March 17, 2020
When your family includes a loyal companion, you want to include them in your celebrations whether it’s your anniversary, a birthday or some other special occasion. There are now several options to travel with your pets, so you are not restricted to celebrating at home. While your pet may not be able to celebrate every minute of your celebration, they can still join in the fun. Here are some fun pet-friendly celebration ideas.
Visit a dog-friendly restaurant
There are so many dog-friendly restaurants now that you are sure to find somewhere special to celebrate. Some restaurants also have menus specifically for dogs, including specials such as a turkey meatloaf or pooched egg. Other places may allow you to dine on their dog-friendly patio, though you will have to bring your own treats.
Here you can surprise your beloved with a special gift. If you are unsure what to buy, consider the traditional wedding anniversary gifts list. Not only does this list symbolise 25 years with silver and 50 years with gold, but suggests gifts made from wood or silverware for your fifth anniversary and jewellery or items made from steel for your 11th anniversary. If it’s for a birthday or another occasion, choose another design to suit.
Of course, not all pets are dogs. If you want to celebrate with your cat, pet pony, rat, turtle, ferret, horse, rabbit or chickens there are hotels and farm stays on rural retreats across all states of Australia.
Dogs and cats can join you in being treated like royalty when you celebrate at an up-market hotel. Some hotels offer a pet room-service menu that can include beef steak, grilled salmon or quail eggs as well as pet-sitting and dog-walking services if required. Some hotels have specially designed rooms for pets. Other hotels offer not only a pet-friendly room but also a secure outdoor area. Others are within walking distance of parks.
Pets can fly
If you want to go far from home to celebrate, your pets can fly with you. Virgin Austalia has a frequent flyer pet programme and Qantas now only allows pets to fly as freight, with costs dependent on the combined weight of the pet and its crate, and the route. However, only Service Dogs can be carried into the passenger cabin of the aircraft.
Go on an adventure
If you are an adventurous couple, celebrate with your pet at Adventure Dog, a cross country challenge that raised money for Animal Aid. Here, your dog can join you climbing hills, crawling under logs, wading through water and crossing muddy meadows at the picturesque Wandin Park Equestrian Centre in Gruyere VIC 3770 followed by plenty of food and drink on offer in the event village.
Another dog-friendly event is Paws-Fest is Brisbane’s first non-profit dog market event held in support of RSPCA Queensland where all money goes to helping the RSPCA maintain their shelters, provide essential care for both pets and wildlife in need and keep their team of inspectors on the road. Taking place in June, you can support local, small business offering dog food and treats, dog toys and accessories and other dog service providers, as well as food trucks for you too, entertainment for the kids, competitions, raffles, and some informative presentations by local industry professionals.
Melbourne Dog Lovers Show
Combine your celebrations with a visit to the Melbourne Dog Lovers Show in November which will be showcasing more than 1,000 dogs representing around 150 breeds. The three-day festival is both informative and entertaining. There will be free tips on finding the right breed for you in the Bow Wow Meow Perfect Match Zone as well as Dog Olympics to include sheep-herding speed trials and extreme high-jump by Australian Working Dog Rescue Inc (AWDRI), plus Husky Sled Dog Tours in the Outdoor Arena.