Dog-friendly bookshop in South Fremantle allows pooches to browse through books


Saga Bookshop owner Liz Poulton with Beaconsfield resident Lisa Corbett, her son Ethan and their dog Ruby. Picture: Martin Kennealey.
Saga Bookshop owner Liz Poulton with Beaconsfield resident Lisa Corbett, her son Ethan and their dog Ruby. Picture: Martin Kennealey.

MAN’S best friend can already enjoy a coffee alongside their owners – and now they can also peruse the stacks at a new South Fremantle bookstore.

Saga Bookshop owner Liz Poulton said the dog-friendly attitude of the South Fremantle area made it a simple decision to allow locals to bring in their four-legged friends.

“We have had really positive feedback from our customers, especially from those that have little dogs that don’t like being tied up outside,” she said.

“That being said, I prefer to see Saga Bookshop as a place for everyone; my husband Dougie built a portable ramp for wheelchair access, and we have purposely kept the space open and clear.

“Part of the reason we liked this shop was because it had a disability toilet and a private car bay which allows me to provide safe access for customers needing assistance.

“Our focus is on creating a warm, welcoming place where you can browse through our great book selection – or pull up a comfy chair and enjoy what we have to offer.”

The dog theme continues next month when local artist Meg Anderson from Hangdog Art exhibits some of her canine creations from November 3 to 27.

“I’ve known Megan for a few years now from the dog beach and loving her work, I asked if she would be interested in putting on an exhibition,” Ms Poulton said.

“One of my objectives of the bookshop is to give artists a platform to showcase their work and Hangdog works perfectly for Saga Bookshop’s first exhibit because it celebrates what we love about our neighbourhood – which is friendly dogs, beautiful beaches and great neighbours.”

Saga Bookshop is at 203 South Terrace.

Visit www.facebook.com/sagabookshop for information.