Friday, April 16, 2010

How to Throw a Pooch Party - Part 2


If you read our post last month on throwing a birthday party for your dog , you will probably already have started to plan for the big day. Here's a list of things you'll need on the day to make sure your puppy party goes jsut they way you want it too:


  • pooper-scoopers and bags: these are essential and messes should always be cleaned up straight away.

  • water bowls: no matter what the weather, all the guests need to be able to have easy access to fresh water. Make sure you have plenty of bowl, so there are no tiffs over sharing.

  • A good eye: Keep your eyes out for wrapping paper, ribbons or anything else that a dog would consider eating, and ensure its removed immediately.

  • A plan to beat the heat: If its hot, and you aren't near a swimming area, consider bringing a kids clam shell swimming pool (and of course, plenty of towels to dry off your furry friends before they get back in the car).

Now that you have everything you need, how about some doggie party games? Here are a couple of our favorites:

Running Races - Divide the dogs up in to small, medium and large catagories. Get each group to sit at one end of the area with their owner. have a judge at the finish line holding some balls and treats. Let the dogs go on the count of three and have the judge call the dogs. First dog to reach the judge is the winner! Hint: have enough treats for all dogs, not just the first. This helps avoid fights.


Charades - Write a different dog trick on small pieces of paper, fold each up and put in a (dog) bowl. Get each owner to draw out a trick. Then, one at a time, have each owner perform the trick with their dog, until the other partygoers guess the trick. Use tricks like "roll over" and "play dead". Watch the fun as the owners try and get their dog to perform the trick on cue.


Where's Rover - You'll need one towel per dog, and a judge. Have each owner get her dog to take a seat, and throw the towel over the seated dog. See the excitement as each dog tries to wiggle itself out. First dog out wins the prize.


Of course, that's just a sample. We're sure you can think of lots more great games. If your dog has a favorite party game, why not post a comment and share it?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

How to Throw a Party for Your Dog - Part 1



Most dogs love a party, so don't be shy holding a birthday party for your dog. In this, the first of a two part article on how to hold a dog birthday party, we take a look at the "essentials" you need ot sart thinking about.



  • What Theme - you have heaps of choices, but many people like dressing their pets in outfits, so how about a "glamour", "super hero" or "international" themes?

  • Who to invite - try to invite dogs that are well socialised and your dog has met before. Also consider the size of the dogs you're inviting - its always best to try and keep to dogs of a similar size to the birthday boy or girl.

  • Party location - An ideal place will have lots of grass and of course be well fenced. You might have the perfect backyard, but otherwise consider your nearest dog friendly park or leash off area. A dog-friendly beach is another good option.

  • What time - remember to keep out of the heat of the day, but too close to evening can make it hard to keep track of the party guests as it gets dark. Mid morning or mid afternoon is ideal.

  • The invitiations - the sky is the limit, but if you're stuck for ideas, white cardboard cut out in a bone shape is a perenial favorite.

  • Doggie Treat bags - A nice way to end the day is to send doggy guests home with a bag of dog treats. A ready to eat, pre-packaged dog bone or bunch of treats is a nice momento.
Now that we've given you enough to start planning, make sure you visit again soon, because in part 2, we will look at some what you'll need on the day and also give you some ideas for some great doggie party games.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Extended Call Center Hours

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These extended hours will be implemented from now through to the end of Summer to accommodate for the peak season.

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