlie, Richie, Rosie and Evie (lead shot) enjoy socialising at BWS Geebung - Photo: Kristy Edwards

Kristy estimates that the store has on average at least six furry friends visiting every day.

“What simply started off as a passion for animals has really turned into quite a following here at Geebung. Our customers and their furry friends really brighten me and my team’s day,” she added.

Kristy has also rallied the store team and customers to help animals in need by supporting local charities.

“We are all huge animal lovers and collect blankets, food and towels for those who are less fortunate and struggle to provide for their dogs, as well as for animal rescue and sanctuary Deathrow Unchained. We have customers coming in every week to contribute with pet food, second hand jumpers and blankets. It’s really incredible,” she said.

“We have also helped raise money for Bikers Against Animal Cruelty and Deathrow Unchained” she added.

Burbank-based animal rescue Deathrow Unchained Animal Rescue and Sanctuary said they were moved by the support they had received from Kristy and the Geebung community.

“As an Animal Rescue that relies purely on contributions from the community to keep us going, we were so incredibly touched by the generosity of Kristy from BWS. Kristy often visits our sanctuary and drops off food, vouchers and even blankets for our animals. We are so grateful for her incredible support,” a spokesperson for Deathrow Unchained said.


Happy furry visitor at BWS -
Photo: Kristy Edwards
“She recently kindly provided our Sanctuary with gift vouchers for various stores like Woolworths. This helped us survive through COVID-19 lockdowns while our main source of income completely stopped. We are home to over 14 rescued animals, some from hoarding situations, many from animal abuse,” the spokesperson added.

Area manager Kelly Kyle from BWS added: “With stores in all major cities, and strong presence in regional and remote locations, BWS is a part of almost every Australian community, and we encourage our store teams to get involved in their local communities and their furry friends.”

The Geebung store is located on 9/8 Railway Parade, Geebung, 4034, QLD.



Deathrow Unchained

Deathrow Unchained Animal Rescue and Sanctuary is based in Burbank, Brisbane. Having saved and incredible 3350 animals in the 4 years they have been operating, they focus on animals with no options and are in desperate need of help. They are currently running small group tours around their Sanctuary to help them recover from the finical toll COVID-19 lockdown took on their organisation. 


To find out how you can help this great cause visit www.deathrowunchained.org

About BWS

Since 2001, BWS have made it their mission to become the most convenient bottle shop in the country. With over 1,300 stores across Australia and a new app (BWS on tAPP), locals can now order ahead for free pick up in store or get drinks delivered ASAP (check BWS’ online store locator for delivery areas). The BWS team is passionate about local and goes to great lengths to curate a range that's tailored to the tastes of the locals, so their customers don't have to – how convenient.


MEDIA RELEASE, 2nd July 2020
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