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Dog events popping up in Melbourne

posted by The Daily Fluff July 13, 2018 0 comments

Pooches and pints? Movies about dogs? Truffle hunting? Doggy degustation? We’ve got all grounds covered with these four events popping up in Melbourne over the next few weeks!

Top Dog Film Festival

The Top Dog Film Festival will be held over two days in Melbourne. The program explores the incredible connection between humans and their dogs. The screening features over two hours of the most inspirational, heart-warming and entertaining films from independent film makers around the globe. You’d be barking mad to miss it!

Village Crown Cinemas – Tuesday 31 July (6:30pm – 8:40pm)

To book tickets, click here!

Astor Theatre – Wednesday 1 August (7:30pm – 9:30pm)

To book tickets, click here!

Exclusive Doggy Truffle Hunt

The day begins with a dog-friendly chauffeur ride for you and your furry friend to the picturesque Daylesford region. There you will spend the day doing truffle tastings, hunts, a doggy treasure hunt, and indulging in a picnic morning tea and three course truffle inspired lunch! You’ll receive a sparkling wine on arrival, and a guided tour of the orchard. The pooches will be pampered to a massage and movie while you eat lunch and will get to take home a doggy bag full of personalised treats! The July hunts are all sold out, with only a few spots remaining for the August hunts on 4th August and 11th August.

Get in quick – this is an event you won’t want to miss! For more details, visit https://gourmetpawprints.com.au/truffle-hunts/

K9 Natural Bone Appetit Doggy Degustation

Brunch or pooch? Why not both?! K9 Natural Dog Food Company has teamed up with Greenfields Albert Park to create Melbourne’s first dog-friendly degustation menu. Fancy pooches, oooo! Melburnians are invited to pop down and receive a complementary dine in or takeaway meal for their furry friend from the bespoke doggy menu when they dine in or takeaway at the venue. Bone Appetit will run Friday to Sunday from 27th July until 19th August.

Greenfields Albert Park – 27 July – 19 August (8am – 4pm)

Good Dogs of Darebin

On the third Wednesday of every month, the good folks at Good Dog Behaviour & Training and Welcome To Thornbury are celebrating pooches and puppers everywhere with Good Dogs of Darebin. Featuring at this month’s market are; Good Dog Behaviour & Training, Forever Friends Animal Rescue, and PAWDinkum. There’ll also be food trucks galore, so bring your furry friend and a blanket for a great night out!

Welcome To Thornbury – Wednesday 18 July (5pm – 9pm)

We hope to see you at some of these events across Melbourne over the next few weeks! Stay tuned too to find out about more events coming up!

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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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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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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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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!

Images credit: Patrick Morrow 2016.
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Introducing Pawshake

posted by The Daily Fluff September 29, 2016 0 comments

Whether for work or play, trips away can be bittersweet for pet lovers. It’s not always possible to take our pets with us when we go away, and on these occasions we need to think about where they will stay and who will look after them. Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was an online community of trusted pet lovers on standby to look after your furry friends? Oh wait, there is!

Images credit: Patrick Morrow 2016.

Image credit: Patrick Morrow 2016.

Introducing Pawshake:

Pawshake is a community for pet minders and owners. It began in 2010 in Belgium, currently operates in over 17 countries worldwide and was started in Australia in 2014.

Pawshake essentially is a go-to hub through which pet minders and owners can meet, greet and trust that the services received will be of the best quality. Through the Pawshake’s website users can either find or become pet minders, which means that pets can be left in the comfort of their own home with a friendly, reliable visitor checking in a few times a day during the duration of their owner’s absence.

Pawshake’s pet sitters not only feed and walk your furry friend, they also keep them company and make sure everything is okay while you are away. It certainly solves the problem of a post cat motel hissyfit being thrown in the front seat of your car on the way home!

Images credit: Patrick Morrow 2016.

Image credit: Patrick Morrow 2016.

Other services:

However Pawshake isn’t only for the vacation bound! The business also offers services such as doggy day care for those who hate leaving their pup alone while they’re at the office or having a super busy day. Interested pet owners can search for doggy day care services in their area and minders can be charged with the responsibility of getting the puppy to and from the doggy day care. Otherwise, owners can organise this part and do a drop-off and pick­ up. There are countless options for everyone!

Sarah Gaul, Pawshake’s Community Manager explains, “We have thousands of users Australia-wide, and all our sitters are vetted and verified before appearing on the site. Owners can read all about the sitters and their experience, as well as reviews from other pet owners, on their customised Pawshake Sitter profile. Our sitters are from a huge array of backgrounds and professions – we have vets, vet nurses, retirees, pet groomers, professionals, people who work from home and students, to name a few.”

The best part? When you’ve found your perfect match to look after your pooch, you can refer back to your favourite minder. If a dog or cat had a particularly great experience with a minder, owners can book their services again creating even more peace of mind for your furry favourites.

Minders are also encouraged to check in and build rapport with owners by communicating and sending photographs and updates through text to ensure you have peace of mind throughout the whole process! So both you and your furred pal don’t have to worry about not coping without them.

Images credit: Patrick Morrow 2016.

Image credit: Patrick Morrow 2016.

Want to hear from Pawshake pet sitters and owners?

“Pawshake is great for me as a freelancer – I’m not in a position to own a pet, but I still get much-need pet interaction with my daily dog walking and house visit clients.  It’s fabulous extra income, and the app and website are really easy to navigate. I feel like a surrogate owner to a lot of my fur-clients – the job is super rewarding!” – From a Pet Sitter (Kate, Sydney)

“My partner and I stumbled across Pawshake about a year ago, when a friend from the dog park recommended it. We have been really nervous to leave our 9-month-old French Bulldog, Stanley, in a kennel or boarding facility, so Pawshake was the perfect solution. We found Jack through the website and had a meet and greet so we could see if he and Stanley got along, and Jack was amazing with him! Both my partner and I travel for work, and we’ve left Stanley at Jack’s house a few times now and he’s always very well cared for. Jack sends us daily updates, and it’s much cheaper than kennels.” -From a Pet owner (John, Melbourne)

To register as a sitter or as a pet owner, users can simply go to www.pawshake.com.au and create a profile. Pawshake also provides 24 hour phone and online support for sitters and owners and offers a great and accessible app! Do you have questions or want to know more? Email [email protected] and one of their managers will get back to you shortly!

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