Australian Summer snake alert!

We’re certainly in the thick of summer now and snakes are now more prevalent than ever before across Australia. This has been due to unseasonable weather leading up to to Spring with snakes coming out in force especially near waterways and previously populated areas (including walking tracks and local parks). Keep your dog safe this year and have them well supervised around parks or even keep them on a leash at all times.

Snakes aren’t just active in summer but year-round, although the threat is less. Keep an eye on your loved ones!

Keeping your dog warm during the winter

Melbourne just went through it’s coldest July in decades and its not just humans that feel the chill, our pets too! Many breeds aren’t as capable in cold weather (especially short hair or naked breeds) so we need to make it super comfy. Here are a few basic tips

  1. Coats: Use only for suitable dogs. If your dog is a double-coated breed with a thick coat of fur, don’t go against mother nature and give them an extra coat. That will affect their natural insulation.
    Read up about your breed and coat type. If they are naked or short haired, good chance they need a coat but double check first!
  2. Indoor or sheltered! Dog’s are hardy creatures but leaving them outside while the cold snaps can impact their health drastically. If they are an outdoor dog at the very least give them adequate shelter like a proper INSULATED kennel
  3. Look at their diet. Give them the best nutrients possible and tailor the calories depending on they are active/inactive, indoor/outdoor and breed type
  4. A warm dog bed. We’re huge on raised dog beds for all seasons. In the summer time raised beds help minimize fleas and provide airflow underneath the beds for a nice cooling effect.
    During the winter, raised trampoline dog beds are amazing as air tends to be the coldest at floor level. Even raising a few inches will help minimize chilly drafts that would underwise hit your dog.
    We recommend the range of amazing raised trampoline dog beds at dogbeds.com.au. Not only do they include the base trampoline frame but the multi-purpose mattress on top can be used as a waterproof side or soft plush sherpa wool side. Check them out!
  5. Keep them dry! Water kills insulation property of fur and coats once soaked. It’s the same principle when a down jacket gets soaked; all insulation is gone. Keep your dogs dry especially if they are outside. Know they can dry off or give them a helping hand.

Hope you love our simple tips for winter. If you have any, you’d like to add please get in touch with us!

Victoria’s Andrew Labor cracks down on puppy farms…finally!

We’ve been huge opponents of commercial puppy farms or any form of unregulated dog breeding in Australia for over a decade. Many of our own dogs were rescues or surrenders from owners who unknowingly purchased from pet stores (most of whom purchase these puppies from puppy farms).

Dennis Napthine whilst being a vet did almost nothing to curb the growth of puppy farms. Luckily for us the Andrew’s government has back their promised of stopping farms by fast tracking the new legislation in late 2014. We’re seeing slow but steady changes in 2015 and hopefully things speed up as most of the legislation deadline are in 2020.

We support registered dog breeders and have many who purchased our dog beds in the past year. Buy from registered breeders and not pet stores/puppy farms!

Million Paws Walk Success!

We’re so happy to have signed up to the 2015 Million Paws Walk to fight against Animal Cruelty. As most would you know, we help rehome ex Greyhound dogs from time to time who are ‘surplus’ to the terrible greyhound racing industry.

I’m sure you are all aware of the recent press coverage around this industry. It should be known that although this is a recent spotlight the atrocious behaviour from racing breeders and industry participants have been ongoing for years if not decades.

Help put a stop to Greyhound racing and Puppy farms!

http://www.millionpawswalk.com.au/victoria

We have found a new home!

Things are certainly starting to ramp up with the new dog beds range we are developing. We found that designing dog beds in our home garage was not the most ideal place and with so many prototypes we were soon literally bursting out the roller door with beds.

Luckily Michael has been looking for shared warehouse spaces this past few months were he can setup his proper work station and bed manufacturing space. Yes, we’re looking at making dog beds right here in Australia (at least our premium range). Most certainly all beds will be designed with Australian conditions in mind.

The new place to be revealed soon! But here’s a clue, it’s in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne!

 

From a market stall to the internet, the new Dog Beds Online by Belinda and Michael

Belinda and I are glad to invite all to the newly launched dogbedsonline.com.au site. We have been working on our new range of dog beds and dog accessories since 2013. These are all in addition to the current range we have been selling at Victoria Market since 2005.

A sneak peak of what we have installed:

photoshoot for dog beds
our latest dog beds

We have been so grateful of the thanks and support received from our customers during this time. the words of encouragement and feedback have allowed us to continue making the best hand-made dog beds in Australia (well we believe so!)

Our West Terrier Sandy passed away last year which has left a big hole in our hearts but his memory continues to drive our business today. None of this would have been possible without his influence in our lives and we’ll be forever grateful of his time with us. He had a great innings (16 years!!) and I’m sure he’ll be in heaven with his fluffy cloudy dog bed 🙂

Thanks and regards,

Belinda and Michael Schuz