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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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7 Simple Toys We Guarantee Your Fussy Cat Will Love

posted by The Daily Fluff December 16, 2016 0 comments

Cat owners; a common term used to refer to the human slaves that live to please, serve and give gifts to cats.

However, these cat recipients are often displeased with these gifts, and opt for the items that aren’t toys, shouldn’t be toys and probably never will be advertised as toys.

So in order to save money and stop wasting your time browsing pet stores looking for the perfect cat toy that doesn’t exist, we have compiled a list of simple “toys” that your royal, egotistical kitty should love, at least for a little bit. Because let’s face it, even if the perfect toy did exist your cat would probably decide it hates it!

Scrunched up… anything:

To cats scrunched up materials are super humorous. Whether it’s the noise, shape or texture we don’t know, but they sure do love it! Scrunch up paper or tin foil and watch your cat have a ball (literally).

In my mind nothing beats some tin foil screwed up tightly into a ball. It’s light, and perfect to push around the place. Many expensive toys have been forgotten about when the foil ball comes out! Says Freddie Mercury the British Shorthair.

Their tail:

This one might not work on every cat, but we guarantee some will fall for it. When your cat is lying down wiggle its tail and watch the amusing events that follow. Your cat may be determined to win against the fluffy beast before it.

Pencils & Drinking Straws:

Pencils and straws work a treat as toys. Hold one end and tap it around your cat until you earn his/her attention. Be sure to supervise so they don’t get eaten!

A Box:

Ollie says,

Nothing beats a cardboard box for fun times!

A simple toy that can keep your cat amused for hours—with or without your participation. If you’re feeling creative and want to step it up a notch, cut holes in the box and poke a pencil in and out of the holes whilst your cat tries to catch it.

An Empty Sticky Tape Roll:

Once your sticky tape roll is empty, give it to your cat! They’re sturdy, roll and are the perfect size for your cat to play with.

Hair Ties:

Stretchy, amusing and they can fly! There’s bound to be at least one hair tie in every household and due to this they make a simple but effective cat toy. Throw or flick it for your cat to chase. Some may even figure out how to stretch it back and flick it themselves!

Laser Pen:

An all-time favourite that can keep them busy for hours. Point it at walls, along the ground and back again to help your cat get active. Ensure you NEVER point it at your cat’s face or anyone else’s. They can be harmful so we recommend only using a very low-grade laser light.

I love a laser pen. Chasing red dots is the best! – Bruno the Burmese

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Creative Ways To Keep Your Pet Cool In Summer

posted by The Daily Fluff December 6, 2016 0 comments

One of the greatest challenges in summer is keeping cool. For pet owners this gets even more difficult, especially if you’re not always home! With some help from our furry contributors, we’ve come up with a few ideas to keep your pets cool over the warmer months.

Go for walks early or late:

Although this isn’t a way to keep cool, it’s a great way for your pooch to get exercise without packing on the extra heat! For an extra treat you could even have a pool set up when you get back!

Pooches Ollie and Oscar add:

This summer our plan to stay cool is simple, walks either early in the morning/later at night so we don’t burn our paw pads. We sometimes even have a puppy pool at home!

Ice – and lots of it!

For the cat owners, the two Birmans Lulu and Finn love the idea their mum has:

When the weather gets super hot, Mum helps cool us down by leaving a tea-towel-wrapped ice pack in our bed, and puts ice cubes in our water bowl.

This of course could translate to other pets too!

Frozen Treats:

Like humans, dogs would love to eat something frozen to help them cool down. You could give them flavoured ice blocks, add them to their water or freeze them in a “kong” toy. Ollie and Oscar love Pupsicles!

Frozen water and chicken stock in a container with treats and toys in there. Keeps us cool and busy for hours!

Hair Cut (not just for the fashion minded!)


You’d be surprised how much cooler animals are with less hair on them! For those of you with long hair, think of how much of a difference it makes on a hot day when you tie your hair up.

Every summer we get a fancy new (anaesthesia-free) haircut, to help lighten our layers when the weather starts to get warmer, say Lulu and Finn.

That’s right, even cats appreciate it in the end!

Air Conditioner Seat:

Move your dog or cat’s bed right in front of your air conditioner, or if you have a cat that loves to be on higher ground (they’re royalty, am I right?) move a high stool to a place right where the air hits. This idea might not be loved by all, as some might be too scared of the noise or moving air!

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Easy DIY Ice Treats For Your Dog

posted by The Daily Fluff November 15, 2016 0 comments

Melbourne’s weather is (slowly) starting to heat up, and we’re all starting to get ready for the heat that looms in the months before us. Air conditioners are turned on and freezers are stocked up with ice-cold snacks and ice cubes to help us keep our body temperatures down. Although your pets may love to bask in the sun on a summer’s day, they would love an icy treat too! Follow our steps below to create a fun, simple and delicious DIY ice treat for your dog, or any other pet that’s willing to try!

What you need:

  • Ice cube tray or cupcake pans
  • Chicken broth or water
  • A packet of your dog’s favourite biscuits/treats

Note: The ingredients used can be switched out for pretty much any dog-safe ingredient that will freeze. You could add as many layers as you like—be creative!

Step 1:
Fill the ice cube tray or cupcake pan with the chicken broth or water.

Step 2:
Add the biscuit or treat. If it’s a smaller treat, add a few and let them sink to the bottom of the tray for a special surprise! If it’s long and solid, it will make a great edible doggy popsicle stick!

Step 3:
Carefully place the tray in the freezer for 1-2 hours or until solid.

Step 4:
Watch your dog’s face light up as you hand over a treat!

Are you going to make these delicious dog ice treats? Or do you have a favourite recipe you’d love to share with us? Comment below!

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Fun Springtime Activities To Do With Your Pet in Melbourne

posted by The Daily Fluff November 5, 2016 0 comments

After a somewhat prolonged winter here in Melbourne, it’s finally time! Spring has officially arrived (well, most of the time, it is Melbourne after all). So now it’s time to get out of your dressing gown, get that adorable sweater off your furry friend and get outside!

Unsure what to do? Here are some of our favourite activities for you and your pet to do this spring:

Coffee date:

Now that it’s getting a bit warmer, you can finally have your Sunday brunch outside again (praise hands emoji)! When the sun is shining, take your pup along and enjoy Melbourne’s awesome café culture and our beautiful spring days! Most cafes welcome dogs along in all outside areas. If you’re looking to really treat your pup, then check out Doghouse! A café made entirely for dogs, sounds pretty good if you ask me!

Explore the laneways:

Melbourne is famous for its hidden laneways. Whether you’re on the lookout for some of Melbourne’s best coffee, or if you want to admire some of the best graffiti there’s bound to be something for you and your fur-baby to enjoy. Here are some of our faves:

  • Centre Place and Degraves Street, between Flinders Street and Collins Street: Grab some coffee or breakfast in the bustling laneways. Avoid peak times (generally any time after lunch) if your pup doesn’t like big crowds.
  • Hosier Lane: Famous for its ever-changing graffiti, Hosier Lane is a must see. Grab your camera and take some happy snaps of your pup amongst the art.

Beach time:

After what seemed like an endless winter, it’s finally warm enough to take a trip to the dog beach! Whether your pup is a water-baby, or a land-lover they are sure to enjoy some time under the sun. Before you head down for a swim, be sure to check the local council restrictions and regulations.

Here are some of our favourite dog beaches:

  • Brighton Dog Beach, Sandown St, Brighton VIC 3186
  • West Beach St. Kilda, 330A Beaconsfield Parade, St Kilda West VIC 3182
  • Sandringham Dog Beach, Jetty Rd, Sandringham VIC 3191 

Wine-time:

Yep, you heard us right. Turns out wineries and pups are a match made in heaven. Gourmet Pawprints specialises in organising dog-friendly winery tours.

Whether you want to head to the Mornington Peninsula, or to visit the Yarra Valley, Gourmet Pawprints will plan a day for you and your dogs to enjoy. Best part is, everything is organised for you! All you have to do is show up with your best fur-friend and enjoy the local wine. Bliss!

What are some of your favourite springtime activities in Melbourne? Comment and share them with us below!

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How To Celebrate Halloween With Your Pet

posted by The Daily Fluff October 27, 2016 0 comments

We can barely believe it, but Halloween is just around the corner! This spooky time of the year is a great excuse for you and your pet to get dressed up and enjoy some sweet treats.

If you’re feeling like getting ghostly, then here are a few tips to make sure everyone enjoys the celebrations.

Dress them up:

Time to get into costume! As if we even needed another excuse to dress up our pets. Whether you want to wear matching costumes, or want to let your furry friend shine in the spotlight, make sure that your outfits are pet friendly. Keep any zips or embellishments out of the way so your pet can’t chew on anything not-so-sweet.

You can even make your own costume, like our friends Biggie and Lil Kim:

“Our human dresses us up all the time; it’s super easy to make a ghost costume out of an old sheet”

Spooky snaps:

If you’re going to get all dressed up, you might as well have a photoshoot, right? Ask a friend to be your photographer and grab some happy-halloween family shots. You will cherish these photos for a lifetime, and they’ll definitely be double-tap worthy too.

Treat time:

Why should the humans have all the fun? While we wish we could share our Halloween takings with our pets, we all probably know that’s not the best idea. Make sure they don’t miss out on all the sweets, and prepare some animal-only treats. Try freezing plain yoghurt and raspberries for a bloody looking treat.

Safety first:

While Halloween is great fun for us humans, it’s important to be weary of common things that can put our pet’s health at risk. Here are a few tips:

  • Keep all lollies and treats out of your pet’s reach. Chocolate can be pretty toxic and cause nasty side effects like vomiting, diarrhoea, increased heart rate and even seizures. To avoid any visits to the vet keep your treats in air-tight containers and keep an eye on your pets at all times.
  • If your pet gets a bit spooked by visitors, make sure you keep them distracted from any ghostly or mysterious guests. We would recommend taking them to another room and playing their most favourite game, or grabbing them their favourite treat to distract them.
  • If you’re planning on decorating the house, make sure you keep any decorations well out of reach for your little friend!
  • With people coming and going, there is a chance that your pet might get out through open doors. Grab your pet an ID tag with their name and your number listed, and make sure that they are micro chipped so they can be returned home safely if they go wandering

How are you and your furry-friends going to celebrate this Halloween? Let us know in the comment section!

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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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Top Tips for Photographing Your Pet

posted by The Daily Fluff October 13, 2016 0 comments

Hands up if your camera roll is filled with pics of your pets (guilty as charged)! Capturing cute pictures of your fur-babies has become even easier in the age of the smartphone and with a few great tips you’ll be photographing your favourite furry friend like a pro in no time!

Here are our tips on how to get that Insta-worthy pic:

Use natural light:

We’ve all taken photos with the flash on before and we all know – it’s not so pretty.

Ollie and Oscar prefer to be photographed in natural lighting when possible:

“If you’ve seen our Instagram you would know that we like to think of ourselves as professional models, but really it’s all about natural lighting”

We would suggest scheduling a photo shoot early in the morning, or in the afternoon. Afternoon light is diffused which means that it’s sure to flatter your pet. Try and avoid taking photos in bright sunlight, as it’s not as flattering and isn’t too kind on your pet’s eyes.

Patience makes perfect:

Let’s be honest, although they might be some of the cutest models, our pets definitely aren’t the most focused. Capturing a cute snap of your pet isn’t going to be as easy as snapping a few pictures with your friends on the weekend, that’s for sure.

Patience is key when it comes to pet photography. Don’t expect to grab the perfect shot straight off the bat. It might take 10 to 15 minutes to get a good shot of your pet, so be willing to invest some quality time!

Get on their level:

We all have our good and not so good angles, like when you open up front-facing camera unexpectedly (we’ve all been there)! No matter how big or small your furry friend is, make sure you get on their level to grab the best snap.

Always be prepared:

Luckily, most of us walk around with a camera in our pocket 24/7, so we can be prepared to whip our phones out at any second to grab a candid snap of our pets.

Sometimes spontaneous photos can be the best, so get your camera out when you’re playing catch, when your kitty is staring longingly out of the window, or when you’ve just come home with a fresh pack of your pet’s favourite treats.

The natural moments are sometimes the most precious!

Create a relaxing environment:

If you want to get the best out of your pet, make sure they’re feeling happy and relaxed.

Our friend George says that a relaxing environment is the key to a successful photo shoot:

“Let me fill you in on a secret to get a great photo. Always remember that I need to feel safe and comfortable so that I can relax”

Scheduling an Insta-shoot after your pets’ just woken up from a nap, or after a walk or play will produce the best results.

Play some tug-of-war or catch with your pet will get their blood pumping and create like-worthy smiles.

Bribes, lots of bribes:

I mean if you can get your pet to pose perfectly without bribing them with some treats then you’re one lucky pet-parent!

Lulu and Finn know it’s photo time when their pawrents get out their favourite toys:

“The humans think we don’t notice the camera when they dangle our toy mice above it (silly humans)!”

Grab your pet’s favourite toy or treat and hold it above the camera to capture their attention. Most animals will do anything for a slice of cheese, so using bribes is definitely a great way to get their attention!

Of course, don’t forget to shower them with treats and cuddles after you grab the winning snap.

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6 Signs Your Dog Loves You

posted by The Daily Fluff October 10, 2016 0 comments

Everyone who knows you is very (VERY) aware that you love your dog. You most likely have photos plastered all over your wall of your dog, as well as screen savers, and think about your dog whilst at work. You possibly even dream of a land where only you and hundreds of clones of your dog exists—or is that taking it too far? Anyway, the point is, there is no doubt you love him or her, but how do you know that the special dog in your life loves you back?

They give you lots of kisses:

Your dog showers you with sloppy, smelly kisses. They kiss you when you wake up, before you go to sleep and every opportunity in between. Although it’s sometimes unwanted — like when you’re trying to get ready for a special occasion, and your hairy pooch decides it’s the perfect time to slobber all over your brand new outfit—it’s your dog’s way of saying “I love that you exist!”

They get excited when they see you (not matter how long it’s been):

Dog: “Mum, it’s been a whole day, I missed you so much!”
Also Dog: “Mum, I went outside to go to the toilet, I missed you so much!”
You know your dog loves you when they are CONSTANTLY greeting you like it’s been weeks.

Bentley says, “My favourite way to show how much I love my humans is whether they’ve been gone for 10 minutes, or 10 hours; making sure they’re absolutely smothered in kisses and cuddles from me the second they step in the door! (Whether they like it or not!)”

They can’t be upset with you:

Your fur child HATES the vet, HATES when you leave him/her and HATES baths. Despite this, 30 seconds later your dog will be in your arms begging to play. No matter how upset your dog may have been during unpleasant situations or whilst you were telling it off, it will forget about it straight away.

They want to be close to you:

Sometimes this means that sitting by your feet or next to you is not enough, and your dog will insist on sitting on your lap (even if they are 45 kilos)! Dogs are very loving, and contact is one of the main ways they express their affection!

Competes with others:

Your dog wants your undivided attention, and sometimes when your friends, partner or even other pets are around your dog gets extremely jealous that it’s not getting 100% of it. Occasionally the jealousy will result in a stare off and/or pushing its way between you and whatever is distracting you.

Pulls the ‘puppy dog eyes’ move ALL THE TIME:

We already mentioned evil stare offs, but puppy dog eyes are a whole new level because nine out of ten times you cave. Not only is this your dog’s favourite way to manipulate you, but it shows how badly your pooch wants to spend time with you!

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The Best Dogs for Families

posted by The Daily Fluff October 1, 2016 0 comments

Introducing a dog into your family can be an exciting time for everyone! But it is important that you do your research and find the right dog for you and your crew.

Here are some of the best dogs for families:

Retrievers:

Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers are renowned for being docile, loyal and super-dooper friendly! Retrievers LOVE to be trained and are very adaptable. This means that they will adjust to new family members quickly and easily.

Their calm temperament means that they are patient with little humans and other animals. They do need regular exercise, which is a great excuse for the family to get out for an afternoon stroll!

Poodles:

Not only are Poodles one of the most intelligent breeds, they’re also super adorable (real life teddy bear anyone?). These attentive and faithful dogs love cuddling up, chasing after a ball, or training.

Their hair-like coat means that they are hypoallergenic, which is great for families who struggle with allergies.

There are three different sub-breeds of Poodle; Toy (24cm tall), Miniature (30cm tall) and Standard (45cm tall), so there is bound to be a breed to suit your family’s lifestyle.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel:

If you’re looking for a dog that’s cheeky but loyal, then you don’t need to look past the Cavie’ King Charles Spaniel. These pint size pups get along with everyone, and anything.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels can weigh between 5 and 8 kilos when they’re fully grown, so they’re pretty manageable for young families.

Greyhound:

Greyhounds are affectionately known as ‘the world’s fastest couch potatoes’. They’ve got some speed on them, but they’d probably prefer to cuddle up with you on the couch all day instead.

For a dog of their size, they are extremely obedient and tame. As a major plus for most families, like the Poodle, Greyhounds are hypoallergenic!

Our friend Zelda the Greyhound loves being apart of her family:

“We are very quite, low maintenance dogs, so we’re well suited to busy families. We’re sweet-natured, gentle, love to be around people, but most of the time want nothing more than to sleep all day. So if you have a comfy couch then I’m sure there’s a place for a greyhound in your family!”


Do you have a favourite family dog breed? Let us know in the comments below!

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