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3 Pet Friendly Wineries To Explore Now

posted by The Daily Fluff January 2, 2018 0 comments

If you’re looking for the perfect puppy ­friendly weekend getaway look no further! We’ve compiled a list of the top 3 pet ­friendly wineries to explore around the Melbourne area. With truffle gardens, vineyards, historical houses. award winning wines to taste­ and cosy pet­ friendly accommodation, you and your pooch are in for a relaxing getaway!

1. The Burnham Beeches Estate:

The Burnham Beeches Estate in Dandenong offers a fabulous Thursday doggie winery tour exploring their gorgeous winery. Enjoy winding walks down the mountainside with beautiful views, and let the cool mountain air invigorate your senses. The winery also boasts a restaurant (with a private wine tasting!) featuring the palatable creations of famous chef Shannon Bennett. This historic property also features vegetable gardens filled with delicious savoury treats and a truffle orchard! Explore the Alfred Nicholas Memorial gardens and find your way down to the garden games. The Burnham Beeches estate offers croquet and lawn bowls for recreational purposes.

There is a limit to two dogs per person. You can find more information regarding Thursday Doggie Winery Tours on the Gourmet PawPrints website here.

2. Daylesford Cider:

This dog ­friendly venue is located in the picturesque town of Daylesford, about 2hrs out of Melbourne. At Daylesford Cider they produce original craft ciders from home­grown organic apples.

Daylesford Cider is home to the Tavern a gorgeous country­ style restaurant with a delicious menu. In winter the restaurant boasts a menu of hot soups and pot pies and in summer the pizza oven is lit up for wood­fired pizzas. Daylesford Cider also offers summertime garden games of Jenga and Bocce.

If you’re planning an overnight trip, book into the Daylesford Country Cottages Pet Friendly Spa cottages to ensure both you and your pooch have a lovely warm place to rest your weary legs after a long day exploring the venue.

For more information you can check out the Daylesford Cider company website here.

3. Pierrepoint Winery in Tarrington:

This family owned and operated winery located in Tarrington, specialises in Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. While the Pierrepoint Winery also offer a range of white wines, their award-winning reds have caused a stir in the industry due to the rich tapestry of fruity notes lilting up through the tastebuds of consumers.

The winery offers B&B style accommodation and with a large menagerie of pets looked after by the owners, is also dog ­friendly! The site boasts a historical home built in the 1900’s, breathtaking garden views and a charming cellar­door restaurant with a cozy atmosphere where one (or a party of several!) can enjoy wine tastings and delicious meals throughout the day and evening.

To find out more visit the Pierrepoint Winery Company website here.

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6 Tips For A Successful Road Trip With Your Pet

posted by The Daily Fluff March 28, 2017 0 comments

The Easter weekend is coming up. It’s the perfect time for a road trip! And what is a better way to spend a road trip than with your pet pooch? Before you two head off on your weekend getaway, there are a few things you should prepare for in order to have the best holiday possible! So get out your notepad: you’re going to want to take this down!

  1. Check With Your Vet:

Your trip will be a bummer if your pup becomes sick. They’re only going to have a good time if they’re healthy and happy! If it’s been a while since your last check-up, pay your vet a visit. Make sure you’re up-to-date on vaccinations, medications and dietary plans. Also, check with them about where you’re going in case your dog needs some special treatment.

  1. What to Do:

If your holiday destination isn’t pet friendly, your pooch won’t have a lot of fun. Look up some activities for you two to enjoy together. Wherever you go, there are bound to be loads of things to do that your dog will love. From long walks to grabbing a bite at a pet-friendly café, it will be impossible for your dog to be bored!

  1. Where to Stay:

Not a lot of accommodation is friendly towards dogs. That’s why it is vital to find somewhere suitable for you and your pup to stay. There are websites you can visit that have lists of dog-friendly accommodation options. No matter where you go or what your spending limit is, you and your dog will definitely need to sleep well so you’re well rested for a fun holiday!

  1. Planning Your Route:

A great part about road trips is getting to see the sights. When planning your route to your destination, schedule some short breaks for you and your dog. Stretch your legs, go to the toilet, grab a bite to eat and take some time to have a look around. Once you get back in the car, you’ll both be refreshed and ready to go!

  1. Stock Up:

When organising luggage, pack a bag just for your pooch so nothing gets mixed up. Make a list of all the things your dog will need such as food, water, bowls, a leash or two, toys, protective wear, grooming tools, poop bags, treats, bedding and medication if they need. Also, grab some items for the car ride that will be easy to grab for breaks and rest stops.

  1. Before You Hop in the Car:

On the day of the road trip, you’ll want to make sure your pup will be safe in the car. This will include making sure they’re safely secured and unlikely to distract you while you’re driving. If your car has a large boot and your dog is big enough, pop them back there. Otherwise, a crate should do to make sure they won’t roam around or fall over. If you can’t get a crate, try taking your dog for a walk before you leave so they are tired and relaxed during the ride.

Your road trip with your pet will be smooth and trouble free now that you’re well prepared. Don’t forget to have buckets of fun!

What are some tips you have for a road trip with your dog? Comment below and let us know!

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3 Things To Do With Your Furry Friend This Long Weekend

posted by The Daily Fluff March 9, 2017 0 comments

Are you looking forward to this long weekend? All of us at the Daily Fluff sure are! Big plans in motion? A mini vay-cay perhaps? We can assure you that your furry friend is looking forward to having that extra day to spend with you. In case you’re out of ideas here are 3 things you can do with your pet over this weekend.

  1. A trip to the Mornington Peninsula:

What’s on? Well not only could you visit many of the sandy beaches, this weekend the Mornington Farmers markets happen to be on. Held on the second Saturday of every month, the Farmer’s markets give you the opportunity to meet the hard workers behind the wholesome food; the butchers, bakers and growers. The market is a go-to for those looking for sustainable, chemical free and less travelled food that is actually sold by those who make or grow it! With plenty of stalls offering a variety of goods, you are bound to find lots of goodies from cheeses, breads and jams to meats, seafoods, beers and wine. Talk about the perfect date with your pooch!

  1. Royal Botanical Gardens, South Yarra:

Covering 63 hectares with thousands of different plant life including beautiful flowers and extravagant trees, the Botanical Gardens is an excellent place to take your pup on that extra long walk you’ve been meaning to do! Dogs do have to stay on-leash but they won’t mind as the gardens offer an escape from the city and concrete jungle of Melbourne. It really feels like you’re lost in nature in there. And to top it off, a visit to the Observatory Cafe is a must for a cup of coffee, a glass (or two) of wine or a scoop of ice-cream (there’s a decent selection). Your pooch can enjoy it with you since it’s dog-friendly!

  1. ‘The Abby’ Abbotsford Convent:

An exciting dog-friendly spot The Abby, is open every day of the year which makes it the perfect destination this long weekend! Enjoy a fresh baguette from the Convent bakery (famous for their baked delicious goods) then grab a drink from the bar. To conclude, take a picnic and you can both relax and enjoy the live music on the grass. The grounds of The Abby are great for a walk and if you’re up for a splurge there’s also an award-winning restaurant.

These are only a few ideas for what you could do over this long weekend with your furry friend. So we hope you decide to take your dog with you when you head out on an adventure!

What are you planning on doing with your pup this long weekend?

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Heading away for the holidays? Don’t Leave Your Pet Behind!

posted by The Daily Fluff December 19, 2016 0 comments

Planning a holiday with the family? Now you can take your pets with you too!

The team at Jetpets Holidays have recently launched a series of pet-friendly holiday packages, so that you can enjoy many popular destinations throughout Australia with the whole family, including your pets! Whether you’re after 5 star urban luxury or a cozy country retreat, there’s a pet-friendly destination for every ‘fur-family’.

Ready For Take Off?

Not sure how to go about booking your pet a plane ticket? Never fear! Jetpets Holidays take care of everything for you and your pets, from booking flights (for the whole family,) to organising pet travel crates, accommodation, transfers/car hire and other pet services – you name it, they’ve got it covered!

Because we’re all busy, especially at this time of year, your consultant will organise the entire process for you, and where possible your pet will travel on the same flight in a comfortable Airline Approved Travel Crate.

Transfers/Car Hire

Jetpets Holiday packages include transfers and car hire from the airport to your accommodation. Their transfers are all pet friendly, ensuring the whole family arrives together in comfort!

Accommodation

The team at Jetpets Holidays have hand picked a selection of pet-friendly accommodation venues across Australia. From five star luxury, to urban hideaways and cozy country retreats off the beaten track, they have the perfect accommodation venue for your next holiday. Better still, all of Jetpets Holidays venues are pet-friendly and some offer amazing extras like pet sitting, bedding for your furry friend, and meals prepared specially for your pet.

Travel tips

There are a few things to keep in mind when travelling with pets. Make sure your pet is up to date with their vaccinations, as well as their worming, flea and tick treatments.

Pet Holiday Checklist

Don’t forget:

  • Lead and collar
  • Your pet’s favourite toys
  • Heading to a cooler climate? Make sure you pack a coat or a jumper for your pet to rug up
  • Make sure that your pet is microchipped and their details are up to date

Are you ready to book a holiday with your pets? Click here to get started.

 

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Great Places In Melbourne To Get Active With Your Pets

posted by The Daily Fluff November 25, 2016 0 comments

There’s no other motivator in our lives greater than our dogs—well most dogs anyway! They love to run around, meet other pooches and explore the outdoors with their humans by their side.

Stuck deciding where to take your dog in these warmer months for some sunshine and a run around? We’ve compiled a list of some great places to get active with your pets in Melbourne.

Mathias Track:

Mathias track in the Dandenongs is a 3.5 km track to Silvan Road. It’s known for its ease to walk, as well as being dog, horse and mountain bike friendly!

Australian Shepherds Ziggy and Noodle love Mathias track, and say,

Us dogs have to be on leads, but it’s so pretty, who minds!

Saint Kilda Dog Beach:

Beach days are one of the best things about the warmer months, and the only thing that makes the trip better is when you can take your dog! There are different areas of Saint Kilda beach that allow dogs off leash, with lots of room for everyone to enjoy bonding at the beach with their pooch.

My favourite place to get active with mum in Melbourne would definitely be the Saint Kilda Dog Beach! Swimming is one of my favourite things to do and what a better way to do it than with lots of other doggie friends! Then a quick roll around in the sand of course, just to make the car extra dirty for mum on the way home. – Bentley the Newfoundland

Clayton Reserve:

Clayton Reserve, a dog park in Melbourne, is an off leash area for dogs, which is fenced off so you know your pooch is secure whilst exercising. The reserve is well known for its congregation of both social humans and dogs!

The Briars (Mount Martha):

If you’re visiting the Mornington Peninsula, within the Briars is “a large off leash area that is fenced off. There is a 2km track around and through the bush lands, perfect for us dogs to romp,” say Ziggy and Noodle!


Albert Park:

Despite the few excluded areas, most of the 226 hectare Albert Park permits dogs on leash, with a few sections allowing dogs to be off leash. This is a great way to get active with your pet and get them socialised with other pooches!

Coastal Track – Hampton and Black Rock:

Ziggy and Noodle also love the coastal track between Hampton and black rock! They say:

It’s close to good cafes for coffee for the human, and you can plan it to end at Sandringham Dog Beach for a swim!

What a great way to get some exercise, relax and cool down at the beach!

The Tan Track – Melbourne:

Miniature Dachshund siblings Biggie Smalls & Little Kim may only have three legs, but that doesn’t stop them from loving outdoor adventures! They say,

Every Saturday we run the Tan. It’s great because it’s got hills, slopes, grass and gravel! We like to race each other to see who is the fastest!

Where do you like to get active with your pets? Comment and share with us below!

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5 Dog Friendly Beaches in Melbourne

posted by The Daily Fluff October 21, 2016 0 comments

Sun, sand, surf and snapping at seafoam. You know who loves where that kind of alliteration leads? Your best furry friend!

Here in Melbourne we’re lucky enough to boast a large selection of dog-friendly beaches. The following are our top picks:

1. Brighton Dog Beach:

Down in St Kilda there’s room for all sorts, from dachshunds to great danes, in the fenced-off area specifically designed for pups to run rampant in. Feel free to use the time to sidle up to the owner of your pup’s doppleganger and make a new friend. The dog’s area at Brighton Beach is a super social scene, don’t forget to treat yourself to a seaside salted caramel gelato while you’re there!

2. Safety Beach:

Head down to the famous Safety Beach on the Mornington Peninsula for fun in the sun of all kinds.  Slip, slop, slap this spring and summer and get some salt in your hair, and your pets! Safety beach is open year round with no leash restrictions so head down this weekend.

3. Altona Beach:

Burns reserve down in Altona boasts one of the largest, best dog-friendly beaches local to Melbourne. While there are a lot of kiteboarders hanging out around the water, one can still let their pups off leash and roll around in the sand.

4. Port Melbourne Beach:

Just five kilometres west of the CBD you’ll find Port Melbourne Beach, which is our furry friend Monty’s favourite place to go.

“I have the time of my life at my most favourite place, Port Melbourne Beach. I love playing in the water and doing  zoomies in the sand, I love life!”

The palm-lined shore front presents the perfect setting for an afternoon of play with your favourite pup.

5. Clayton Reserve:

Head over to North Melbourne toward the Clayton Reserve for a Sunday romp with rover. The picturesque setting and abundance of other furry friends will ensure a relaxing weekend rendezvous. Take a picnic if you like, and let your pup enjoy the sun and sand.

What better way to spend a spring summer weekend in Australia than out and about with your favourite hound?

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10 Tips For Choosing Your Ideal Dog Walker

posted by The Daily Fluff October 1, 2016 0 comments

As a proud pooch parent, your pet’s health and wellbeing is no doubt something you take very seriously. Depending on the breed of your dog, they might need anywhere between 30 minutes to 1 hour of walk and exercise, once or twice a day. Younger and more energetic pooches do need more exercise than senior dogs.

However, we totally get that working full time and getting everything you need to get done each day can sometimes make it difficult to give your precious baby the recommended amount of exercise every day of the week. That is where a professional and trustworthy dog-walker can be really useful.

But how do you go about choosing one who fits the bill? Our friends at The Pooch Concierge have come up with a list of tips to help you make the right choice.

  1. Figure out what you need: The first step to finding the right dog walker is to work out your specific needs. Are you looking for someone to help you out once a week or every day of the week? Does your pooch prefer groups or do they like their own space? What time of the day is the best for your needs? Are you also looking for other services such as doggie daycare and overnight sitting?
  1. Go local: Use Google, Yellow Pages and online platforms to look up all local dog-walkers. Make a list along with their names, addresses and contact numbers and you are all set for making calls.
  1. Have a conversation: The dog-walking industry has a number of operators, from one man or one woman show to businesses with teams of carers as well as online platforms where you can hire freelance pet carers. They are all great, depending upon where you live and what is your specific pet care need. The best way to decide is by having an in depth conversations with a number of providers and choosing the one that feels right.
  1. Go for quality and fit over price: Some people tend to go by price as the chief deciding factor when choosing a pet carer. We would advise you to look instead at the quality of the service being provided and how well it meets your specific needs. When you are going to trust someone with the care of your furry friend, the wise thing to do is to go for someone who is going to do their job and do it well!
  1. Meet and Greet: For both pooches, parents and walkers, the ‘Meet and Greet’, offered for free by many dog walkers, is a great way for everyone to get to know each other in a relaxed environment. This is the opportunity for you as well as the pet carer to decide whether the arrangement is right for both of you as well as your pooch.
  1. Compassion and Care: While you are at the ‘Meet and Greet”, you need to observe closely how your prospective carer interacts with your pooch. Do they show compassion, patience and care? Your pet’s comfort and wellbeing is important. So, do not hesitate to go by your gut feelings.
  1. Ask about the essentials: Dog walking like any other profession requires certain standards of service. As a minimum, dog walkers need to carry water, collapsable bowls, treats and pick up bags. Sometimes extra leashes and towels might be needed as well. And do they pick up after your pooch for the benefit of everyone? Make sure to ask.
  1. Reference Check: Most dog walkers are very professional and trustworthy. However, when someone else would be accessing your property in your absence with a spare key, establishing trust and reliability are absolutely essential. So asking for a couple of references will help ease your mind a lot.
  1. Insurance and police checks: Under Australian law, the pet carer is responsible if a pet causes injury to another person or animal while in their care. In order to obtain public liability insurance, they must not have had any convictions in the past 5 years. It might be a good idea to check if your prospective dog walker is keeping up with regulations. This can save some legal hassle down the track if unfortunately something does go wrong.
  1. Spare Keys: If you were planning on giving your dog walker a set of spare keys, do ask about how they intend on storing their keys. Professionals often use coded labels such for client keys, so in case of loss or theft, it is not possible to figure out whose door it will open.

Want to find out more about The Pooch Concierge?

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Top 5 Walks In And Around Melbourne To Take Your Pet on This Weekend

posted by The Daily Fluff September 11, 2016 0 comments

Melbourne dog­ owners, rejoice! We’ve compiled the top five walks to take your dog on in and around our glorious city this weekend. If you’re bored of the same old walking tracks and scenery then this is the guide you’ve been waiting for.

You and your pooch can head up the promenade and play in the sand, or hop in the car and go mountain-side. Most of these areas are off-leash (with the exceptions of nature reserves). We also took the liberty of getting advice for the weekend walk straight from the dog’s mouth! We contacted social media stars Lenny and Bentley to find out where their favourite walks are located.

Read on to find some inspiration for your next weekend adventure!

1. The Olinda Creek walking track ­(dogs allowed on­ leash)

Your dog can lock in some much ­needed face-­in­-the­-breeze­-lean-­out­-the-­window time as you head up to the Dandenong ranges this weekend and check out the gorgeous Olinda creek walking track. It’s a 10 kilometre return walk, rated easy to moderate, through the Silvan Reservoir and boasts stunning views of natural reserved habitat, eucalyptus trees and bright green mossy areas abound.

The fresh air and break from the city humdrum will leave you and your pooch feeling refreshed and once again in tune with nature. As it is a reserve, dogs will need to remain on leash, but that’s a small price to pay to let them snuffle through the undergrowth and feel those animal instincts once more!

2. The Upper Yarra Reservoir Park ­(dogs allowed on leash)

Situated around the highest point of the Yarra river accessible to the public, the Upper Yarra Reservoir park is a full­ on weekend getaway ready for the taking. Dogs must remain on ­leash but are welcomed as camping compatriots should you feel like pitching a tent or bringing a caravan and going grounding this weekend. Get back to your roots, pack a few picnics and some warm clothes and comfortable shoes. The Upper Yarra Reservoir park is an absolute gem and home to the beautiful Batt’s Creek track. Don’t forget to check out the various lookouts to see water gushing back down toward Melbourne and watch the drool form on your dog’s face as he imagines gleefully jumping down into the splashing surrounds.

3. West Beach in St Kilda ­(allows dogs off leash all year round)

Beside St Kilda pier and continuing on to Sandridge St, St Kilda’s West Beach is one of the most accessible dog beaches in Melbourne. With gorgeous harbour views and a smattering of beach side cafes to refresh owners and pets alike, this beach is a surefire way to release the hounds and any pent-up energy they may be feeling from the past week.

Let your pooch run wild, chase seagulls and dig excitedly through the sand to uncover all things curious. The shallow water means dogs will enjoy a quick dip and paddle. Winter won’t stop the curiosity in your pup as he  to she watches the tiny shoreside fish darting in and about under the surface!

4. Birdlands Reserve, West Belgrave ­(allows dogs)

Tucked away in secluded Belgrave South, the Birdlands Nature reserve is the perfect weekend walking track for pets and owners. It is a native animal reserve, so your pup will have to remain on leash, but the pay­off in seeing the myriad native flora and fauna (and even Platypus!) is worth it. You and your dog can get some fresh air and exercise and breathe in the delicious scents of native wattle and bottlebrush along this easy, flat walking track.

5. Inverleigh Flora Reserve ­(allows dogs on leash)

The Inverleigh Flora Reserve is a bit of a drive, located 27km west of Geelong on the Geelong ­Hamilton road, and is cared for by volunteers. This pretty reserve is home to a huge array of native species of flora and might even be a great space to spot a few native blue­banded bees! Your puppy might attempt to snap at a few of the flying insects so be sure to keep a leash handy. This walk is 9km long and pretty ‘out bush’ with no public facilities around. You will have to be sure to bring enough food and water to last you and your pup and take a few rest breaks. However, the reserve boasts over 50 species of native orchid and there have even been reported koala sightings so it’s not to be missed!

If you’re still after more of the outdoors after visiting these beautiful places, the Daily Fluff has got the inside scoop from some of our favourite influencers.

Instafamous pooch Bentley says:

“Two of my favourite spots to go for a walk is Lilydale Lake in Lilydale and The Retarding Basin in Boronia! Both have big grassy off leash areas that allows me run around and make new doggy friends! As well as lots of water for me to swim in if I need to cool down!”

And the adorable Lenny can’t get enough of the beach:

“One of my favourite walking spots is along Brighton Beach. Dogs like me are allowed to be off leash along the beach at all hours between March to November and from 7:30pm-­10am during the warmer parts of the year. I love running along the sand, splashing in the water, exploring the rocks and letting tourists take happy snaps of me!”


Do you have a favourite weekend walking spot around Melbourne? Comment below and let us know!

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How to Get Your Pet Used to Car Trips

posted by The Daily Fluff September 7, 2016 0 comments

Taking trips with your furry friends can be one of the many joys of having pets. Whether it’s taking a trip to the dog beach, the local park, or (cover their eyes) trips to the vet, it’s very important for both you and your fur-child to feel comfortable in the car. However, getting your pet used to car rides can be a difficult process, and might take time. Here are a few things that you can do to make this process easier for the both of you:

A secure ride, is a safe ride:

There’s no doubt that travelling at high speeds can even be scary for us, so we can imagine how it feels for our pets! Making sure that your cat or dog is secure in the car is sure to make them feel more comfortable.

George the French Bulldog loves perching up in his booster seat:

“My booster seat is the best. It’s super comfy with my blanket and I’m secure, which means the windows can be down when we drive! The best.”

Booster seats are a great way to keep smaller dogs secure while allowing them to keep an eye on what’s going on outside their window, which we all know is very important!

Larger dogs can lounge around in hammocks, and it’s safest for kitty cats to hang out in crates.

Comfort toys or blankets:

Bringing their favourite toys, blankets or beds along for the ride is sure to make your furry friend more comfortable in the car. It’s important to do what you can to make the car feel more like home than a never-ending ride to the vet’s office.

Treats:

Treats can be a great way to keep your pet distracted, as well as being a great form of positive reinforcement! If your pooch loves chewing, give them a bone or dental stick to chew on for the ride. If you’re lucky enough, they might even forget where they are! There are lots of lovely treats available to reward feline friends too! Just be sure not to overfeed your pet while travelling, especially if they are prone to car sickness.

A reward destination:

We would hate car trips too if they always ended at the vet, so shake it up and surprise your pup with a trip to the park or the beach. Swapping out your normal walk for one at a different local park is a great way to get your dog used to car trips. They will be so pleasantly surprised when they realise where they are that they will be jumping into the back seat with ease before you know it.

If the vet is the only place you’ll be taking your pet, then take some toys along with you and play with your pet before you leave the car. At least they’ll be in a great mood before they realise where they are!

Practice makes perfect:

You’re lucky if you’ve got a pooch or cat that is naturally at ease in the car, that’s for sure. For the rest of us, practice makes perfect! Finding a routine that makes your pet comfortable in the car may be time-consuming, but it is definitely worth the hassle!


Do you have any top tips for getting your pet used to car rides? Share them with us in the comments below.

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Five Fun Things to Do With Your Pets This Weekend

posted by The Daily Fluff September 2, 2016 0 comments

This weekend grab your pooch and head out on the town. We’ve compiled a list of dog and pet­friendly cafes, markets and bars for both of you to explore. We’ve also got the goods right from the dog’s mouth and asked the creators behind Instagram superstars @littleboygeorge and @lifeofbiggieandkimdogg where their favourite secret and social spots are!

1. Grab Brunch at the Kew Nursery and Cafe:

The Kew Nursery and Cafe is located at 2 Gladstone st in Kew, Melbourne. It is a dog-friendly, vegetarian-friendly and kid friendly watering hole featuring a gorgeous nursery with a large range of plants and gardening accessories for sale. You and your pup can wander about under the flowers, and then grab a bite to eat and a coffee while contemplating the professional advice given to you by the nursery’s friendly maintenance team for your next at­home gardening and landscaping project. Head back out into the nursery after sketching out your plans on a napkin (check them through with rover first to make sure your next water feature or an apartment filled with ferns is canine­ approved) and purchase the first pieces to test the waters.

2. Find a Dog­ Walking Group or Meetup via Meetup.com:

If you and your pet are a bit starved for socialising, or simply want to meet new people and breeds, you can head on over to the website Meetup.com and find dog walking groups to fit your specific needs. If you have a bulldog or pug and wanted to find other bulldog and/or pug owners to walk your pup with, you will definitely be able to find that in the Melbourne area. There are even single dog walking groups if you or your pet are looking for some love! You might meet the man of your dreams 101 Dalmations style! The Melbourne Dog Walkers group has over 1,000 members and runs once a month. You can find a walking group to suit your style and schedule here.

3. Argos Loves Company Dog­ Friendly Pub, Brunswick Street:

Argos loves Company was named after Ulysses loyal best friend (of the canine persuasion) and is a Fitzroy ­based pub with a traditional gastro­pub menu and chewy snacks available for the pups on order. If you and your dog ­loving pals are after a nice extended late Saturday afternoon walk in the upcoming Spring twilight, Argos Loves Company is the place for you. Head on over for a cider or glass of wine and some food and fluffy company. No question about your canine friend getting the best possible treatment either!

4. Try checking out a local market:

On weekends, Anna mumma to Instagram stars Biggie and L’il Kim (@lifeofbiggieandkimdogg) likes to take her dogs adventuring and often winds up at various markets or beaches:

“Biggie and Kim have a super packed weekend. They basically come along with us the whole time…On Saturdays we sometimes go to Hank Marvin Markets. There are lots of food vans for our owners to get a snack and it’s at a park so we can all sit on the grass together and eat treats.

Let’s not forget sleeping! After walking and park time we like to sit in our backyard in the winter sun and have a nap. We always sleep spooning each other. ”

Michael, one half of the team behind @littleboygeorge also enjoys browsing!

“A frequent activity that we do each week with George is going to the Camberwell Markets each Sunday morning. Heaps of people to meet and lots of other dogs to socialise with too! George loves watching the street performers (musicians) and stopping for brunch with us at ‘My Other Brother’ café which is also at the markets.”

4. Gourmet Pawprints Doggie Winery Tour:

If you’re keen to get away over the weekend we’ve saved the best for last! Combine your love of weekend wine and your pet by organising a pet­ friendly winery tour! Gourmet Pawprints organises transport via their company bus for you and your pooch, taking your tour group to the winery of your choice. With wineries across the Melbourne, Yarra and Mornington regions currently participating there is an event to suit everyone. You can check out all the different activities and select yours on the company website here.

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