Sunday, September 7, 2014

Melbourne inner north and CBD pet minding and dog walking

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RATES effective as of 12th March, 2017:
  • Dog Walking = $25 per hour weekdays, $35 weekends, $30 public holidays
  • Pet Feeding/Companionship = $20 per visit, $25 public holidays
  • Feed + Walk the Dog Combo = $30 per visit, $35 public holidays
  • Extra animal = $5 each
  • Pet and House sitting = $45 a night, $7+ nights = $40 a nightff  friendly, caring and reliable pet minding and dog walking service for the Brunswick area of Melbourne
Dog Walking Dogs need regular exercise to prevent destructive behaviour stemming from loneliness and boredom.  Whether you would like your dog walked regularly or just for short spells, I spend a quality hour walking and playing with your dog.  Water flask carried on walks.
This rate is for 1 dog. Additional dogs are $5 extra per walk.
Pet Feeding/Companionship*   If you need your cat or dog fed while you're away, or your treasured pet to have some company during the day, I can visit to feed and provide companionship and a play session. Rate includes refilling water bowls, changing kitty litter, lots of pats and brushing if requested. 
Maximum 2 cats or 2 dogs included in this rate.  Extra pets are $5 each per visit.

I can also feed other animals including chickens, rabbits, fish, guinea pigs and reptiles. Please enquire about the rate.

Feed + Walk the dog combo*   Whether you have a long busy day planned or are away, l can feed and exercise your pooch once or twice a day. Up to 1 hour walk, depending on size of dog.
This rate is for a household of 1 dog and 1 cat.  Additional pets are $5 extra each per visit.

House and Pet Sitting*  For when you prefer your pet to stay in the safety net of your own home with minimum disruptions (ideal for nervous, sick or elderly pets that dislike kennels and catteries). I provide a presence for pets, while keeping your property safe at the same time. Price includes walks, feeding, giving of medication (if required), and quality companionship and affection.
This rate includes up to 2 dogs.  Additional pets are $5 extra each per night.

Dog Sitting in my home   This is sometimes available. Small breeds only are accepted and they must be cat-friendly. The rate is $35 a night. Please contact me with any enquiries.

*These services include mail collection, watering of plants and bringing in/putting out of bins if required.

SUBURBS SERVICED:  Brunswick, Brunswick East, Brunswick West, Carlton, Carlton North, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, Fitzroy, Fitzroy North, CBD (includes Southbank + Docklands), North Melbourne, East Melbourne.
If you live in Bayside or a neighbouring suburb, feel free to contact me to check for availability.

Look forward to hearing from you!

Emma Smith of Paw Friends
Putting Paws First

Phone: 0413922102

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Dog Lovers Show Wrap

Rainy Melbourne weather didn’t deter a large turnout to the annual Dog Lovers Show at the Exhibition Building in Carlton over the weekend.  Lucky double pass winners from the Paw Friends Facebook page among them.  The point of difference from most Melbourne ‘show events’, where the focus seems to be sales above everything?  The presence of our four legged friends! They added a literal soft touch to the event. 

The Show’s emphasis seemed less about selling and more about dog appreciation and celebration. Interspersed between stalls spruiking doggy foods, coats, toys, and pet photography deals, pooches surprised and delighted.  Large malamutes, tiny Chihuahuas, bull terriers, pugs and others from breed-specific rehoming groups were available to learn about and pat.  While upstairs, dog breed clubs proudly showed off staffies, golden retrievers, French bulldogs, poodles etc.  I discovered the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, two-thirds the size of a golden retriever and absolutely gorgeous.

Two stages hosted information sessions about managing dog health and behaviour, while entertainment rocked the main arena.  TV vet Dr Katrina Warren showcased the talents of the Wonder Dogs, a group of border collies. While Farmer Dave, of Big Brother fame, compered the main arena action, entertaining the crowd with witty commentary as dogs participated in agility, races, obedience and fun tricks. He told of how he grew up on a farm, the youngest of 11 kids, with the job of feeding all the farm dogs.  Thus began his love affair.  He lives on the farm still, just a mere 30 minute drive to his parents’ home - on the same property!

The focus on the hope rehabilitation offers rescue dogs, and the presence of older dogs, was well thought out and effective.  Pablo, a small dog that has been rehomed four times due to aggressive behaviour, won all the races in the small dog K9 x-country event and displayed excellent manners. Finally some wins for the little guy!  Another dog who originated from a puppy farm -and who had to learn to stand when rehomed due to the cramped conditions there - performed tricks on stage with finesse.  And an 8 year old dog completed the agility course, proving it’s a fun activity for any dog, regardless of age.  They all received great applause.

The Dog Lovers Show is for dog owners, prospective owners and also dog lovers in general.  Even if you don’t or can’t own a dog, but love dogs, this show is for you.  So head along next year!


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Facebook Business Page

My Facebook business page for Paw Friends is at

Head over for fun pet photos and articles.  I post more regularly there.  Click 'Like' if you want to become a fan!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Man's best friend courts tennis stars

The Australian Open tennis is in full swing so it's interesting to read top seeds Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka have secret weapons in tow on tour that are contributing to their mental stamina - petite canines. Fur kids are helping them unwind and stay balanced while away from home comforts on the tennis circuit.

Check out this article:

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Graeme the 'rock star' cat gets his moment in the Sun

Feline trainspotter: Graeme the cat visits a Melbourne train station on the Hurstbridge line twice a day to drop off and pick up his owner. Check out this video from today (17 Sept '11) to witness his antics. I've seen Graeme with my own eyes so it was fantastic to learn more about him in today's Herald Sun. What a delight for commuters and his owners seeing him on the train platform, he would definitely brighten many a day!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Stars and Stripes

If Los Angeles is the land of celeb spotting, let's not leave our humble sidekick, the
pooch, out of that equation. And I don't refer only to Toto or Lassie lookalikes.

On a trip to LA last year, man's best friend made its presence felt wherever l went. Whether it was ritzy doggy day care centres in the more exclusive parts of town, where chihuahuas donned jewels, or this 'dude' pictured above left in the formerly run down, but recently glamified, Hollywood Blvd. Decked out in an LA Lakers basketball sweatshirt, this dog looked like a definite star, chillin' on the Hollwood Walk of Fame, only a hundred metres from Demi Moore's Japanese eatery. Later that day the starry eyed pooch graced my hotel TV screen in an episode of The Hills.

While in hip Melrose Avenue, I witnessed slim young humans enter a building for a 'Dog Bone' casting call. Hopefully a pooch was the star there.

And at the LA Farmers Market l discovered The Bakery for Dogs overflowing with treats tempting enough for human consumption. The Boxer Brownie was one of many that appealed to me. No doubt stars from nearby TV studios, where shows such as The Young and the Restless are produced, stock up here for their beloved pooches.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Tips for Dogs Fearful of Tiles/Floorboards

As pet owners we want to ensure our pet/s are healthy physically and mentally and as well-adjusted as possible to optimise their quality of life and happiness and the relationship between pet/s and owners.

Pet behavioural issues are common, however, so l thought why not share tips here to counter those pesky issues and improve everyone's happiness quota =) Feel free to email me any issues you want covered.


1. The sound of their nails on flooring may spook them

» Keep nails trim and filed

2. They may have slid on tiles when very young which has led to avoidance

» Praise them when they walk on tiles and use distraction to focus their attention elsewhere than on their fear

3. They may not have been exposed to slippery floors before

» Gradual exposure, not pandering to their fear and making the floor a fun and calm experience (toys, treats...) is the answer


Always be Positive, Patient and Encouraging when training your pet.

Put food bowl at edge of tiles, then move it over time further onto tiles (this is desensitisation, as opposed to flooding which can make dogs more nervous)

Put dog on a leash and walk back and forth over tiles – use treats as encouragement

Lie on the floor with treats and favourite toys and the dog will want to come onto tiles and play with you

Rugs with rubber backing or clear plastic runners with slightly sticky undersides can result in dogs feeling more secure underfoot

Doggy booties with traction may have your best friend running up and down the hall in no time =)

Paw wax from a pet shop can help reduce the slipperiness factor