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Top Places Around Melbourne To Take Your Dog On A Date

posted by The Daily Fluff December 6, 2016 0 comments

Saturday is growing closer and you can’t pick a location for date night! What’s something fun, relaxed, and an activity that you both would enjoy? Not to mention they have to let your date in…

When choosing a location for your date they must allow:

  • extremely hairy—but well sculpted—dates; and we’re not talking hipster beards or man buns
  • clingy dates who aren’t afraid to give you—and anyone else that is near—public displays of affection. Monogamy isn’t quite his/her thing
  • lack of table manners and acceptance of licking one’s bowl clean
  • dates without any sense of decency (clothing is usually minimal if not nonexistent, besides for special occasions)
  • your date to use the surrounding grass for, well, you know… you promise to clean it up!

Luckily we’ve rounded up some great places in Melbourne for you to take your pooch on a date:

To a café and for a stroll along the beach:

What’s more romantic than grabbing a bite to eat then enjoying each other’s company while you walk hand-in-lead along the beach? The amount of dog friendly cafes and beaches located locally is always growing. If you have your heart—or stomach—set on one of your favourite cafes which isn’t made for dogs, pack your dog some lunch and sit at the outdoor tables!

Midge the Maltese cross Shih Tzu says,

I love going to Priscilla Jones Cafe this time of year, there is great food for the humans as well as special treats for us pups. There’s also a huge park behind the cafe, and Port Melbourne dog friendly beach is only a short stroll away. That’s perfect in my book!”

To the movies:

How great would it be to take a date to the movies who doesn’t talk the whole way through the movie and who can’t tell you any spoilers? Dog friendly outdoor cinemas include: Moonlight Cinemas, Coburg Drive Ins (provided our dog stays inside your car) and Lunar Drive Ins. How cool is that! If you’re feeling a bit more like a night in, buy treats and watch movies curled up on the couch! We’re sure if the film has at least one animal in it you might capture (some) of your dog’s attention.

On a winery tour:

So, we may have already spoken about Gourmet Paw Prints many times here at The Daily Fluff, but how could we now mention it again? It’s the best idea ever! Take a winery tour with your dog, with the bus and locations all organized for you in either Mornington Peninsula, the Yarra Valley or the Dandenong Ranges. A day full of food, fun and wine—which we might just add, you can’t share wine with your dog which is a bonus for you! They also organise doggy movie nights at their popup cinema at Witchmount Winery—why not do both?

On a surprise getaway:

Pack your bag, car and dog up and just go! You’ll find that most accommodation states online whether they are dog friendly or not, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find a place to accommodate to your doggy needs! Gourmet Paw Prints also organizes a two night, dog friendly luxury getaway within the Mornington Peninsula for special doggo-verseries. The sisters from Diggiddydoggydaycare also offer pet friendly cottage accommodation within Portarlington with a closed in backyard. Check it out here.

On a picnic:

One of the simplest ideas of all; take your dog on a picnic to practically anywhere! You could go to your local park, lake or even set it up within your own backyard. Pack a basket full of treats for yourself and your dog, some games and a picnic rug. We recommend that you also take a bone or a treat that takes a while for your dog to eat so you can attempt to eat your human food without sharing. If you’re in public, watch out for other dogs who might be jealous of your picnic date.


Where is your favourite place to take YOUR dog on a date? Comment below and help a fellow pooch lover out!

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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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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.

Wellbeing

6 Reasons Why Pets Make You A Better Person

posted by The Daily Fluff September 7, 2016 0 comments

We all know that our furry friends brighten up our lives, but did you know that they are also helping to make you a better person?

Here are some of the amazing things pets do to make us better people:

Pets…

Make you appreciate the little things:

How often does your pet do something cute that makes you stop what you’re doing and just watch? Whether it’s a head tilt or a head-bump from your cat, our pets know how to get our attention so we can really appreciate what surrounds us.

Teach you responsibility:

Remember that fish your parents gave you when you were young? Yep, that was to teach you responsibility. By caring for a pet you become in-tune to their needs and understand what it means to have something rely on you.

Encourage you to be active:

Most pets are playful and encourage you to get moving; resulting in a more active and healthy owner.

Frankie Sunny the sausage dog says, “I help my humans stay fit and healthy by giving them the puppy dog eyes so they take me for lots of walks.”

Bentley the Newfoundland agrees with this and points out, “I give my owner a reason to exercise—only if I feel like it too!”

Teach you to not hold grudges:

You just scolded your dog two minutes ago for chewing up your favourite decorative cushion, but here he is with his dopey smile looking for a belly rub. Pets prove to you that everyone makes mistakes. Even if you haven’t been in the best mood, or if they have been extra naughty, you still love each other!

Cheer you up:

Whether you’ve had a tough day at work or you’ve heard some bad news, your pet knows. It’s no doubt that pets can sense your feelings and often when they do they try to comfort you. Not only is this heartwarming, but it helps to cheer you up so you can get up and keep going. Even if things aren’t going your way, you have your pet to snuggle up to at the end of the day.

Bentley reassures his human, “I’ll smother you in kisses when you’re sad!”

Teach you patience:

Young animals need to be trained and taught from a young age, but this is not something that happens overnight. By owning and raising a pet, you’ll learn that good things really do come to those who wait.


How has your pet made you a better person? Share with us in the comments below.

Health

Top Most Toxic Foods For Cats and Dogs to Avoid Now

posted by The Daily Fluff July 8, 2016 0 comments

Many of us like to treat our favourite furry friends to our meals while we eat them, however what you may be sharing with your pet could be harmful to their health. There are many foods out there that can cause some serious nasty side effects if consumed by our pets so it’s vital to be aware of the dangers.

Here at the Daily Fluff, we’ve rounded up the most common toxic foods for your cat and dog to keep out of their sights and away from their paws now.

Chocolate:

We all love to treat ourselves to some delicious chocolate every now and then, but it’s important to keep those tasty sweets away from our pets at all times. If our dogs and cats consume chocolate they can have symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, hyperactivity (restlessness, muscle twitching), lethargy, inappetence and excessive thirst thanks to a nasty chemical compound called theobromide that is found in chocolate.

Caffeine:

Caffeine is also highly toxic for dogs and cats and can cause some major damage to the heart, lungs, kidneys and central nervous systems of our furry companions. Common side effects of include hyperactivity, vomiting and restlessness which can make your pet very unhappy and sick.

Grapes and macadamia nuts:

Common snack foods like grapes and macadamia nuts should also be kept away from our cats and dogs and this includes dried grapes like raisins and sultanas. If consumed, symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, decreased urine production, weakness and loss of appetite can typically occur 24 hours post ingestion.

Garlic and onion:

Common cooking ingredients garlic and onion are also highly toxic to dogs and cats and have been known to cause damage to red blood cells. This is true for all types of garlic and onion including raw, cooked and powder variations. Symptoms may include an increased heartbeat, pale gums, vomiting, diarrhoea and blood in the urine that requires urgent treatment.

Alcohol & tobacco:

It’s important to always keep alcohol and tobacco away from cats and dogs as ingestion of alcohol and/or tobacco has the potential to produce serious health consequences. Symptoms of intoxication include depression, staggering, excitement and or decreased reflexes. Ingestion of cigarette butts from the ground or ashtrays can also cause adverse digestive and nervous system consequences.

A few other foods to keep away from cats and dogs include:

  • Milk and diary
  • Salt and salty snack foods
  • Meats that are high in fat
  • Yeast dough
  • Lilies (only in cats)
  • Rat/snail poison

 

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