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Our Top 10 Animal Sidekicks

posted by The Daily Fluff June 28, 2018 0 comments

We all think that our pets are superheroes…they can run at lightning speed, make us happy when we’re sad, and have super senses when it comes to food! We’ve come up with a list of our top 10 favourite animal sidekicks from the big screen!

  1. Timon & Pumbaa (The Lion King)

Why have one sidekick when you can have two! Timon and Pumbaa are the ultimate sidekicks. They’re silly, wise-cracking and caring, and did we mention they sing two of the world’s greatest songs? ‘Hakuna Matata’ and ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’.

  1. Scooby-Doo

Scooby is one of the most iconic sidekicks in TV history. He’s Shaggy’s best pal and together they helped solve many mysteries…with many silly mistakes of course, and the help of a few scooby snacks along the way.

  1. Hedwig (Harry Potter)

Hedwig and Harry were the best of friends. She could manoeuvre windows and doorways to successfully deliver parcels (sorry Errol). But most notable of all, she sacrificed herself to save Harry…yep, we’re still recovering.

  1. Donkey (Shrek)

This waffle loving legend is just that…a legend. He sings, befriends almost everyone, and marries a fire breathing dragon. If that’s not the definition of a legend, we don’t know what is!

  1. Dug (Up)

He’s a talking dog! That’s not the main reason we love Dug but being able to communicate with man’s best friend is a definite pro! Dug is bubbly, loves squirrels and won’t take no for an answer – all signs of an excellent sidekick!

  1. Dory (Finding Nemo)

Anyone who can speak whale is a friend worth having if you ask us! Dory is a fun-loving, friendly, short term memory loss suffering fish – what’s not to love? She also gave us some fabulous life-long advice when she said – “just keep swimming”.

  1. Maximus (Tangled)

The noblest horse of them all. Even though he doesn’t speak, Maximus is hilarious – like funniest horse in film history funny. He has impeccable tracking skills, the nose of a sniffer dog and is as noble as noble can be.

  1. Marcel (Friends)

Oh Marcel, where do we begin? Ross adored his capuchin monkey Marcel. After authorities learnt that he was an illegal exotic animal, a chase to find and capture Marcel took place. He ended up in a zoo and then later on ended up a famous movie star monkey!

  1. Slinky (Toy Story)

This little dachshund is truly an asset to our old friends Buzz and Woody. Without Slinky’s exceptional flexibility, the Toy Story gang would be spread far and wide! Go Slinky!

  1. Garfield

Garfield, the orange, fuzzy tabby cat is all of our heroes. He hates Mondays, loves coffee and adores lasagna…can you get a more relatable sidekick?! Did you know that Garfield has been around for 40 years? Crazy right!

How did we go with our top 10 animal sidekicks? Is there any that you think we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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3 DIY Tips To Look After Your Pet On A Hot Summer’s Day

posted by The Daily Fluff January 2, 2018 0 comments

The summer heat can be pretty uncomfortable for humans. But think how much more uncomfortable it is for our furry little friends. They are sweltering under all that fur and hair, so it is very easy for them to become over heated and dehydrated. That’s where you come in!

If you are struggling to come up with ways to keep your pet cool, that’s not a problem! Here are some creative ways you can keep your pet cool over the summer!

  1. Water Park:

Your dog (or fearless feline) will love splashing around your back yard in their very own water park! Simply visit your local store and purchase a kid-sized pool to fill water in. Your pet will run around like a maniac without feeling worn out! Even if they don’t like water much, you can splash water on them to help them cool down. Or if you prefer, grab out your hose and give them a nice, relaxing shower. If you have a sprinkler, pull it out and connect it up so that your crazy caper can run around through the water!

  1. Ice Treats:

This easy, fun and, yes, even yummy idea will have your pet rolling over with delight! Nice, cold ice treats are great for being so effective and you can use them again and again! There are plenty of ways you can give ice treats to your pet. Grab some small ice blocks out of your fridge and scatter them across the floor. Your pet will love chasing them around the house while keeping them cool at the same time. If your pet loves sweet treats, look up the many easy-to-follow recipes online, from fruit flavoured snacks to doggie ice-cream!

  1. Give Them Shade:

If your pet likes to be outside, whether they run around or have a nice nap, then they will definitely get hot quick. Shade will not only help them stay out of the blistering sun and becoming overheated, but they’ll be protected from hot concrete that can damage their paws. If you have an outdoor umbrella, pop it up and have your pet sprawl out underneath with a chilled bowl of water. If you don’t have an outdoor umbrella, pop up some smaller ones and place them on the ground or in flower pots so your pet can be protected wherever they go. Or you can pop up a tent and your pet can go on camping without leaving their back yard!

These DIY methods are so easy to follow that you won’t have to worry about your pet being overheated. They will be the coolest pet around!

What are some ways you keep your pet cool during the summer? Comment below and let us know!

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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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8 Signs Your Pet Loves You

posted by The Daily Fluff December 31, 2017 0 comments

Ever wonder what your pet really thinks about you or if they are just using you for food? We pour so much love into our four-legged best friend. While they can’t say ‘I love you’ there are other, sometimes bizarre, ways in which they show their affection.

In preparation for Valentine’s Day here is a list of the many ways our pets show their love:

  1. They bring you ‘presents’:

Although not what you’d normally put on your wish list, it is always the thought that counts. Cats are natural predators, so in leaving the odd dead mouse or bird for you, they are either teaching you how to hunt or showing off their abilities. Either way it’s a loving gesture.

Dog’s bred for hunting will do this as well as it also shows they are a top dog!

  1. Snuggles:

If your dog likes to sleep in your bed and cuddle with you then it is a big sign that they like you. Especially after feeding time or in the morning when their motives aren’t food related.

Cats like warm and safe places to sleep, that is mostly your lap and sometimes, for inexplicable reasons, your head.

  1. Tail wagging:

Body language is an excellent way of reading your pet’s mood. When a dog is wagging their tail or their ears are lifted it is safe to say your pup is happy that you are around.

The tail is also a useful tool for reading cats. The word is if a cat’s tail is up and twitches a little that cat is sending off friendly vibes.

  1. Hanging out and following you:

If you’ve ever wondered why your pet follows you around the house or waits for you outside the bathroom, it’s simply because they enjoy your company. Dogs are pack animals and love being around family.

While cats are notoriously independent they are not above seeking company as well.

  1. Eye contact and kitty winks:

Did you know that when your cute kitty winks at you or squints they are saying ‘you’re alright?!’ It’s like a stamp of approval that shows that they trust you.

Dogs are less complicated. Sometimes all you need to do is make brief eye contact with a pooch and they are bounding over to you with a goofy look on their face.

  1. Showing their belly:

When cats show their belly to you it is a sign that they trust you. If you’ve ever had a cat scratch you when giving their tum a little rub they say it’s because it’s a breach of their trust.

On the other hand, most dogs love having their belly scratched. A dog rolls over as a sign of trust as well, but they may just want to scratch a place they can’t reach.

  1. Playing:

Playing catch or tug-of-war with your pup is a good way to strengthen your bond. There’s no harm in a bit of roughhousing as well if it doesn’t go too far. It shows that your dog likes having fun with you!

But it’s not just dogs! Cat’s love playing with their owners as well! A curled tail usually means they are in a playful mood so it’s time to bring out the toys!

  1. The big welcome home:

It’s one of the more obvious signs when you come home and your furry best friend is nearly knocking over furniture in their excitement to see you. They may spring down the hall, rub against your legs, and then pretend they never cared you left.

What are some signs your pet loves you? Comment below.

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6 Truths About Living With A Cat

posted by The Daily Fluff December 20, 2017 0 comments

Thinking about getting a cat? Owning one for the first time? Whatever your situation may be, you’re in for a treat! Cats are everything you would expect them to be: cute, furry and cuddly! However, if you’re new to the world of cats, then there are a few things about living with them that will surprise you. Don’t freak out. At the end of the day, you’ll never know how you lived without them!

Here are 6 truths about living with a cat:

  1. I Am The Greatest Star:

While they may be the apple of your eye, cats feel otherwise. As far as your kitty’s concerned, everything revolves around them. They are the sun, the stars and the moon. Unlike dogs, who will do anything to please you, cats see themselves as your master. Don’t feel bad for worshiping them, however. As a matter of fact, they get a kick out of it. But don’t be afraid to be firm with them from time to time. After all, it is you who is the true master of the house!

  1. Mine! All Mine!

Because they think they are the rulers of the world, cats will believe that everything in the house belongs to them, including you! Clothing, furniture, food (yes, your food) and more, cats will have no problem doing whatever they please with your stuff. They may sleep on your bed, hide in your wardrobe and steal your food off the counter. You might as well say goodbye to your favourite glass bowl if your kitty decides it’s their new toy. This is why you need to make sure your valuables are well protected from your cat’s little paws.

  1. I Can’t Be Tamed:

One of the big differences between cats and dogs is how they interact with their owners. Dogs can easily be trained to respond to commands from their owners. Cats, on the other hand, run by their own rules. As it goes, cats come to you when they feel like it, not when they’re told. While their independence should be applauded, it’s also something that needs to be controlled. Simply asking them to do something isn’t enough. You may have to take a little bit of action if you want your cat to do what you tell them.

  1. I Did Not See That Coming:

Something that will both surprise and scare you is how unpredictable cats can be. You two may be sitting on the couch one day and your cat may suddenly freak out and do a somersault off the cushion. Or you may come home from work one night and find your cat has staked its territory on your bed and will not move, no matter how many times they scratch you. But there’s nothing to be truly afraid of. Some things your kitty does may be your fondest memories of them. It could even be a YouTube sensation if you happen to record it!

  1. May I Offer This Complimentary Massage?

A quirk you will quickly love is your cat’s habit of kneading everything. While not all of them do it, many cats, young and old, tend to knead their paws on surfaces. From the carpet to your tummy, there are many theories as to why cats love to knead things. It may be to make a comfy spot for them to lie on, to mark their territory, or simply because they’re in a happy mood! If you’re lucky enough to receive one of their professional massages, don’t be nervous! Their claws shouldn’t hurt you. Just sit back and relax while your kitty purrs their kneading song!

  1. We’re Going To Be Best Friends:

No matter what quirks your cat may have and how strict you may be with them, you two will soon love each other with all your hearts! Like all best friends, you two may have things that you dislike about the other. You may quarrel and fight with each other when you’re both not getting your way. But there will also be times when you will rely on the other for comfort, laughs and a warm cuddle. The good days will certainly outweigh the bad, and you will treasure those days forever!

Living with a cat will be a rollercoaster ride that you will not want to get off of. So hold on tight, because you’re going to have the best ride of your life!

What are some things you’ve learnt from living with a cat? Comment below and let us know!

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15 Fun Facts About Cats

posted by The Daily Fluff September 1, 2017 0 comments

Are you like us and love cats? How much do you actually know about the feline species? Well, we might just blow your mind!

Here are some fun cat facts to test your knowledge because you can never know too many facts, especially about our feline friends.

Read on below for 15 fun fact!

  1. A group of cats is called a clowder
  2. Adult cats only meow to communicate with humans
  3. Despite the constant association between cats and milk, most cats are actually lactose intolerant. So maybe hold off giving your cats a lot of milk.
  4. If you’ve noticed your cat seems to always be sleeping don’t worry, it’s completely normal. The average cat can sleep 16-18 hours per day
  5. Cats have the ability to jump approximately 6 times its height
  6. If a cat falls from 5 storeys up they have about a 90% chance of surviving. They really live up to the idea that a cat always lands on its feet!
  7. Cats greet each other by touching their noses together, similar to how us humans handshake when we greet each other
  8. Cats are unable to taste sweet things
  9. Cats were worshipped in ancient Egypt and were often considered sacred. Something cats seem to have not forgotten to this day
  10. Similar to how each human has a unique fingerprint, each cat has a unique print on their nose
  11. Most female cats are right pawed while most male cats are left pawed.
  12. Cats can make over 100 vocal sounds. In comparison, dogs can only make 10 vocal sounds
  13. A female cat is called a ‘queen’ or a ‘molly’
  14. Cats spend a large portion of their waking hours cleaning themselves. According to Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine cats typically spend 30 to 50 per cent of their day cleaning and grooming themselves
  15. When a cat rubs against you it’s not just a sign of affection. They are actually leaving their scent on you as a way to mark their territory. Essentially letting other cats know that you belong to them.

Did you find any of these facts interesting? Any that took you by surprise? Let us know in the comments!

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5 Reasons Why Birds Make Good Pets

posted by The Daily Fluff August 22, 2017 0 comments

Have you thought about getting a pet but think a dog or cat might not be right for you? Or maybe you want a non-traditional pet that can bring you a world of joy.

We’ve got the best pet for you! Read on below for 5 reasons why birds make great pets.

  1. They are fairly low maintenance

Birds are a good option for those who want to enrich their lives with a pet but are either slightly time poor or don’t want the high-maintenance cats and dogs bring with the need for a lot of attention, exercise, and training. Birds on the other hand, require far less training, unless you want to teach them cool tricks! They are much easier to clean up after as they are self-grooming creatures and their mess tends to be isolated to their cage.

  1. They are highly intelligent

Birds are very smart and curious creatures. They have the capability to learn many new things, such as learning to mimic human speech and behaviours or using objects as tools. This makes them very intriguing and fun pets to watch and play with, especially with their human like antics!

  1. Birds are perfect for small places

If you live in a small house or an apartment a bird is the perfect pet for these spaces. Whereas cats and dogs require a lot of room to run around, birds are quite happy with only a few metres of space for their cage.

  1. They are very social

Birds are considered to be very social creatures as can be heard with their constant chirping and chattering. This makes them fun to interact and talk with, especially if you have trained your bird to speak or it has started mimicking human voices. Either way they are the perfect companion to talk to and get your thoughts off your chest without fear of judgment.

  1. Life long companion

Did you know that some species of birds can live up to 50 years? That truly makes some birds life long companions. However, although some birds can live up to 50 years many have a lifespan of up to 20 years, which is still quite a long time. So whatever breed you choose be prepared for a long and happy life together.

Don’t let us do all the talking! If you have a bird tell us how they have brightened up your life in the comments below.

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Top Tips For Moving Homes With Your Pet

posted by The Daily Fluff August 3, 2017 0 comments

Moving houses can be an exciting and stressful time for us humans with the excitement of starting a new chapter in our lives, but also the stress of packing, unpacking and everything that goes with it! However, during moving day humans aren’t the only ones feeling stressed, our pets can also become very anxious during this time.

Make moving a little less stressful for you and your furry friend with our top tips below!

Stick to their routine:

During the whole moving process, it’s important to keep your pet’s routine as normal as possible. This includes before and after the move. Continue to feed your animal at the same time you normally would and to make sure you take your dog for a walk every day. The more they stick to their usual routine, the easier the adjustment period will be!

Pet proof your new house:

When animals become anxious and stressed their instinct can tell them to flea or escape an uncomfortable or threatening situation. As they are unfamiliar with their new home and its surroundings some pets may try to escape, and even try to find their way back to their old home. This means it’s vital to check the house, yard and fencing to ensure that it is secure and that there are no areas your pet can squeeze through in order to escape. For people with cats, it’s best to keep them inside for a couple of days until they feel safe and secure in their new home.

Allow your pet to get comfortable with their new surroundings:

Once you have moved into your new place make sure you get your furry friend accustomed to your house and its surroundings. Let your pet to explore the area, including the yard and any surrounding areas under your supervision. For dog owners, it might be a good idea to take your dog for regular walks during the moving process to get them use to the sights, sounds, and smells of the new area, this is especially helpful in the event they do escape they have a better chance of finding their way back home again.

Do you have any great tips for moving homes with your pet? Let us know in the comments below!

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The Dog Café

posted by The Daily Fluff August 3, 2017 0 comments

Any foodie in Melbourne loves exploring to find the latest and greatest cafés. Every weekend is a new adventure to seek out all the smashed avo and coffee options. However, no adventure would be complete without a trusted animal sidekick to share all your discoveries with.

Luckily we have just the place for you and your pooch! Clear out your weekend plans and head down to The Dog Café!

Located in Boronia, The Dog Café is the newly opened cafe that is friendly for both pets and owners. It has everything for every dog lover including good food, coffee and company. With white tables and chairs sitting outside, The Dog Café is just begging for you to sit down and relax with your pup. The inside of The Dog Café is no different with its hanging lightbulbs from the ceiling that helps create that dreamy café aesthetic.

When you step out back and take notice of the mural of dogs wondering the Melbourne streets, you can see how much this café loves the cute four-legged creatures. With a turf covered ground, a sand pit, hay stacks and doggie pools, your fur baby will be unable to resist what the café has to offer. Let them play and meet new friends as you can sit down on the picnic tables and enjoy the sunshine without worrying about keeping your pet on a leash.

But of course, a café isn’t a café without mouth-watering food and drinks. For your satisfaction, The Dog Café has a large array of drinks for every café lover, including coffee, cappuccinos, long blacks, hot chocolates, ice coffee and milkshakes. Be prepared to leave plenty of room in your stomach for the wide selection of salads, cakes and slices. The Dog Café also has plenty of options for every dog that has been longing to enjoy the café lifestyle. There are puppacinos, dog food and dog rolls that will make your furry foodie so full they’ll just sprawl on the turf.

We know how we’ll be spending our weekend! Join us and visit this must-see destination.

Open hours are: Friday – Sunday from 9am till 4pm.

Address: 120 Boronia Road, Boronia.

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4 Tips To Curb Destructive Chewing

posted by The Daily Fluff June 16, 2017 0 comments

Chewing is an important activity for dogs of all ages as it helps maintain a strong jaw, clean teeth and help relieve teething pain in puppies while also combating boredom. However, excessive chewing can be a sign that your dog is experiencing anxiety and frustration or isn’t mentally or physically stimulated enough.

For those of you with a dog who loves to destructively chew, it’s best to minimise exposure to situations that may make your furry-friend feel nervous or upset, as well as ensuring they have plenty of fun games to play and regular exercise.

For more ideas on how to curb destructive chewing, we’ve rounded up our top 4 tips:

“Dog-proof” your house:

Be sure to keep your valuable objects out of your pup’s reach until you’re confident that they won’t be chewed on. We suggest keeping your shoes and clothes in a closet, dirty laundry in a hamper, and books on shelves.

Provide your pup with plenty of appropriate chew toys:

Be sure to take note of the toys that keep your pup chewing for long periods of time and try to limit their access to them. Rotating or introducing new toys every few days will help ensure your pup doesn’t get bored with the same toys which could make them look elsewhere for things to chew!

Don’t be afraid to offer edible things to chew such as pig ears, rawhide bones, or natural chews:

A very important tip to deter destructive chewing is to help your pup learn the difference between what they should and shouldn’t chew. Offer them a great selection of edible chew toys including pig ears or natural chews. However, it’s best to avoid cooked bones as they may splinter and become a choking hazard.

As a general rule, don’t resort to giving them unwanted or unused household items like old shoes. This will help your pup learn to distinguish what is and isn’t theirs.

Keep them mentally and physically stimulated!

Daily walks, off-leash play with other dogs, tug and fetch games is a great way to achieve this. If, however you have a high energy breed, you may require more stimulation so why not sign up for an agility course or alpha dog training to truly engage both you and your pet?

If you work long hours or need to leave your dog unattended for a long period of time, why not have a good high-energy play session before you leave them alone! That’s sure to tire them out!

Do you have any great tips to share with us? Comment below.

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