Babie’s got FAT

animal welfare, food, Hans Sausage, Medical, pet care

I asked our Facebook following recently about how often they walk their dogs after it was discovered that one in five dogs are overweight. Luckily our readership are active and healthy and so too are their pets, but it occured to me that there must be pet owners out there that have overwieght pets and just don’t know it.

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Dog Dips – For Hot Dogs

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Dog Dips.

I met these guys at the Gold Coast City Council Pet Expo a few weeks back and not only are they lovely people, (they donated some delicious treats to the AWLQ shelter poochies who were there on the day), they were so passionate about their product which was a hit with dogs and their owners over the course of the weekend.

I bought a four pack for Hans and Odie and even these fussy foodies were impressed. WINNING!

Kristi and her husband first moved to Australia in 2008 and quickly found that there were no healthy frozen treats to offer their California pound puppy Madison who made the move with them. Kristi admits that Madison is a bit of a princess who wouldn’t eat ice, so she began making frozen yoghurt for her in the summer time.

I got in touch with Kristi Mulcahy the owner and founder who gave me the lowdown about Dog Dips

How did Dog Dips begin?

I used to make frozen treats for my gorgeous dog Madison and my in-laws saw the treats and wanted some for their Golden Retriever. Pretty soon, word travelled and I was making them for friends and family with dogs. While I hadn’t planned on returning to work until my two boys were school aged, I saw this as a perfect opportunity to make treats for animals I adore, work with some amazing charity and rescue groups, and contribute to the household income.

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Dog Dips are made with organic frozen yoghurt. There is no added sugar, salt, additives, preservatives, or colours. We add fruit, veg and honey, (and salmon in one flavour) to enhance the flavour for the dogs. Funny enough, some dogs have quite a preference from one or the other of our two current flavours.

Tell me about your dog Maddee
Maddee just had her 12th birthday on July 30th, and I’ve had her since she was 1. She came from a bad situation and I was lucky enough to be in the right spot at the right time. She said goodbye to her abusers and never looked back. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure…or in this case, my precious Princess Maddee.

Do you have any other pets?
We have Maddee our dog, 3 cats (Alfie & Cooper are the boys, both 5 and Lola is our foster failure, around 2), and just one rattie Lollie. We also have a family magpie who visit us daily for water and kitty kibble, (and fruit and veg most days). They’ve been around for a few months, and just recently brought their four babies back to our house. They spend most days under the trampoline in the tall grass, eating ants which is great!

I love all my pets for different reasons. They bring such happiness to my life, and I simply couldn’t imagine a house without a pet…or a bunch of pets.
My pets are always there for me, to lend a cuddle, make me laugh, listen to a rant n rave. My pets are my family and are treated as such.

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Working in the pet industry gives me the ability to be around animals, and people who love animals like I do. Having a business like Dog Dips, I’m able to help where I can and support local rescues and shelters by trying to make a difference to those animals in need, as well as providing a way to reward those animals who have homes and owners who adore them. We are a young business and trying to get established and I love spreading the word by participating in fundraising and Dog Day’s Out where I can. Not to mention all the adorable dogs I get to meet!
I’m a stay at home mum for most of the week and my youngest is off to school for 2 days of the week, but there is usually always something cooking for Dog Dips.

Whether it’s steaming carrots, baking salmon, receiving orders of cups & lids, getting invoices ready for pet supply shops, etc. I try to get something done for Dog Dips daily.

Where can we buy Dog Dips?
Dog Dips are available at Pet Supplies Direct in Harbourtown, The Lunch Basket in Mermaid Beach, Pet Café Ashgrove, Pet City Mount Gravatt and Pets Unleashed Morningside.
I would love to see Dog Dips grow to become a household name that every dog owner (and dog) recognise. We have a few clients currently who give their dog(s) a Dog Dip every night. I love that people recognise these ‘treats’ as something healthy enough to give their dog daily and it will only add to their nutrition. I’d like to expand to some more stores on the Gold Coast as well. I’d like to continue to participate in charity/rescue events and give to those dogs still in need of a home.

I have so much fun meeting passionate animal people and the dogs they adore. Every dog deserves a home and every home needs a dog.

Do you have a favourite dog quote?

‘Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.’ Dean Koontz

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The Ruff Club

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If you have ever wanted to take your dog for a walk then stop off for a coffee chances are you have been shunned or asked to leave your dog tied to a pole on the sidewalk. While the Gold Coast is moving at a snails pace in terms of relaxing their cafe rules a team in NYC will be opening a bar soley exculsive to people who own pets.

In fact if you don’t own a dog, you can’t get in. The Ruff Club is a work in progress and hopes to open in November this year. It will be a doggy day care and boarding kennel for up to 40 animals that will come  equipped with toys and equipment, such as salvaged park benches.

The front area, complete with tables and chairs, will give customers free wireless Internet accessThe owners hope the club will turn in to a social hub for pet owners and will give them a chance to meet new friends for themselves as well as their pets.

For dogs that will be boarding at the Ruff Club owners will have the opportunity be able to log into webcams to view their pets remotely.

To learn more check out  THE RUFF CLUB 

Next time I am in NYC I will be sure to check it out!

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